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Dates and Deadlines
Monday, October 17
Online registration opens for Annual Conference and Standards of Good Practice Institute

Wednesday, October 19
Registration closes for Forum-NACUA webinar on changes to Clery Handbook

Undergraduate Research Award Winners Announced

The Forum is pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 Undergraduate Research Award:
Student:Claire Jenson
Program: Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA), Paris
Home Institution: Oberlin College           
Discipline: Art History   
Project Title: Robert of Hangest’s missal: reconstructing a medieval illuminated manuscript
Student:Richard Hong
Program: University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), Mexico Field Research Program
Mexico City/San Cristóbal, Mexico
Home Institution: University of California, San Diego                     
Discipline: Political Science-International Relations/Latin American Studies    
Project Title: Upon Greater Security, Greater Vulnerability: How the Growing Presence of Border Enforcement in Mexico has Affected the Flow of Central American Migrants                       
The Forum’s Undergraduate Research Award is a national competition that recognizes excellence in academic work completed by students as part of an education abroad program. The students will present their work in Denver, CO on March 23, 2012 at a plenary session at the Forum’s eighth annual conference.
Claire Jenson’s project, conducted over the course of a year at the Center for University Programs Abroad (CUPA) in Paris, focused on the history of a medieval illuminated manuscript, searching for sources that revealed its ownership, deciphering its text, and analyzing its decorations. Jenson wrote that “Unlike other textual studies, however, my work began with one serious disadvantage: I had only one leaf of the manuscript.”  Upon being notified of winning the award, Claire wrote, “Studying abroad with CUPA provided me with academic and personal opportunities that stimulated my intellectual growth and passion for research… I cannot stress enough my debt to both my French and American professors and the CUPA staff as I humbly receive this award.”
Richard Hong spent a semester in Mexico, where he conducted field research in Tapachula, and commuted between the border towns of Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico and Tecún Umán in Guatemala. His project used an ethnographic survey that he designed to interview undocumented Central American migrants.  He also interned with the Consulate General of the Republic of El Salvador, where he was in charge of tabulating, analyzing, and logging over 230 interviews with Salvadorian child-migrants.  Richard told the Forum: “I am very honored to be selected for this prestigious award. However, my research would not have been possible if not for the willingness of the humble and courageous migrants to share their stories and experiences with me. My hope is that as we continue research in this field, positive and constructive social change will come to place for communities on both sides of the border.”

Eighth Annual Conference Registration Opens Online October 17

Registration for the Forum’s Eighth Annual Conference, “Tracing the Experience: From Inquiry to Integration,” opens online Monday, October 17, 2011. Early-bird registration fees apply until January 20, 2012. Forum institutional members with five or more colleagues participating in the conference are eligible for a group rate.
The Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference is a signature event in international education, known for its distinctive sessions and in-depth, interactive discussion among participants.This year’s theme focuses on the transformational nature of education abroad by exploring the education abroad experience as a whole, from the first spark of interest to the significance of the experience later in a student’s life.
For full information, including how to register, please visit: http://www.forumea.org/Denver2012.cfm

Reminder: Forum-NAUCA Webinar on Changes to Clery Act Reporting

The Forum and NACUA (National Association of College and University Attorneys) will offer a webinar to address recent changes to the Clery Handbook and the implications for education abroad. The webinar, Implications of the New Clery Handbook - What Does it Mean for Education Abroad?, will take place on Friday, October 28th at 2:00pm (EDT).
This webinar is intended for institutional teams that may include representatives from offices such as education abroad, risk management, campus police and safety, and legal counsel. Study abroad program provider organizations will also find the webinar useful since the new reporting requirements may impact the way they provide information to the campuses they serve. Registration is $175 for Forum on Education Abroad and/or NACUA members, and $250 for non-members. For more information, and to register: http://www.forumea.org/NACUAwebinar.cfm  Registration for the webinar closes Wednesday October 19th.

Forum Represented at U.S. - India Higher Education Summit

Forum President and CEO Brian Whalen represented Forum member institutions at the first U.S.-India Higher Education Summit held at Georgetown University on October 13. The Summit brought together more than 300 leaders from academia, non-governmental organizations, foundations and the private-sector, and provided them an opportunity to outline their vision for educational cooperation and exchange.  Whalen was an invited discussant at a session that explored student exchange and education abroad programming that focused on generating ideas for increasing the numbers of Indian students coming to the U.S. and the number of U.S. students participating in education abroad programs to India.  The Summit was co-hosted by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Indian Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal, and was first announced during President Obama's trip to India last November.
As part of a U.S. Department of State project, the Forum has been working with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to increase education abroad capacity in India.  As part of this project, the Forum conducted a workshop on the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad in Delhi for representatives from 25 Indian Universities.  The workshop was conducted by certified trainer Kim Kreutzer, Associate Director of the Office of International Education at the University of Colorado Boulder.
To read more about the Summit, visit: http://blogs.state.gov/index.php/site/entry/india_strategic_dialogue_higher_ed_summit


23 Brazilian Universities Join the Forum

23 Brazilian universities have recently joined the Forum as part of the Forum-IIE Education Abroad Capacity Project. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Education Abroad Capacity Project has involved the Forum in conducting two recent workshops in Rio de Janeiro and Recife, Brazil.  The workshops oriented and trained Brazilian universities in the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad and were led by certified Forum trainers, Kline Harrison, Associate Provost for Global Affairs at Wake Forest University and David Shallenberger of the SIT Graduate Institute.
The Forum welcomes the following Brazilian universities as new members:Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica do Rio de Janeiro, Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo, Centro Universitário Univates, Colégio Pedro II, FAE Centro Universitário, Instituto Federal de Educação Ciência e Tecnologia do Sudeste de Minas Gerais, Instituto Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Instituto Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade do Estado de Minas Gerais,Universidade Estácio de Sá, Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei, Universidade Federal do ABC, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Universidade Federal do Recôncavo da Bahia, Universidade Federal dos Vales de Jequitinhonha e Muruci, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Universidade FUMEC, Universidade Metodista de Piracicaba, Universidade Metodista de São Paulo

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