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November 20, 2014
International Education Week
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Dickinson College

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The Forum Proudly Announces the 2014 Undergraduate Research Award Winners

Students: Wesley Hauser, Wabash College and Erin Emmons, College of the Holy Cross
Nominating member: The School for Field Studies (SFS)
Program: The School for Field Studies Rainforest Studies Program           
Project: “Putting Lumholtz’s Tree-Kangaroo on the Map: Using Present Distribution to Assess Habitat Requirements and Identify Areas for Further Surveys”
Student: Alexx Temeña, Brown University
Nominating member: Antioch Education Abroad
Program: Antioch Education Abroad Buddhist Studies in India
Project: “’Others before Self:’ Buddhist Influences at Tibetan Children’s Village, Selakui”
The Forum’s Undergraduate Research Award recognizes excellence in academic work completed by students as part of an education abroad program. The students will present their work at a plenary session at The Forum’s Eleventh Annual Conference in New Orleans on March 27, 2015. The students’ projects were judged by faculty from Forum member institutions, who found them to be the best examples of the highest quality academic achievements of undergraduates studying abroad.

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Recipients of the 2014 Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design

The Forum is pleased to announce that this year’s Award for Excellence in Education Abroad Curriculum Design goes to a group of faculty members from Dickinson College and Akita International University for their interdisciplinary course, “Living Well in Later Life,” offered as part of Dickinson’s U.S.-Japan Global Scholars Program. Please join us in congratulating Professors Shawn Bender, John Henson, Dave Sarcone and Shalom Staub, all of Dickinson College, and Professor Yoshitaka Kumagai of Akita International University. The award will be presented at The Forum’s Eleventh Annual Conference, It Takes a Campus and More: The Faces of Education Abroad, in New Orleans on March 27, 2015, where Professors Sarcone and Bender will present at a session about the course.
The Forum’s Award for Excellence in Curriculum Design honors faculty who develop and implement innovative and effective education abroad curricula. It is the education abroad field’s only award presented to an individual or group of individuals for excellence in the design of an education abroad course. By recognizing the outstanding efforts of faculty who are committed to the Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, The Forum hopes to inspire the field as a whole to continue to strive for enrichment of education abroad curricula, and to continually reflect on how we may best encourage student learning abroad.

Click here to learn more about the award and this year’s recipients.

Application Deadline: Education Abroad Capacity Review

Attention Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners! The Forum will offer Education Abroad Capacity Reviews in Spring 2015 for Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners. Offered in support of IIE's Generation Study Abroad initiative, this customized QUIP review focuses on assessing and expanding education abroad capacity at all types of institutions and organizations. The Education Abroad Capacity Review evaluates the organization’s resources, opportunities and challenges according to The Forum’s Standards and offers practical advice for meeting Generation Study Abroad commitment goals. Six institutions are currently completing Capacity Reviews.

This program is open exclusively for Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partners. The deadline to apply is December 12. Click here for more information and to apply.

New in Summer, 2015: Professional Certification Accelerated Residency Program

The Forum will offer an Accelerated Residency for Professional Certification Program, June 22-24, 2015, on the Dickinson College campus in Carlisle, PA. During the three-day program, participants will attend all six Standards of Good Practice workshops that make up the Professional Certification Program, and then return home to complete accompanying Standards Assignments. Accelerated Residency participants will have a unique opportunity to learn and collaborate with their colleagues in the field and intensely focus on their professional development.
This program is open to all participants who have applied and are enrolled in the Professional Certification Program. For more information and to apply, click here.

Welcome New Members

The Forum welcomes the following institutional members committed to the Standards of Good Practice:

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Annual Conference Grant and Award Opportunities

Conference grants are available to Forum members to help defray the costs of attending The Forum’s 11th Annual Conference in New Orleans. Selection of grant recipients will be based on need and demonstrated benefit from attending the conference. The deadline to apply is December 3.
The Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award is given to faculty members or education abroad colleagues who have been especially effective in contributing to innovations in education abroad program design. The award is named in honor of long-time education abroad innovator, Ron Koehn, who has played a significant role in advancing the education abroad field. Award winners receive a stipend that helps to underwrite the costs of their attendance at The Forum’s Annual Conference. The deadline to apply is December 12.
Through the generous support of IFSA-Butler, grants are also available for colleagues who wish to attend the pre-conference workshop, Developing as a U.S.-Based Education Abroad Professional.

Forum Workshop at Suffolk University

In conjunction with the Boston Area Study Abroad Association (BASAA), The Forum will deliver the Overview of the Standards of Good Practice workshop on Friday, December 5 at Suffolk University. The Forum’s Standards provide a means to assess and ensure quality in all areas of education abroad programming – academic programming, student conduct, resources and personnel and policies and procedures.
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Dates and Deadlines:

Friday, November 21: Standards workshops at University College Dublin
Wednesday, December 3: Applications due for annual conference grants
Friday, December 5: Standards workshop at Suffolk University
Friday, December 12: Applications due for Ron Koehn Conference Grant Award
Friday, December 12: Application deadline for Capacity Review

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