West Virginia Universitys Office of International Programs announces that 25 WVU students have been awarded Global Educational Opportunities (GEO) grants for study abroad this year. Winners will be honored Monday, April 29, at the annual GEO grants award dinner in Hatfields in the WVU Mountainlair.

Fifteen GEO Grants winners are from West Virginia, and 20 of the 25 winners are undergraduate students. WVU colleges and schools represented are Arts and Sciences (10 winners); Business and Economics (6); Agriculture, Forestry, and Consumer Affairs (4); Law (3); and Creative Arts (2). This years winners will study in Belgium, Chile, China (PRC), Cuba, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland and Spain.

Two endowments contribute to the success of this grants program: the Ralph and Dora Nelson International Study Travel Endowment and the W. Gerald and Carolyn E. Blaney Endowment. The WVU Office of International Programs provides additional funds.

Initiated in 1992, these competitive awards enable undergraduate and graduate students to pursue international study, research and training experiences. Each year, the number of applications has increased, making the decision of the GEO grants review committee difficult.

The 25 student awardees were chosen from 79 applicants consisting of WVU students enrolled during spring 2002. Award amounts vary from about $500 up to $1,000 depending on the type of program or project, helping to defray international travel expenses for research and training; long term and full semester programs; and short term and summer programs.

For information, contact the Office of International Programs, 304-293-6955 ext. 290.

The 2002 GEO Grant awardees are:

  • Kelly Lynn Alexander , of Penn Run, Pa., is an undergraduate in interior design. She will attend the WVU affiliated program at American Intercontinental University in London, England.
  • Victoria Bogdan , of Morgantown, is an undergraduate in international studies. She will spend a semester abroad at the Polonia Institute at Jagiellanian Univesity, Krakow, Poland.
  • Jamie Burchianti , of Greensboro, Pa., is an undergraduate in international studies, Spanish and economics. She enrolled in the spring break Economics in Cuba program.
  • Nicole DeJohn , of Washington, Pa., is an undergraduate majoring in textiles, apparel and merchandising. She is enrolled in the American Intercontinental University.
  • Alexis Nicole Delp , of Sutton, is an undergraduate in political science. She will attend the University of Kansas Summer Study Abroad in Italy.
  • Joe Edwards , of Morgantown, is an undergraduate in pre-social sciences. He will spend a semester at Aichi Shukutoku University, Japan, as part of a WVU exchange.
  • Tannaz Farsi , of Philadelphia, Pa., is an undergraduate in ceramics and fine arts . She will participate in the summer WVU Ceramics in China Program.
  • Meghan Lynn Fox , of Uniontown, Pa., is an undergraduate in business administration and management. She will participate in the University of Kansas summer study abroad program in Italy.
  • Maria Guarascio , of Bridgeport, is an undergraduate in English. She will study abroad in London at the American Intercontinental University, spring semester 2003.
  • Megan Hulbert , of Plainville, N.Y., is an undergraduate in finance. She will participate in a summer study abroad program at the Consortium of Universities for International Business Studies, Paderno del Grappa, Italy.
  • Kira Jahn , of Fairmont, is a graduate student in the College of Law. She will spend the fall semester at the University of Hertfordshire College of Law on a WVU exchange.
  • Natalie Karelis , of Morgantown, is a graduate student in the College of Law. She will join the U.S. Army JAG Corps. Summer Legal Training Internship.
  • Alison Kelley , of Bloomingrose, is an undergraduate in pre-business and foreign languages. She will spend the fall semester at Lincoln University, New Zealand, on a WVU exchange.
  • Michelle Kinsley , of Morgantown, is an undergraduate in pre-international studies and German. She will attend the Otto-Friedrich Universitat, Bamberg, Germany, a WVU Exchange.
  • Francis Koti , of Nairobi, Kenya, is a doctoral student in geography. He plans to go to Athi River communities in Kenya to conduct fieldwork. He is studying Geographic Information Systems practices for African peri-urbanization using a GIS -Society conceptual framework.
  • Benjamin Mishow , of Huntington, is an undergraduate in management information systems. He will study abroad this summer at the Consortium of Universities for International Business Studies, Paderno del Grappa, Italy.
  • Angela Peconi , of Lower Burrell, Pa., is an undergraduate in marketing. She will attend the Consortium of Universities for International Business Studies, Paderno del Grappa, Italy.
  • Matthew Poe , of Fairmont, is an undergraduate in political science and philosophy. He will spend a semester abroad at the University of Ulster, Ireland, a WVU sister exchange.
  • Wendy Radcliff , of Charleston, is a graduate student in law. She will study in Galway, Ireland through the New England School of Law program.
  • Aaron Richardson , of Follansbee, is an undergraduate in landscape architecture. He will study abroad this summer with the WVU Belgium and Netherlands program.
  • Mitzy Schramke , of Saginaw, Mich., is a graduate student in geology. She participated in the WVU Spring Break study abroad program in Spain.
  • Moira Shaw , of Morgantown, is an undergraduate in psychology and Spanish. She will spend the fall semester immersed in an international studies program in Valpariaso, Chile.
  • Jennis Taylor , of Morgantown, is an undergraduate in economics. She will attend the Consortium of Universities for International Business Studies in Paderno del Grappa, Italy.
  • John Williams , of Spencer, is an undergraduate in graphic design. He will join the WVU summer study abroad Graphic Design program in Guanajuato, Mexico.
  • Anna Marie Yahn , of Triadelphia, is an undergraduate in interior design. She plans to study during spring 2003 at the American Intercontinental University, London, England.