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Congratulations to our graduates!

Enjoy summer break, we are looking forward to seeing you in Fall!

International Studies Photo Contest


The International Studies Photo Contest Winners have been announced. See Facebook for the results and to view the beautiful pictures!

Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship


CURS Poster Diversity Symposium CURS Poster Undergrad Research



See the attached posters for more information on these opportunities from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

The 2nd Annual Symposium on Diversity:   Opportunities and Challenges for the Inclusion of Diversity in Higher Education and Society December 1, 2016 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lenhart Grand Ballroom Bowen-Thompson Student Union View posters and displays by undergraduate students related to topics in diversity. Hosted by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS)

UNDERGRADUATE SYMPOSIUM FOR RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Olscamp Hall @ BGSU All undergraduate students who have conducted a research, scholarly or creative project with a faculty mentor in any discipline are invited to present their findings at the symposium. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS) and the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education (NWO) will host the event. Both oral and poster presentations will be given.

Internships available for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017


Please share the following information and the attachment.

The Cleveland Council on World Affairs offers quality and engaging internship opportunities.
· Interns are provided with a meaningful project and assignments that help to develop their skills and that can be used in a work portfolio or for credit (based upon college/university policy)
· CCWA provides monitoring and supervision as the interns work to achieve their goals.
· Interns have opportunities for involvement in CCWA events such as attend lectures, and programs.
· CCWA provides International Leadership Seminars, where interns will have the opportunity to have a discussion with staff, organizational leaders, or selected members of the Board of Trustees who will share their professional experiences and the wide range of international careers available.
· Interns experience day-to-day operations in a small nonprofit organization with an international focus.
· Interns receive a small stipend

General description, deadlines and information on how to apply can be found in the following link:

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 internships.

Student Conference on Global Responses to 9/11 and the War on Terror


A Student Conference on

Global Responses to 9/11 and the War on Terror:

Literary, Media, and Film Perspectives  

Friday September 9, 2016   8 AM to 9 PM


For more information see poster:



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Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit


On behalf of Senator Sherrod Brown, it is my great honor to invite Bowling Green State University undergraduate students to apply to participate in Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit 2016.

Additional information about this year’s conference and the application can be found at

Propel Ohio is a leadership program that promotes civic engagement and inspires undergraduate students to grow into civic leaders in Ohio. Last year, over 250 students and administrators from 60 colleges and universities attended the inaugural Propel Ohio.

Propel Ohio 2016 will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the University of Dayton. It will actively engage college students on issues that affect childhood poverty, including health and hunger, education, and housing security. Senator Brown, guest speakers, and workshop facilitators will discuss how college students can tackle these challenges in their Ohio communities. At the end of the day, there will be a Resource Fair where students will connect with organizations that are addressing childhood poverty all across Ohio.

Each of Ohio’s two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities is invited to appoint up to three undergraduate students in addition to your selected host committee student. The deadline for students to apply on Senator Brown’s website is Friday, September 16, 2016. Applications will be shared by Senator Brown’s office with each applicant’s school.

If you are interested in applying for this program or need assistance with an application please contact
Megan Sigler, Civic Action Leader – Center for Community & Civic Engagement, 301 Hayes hall, 419 372 9865, Megan Lee Sigler

Note that BGSU will select 3 undergraduate student to represent our institution at the fall conference.
BGSU will be hosting a regional Propel Ohio conference in Spring 2017 and all applicants will be invited to be part of the planning process.

Tyler Way Shares His Experience in China


Please read. The following is from International Studies major Tyler Way. Tyler was kind enough to share his thoughts on his time spent studying in China. This is what the International Studies program is all about!! Thank you for sharing, Tyler!

I just completed a semester in Chengdu, China, which is the provincial capital of Sichuan located in the southwest of China near Tibet and just south of the ancient city of Xi’an. I was studying at 西南民族大学 (Southwest University for Nationalities) from mid January to mid May. My time there included many trips to neighboring provinces and the capital city of Beijing.

If I were to say one thing that I got out of the whole experience of studying abroad I would say it was a sense of confidence in myself that I didn’t have before. Studying a language can be a difficult and daunting task, but with the right determination it is not impossible. I worked hard my first three semesters at BGSU and I am proud of myself for the amount of progress I made in that time, but nothing can compare to the progress I made once living in a city with little to no English speakers. This was the most fearful I have ever been, but with the help of the other people in my program and some new found Chinese friends I did not just get used to that fear I obliterated it. I began to feel at home where once I had felt scared. It took time, but I soon realized that The Chinese people were so happy to see someone trying to learn their language that they wouldn’t even care about mistakes, they would only ever tell you new ways to say things more colloquially. You would say something as simple as “nihao (hello)” and they would be overjoyed and rave about how amazing at Chinese we were. This journey of learning Mandarin gave me valuable language skills, but also it gave me the confidence to soar to new heights and to reach for things that one seemed impossible.

