Christina Schwenkel Awarded Berlin Prize Fellowship

Christina Schwenkel

Christina Schwenkel

Christina Schwenkel, associate professor of anthropology, has been awarded a Berlin Prize fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. She is the first scholar from UCR to receive the residential fellowship.

Schwenkel is one of 10 scholars, artists and composers from the United States selected to spend the fall semester at the Hans Arnhold Center in Berlin-Wannsee, where she will examine both Vietnamese labor programs in GDR factories and East German postwar urban planning efforts in Vietnam.

The American Academy in Berlin was established in 1994 by U.S. Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke to foster greater understanding and dialogue between the people of the United States and the people of Germany. It is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan center for advanced research in a variety of academic and cultural fields, according to academy officials. The leading German newsweekly, Der Spiegel, has called it “the world’s most important center for American intellectual life outside the United States.”

David L. Ulin Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin

David L. Ulin, who teaches creative writing at the UCR, has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.

He is one of 175 scholars, artists and scientists to be honored by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for prior achievement and exceptional promise in the arts. He was selected from more than 3,100 applicants.

Ulin, the book critic and former book editor of the Los Angeles Times, is a core member of the faculty of the UC Riverside-Palm Desert Low-residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts program.

UCR Undergraduate Granted Scholarship from the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)

Joanna Magana

Joanna Magana

UCR junior Joanna Magana is one of only 36 students across the nation to receive a scholarship through the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) for the 2015-2016 academic year. Magana will travel to Japan for four weeks this summer with Setsu Shigematsu, an associate professor of media and cultural studies, and 24 other students.

“Even with many changes toward the modernization of Japan, this country balances traditional ideology and history,” Magana said. “I am very excited to visit a bucket-list destination of mine and take in all that Japan has to teach me.”

In Japan, Magana will fulfill two upper division courses and conduct short film projects, immersing herself in both traditional and modern aspects of Japan.

“Academically, I hope to advance and broaden my approach to education while amplifying my passion for media and cultural studies through the technological mediums that Japan represents,” she said. “I am eager to learn, love and experience all the elements that make Japan unique.”

The FEA is committed to increasing the opportunities for dedicated American students to participate in high-quality, rigorous education abroad programs by reducing financial restrictions through the provision of grants and scholarships.

UCR Students Receive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to Study Abroad

Three undergraduate students – Jasmine Aragon, Beatriz Bermudez and John Mahon – are among 860 American undergraduate students from 332 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study or intern abroad during the fall 2015/academic year 2015-2015 academic term.

Nine undergraduates – Edima Akpan, Maria Curiel, Dalayna Gardner, Jwyanza Hobson, Phong Hong, Elisha Lee, Blanca Lopez, Jenilyn Sarmiento, and Joey Trejo – are among more than 1,000 American undergraduate students to receive the scholarship to study or intern abroad during the summer 2015 academic term.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go (the UCR students will choose from among the following regions: Hong Kong, Chile, Argentina, Japan, India, Vietnam and the United Kingdom).

Students receiving a Federal Pell Grant from two- and four-year institutions who will be studying abroad or participating in a career-oriented international internship for academic credit are eligible to apply. Scholarship recipients have the opportunity to gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries, languages, and economies — making them better prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.”

Mojgan Sherkat Nominated for Emmy

Mojgan Sherkat

Mojgan Sherkat

Senior public information officer and UCR almuna Mojgan Sherkat was nominated for an Emmy at the 44th Annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards in the category of evening newscasts for larger markets. The  awardingceremony was held at the San Francisco Jazz Center on June 6. Before joining UCR in May, Sherkat worked at CBS13 in Sacramento as a general news reporter.


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