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Undergraduate International Achievement Award Not Uncommon for Study Abroad Alumni

Nominations now being accepted for the 2013 International Achievement Awards

Do you know of Illinois alumni, or current graduate or undergraduate students who have an exceptional international achievement worthy of recognition? Nominate them for an International Achievement Award! Awards are presented annually in five categories:

  • International Alumni
  • Distinguished Faculty
  • Young Humanitarian
  • Graduate Achievement
  • Undergraduate Achievement

Criteria and nomination forms for the 2013 International Achievement Awards are now available. For more information on each of the awards and to obtain nomination forms,or to see a list of previous recipients: visit http://ilint.illinois.edu/grants/awards.html

You can also contact Christen Mercier in the Office of International Programs and Studies by email at cmercier@illinois.edu.

The yearly nomination deadline for all of the International Achievement Awards is September 30, 2013. Recipients will be honored during the 2014 spring banquet in April.

 

From 2005-2013, eight Study Abroad Alumni have received the award under for the Undergraduate Achievement category. Check out the profiles of the winners from the past two years: 

2012, Tara McGovern Liberal Arts and Sciences

2012, Tara McGovern
Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ms. Tara McGovern graduated in May 2013 with a B.A. in socio-cultural and linguistic anthropology, and minors in Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean studies.

The Illinois International Undergraduate Achievement Award honored Ms. McGovern’s research and volunteer activities in Ecuador, where she helped found a free English school for adolescents and children in her host community. She also worked to promote both study abroad and international education at the University of Illinois through her involvement and leadership in the Illinois Anthropology Club. She worked at the Illinois Study Abroad Office as a peer advisor while finishing her undergraduate degree.

 

2011, Dana Fager Liberal Arts and Sciences

2011, Dana Fager
Liberal Arts and Sciences

After returning from studying abroad in Japan, Dana Fager joined the organization International Illini. As an executive board member, she pairs study abroad returnees with international students to facilitate cross-cultural exchange and implements cultural events to introduce international students to life in the United States. During her third year at the University of Illinois she served as an I4I Advocate to promote the ultimately successful renewal of the student-funded Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Scholarship.

In summer of 2011, she participated in the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program and studied advanced Japanese language in Kyoto, Japan. After returning from the program, she became an official Alumni Ambassador and now promotes the CLS Program throughout Illinois. She also began working as a Peer Advisor in the campus Study Abroad Office, promoting study abroad opportunities through class presentations and advising students on the application and preparation processes. As a Global Studies Leader, she has increased awareness on campus about the importance of global consciousness and international education. She graduated with a degree in International Studies in May 2012.

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