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Education USA weekly updates – No. 177 * 26 April 2010

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I. Scholarships and Fellowships

– Undergraduate: The University of Mount Union offers scholarships to international students

– Postdoc: University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

– Time Sensitive: Postdoc: Fellowship in Information Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

II. News you can use

– Maryville University of St. Louis announces new master’s programs and MBA concentrations

– Online education: Walden University offers tuition savings for students referred by EducationUSA Advisers

– North Hennepin Community College still accepting applications for Fall 2010

– Accessible Advising: Reaching Students with Disabilities

 

I. Scholarships and Fellowships

The University of Mount Union offers Scholarships to international students

clip_image006[1]The International Award is given automatically to non-native English speaking applicants who qualify based on a review of a student’s English language proficiency level at the time of acceptance. To qualify for the International Award, applicants must be admitted as an F-1 degree seeking student and hold a valid I-20 form which will be issued by Mount Union and must not have completed their entire secondary school education in an English curriculum.

The award amounts are the following:

      • 45-60 iBT (PB TOEFL scores between 450 and 497) or

an IELTS score of 4.5 – $7,500 award

      • 61 iBT (PB TOEFL scores at 500 and above) or an IELTS

score of 5.0 and above – $10,000 award

In addition, we also offer need based financial aid and if an international student qualifies as according to the College Board’s International Student Financial Aid Application it could mean an additional $6,000 for a total max of $16,000.  Our total cost for 2010-2022 for tuition, fees, room and meals is $32,584 so on average we can help with about 50% of the total cost.

About Mount Union

The University of Mount Union offers a liberal arts education and affirms the importance of reason, open inquiry, and individual worth. Mount Union’s mission is to prepare students for meaningful work, fulfilling lives, and responsible citizenship. Mount Union was founded in 1846 by Orville Nelson Hartshorn as a place where men and women could be educated with equal opportunity, science would parallel the humanities and there would be no distinction due to race, color or sex.

Mount Union is in Alliance, Ohio (population 25,000). The College is located 70 miles from Cleveland and 80 miles from Pittsburgh.

Mount Union enrolls 2,200 undergraduates; approximately 50 percent women and 50 percent men, representing more than 28 states and 18 countries.

For more information on international admission, contact the Center for Global Education at: [email protected]

Tel. (330) 823-3296 or fax at (330) 829-8204.

Mount Union www.mountunion.edu

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clip_image010[1]University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: June 1, 2010

The University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences Announces a New Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for 2011

For the first time, the University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences is offering up to eight postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences to begin in January 2011. These inaugural fellowships are designed to attract excellent scholars from outside the University of Pittsburgh and to offer junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers.

The Arts and Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships are for one year and are renewable for an additional year.  Fellows will teach two courses per year, complete scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual community of the School of Arts and Sciences and the department or program with which they are affiliated. The fellowship offers junior scholars the time, space, and financial support necessary to produce significant scholarship early in their careers.  The annual stipend will be $45,000. Fellows will receive an annual research fund of $3,500 and a one-time reimbursement of up to $1,500 for moving expenses.

Eligibility:

We invite applications from qualified candidates in the humanities and social sciences who have received the PhD from outside of the University of Pittsburgh between December 1, 2007 and November 30, 2010.  Applicants who do not have the PhD in hand at the time of application must provide a letter from the Department Chair or the Advisor stating that the PhD degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins.

Guidelines:

Postdoctoral education is an important facet of research and scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh, and the University has

developed a comprehensive set of guidelines for postdoctoral fellows and the faculty, departments, and programs who work with them.

Application Requirements and Procedure

Applicants should submit the following materials:

1.  An application form (available at www.as.pitt.edu/postdoc)

2.  Curriculum vitae

3. Detailed statement of current research interests (1,000 words) that clearly outlines the goals of the research you will undertake during the term of the fellowship.

4.  One writing sample no longer than 20 pages.

5.  A copy of the Dissertation Table of Contents

6.  A two-page statement of teaching interests and one or two course proposals (subject area, brief syllabus, proposed methods) for a 15-week course directed towards advanced undergraduates or graduate students.

7. Three letters of recommendation.  (NOTE:  Letter writers should e-mail their recommendations directly to [email protected] , using the applicant’s name and the word, "Postdoc Recommendation" in the e-mail subject line.

Application Deadline and Notification of Awards

All application materials-including letters of recommendation- must be submitted electronically before June 1, 2010.   Only fully completed formal applications will be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation to [email protected] by the closing date. Awards will be announced in July 2010.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator. Women, minorities, and

international candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information, contact:

Ms. Runette Brown

University of Pittsburgh

Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies Office

5401 Sennott Square

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tel: 412-624-3939

Fax: 412-624-6855

E-mail: [email protected]

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Information Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Application Deadline: April 30, 2010

The School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Information Policy for 2010-2011.

The information policy fellowship is designed recent PhDs who are interested in social, ethical, economic, legal, and technical aspects of information and information technologies with a focus on information policy and information ethics. Specifically, we are seeking candidates with research and teaching interests in the philosophy of information, critical/cultural studies of information, and/or advanced research methods.