Studying abroad is the best decision I have made since arriving at BGSU. The friends I have made while abroad are, and will always be, some of my closest friends. I encourage anyone who can, to study abroad at some point in their time here at BGSU. Go somewhere outside your comfort zone because only by pushing the boundaries of what we think we can handle, can we ever truly grow. (Someone probably said that, but I have no idea).

3rd Annual Undergraduate Student Conference on Global Engagement


Embracing Global Engagement

Embracing Global Engagement:
Internships, Service- and Experiential Learning in BGSU Education-Abroad Programs


The Center for Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (CURS), the Office of International Programs and Partnerships (IP), and the Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) are pleased to announce Bowling Green State University’s 3rd undergraduate student conference on global engagement. The conference will take place on October 5, 2016.

The title of this year’s conference is “Embracing Global Engagement: Internships, Service- and Experiential Learning in BGSU Education-Abroad Programs.” We invite students who have participated in learning activities such as internships, undergraduate research or scholarly/creative activities, and/or service-learning while studying abroad in 2015-2016 to present their experiences in a scholarly manner to students, faculty, staff, community members, and prospective students.

Students from all academic disciplines are invited to showcase their learning in one of three formats:

  • 10-15 minute presentations presented to a seated audience +15 minutes of Q & A per panel;
  • Visual Poster Session (in a one-hour session students will have an opportunity to present their posters:during the conference, students should interact with conference participants one-on-one);
  • Artistic or other creative session(i.e, Vodcasts or paintings or collages)

Deadline: Session proposals/abstracts are due by 5:00 pm on September 5, 2016, and should be submitted in PDF format. A letter of support from your faculty mentor/advisor should be included in the submission.
Students may expect an answer regarding participation in the conference by September 12, 2016.

Who can apply: Any undergraduate student who participated in an education abroad program, an overseas research/scholarly/creative project or internship/service-learning program in 2015-2016.

How to apply: Submit an abstract or proposal to Dr. Cordula Mora ( by Monday, September 5, 2016 5:00 pm. The proposal should be reviewed by the student’s faculty advisor or study-abroad program director prior to submission. This same faculty supervisor or study abroad program director will also need to submit a statement or letter of support for the student’s project.

Assistance with conference preparation: Presenters must participate in a 50-minute mandatory information session to be held during the second week in September. Time to be announced. During this information session you will receive advice on how to prepare a suitable and engaging poster or oral presentation. We will also discuss appropriate alternative format types where applicable.


What is an abstract? The abstract serves as a kind of advertisement for the activity that you completed and indicates that it deserves the attention of students, faculty, and the community at BGSU. In one or two paragraphs (150-200 words), you should articulate:

  • What motivated you to complete your internship, service-learning experience or research project;
  • The purpose of the internship,service-learnning experience, or research project and the area of study to which it belongs;
  • A few main ideas of your presentation or poster;
  • The conclusion, or if it is still in progress, preliminary results; What new understanding you have gained by engaging in your internship, service-learning experience or research project;
  • Don’t forget to include a (working) title that reflects what you plan to present;
  • Please indicate the type of presentation you would like to give,i.e, poster,oral presentation,or other. In the latter case,please describe the format.

Please bear in mind that you are writing your abstract for various audiences: 1) For the conference organizers, who will use your abstract to decide if your project fits the conference criteria and, if chosen, in which panel to place your presentation. 2) For your peers and faculty, presenters’ families, and prospective students, who will decide whether or not to attend your particular presentation.

Proposal Checklist

1.     Letter of support from faculty advisor or education abroad program director.
2.     Program Abstract to include:
a.       Title
b.       Motivation
c.       Purpose
d.       Few main points
e.       Conclusion
f.        New understandings
g.       Presentation format (poster or oral ppt. presentation, or artistic/creative session)
3.     Proposals DUE September 5, 2016.

4.     Send to Dr. Cordula Mora (

Findlay High School Seeking French Teacher Part-time


We just heard that Findlay HS is looking for someone to teach French 1, French 2, and French 3. The position opened up very suddenly. This is a part-time position. Please contact the chair of BGSU’s Romance and Classical Studies, Dr. Nathan Richardson at if you are interested or know of someone who would like to apply for the position. Thanks!

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