Students Learn from Global Fellowships

Students Learn from Global Fellowships

Many School of Education and Social Policy students have won fellowships with a global focus. Learn about a few of these students with international fellowships: undergraduates Kevin Corkran, Arianna Farmer, Allison Park, Alex Rubin and Linda Yu and graduate student Martin Amesquita.


Kevin Corkran

Kevin Corkran

A sophomore in social policy, Kevin Corkran is a winner of the Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship. This program aims to diversify the undergraduates who study abroad and the countries and regions where they visit by offering student awards. Corkran pursued the Political and Economic Development program through Northwestern’s International Program Development (IPD). He says, “I benefited from my study abroad experience by gaining the equivalent of a year's worth of Chinese language knowledge. More than that, I learned about the world. Such a big place, so little time in it — my adventures have only just begun! “


Arianna Farmer

Arianna Farmer

For the second year, senior Arianna Farmer participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), this time on a project to increase UNICEF campus initiatives in the Chicago area to strengthen collaboration and fundraising. The global conference launched by President Bill Clinton in 2007 brings together students from more than 300 universities around the globe with renowned leaders and experts to develop innovative student-led solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Last year Farmer’s project for CGI U was working on HIV prevention in Chile.


Allison Park

Allison Park

A junior majoring in social policy, Allison Park won the Radulovacki Global Health Scholars Research Fellowship, a scholars program that offers public health research opportunities for undergraduate. This summer Park will research the topic “Asset Mapping in the Tenderloin” as she investigates that neighborhood in downtown San Francisco. Asset mapping, a concept taught in several SESP social policy classes, refers to a process of identifying strengths in a community that members of the community can build upon. Park says, “Put simply, I chose to study nonprofit assets in the Tenderloin because I believe it's important to consider what approaches work and why.” Noelle Sullivan in the Department of Anthropology is Park’s research adviser.


Alex Rubin

Alex Rubin

Junior Alex Rubin is spending a semester in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University through the Nachshon Project, a fellowship designed to build the future Jewish leaders of America. Rubin says, “While in Jerusalem, the other Nachshon fellows and I get the chance to meet with current Jewish leaders such as former Prime Minister Shimon Peres, internationally acclaimed author Etgar Keret, and basketball star Tamir Goodman. We also have the opportunity to explore the country, getting to better know both the land itself and the people who live here. All of the activities we partake in and classes we take are framed so that we can begin to think about how we want to shape our own career paths and our own lives to become stronger leaders for our communities back home. I am having an incredible experience in Jerusalem this semester, and I know that the lessons I have learned and the friendships I have made will stay with me and have a strong impact on my life beyond just this semester.”


Linda Yu

Linda Yu

Linda Yu, a junior in learning and organizational change, won a Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship for study in Beijing at Peking University with Northwestern’s IPD Public Health in China program last summer. She took two language classes, a class on public health in China and a class about traditional Chinese medicine. She says, “By living and learning in China, I was able to improve my Chinese vastly. In addition, I also learned a lot about the public health system in China. … The knowledge I gained has stuck with me months after my study abroad program has ended. Furthermore, my experience abroad has had a profound personal impact. I was able to visit the landmarks (the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, etc.) that are so historically and culturally significant for those of my heritage. Ultimately, my study abroad experience was a great learning experience and a great opportunity to connect with my culture.”


Martin Amesquita

A graduate student in the Master of Science in Education program, Martin Amesquita won a scholarship from the American Association of Teachers of German. Over the summer he took a monthlong course at the Herder Institut at Leipzig University titled STEM - Professional Development Course Focusing on Research and Teaching in the Subjects of Math, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Engineering. “I worked with a cohort of other German teachers and professors from across the United States on finding resources for and developing learning units that integrate both German language instruction and STEM topics,” Amesquita says.


Information about fellowship opportunities is available through Northwestern’s Office of Fellowships.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/13/16