Along with continuing their own research agenda, the fellow will work closely with the Center for Information Policy Research and affiliated faculty, assist in coordination of related events, work with current PhD students, and participate in the academic and intellectual community of the School. The fellow will be expected to teach one class in the fall and spring semesters. The stipend for the fellowship will be $38,000 for a 12-month appointment beginning in August 2010, with a $2,000 research and travel stipend. Fellows are eligible for benefits. Stipend for this position may be subject to future UW System furlough policies.

Application Information:

Applicants must be scholars who are not yet tenured and who are no more than 3 years past receiving their PhD.

Applicants must hold a PhD in a information studies or related discipline. Applicants who do not yet hold a PhD but expect to have it by August, 2010 will be asked to provide a letter from their home institution corroborating the degree award schedule. Verification of completion of degree will be required before the start date.

Application packages must include: letter explaining research agenda, teaching interests, and appropriateness for the fellowship, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and 3 references.

Send all application materials electronically to: Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan at [email protected]

Deadline for application is April 30, 2010. Decisions to be made by May 31 2010.

For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan at [email protected], and visit us at www4.uwm.edu/sois/ and www4.uwm.edu/cipr.

www4.uwm.edu/cipr/news/uw-milwaukee-seeking-postdoctoral-fellow-in-information-policy.cfm

I. News You Can Use

Maryville University of St. Louis announces new Master’s Programs and MBA Concentrations

Maryville University of St. Louis, fulfilling its mission to "provide selective and cutting edge programs in the Arts and Sciences, Health Professions, Education and Business", is happy to announce two new MBA concentrations, two new Master programs and one new Doctoral program, beginning Fall 2010.

The two new MBA concentrations are Sport and Entertainment Management, and Process and Project Management. The two new Master programs are Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership. The new doctoral program is the Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership, please use this link:

www.maryville.edu/academics-as-MA-Organizational-Leadership%20.htm

To learn more about the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership, please visit:

www.maryville.edu/academics-as-communications-ma-strategic-communication.htm

To learn more about the Doctorate of Nursing Practice, please visit: www.maryville.edu/academics-hp-nursing-dnp.htm

For more information about these two concentrations, please visit: www.maryville.edu/news7047.htm

For further inquires or questions, please contact the Office of International Admissions at [email protected], (314) 529-6857 or 800-627-9855

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Online Education: Walden University Welcomes International Applicants – tuition savings for students referred by EducationUSA Advisers

Walden University is an accredited institution celebrating 40 years of serving the higher education needs of working professionals. The university promotes lifelong learning by offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees online. Areas of study include health sciences, counseling, human services, management, psychology, education, public health, nursing, public administration, technology, and engineering.

Walden is distinguished by high academic standards, experienced faculty, a rigorous curriculum, and a mission of promoting positive social change. Using an array of technology, the university delivers an online education experience when, where, and how it is most convenient for students. Walden focuses on the professional needs of adult learners by offering programs that explore real-world issues. Our students can gain the critical-thinking, leadership, and communication skills they need to compete in the global marketplace and to influence their field.

The university is committed to serving the cultural and educational needs of students around the globe. We offer extra support for international students to help ensure their success. We understand that cost is often one of the greatest barriers to international students’ ability to obtain a U.S. degree, and in recognition of this fact, we have created special tuition savings opportunities for students who you refer to Walden through the end of 2010. In order for students to receive these savings, please ask students you refer to request information through this link, which was set up especially for advisees of

EducationUSA:

www.WaldenU.edu/EducationUSA

Lauren L. Stone

Executive Director

Center for International Programs

Walden University

www.waldenu.edu

Tel: 443-627-7103

Email: [email protected]

Fax: 410-843-6314

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North Hennepin Community College still accepting applications for Fall 2010

There is still time to study at North Hennepin CC (USA) for Fall semester 2010! 

The International Application deadlines are: May 1 for new students; & July 1 for transfer F-1 students.

Learn more at:

www.nhcc.edu/main/BecomeAStudent/ApplyForAdmission/international.aspx

Scott Johnson

International Student Advisor

[email protected]

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Accessible Advising: Reaching Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are often overlooked as candidates for studying in the U.S.

This is in part due to the following factors:

1) the misperception that a disability makes a student less qualified or capable

2) a lack of knowledge about the accessibility of and support in U.S. colleges and universities

3) the inaccessibility of advising

In actuality, any student with a disability who has a secondary school diploma or equivalent and the requisite English language ability is qualified to study in the U.S. and should be encouraged to do so. All U.S. colleges and universities are either accessible or have services to ensure that students with disabilities can fully participate.

The critical link between international students with disabilities and study in the U.S. is the educational advisor. The advisor who is accessible, informed, and willing to address barriers that students with disabilities will face in the application process can make the difference between an opportunity never discovered and a dream fully realized.

For specific guidance on how to make the advising center and your advising more accessible or if you have questions about how to best support a particular student, contact:

Molly Sirois, Executive Coordinator for Accessibility

Disability Services, University of Oregon

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +1 (541)346-1073

For a comprehensive range of information and resources on the inclusion of students with disabilities in international exchange: www.miusa.org/ncde