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Education USA weekly updates – No. 169 * 1 March, 2010

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I. Scholarships and Fellowships

– Undergraduate: International Student Scholarship at North Hennepin Community College

– Undergrad/Grad: Architecture Foundation Scholarship

– Ph.D. Assistantships: Missouri University of Science & Technology

II. News you can use

– New international student tuition rate at Eastern Illinois University

– American Language Program at Columbia University

Innovative Global Business Communication Certificate Program at University of Colorado at Boulder

– 2010 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship Call for Applications

I. Scholarships and Fellowships

Scholarships for international Students at North Hennepin Community College

The NHCC Paul and Sheila Wellstone Memorial Scholarships are available for international students (F-1 Visa) at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  These scholarships cover approximately 25% of the total tuition fees for one year of full-time study. Learn more about NHCC at http://www.nhcc.edu/.

For more information: http://www.nhcc.edu/ScholarshipDatabase.aspx

Center for Architecture Foundation – Eleanor Allwork Scholarship

Students seeking their first professional degree in architecture from an NAAB accredited school within the State of New York can be nominated by the Dean or Chair of the architectural school or accredited design program based on their high level of academic performance and evidence of financial need. Financial need of the student shall be determined by the guidelines of the Financial Aid Officer of the school nominating the candidate. International students are eligible. A graduate student is eligible if his or her undergraduate degree is in a field other than architecture.

For more information visit: http://www.cfafoundation.org

Computer Science PhD Students Sought at Missouri University of Science & Technology

The sensor computing and security group in Department of Computer Science, Missouri University of Science and Technology is looking to hire several Ph.D. students for Fall 2010.

Ideal candidates will have completed an M.S. degree in Computer Science/Engineering and have good academic records. B.S. degrees in Computer Science/Engineering with strong academic records will be equally considered. Candidates must meet all conditions for the graduate admission at Missouri S&T. Please send your resume as a PDF to [email protected] by 15th April, 2010.

For more information: http://cs.mst.edu/graduatedegreeprograms/phdcomputerscience.html

Dr. Sanjay Madria, PhD

Associate Professor and Director, Web and Wireless Computing Lab

Missouri Univ. of Science and Technology (Formerly Univ. of Missouri – Rolla)

Email: [email protected]

http://web.mst.edu/~madrias

II. News You Can Use

New international student tuition rate at Eastern Illinois University

In a demonstration of their commitment to the internationalization of its campus, Eastern Illinois University has a new tuition rate available to qualified international students. Beginning this fall, EIU will extend the equivalent of in-state tuition for freshman and transfer students (first-time undergrad EIU students) who meet the distinguished student criteria of a grade point average of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) according to World Education Services (WES) standards.

The cost comparison based on this current academic year (2 semesters):

Current international tuition    $17,208.00

Distinguished student rate       $ 5,736.00

Savings equals                   $11,472.00

EIU offers 44 undergraduate majors through four academic colleges.

· Average class size is 20 students.

· Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.

· Approximately 66 percent of full-time faculty have a terminal degree in their discipline.

· The majority of classes are taught by full-time faculty.

· Nearly 35 percent of the full-time faculty are full professors, and an additional 22 percent are associate professors.

· Eastern emphasizes out-of-the-classroom experiences such as internships and other research opportunities (Eastern offers college credit for many internship options.

For the ninth consecutive year, Eastern Illinois University has been named one of the top Midwestern public universities in its class by U.S. News & World Report. EIU is ranked 14th among all Midwestern public universities offering a full range of undergraduate degrees and some master’s degree programs.

For more information: http://www.eiu.edu/~international

Sue Songer, Director

Office of International Students and Scholars

Eastern Illinois University

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

American Language Program at Columbia University

Whether your goal is to attend an American university or achieve professional success in the United States, our intensive programs are designed to dramatically increase your proficiency with written and spoken English. The American Language Program offers a unique educational and cultural experience. Columbia offers all of these features:

· An Ivy League university experience

· A world-class faculty

· A historic campus in Manhattan

· A serious academic program at the forefront of English language education

The Intensive English Program offers 12-week and shorter courses focused on English grammar, pronunciation, fluency, listening and reading comprehension, and writing.

A three-term program combines ALP courses with credit-bearing Columbia University courses and is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in an undergraduate degree program at Columbia University or any other American university.

A seven-week summer course is available for students who have immediate plans to enter a degree program in the United States:

· English for Professional Purposes: Business

· English language course for business professionals and pre-M.B.A. students

· English for Professional Purposes: Law

· English language course for legal professionals and pre-law students

· Ten Days in New York: A language course devoted to the culture and history of New York City

For more information: www.ce.columbia.edu/alp

clip_image005Joel Chaffee

Admissions Officer

Columbia University

Email: [email protected]

Global Business Communication: Language Training and Professional Development Certificate Program for International Executives and Managers

The Global Business Communication (GBC) program provides English language training and professional development to international executives and managers who have an intermediate or higher level of English. The GBC program is designed for active professionals with work experience who seek to enhance their business English proficiency and business communication skills and to expand their cross-cultural business awareness for work in the international arena.

GBC is a non-degree certificate program for busy professionals who are willing to invest 8, 16 or 24 weeks for language and cross-cultural business communication training. In addition to practical classroom training, events such as business lectures, site visits, guest speakers, community activities, and individual, team, or sustainability business action research projects are an integral part of the program. Through these activities, the GBC program puts participants in direct contact with the business community, building competence as well as confidence in doing business internationally.

The GBC program at the International English Center (IEC) is part of the University of Colorado at Boulder, one of the major research universities in the United States. GBC participants may be eligible to enroll in additional courses at the university.

For complete information and to download an application, visit: www.colorado.edu/iec/gbc

Global Business Communication Program

International English Center

Division of Continuing Education and Professional Studies

University of Colorado at Boulder

63 UCB, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0063, USA

GBC Telephone: 303-735-2979

GBC/IEC Fax: 303-492-5515

GBC Coordinator: Barbara Flocke, [email protected]

GBC Website: www.colorado.edu/iec/gbc

2010 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship Call for Applications

The Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is a two-year, $50,000/year fellowship for graduate students interested in pursuing leadership positions within the environmental field.

The Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is offered in memory of longtime Foundation Chair, Priscilla Bullitt Collins. In her honor, an outstanding, environmentally knowledgeable graduate student from a community under-represented in the environmental movement, who has demonstrated exceptional capacity for leadership as well as scholarship, will receive a two-year, $50,000/year fellowship award.

Eligible applicants must first secure a recommendation from a faculty member. Only faculty recommended applications will be considered. Eligible applicants will be:

· Currently enrolled in a graduate candidate program, not restricted to environmental studies;

· Prepared to demonstrate a strong desire and capacity for leadership; and

· Seeking leadership opportunities to make substantial contributions to the environmental field.

The fellowship is offered to graduate students in universities within the Foundation’s areas of focus Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Montana, southern Alaska, and British Columbia. The Bullitt Foundation supports efforts in these states to build regional model of a healthy, sustainable environment. Completed proposals are due at the Bullitt Foundation by April 5, 2010.

For more information and application: http://bullitt.org/bullitt-environmental-fellowship/2010-bullitt-environmental-fellowship-call-for-applications