A record four Auburn University students named Fulbright Scholars for 2015

Four Auburn University Honors College students who graduated this spring have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships. Tyler Look, Matthew Goforth, Matthew Pollock and Steven Vickers will continue their studies in Berlin, Munich, the village of Trittau in Germany, and Latvia, respectively.
In the past six years, 14 Auburn University students have been named Fulbright recipients; this year’s four students is a school record.
Houston native Look graduated from the colleges of Business and Liberal Arts with a double major in aviation management and German-international trade and a minor in Spanish. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to examine public transportation systems at the Technical University of Berlin. In 2014, Look participated in the Auburn University exchange semester in Germany where he earned the Goethe Institute German Language certification. While at Auburn, Look was a four-year member of the Marching Band.
“The focus of my research is to analyze the economic, political, social and environmental factors that specifically influence citizens to choose various modes of transportation within a densely populated city,” Look said. “I am looking forward to spending the next academic year abroad and to the adventures that lie ahead.”
Huntsville native Goforth graduated from the colleges of Sciences and Mathematics and Liberal Arts with a major in physics and a minor in German. He has conducted research on fusion energy plasmas under the direction of David Maurer in the Department of Physics for the past year and a half. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his research on complex plasma experiments at the Technical University of Munich where he will join the Complex Plasma Research Group at the German Aerospace on the university’s campus. Goforth is the son of a retired U.S. Army officer and was born in Ansbach, Germany.
“My work at the German Aerospace Center will include the planning of complex plasma experiments as well as providing a detailed analysis of space data using specially adjusted image analysis techniques,” Goforth said. “I am eager to join leading German scientists and researchers in support of the International Space Station. My Fulbright year promises to be a life-changing experience and I am grateful for this opportunity.”
Port Orange, Florida, native Pollock graduated from the College of Liberal Arts with a double major in English literature and Spanish and minors in linguistics and German. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach high school students in the northern German village of Trittau. Pollack served as a tutor with the Miller Writing Center for the past two years and last summer attended the Goethe Institute in Berlin summer language program.
“My work as a tutor in the Miller Writing Center has prepared me well for the rigors of teaching English in Germany,” Pollock said. “Of course, teaching is a two-way street and I look forward to improving my German language skills and cultural competence while abroad.”
Mobile native Vickers graduated from the College of Liberal Arts with a major in history. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English to high school and middle school students in Riga, the capital of Latvia. Before coming to Auburn, Vickers served on the City of Mobile Police Department for six years. For the past two years he has served as a tutor with the Athletics Department.
“My experience as a police officer in Mobile forced me to see the world from many different perspectives,” Vickers said. “In Latvia, I will be immersed in a culture completely different from my own which will challenge me in way I could only imagine. I am looking forward to the challenge.”
“We are excited for Tyler, Matthew, Steven and Matthew,” said Melissa Baumann, Auburn assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “The Fulbright award is an acknowledgment of their hard work and their potential for future accomplishments in their disciplines. They are all outstanding representatives of Auburn University and we send them off with sincere wishes for great success.”
“The Fulbright offers our students a life altering experience” said Paula Bobrowski, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and chair of the campus-wide Fulbright screening committee. “This international experience will forever change their views of the world and help them to realize how they can make an impact on the world.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with our scholars throughout the application process and their selection brings great credit upon Auburn University,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. “I am especially grateful to their faculty mentors Tom Nadar, associate professor of German; James Truman, assistant director of University Writing; David Maurer, associate professor of physics; and Alan Meyer, assistant professor of history, who all provided support and encouragement and wrote glowing letters of support on their behalf.”

Four Auburn University students awarded Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for study abroad

Four Auburn University students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for study abroad. The nationally competitive scholarship program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies around the world.
Shannon Bewley, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts from Birmingham and a member of the Honors College, is majoring in studio art and art history with a minor in German. She was awarded the scholarship to study with the College of Liberal Arts Art Summer Program in Rome.
Braxton Nelson, a sophomore in the College of Sciences and Mathematics from Lilburn, Georgia, is majoring in biomedical sciences with a pre-physical therapy concentration and minoring in Spanish. He was awarded the scholarship to study with the College of Liberal Arts Summer Program in Madrid.
Sarah Grace Simpson, a sophomore in the Saumel Ginn College of Engineering from Russellville, Alabama, and a member of the Honors College, is majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in Asian studies. She was awarded the scholarship to study in Shaghai, China, this summer.
Catherine Tabor, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts from Centreville, Alabama, and a member of the Honors College, is pursuing a double major in English and German international trade and a double minor in psychology and community and civic engagement. She was awarded the scholarship to study in Vienna.

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Conner Bailey to Speak during k(no)w poverty? Lecture series

Conner Bailey, Professor of Rural Sociology, will give a public talk titled “Persistent Poverty in Alabama: Standard Theories and Other Realities” as part of the Honors College “k(no)w poverty?” lecture series Wednesday April 8, at 6 p.m. in Langdon Hall.

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Bailey has been involved in research related to natural resources and the environment, often focused on the demographically-defined region of Alabama known as the Black Belt. During his lecture Bailey will speak on the paradox of abundant natural wealth and persistent poverty, and how it can be explained by existing theories in sociology and economics as well as the factors that are specific to Alabama and the South that are often overlooked.

The event is part of ongoing talks on issues relevant to poverty in the community, region, state and world and has been developed by the Honors College at Auburn University to support the university’s land-grant mission. Participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for the Campus Food Pantry.

