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Off to Study in Egypt and Japan

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  Students Adriene Preston (left) and Jessica Espaillat (right) received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship to study abroad.

Two University of Houston students, Jessica Espaillat and Adriene Preston, received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study abroad and better prepare themselves to thrive in the global economy. Jessica Espaillat, a junior political science major with a minor in foreign policy, will participate in courses on Japanese language and East Asian Studies in Tokyo, Japan during the Spring 2017 semester. "I am looking forward to learning the Japanese political system," said Jessica Espaillat. "I am hoping to gain more insight into the differences and similarities between our cultures." She hopes to work with the U.S. State Department in East Asia and her project will focus on marketing learning abroad opportunities for UH student veterans.

Adriene Preston, a senior anthropology major with a minor in political science, will participate in an intense Arabic language and culture course in Cairo, Egypt. "Between my dream job, a growing network of extended 'family' and friends, and several places that I call 'home,' I have found everything I want and need beyond our borders," said Adriene Preston. "The world is a magnificent place, there are really no adequate words. You just have to experience it." He will work on a video highlighting learning abroad in the Middle East and North Africa and one day hopes to work in human rights law.

Our Own International Fashion Show

HRM Student International Fashion Show 
College of Hotel and Restaurant Management students put on an internatinoal fashion show.

Members of the Eta Sigma Delta Cougar Chapter, with guidance from faculty advisor, Dr. Priyanko Guchait, took more than 350 guests on an exciting trip around the world during last week's first ever ESD Induction Ceremony and International Fashion Show. The event included international cuisine and a fashion show featuring traditional attire from over 20 countries around the world. A record number of students were inducted into Eta Sigma Delta, the international hospitality honors society. "Our students represent more than 54 countries, and this event was truly an exciting reflection and a celebration of the cultural diversity that is the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. I am very proud of all the ESD officers and volunteers who went above and beyond to make this event so successful," Dr. Guchait said.  Read the full story.

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The Provost's Prize for Creative Writing in Prose has a new winner. Zachary Eaton won for his entry, "People Like That." The contest is open to all undergraduate students and acknowledges the best prose entry in the fall and best poetry entry in the spring. Read Zachary Eaton's entry and see the honorable mentions

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Zhongzheng 'Amy' Cai, a fourth-year chemistry Ph.D. student at the University of Houston, was awarded the inaugural Axalta Achievement Scholarship. This scholarship, which came with a $5,000 award and a plaque, was sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems in conjunction with the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). This scholarship is offered annually to a student pursuing studies in fields related to powder coating chemistry at a US university. Read the full story

Sergey Shevkoplyas, associate professor in the Cullen College department of biomedical engineering, along with his research team, have created a new, advanced system to remove the white cells from donated blood, ideally leading to a healthier blood supply while also creating an innovative way to isolate white cells for research. Read the full story

Travels with Shasta

Travels with Shasta   

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Shasta is at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted.

See all of Shasta's travels on the Office of the Provost website.

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