Seven UT students are among the more than 850 American undergraduate students from 359 colleges and universities across the country selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, allows students to study or intern abroad during the spring
The Center for International Education awarded 124 undergraduate students Study Abroad Undergraduate scholarships totaling $152,500 for the spring 2017 semester and spring break study abroad programs. This highly successful scholarship program is made possible by student fees and donations. The Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship is merit and need based and ranges in value from $750
A visiting scholar will lead discussions related to an Israeli film festival and give a lecture January 22–23.
The McClung Museum will host a family fun day celebrating the Chinese New Year from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Humanities Center kicks off its annual Conversations and Cocktails series on Tuesday.
Spectral bats, also called false vampire bats for their imposing size—a wingspan of over three feet—are the largest bats in the Americas and typically roost in trees in lowland forests. Vladimir Dinets, UT research assistant professor of psychology, has discovered evidence that the species also can live in caves and is more adaptable than previously thought, thanks to personal observation and information gleaned from social media accounts of tourists.
Students in an entrepreneurial journalism course this fall participated in an international competition to create a social media campaign and strategy to instruct young journalists on how to responsibly report instances of extremism. The campaign was co-sponsored by the US Department of State and Facebook. The UT students came up with the “Report Responsibly” campaign, which provides a call to action for aspiring journalists and media guidelines for reporting on acts of extremism.
Four students have been awarded a combined total of $35,000 in grants from the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to help fund their participation in CIEE Open Campus programs for the spring 2017 semester.
Every day, Rachel Kronyak walks around the surface of the planet Mars, examining a rock or getting a closer look at a butte framing the horizon. A doctoral student in geology at UT, Kronyak is among a small set of research scientists worldwide testing the use of an augmented reality headset to see how it can help NASA determine whether Mars could support life.
Miranda Gottlieb, who graduated from UT last spring, has been named to the second class of Schwarzman Scholars, a highly competitive program that offers selected students the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in China. She is the first UT student to be selected for the program, which launched in 2015.