Honors student Rachel Pipan Received National PR Award

Auburn University College of Liberal Arts senior Rachel Pipan has been named a winner of the 2015 Daniel J. Edelman Public Relations Student Society of America Award by Edelman Public Relations. As one of only two national winners, she will receive $1,500 and a three-month paid internship at one of Edelman’s U.S. offices to help advance her public relations skills.

“I am beyond honored to one of the two winners of the Daniel J. Edelman PRSSA award for the outstanding public relations student,” said Pipan, a senior majoring in public relations and minoring in business. “Daniel Edelman was a true pioneer in the field of public relations, and his firm has an impeccable reputation for ethics, research and excellent execution of public relations campaigns. I am looking forward to interning for Edelman and following in his footsteps.”

The award, named after the founder of Edelman, has been presented annually since 1990 to active PRSSA students and honors those who have demonstrated exceptional leadership ability, a commitment to a public relations career and esteemed contributions to PRSSA. Edelman is the world’s largest public relations firm home to more than 5,000 employees in 65 cities, as well as affiliates in more than 35 cities.

Pipan, an Honors College student who manages on-campus communications for the university’s Office of Undergraduate Research, has set a career goal to be the communications director for an international nonprofit organization.

“Having the opportunity to work in Edelman’s outstanding office will provide me with an invaluable educational experience,” said Pipan. “Edelman’s office in Washington, D.C., includes working on government and public policy campaigns, and since my passion lies in female political representation, I would ideally have an opportunity to sharpen my skills while working for causes and clients I love.”

In 2014, Pipan was the winner of the John D. Graham PRSSA scholarship and was the second place winner of the Betsy Plank PRSSA scholarship. She credits her achievements in the public relations field to her education in the School of Communication and Journalism.

“Auburn’s public relations program pushed me to be an ethical, curious and determined public relations student,” said Pipan. “All in all, my classes have intersected beautifully to both help me gain my past internships and to help me win this award.”

After graduation, Pipan, a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, plans to attend American University to pursue a master’s degree in strategic communication.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) Summer Internship Program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in projects focused on helping DNDO meet its mission of “implementing domestic nuclear detection efforts for a managed and coordinated response to radiological and nuclear threats, as well as integration of federal nuclear forensics programs.”

Ten-week research experiences will be offered at federal research facilities located across the U.S.

Undergraduate students receive a stipend of $600 per week plus travel expenses.

Graduate students receive a stipend of $700 per week plus travel expenses.

Areas of research: Engineering, earth and geosciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, and more.

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: March 16, 2015, at 12:00 AM

Additional information and how-to-apply instructions can be found here.
DNDO has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email.

Travel to Italy with the College of Human Sciences

The Joseph S. Bruno Auburn Abroad in Italy program offers students, not only the experience of studying abroad, but in doing so, receiving 16 Auburn credit hours and an International Minor – a credential that will add to their professional resume.

Due to the popularity of the program, they currently only have 16 slots open (out of 110) for the next year and a half. They have eight beds for Fall 2015 and eight beds for Spring 2016. As of this morning, Summers 15 and 16 and Spring 2017 are completely full with waitlists.

If you need any assistance contact Sue Fox for questions her office hours are Mondays and Tuesdays, 7:45-4:45 and Wednesdays, 7:45-11:44, 108 Spidle Hall or via email.

Two Truman Scholarship Finalists from Honors College

Two Auburn University undergraduates have been named finalists for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, one of the nation’s top academic awards.

Sara Rains of Brentwood, Tennessee, and Jessica Adams of Smiths Station, Alabama, are competing to be named among only 59 recipients nationwide. The winners will be announced in mid-April.

“We are so very pleased for these two Honors College students as they put their academic talents to work for the public good, epitomizing the land grant mission of Auburn University, and we wish them every success as they compete to be named 2015 Truman Scholars,” said Melissa Bauman, director of the Honors College.

Rains, a member of the Honors College, is a junior double-majoring in nutrition and horticulture in the colleges of Human Sciences and Agriculture, respectively, with a minor in hunger studies. She is an Auburn University Global Challenge Fellow, a member of the Committee of 19, co-founder of the Auburn University ONE Campaign, a non-profit organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, an Undergraduate Research Fellow and student ambassador to Presidents United to Solve Hunger, or PUSH.

She plans to seek a position after graduation as a policy officer with the One Acre Fund in rural East Africa, a social enterprise that invests in farmers through training and market facilitation.

Adams, also a member of the Honors College, is a junior majoring in microbial, cellular and molecular biology in the College of Sciences and Mathematics with a minor in hunger studies. She is an IMPACT project coordinator, an intern with the Hunger Solutions Institute in the College of Human Sciences which is responsible for carrying out demographic research and program development, an Auburn University Global Challenge Fellow and co-founder of the campus chapter of Bama Covered, a health care educational network in Alabama, and director of the Smiths Station Bama Covered office.

After graduation, she will pursue graduate work in epidemiology and eventually a position with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship, created in 1975 by an act of Congress, is awarded to select college juniors on the basis of four criteria: service on campus and in the community, commitment to a career in public service, communication ability and aptitude to be a “change agent,” and academic talent that would ensure acceptance to a first-rate graduate school.

Scholars receive up to $30,000 toward their post-graduate education. In addition, they participate in leadership development programs and have opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

“Sara and Jessica embody what the Truman Scholarship seeks to recognize,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. “Their leadership and numerous service activities are matched by their stellar performance in the classroom. It has been a privilege working with them and their faculty members throughout the scholarship application process.”

The National Prestigious Scholarship office at Auburn University, located in the Honors College, works closely with students to identify and help them pursue prestigious scholarship national and international awards through information sessions and one-on-one support during the application process.