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The Center for Global Studies was founded in August 2010 after Penn State was awarded one of eleven highly competitive National Resource Center grants by the Department of Education.
Working across all major university units, our mission is to enhance Penn State’s recognition as a university known for excellent research, teaching, and outreach in global studies. Our goal is to create a truly cross-disciplinary center for the creative and innovative study of the many complex facets of globalization. We offer the university an impact-oriented vision for facilitating and coordinating faculty and student research, promoting globally-relevant graduate and undergraduate education (especially language skills), and introducing new outreach programs.
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2015 Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium
April 13, 2015 at the University of Pittsburgh
Abstracts due February 27, 2015
Penn State’s Center for Global Studies is excited to announce its involvement with the 2015 Global Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium, being held at the University of Pittsburgh on April 13, 2015. Penn State’s CGS will be working in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh’s Global Studies Center to attract and highlight undergraduate research on a wide variety of global topics and issues. This event will serve as a prime networking opportunity for students looking to build careers in a global field. Any student conducting research emphasizing our interconnected world in areas such as (but not limited to) global economics, gender, health, education, politics, media, nationalism, ethnicity, spirituality, and community is encouraged to apply.
In order to apply, a student must first submit an abstract for review (due February 27). Select students will then be asked to submit a minimum of 8-page research paper (due March 30) to be reviewed by a panel, and to speak at the event on April 13. Students who are chosen to participate in the symposium will give a 12-minute presentation outlining their specific research. Applications and more information can be found at the University of Pittsburgh's Global Studies page. The symposium will include a keynote lecture, student presentations and student networking. Meals and round-trip transportation expenses from Penn State campuses are covered.
Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships competition now open
The Center for Global Studies is pleased to announce the competition for FLAS Fellowships for the Pennsylvania State University. FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. They assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies.
Evaluation of applications will begin on February 15, 2015, but all applications will be considered until funds are fully allocated.
For more details including the award amounts, application forms, and FAQs, visit our FLAS information page.
NEW: There will be two information sessions prior to the application deadline for students interested in applying for a FLAS award. If you have questions about eligibility or program requirements, or the application, please attend one of the two sessions listed below:
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | 4:30-5:30p.m. | 112 Thomas Building
Monday, February 9, 2015 | 5:30-6:30p.m. | 109 Willard Building