Santa Clara University

Global Engagement Office

GEO Newsletter

  •  SCU Student Sean Reilly '16 Wins Student Research Award

    Sean Reilly '16, Environmental Studies and Biology major, was awarded the Distinguished Student Research Award abroad by the School for Field Studies (SFS) for his research project, Keeping it real: Preserving authenticity in Indigenous cultural tourism, which he completed while studying abroad on the Tropical Rainforest Studies Program during Fall 2015 in Queensland, Australia.  Reilly's research found that indigenous tourism has the potential to strengthen Aboriginal communities and help them to overcome welfare dependency, but must be implemented intelligently to prevent cultural modification.  Reilly's SFS advisor Dr. Justus Kithiia says that his presentation "demonstrated a high level ability to synthesize and communicate research findings to different audiences," including aboriginal tourism operators who can use the information to strike a balance between preserving cultural integrity and maintaining economic stability.

    Outcomes of the research provide information and recommendations to community members and other stakeholders on critical, local environmental issues.  


    Students are nominated by SFS faculty based on their research design, field work, reporting and their contribution to the Center's five year plan.  SFS Dean of Academic Programs, Dr. Mark Seifert, and Assistant Dean, Dr. Meghan Graham MacLean, presented the award this spring with a nomination from the students' DR advisors.  Read more...

  •  SCU Fulbright Successes


    SCU ranks among top Fulbright producers nationally.  As published in the recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Santa Clara was once again recognized as one of the top producers of the Fulbright student awards.  Four SCU students received Fulbright awards for 2014-2015.  


    In addition to SCU's success with student awards, the University has taken steps to cultivate scholar awards.  SCU hosted Fulbright Scholar Program Officer, Alisha Scott, on February 11th.  Provost Dennis Jacobs welcomed Ms. Scott to campus during her first presentation and she spent the day meting with faculty interested in opportunities for scholarship and teaching abroad.  The day-long program was co-sponsored by Sponsored Projects, Faculty Development, and the Global Engagement Office.  If you are a faculty member interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholar award, please contact the Global Engagement Office.  Applications for most awards for 2015-16 are due August 1, 2015.

  •  SCU Student Chosen as DAAD Young Ambassador

    Congratulations to German Studies Major and two time SCU Study Abroad participant, Taylor Wakefield, for being selected as a DAAD Young Ambassador for the 2014-2015 academic year.
  •  Undergraduate Research Abroad Increases Impact, Creates Opportunities

    SCU Study Abroad collaborates with academic departments to create high impact, research intensive opportunities for students. Read one student's story of how her research in Costa Rica has shaped her career path.
  •  Distinguished Freshman Dinner 2014

    May 19th: Every spring, Undergraduate Studies honors freshmen whose academic record has been particularly strong. This year, the featured student speakers noted the profound influence that international experiences had on their Fulbright applications.
  •  Undergraduate International Admission Spring Travels: INDIA

    Admitted Student Event in Mumbai, India
    Becky Konowicz, Director of International Undergraduate Admission, travels to Bangalore, Mumbai, and Delhi.
  •  Global Profile: Mike Sexton

    In the past three years, Mike Sexton has traveled to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. While there, he represents US higher education and provides updates about US college admission and financial aid.
  •  ISS Welcomes 70 New F-1 and J-1 International Students

    SCU welcomes new F-1 & J-1 International Students during Spring 2014!
  •  Record Number of Attendees for ISS Workshops

    ISS hosted 4 workshops during the first few weeks of the Spring 2014 term with a record number of attendees.
  •  ISS is Training Students for the SF Marathon!

    A group of international students are training together in preparation for the San Francisco Marathon. Training runs are scheduled 5 days per week and all are welcome.