CREATE! Micro-Grant Project Highlights Importance of Communication During Pandemic

Emma Stoolmaker's finished project Emma Stoolmaker, junior Art Education major and Art History minor, was awarded a CREATE! Micro-Grant for her project showcasing the importance of communication during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CREATE! Micro-Grant program selected 12 student projects, including Stoolmaker’s, to each receive $500 to respond critically and imaginatively to events occurring during the pandemic. The winning projects are now displayed…

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Olympic Athlete Turned Linguistics Major to Graduate with 4.0 GPA

Alexander Gamelin began his time at MSU after competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics. In the same impressive fashion, he now finishes his undergraduate career with a 4.0 GPA. A Linguistics major, Gamelin started ice skating with his twin sister when they were 7 years old and has competed all over the world in countries like Austria, Belarus, Canada, Estonia,…

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Study Abroad Wins Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship

Jonathan Choti, Assistant Professor of African Languages in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, and two doctoral students, Pauline Wambua (Ph.D. in Educational Policy) and Ja’La Wourman (Ph.D. in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures), collectively received the 2020 Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship (EAIS) for their 2019 study abroad project, Sustainable Community Development in Tanzania. Choti was the faculty leader of the…

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A Passion for Languages Leads to Degree in Russian

When Keelyn O’Brien first came to MSU, she was a microbiology student, intent on pursuing a career in virology and vaccine development, but later found a new career path in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages where she discovered her passion for language. “For two and a half years, I was a determined science student who took…

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PW and Citizen Scholar Graduate Reflects on Her Time at MSU

During her time at Michigan State University, Kai Benson, who is graduating this May with a B.A. in Professional Writing, worked with a number of organizations to gain copyediting and publishing skills. Some of these experiences include working as a Reader for the Red Cedar Review, an Editor for the Offbeat Literary Journal, a Copy Editor and Proofreader for the Department…

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Spanish Senior Looks to a Career in International Education

With three study abroad trips under his belt and experience working as an international education abroad intern for the American Semester Program and Exchanges, Spanish senior Keith Tindall has made the most of his time at MSU and applied his Spanish major in a variety of ways.  What prompted you to major in Spanish? I started to excel in Spanish…

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Citizen Scholar Interns in Australia for 3M

For many, Post-It notes, Scotch tape, and Command strips are necessary tools to collaborate, create, and share their work, but how many people stop to think about how those products make it into the market? Alia Jones, junior Humanities Prelaw major and member of the Citizen Scholars program, was immersed in the development and strategy behind these products through a…

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Citizen Scholars Program and Study Abroad Open Up More Possibilities for Post-Graduation

Citizen Scholar Brooklyn Rue explored more possibilities for post-graduation during the Literature in London study abroad program. This six-week summer program connects students with various writers, poets, and playwrights in London while also visiting cultural sites connected to the courses. “It was really cool to meet with people whose careers revolved around writing and to be able to see a…

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Alumnus Thriving as a Machine Learning Language Researcher

After graduating from MSU in 2011 with degrees in Japanese and Linguistics, Luke Bates went on to earn a master’s degree in Computational Linguistics from Seoul National University with the goal of working on improving Korean-English machine translation. Bates still lives in South Korea, where he is a Researcher at Chung-Ang University and an English Teacher to doctors at Kangbuk Samsung Hospital. What is your…

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Study Abroad Experience Plants a Seed for Future Career

Alumnus Scott Osdras’ study abroad to China as an MSU student double majoring in Chinese and Comparative Cultures and Politics ignited in him what would become his future career as a Program Officer for study and research abroad programs at American Councils for International Education, where he is involved in the study abroad process for undergraduate and graduate students. “My very…

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