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Paul Whitney Named Associate Vice President

PULLMAN, Wash. – Paul Whitney, who has nearly 30 years of experience at Washington State University, has been named Associate Vice President for the school’s Office of International Programs.

Dr. Whitney earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Mary’s University (Texas), a master’s in developmental psychology at the University of New Orleans, and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

He has held several positions during his time in Pullman, including the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Arts & Sciences since July, 2012.

“Paul’s multi-disciplinary background and commitment to making WSU a powerhouse international research institution is … » More …

WSU Doctoral Education Student Receives International Honor

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Henri Burns, a doctoral student in the mathematics and science education program at WSU Vancouver’s College of Education, has been chosen by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) to take part in five-day workshop in Taiwan this summer.

Burns, who is doing her studies at WSU Vancouver, is one of only 36 graduate students worldwide chosen for the Sandra K. Abell Research Institute for Doctoral Students.

Burns’ dissertation advisor Kristen Lesseig said Burns’ research is timely and has potential to make a significant contribution in terms of broadening participation in STEM education.

“Her research is focused on the impact … » More …

2017 International Research Travel Award Winners

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Office of International Programs and the Office of Research at Washington State University announced five recipients of the Fifth Annual International Research Travel Awards (IRTA), Tuesday.

This year’s winners are Dr. Erica Crespi (College of Arts and Sciences), Dr. Anne Marie Guerrettaz (College of Education), Dr. Kristin Lesseig (College of Education), Dr. Min-Kyu Song (Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture), and Dr. Jonathan Wisor (Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine).

Each award winner receives $2,000 to $5,000 in order … » More …

WSU Adds IALC Location in Tri-Cities

By Zahra Debbek
Office of International Programs

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s Office of International Programs Intensive American Language Center (IALC) is expanding to WSU Tri-Cities after receiving 20 months of official accreditation.

WSU’s IALC was established in 1984 on the Pullman campus with the goal to teach English as a second language and prepare international students to study at U.S. colleges and universities.

IALC sessions at WSU Tri-Cities will begin in January and enrollment is already open for students.

“Establishing a language training center at WSU Tri-Cities is a great example of how we want to globalize our efforts through the … » More …

WSU Student Receives Award

By Zahra Debbek
Office of International Programs

CHICAGO – Washington State University student, Taylor Gale, was selected as a winner of NIRSA’s 2017 William N. Wasson Student Leadership & Academic Award.

The award recognizes top undergraduate and graduate students who are participants of and/or employed by the Department of Recreational Sports and gives NIRSA an opportunity to honor outstanding student leaders who are active participants, employees, and/or volunteers at their institution.

Gale will be recognized at NIRSA’s annual conference in National Harbor, Md., next February.

A three-time study abroad participant, Gale will be a WSU Office of International Programs Global Learning Department peer … » More …

U.S. Trade about More than Selling Commodities

By Candace Krebs

America exports far more than agricultural commodities when it engages in trade relationships around the world. It also spreads freedom of speech and religion, personal opportunity and prosperity, blessings that are cherished and celebrated during the holiday season, according to a former Foreign Agricultural Service officer and ambassador who presented the keynote address at Colorado Farm Bureau’s recent annual convention.

Now vice president of international programs at Washington State University, Asif Chaudhry reflected on his wide-ranging career, the awe he felt the day he was sworn in as U.S. ambassador and his memories growing up poor in rural Pakistan.

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Sophomore Wins Distinguished Scholarship to Study Abroad

By Beverly Makhani
Undergraduate Education

PULLMAN, Wash. – Lysandra Perez, a Washington State University sophomore in psychology from Yakima, Wash., has received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study abroad in Italy in the spring.

“Lysandra’s experiences in Italy will add to the breadth and depth of her education as well as help her grow personally and professionally,” said April Seehafer, director of the distinguished scholarships program, part of WSU Undergraduate Education. “WSU can be very proud that she is our 55th recipient of the nationally competitive Gilman scholarship.”

Launched in 2001, the award grants students understanding … » More …