Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our Winter 2017 CFANS Grant Recipients!

Every semester we award several grants and scholarships to CFANS students to fund their study abroad trip. To apply for these grants, students must submit an essay for each grant they apply for. Every semester we highlight these students and their academic achievements with a quick interview and photo to showcase them on our website. 

Go Global Grant Recipients

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Mark Houle
Year: Senior
Major:
 Environmental Science Policy and Mangement 
Program: Environmental Issues in New Zealand
Why did you choose to study abroad? "I wanted to lok at environmental issues releated to different perspectives, travel, and see new parts of the world, while also getting new experiencing new adventures with my peers."
What was your favorite experience from your study abroad program? "Interacting with professors in New Zealand, they're passionate about what they do and they have a lot of knoweldge. I enjoyed learning in out door spaces, seeing impacts of what we're learning and seeing real world examples."
What is one thing on your bucket list?
 "Something on my bucket list is to see every continent and explore as many ecosystems on Earth as possible."

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Clare Tan

Year: Junior
Major: Conservation Biology
Program: Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods
Why did you choose to study abroad? "Mostly because that course in particular was relevant to my major. It's very focused on the tiger, which is one of my interests. It's like a career goal and it was a very valuable experience. I definitely want to work abroad in the future. I want to go to Malaysia and work on tigers there."
How do you think that this study abroad experience will help you in your future career? "It prepared me for a life in the research station, aside from just the field part of things. It's also getting in the environment. Living in the research station, know what day to day life is like."
What was your favorite experience from your study abroad program? "I liked the bird banding part of things. It was fast-paced, and we got to see a lot of birds, and it was very rewarding."
What's something unique or special that you learned while studying abroad? "The field techniques. The stuff that we did, it was like occupancy surveys and we walked along this transect kind of thing of about 100 meters. And we would just look at the tracks of the animals that have walked by. It was really cool being able to identify "oh hey, that's an elephant" or "that's a civet."
What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten? "I ate a cricket in the market! We asked if we could try it and it was like barbeque. It was just one cricket but they sell them in bags and they were fried”

International Learning and Go Global Grant Recipients

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Anna Brekke
Year: Junior
Major: Sustainable Systems Management 
Program: Germany Leading the Renewables Revolution
Why did you choose to study abroad? “I was really interested in seeing how people from other countries lived their lifestyles differently. In Germany, sustainability is ingrained into their lifestyle, and I was really interested in experiencing that."
What was your favorite experience from your study abroad program? “We visited a bio energy park, it was an old ammunition camp and converted into an energy park. It focused on solar, wind and biogas plants"
What's something unique or special that you learned while studying abroad? "Munster, one of the cities we visited, has 300,000 people, but almost 600,000 bikes."

What's one thing on your bucket list? "To visit all 50 states." 

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Emily Newman
Year: 
Senior
Major: Fisheries and Wildlife and Conservation Ecology
Program: Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods
Why did you choose to study abroad? “I never had the time to do the full semester study abroad, so I wanted to do a month long one and I heard good things about this program, and I had a couple of classes with the program leader."
What's your favorite experience from your study abroad program? “We went camera dropping and it was cool to see the pictures from it and the people I met from it too."

What's something unique or special that you learned while studying abroad? “I learned field workd isn't as glamorous as people make it out to be, surveying is just walking in straight lines not really seeing anything. But also realizing that it's still important."

What's the weirdest food you've ever eaten? “Crispy bugs, not too bad."

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Danielle Brown
Year: Senior
Major: Fisheries Wildlife Conservation Biology 
Program: Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods
Why did you choose to study abroad? “To gain academic and professional experience, interact with researchers in the field, and to get close with faculty and meet new people."
What was your favorite experience from your study abroad program? “Spending a week and a half in the jungle, doing field work with top researchers for tiger conservation in the world."
What's something unique or special that you learned while studying abroad? "That anyone can do the work if they care enough and if they push themselves to learn as much as they can."

What's one thing on your bucket list? "One thing on my bucket list is to return to Thailand."

Diversity in Education Abroad and Go Global Grant Recipient

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Abby Daniel

Year: Freshmen 
Major: Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation Biology
Program: Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods
Why did you choose to study abroad? “Because I've never been out of the country and I really wanted to study abroad, and as soon as I leard about this program I knew I really wanted to do it, it was about something I was interested in."
What was your favorite experience from your study abroad program? “Probably camping out in the jungle, which we did most of the time. Being out in the jungle and seeing animals all the time and experiencing that."
What's something unique or special you learned while studying abroad? “How to track tigers with their footprints, and other ways to track them. How their numbers are dwindling, but also how people are helping all over the world."

What's one thing on your bucket list? “One thing on my bucket list is to go to Africa because I'm really interested in elephants."

 


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