Twenty-three West Virginia University students recently earned Global Education Opportunities (GEO) grants for study abroad programs.


Ranging from $250 to $1,000, GEO grants assist undergraduate and graduate students with the costs of short term or summer study abroad, long term and semester study abroad, and research and training programs.  The state-funded GEO grants are matched by two sponsorships, the International Study Travel Endowment and the W. Gerald and Carolyn E. Blaney Endowment.  The grant program, formally known as The International Grants Program, was initiated in 1992.


The following students were selected from 55 applicants:          

* Leila Aboulhosn , a physical therapy major from Princeton, W.Va., spent 10 days on a Cultural Awareness and Volunteer Service trip to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.         

* Megan Alpaugh, an art education major from Riegelsville, Pa., will join the WVU Ceramics Summer 2001 Program in China.  She will participate in a group visit to major artisans in Shanghai, Jingdeshen, Xian, Xianyang, Chen Lu, Xining, Qinghai region and Beijing.

* Jason Blosnich, an accounting major from Rices Landing, Pa., will attend the Consortium of Universities for International Business Studies Italy Summer Abroad 2001 Program.                                                

* Jason Bohnert, a graduate ceramics student from Louisville, Ky., will join the WVU Ceramics Summer 2001 Program in China.  He will participate in a group visit to major artisans in Shanghai, Jingdeshen, Xian, Xianyang, Chen Lu, Xining, Qinghai region and Beijing.

* Corinna Brackett , a recreation, parks and tourism resources major from WebsterSprings, W.Va., will attend the University of Hertfordshire, England, for the 2001-2002 academic year.                                               

* Samantha Chenowth , an accounting and Spanish major from Fairmont, W.Va., will travel to Cadiz, Spain, for WVU ’s Spanish culture summer course.

* Rebecca Dunham , a political science major from Masontown, Pa., will join Dr. Jurgen Schlunk’s Summer Study Abroad Program in Bamberg, Germany.

* Gabrielle Frey , an environmental geoscience major from Morgantown, W.Va., will travel to Catholic University in Mozambique to gain field experience in teaching and to develop a research project related to her major.                                                            

* Seelawathie Gedara , a Ph.D. student in Geography from Talatuoya, Sri Lanka, will travel to Sri Lanka where she will focus her dissertation research on women and development from a feminist geographical perspective.

* Valeri Gump , a psychology major from Morgantown, W.Va., will join Dr. Jurgen Schlunk’s Summer Study Abroad Program in Bamberg, Germany.

* Charles Hoadley , an anthropology major from Shepherdstown, W.Va., will attend Australian Catholic University in Brisbane, Australia, for the 2001-2002 academic year.

* Shelley Kozain , a pre-secondary Spanish education major from Greensburg, Pa., will travel to Santander, Spain, with Dr. Pablo Gonzalez’s Summer Study Abroad Program.  She will study for one month at the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo.

* Christian Kuharik , a graduate ceramics student from Sharpsville, Pa., will join the WVU Ceramics Summer 2001 Program in China.  He will participate in a group visit to major artisans in Shanghai, Jingdeshen, Xian, Xianyang, Chen Lu, Xining, Qinghai region and Beijing.

* Solee Lee , a graduate music student from Seoul, South Korea, will participate in the piano festival at the French Piano Institute in Paris, France, in July.

* Ashley Linder , an art education/ceramics major from Allison Park, Pa., will join the WVU Ceramics Summer 2001 Program in China.  She will participate in a group visit to major artisans in Shanghai, Jingdeshen, Xian, Xianyang, Chen Lu, Xining, Qinghai region and Beijing.

* Cynthia Loomis , a psychology major from West Union, W.Va., is studying at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, with Australearn, a non-profit organization that works to promote cultural awareness between North America and Australia.

* Lindsey Mahon , a pre-business and economics major from Tesla, W.Va., will travel to Santander, Spain, with the Summer Study Abroad Program led by Dr. Pablo Gonzalez.  The group will study for one month at the Universidad Internacional Menendez Pelayo.

* David Manallo , an English major from Beckley, W.Va., will attend Aichi Shukutoku University in Nagoya, Japan, for the 2001-2002 academic year to study Japanese language and culture.  

* Gregory McDonald , a Ph.D. history student from Morgantown, W.Va., will travel to Germany to complete archival research for his doctoral dissertation.  He will conduct research in the archives located in Nordrhein-Westfalisches Haupstaatsarchiv in Dusseldorf, the Stadtsarchiven in Munster, Bochum, Bottrop and Dortmund, and the Westalisches Wirtchaftsarchiv in Dortmund.

* Jennifer Nicholson , a human resources management major from Mill Run, Pa., will attend the Consortium of Universities for International Business Studies Summer Abroad 2001 Program in Italy.

* Alicia Orsburn , a graduate student from Morgantown, W.Va., spent ten days on a Cultural Awareness and Volunteer Service trip to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.  She is studying secondary education/Spanish&English.

* Amy Pratt , a graduate geography student from Flemington, W.Va., will travel to South Africa to research connections between women’s participation in economic strategies and issues related to economic, social and political structuring.

* Francis Rengers , a geology and French major from Morgantown, W.Va., will travel to Vendee, France, with WVU professors, Michael and Valerie Lastinger, for a total language immersion Summer Study Abroad Program.