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Senior wins Boren Award to study Mandarin in Taiwan

Thomas G. Taylor, a senior studying social sciences through the WSU Global Campus, has received a Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to study the Mandarin language in Taiwan during the 2014-15 academic year.

He is one of 165 Boren recipients out of 868 applications from students in 38 disciplines nationwide. The new Boren Scholars represent 25 disciplines at 90 institutions in 36 states.

Taylor’s degree program includes concentrations in political science, sociology, and history.

He is WSU’s 13th Boren Scholar since 2001; the designation is for awardees who are undergraduates. WSU has also had two graduate student Boren Fellows since 2000.

NSEP reports that among this year’s winners, China is the most requested destination and Mandarin the second most popular language.

Learn more about this distinguished scholarship and others

English major among WSU’s first Fulbright UK summer students

Grace Reed
Grace Reed

Grace Reed, a sophomore from University Place, Wash., majoring in English, is headed for Nottingham Trent University to study “Creativity, Culture, History and Heritage” for four weeks this summer.

Reed is one of three WSU undergraduates going to England and Scotland as the University’s first recipients of Fulbright UK Summer Institute awards.

“It is quite an accomplishment for WSU to have three students accepted for the Fulbright UK,” said Sarah Ann Hones, director of the Distinguished Scholarships Program, part of the WSU Office of Undergraduate Education.

The students will experience the UK; develop their research, communication and presentation skills; and perform community service. The Fulbright program will cover most of their costs.

Twelve WSU undergraduates went through the rigorous process of applying for the awards.

More about WSU’s Fulbright UK summer students

WSUV grad student receives Fulbright to study in Switzerland

Eric Dexter
Eric Dexter

Growing up in Florida, Eric Dexter was the only kid in his class who didn’t want to become a marine biologist. He barely graduated from high school. No one in his family had ever gone to college or traveled outside the country.

In September, the Washington State University Vancouver graduate student leaves for the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, on a Fulbright Fellowship. There he will receive specialized training on theoretical research techniques to further his research on invasive aquatic species on Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in Western Europe. The subject of aquatic invasive species is a matter of international concern.

Read more about his journey

Three CAS grad students earn top AFW awards

Amber Morczek
Amber Morczek
Amanda Vander Woude
Amanda Vander Woude, right, with Sheila Converse, AFW president and music faculty member
Ellen Preece
Ellen Preece

Graduate and doctoral students in the College of Arts and Sciences won three of six annual awards presented last week by the WSU Association for Faculty Women. AFW’s top honors recognize students whose work benefits the community.

Ellen Preece, a doctoral student in the School of the Environment, won a Harriett B. Rigas Award. Elected president of the Washington State Lake Protection Association, at WSU Preece researches food and water safety issues.

Amanda Vander Woude, a graduate student in vocal performance, won an AFW Founders Award. Vander Woude studies the vocal injuries of professional singers, gives voice lessons to WSU undergraduates, and performs in various ensembles.

Amber Morczek, a doctoral candidate in criminal justice and criminology, received the Karen Depaul Leadership Award. Morczek has participated in violence-prevention programs, including the Prisoner Debate Project, which took WSU undergraduates to the Coyote Ridge Correctional Facility to collaborate with inmates during public debates in the facility about topics in criminal justice.

More about the 2014 AFW awards

Political scientist alumnus honored for teaching, service

Daniel M. Ogden, Jr.
Daniel M. Ogden, Jr.,

Retired political scientist Daniel M. Ogden, Jr., of Vancouver, Wash., recently was honored with the WSU Alumni Association (WSUAA) Alumni Achievement Award for a 50-year career of service to academia, the federal government, and the local community.

The award is the highest honor bestowed by the WSUAA. Since 1970, fewer than 515 alumni have received it.

Ogden  was one of a select group in 1960 that managed four U.S. presidential campaign advances for Sen. Jack Kennedy, culminating in the final event in Philadelphia. The experience was co-authored by Ogden in the 1964 book, “Electing the President.” He taught at WSU after earning his bachelor’s degree here in political science in 1944.

More about Ogden’s distinguished career and service.