ASU students receive Gilman Scholarship for study abroad

May 24, 2013

Thirteen Arizona State University students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the United States Department of State, to participate in a study abroad or international internship program during the summer 2013.

The Gilman Scholarship Program provides study abroad opportunities for university students in the U.S. who are receiving federal Pell Grant funds. Each student is awarded up to $5,000 to apply towards his or her study abroad program costs. Students who intend to study a critical need language can be eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Supplement of $3,000 for a total award of up to $8,000. Darice Harris Download Full Image

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray study abroad costs, including program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Darice Harris, a senior  majoring in Italian and a student at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, will receive $4,000 to attend a language program in Castelraimondo, Italy.

“This scholarship is crucial in setting me up to fulfill my future goals,” Harris said, explaining that she envisions becoming an Italian interpreter for the U.S. Department of State.

Harris received assistance in applying for the scholarship from the Lorraine Frank Office of National Scholarship Advisement (LFONSA) housed at Barrett Honors College.

“It was absolutely essential that I got a lot of help and constructive feedback from the staff at LFONSA. It made the difference in my success. I feel very grateful for the one-on-one guidance,” she said.

In addition to Harris, 2013 Summer Gilman Scholarship recipients from ASU are:

Chancis Benjamin, a psychology and communications major, $2,500 for study in China

Morgan Brownlee, an English and Italian major, $2,500 for study in Italy

Jovi Burns, a biology and society major, $4,000 for study in Japan

Edlih Gallardo, a liberal studies major, $3,000 for study in Romania and Hungary

Jose Gomez, Jr., a global studies major, $1,000 for study in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Saul Holguin-De La Cruz, an anthropology major, $2,500 for study in India

Heather Ivery, a justice studies major, $8,000 for study in China

Brittany Laudermilk, a Chinese and marketing major, $3,000 for study in China.

Lilyanna Thompson, a global health major, $3,500 for study in Guatemala

Maxim Uskov, a psychology major, $3,000 for study in the Czech Republic

Benjamin Van Slate, a business global leadership major, $2,500 for study in the Czech Republic

Alycia Walsh, a biological sciences and global health major, $3,000 for study in India

The U.S. State Department’s Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

Since the establishment of the program by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, more than 13,000 students nationwide have received this prestigious award.

“Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment or another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be contributors, rather than spectators in the international community,” said  Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee.

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education Recipients of the scholarship have the opportunity to gain better understanding of other cultures, languages and economies – making them more prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

 “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace,” said Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute for International Education.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is one of many study abroad opportunities for which ASU students can apply. ASU students can study abroad through over 300 programs in more than 60 countries facilitated by the Study Abroad Office. More information on options is at

Nicole Greason

Public relations and publicity manager , Barrett, The Honors College


Law faculty, students to present research at UN climate change meeting

May 24, 2013

A group of professors and students from the College of Law will present their research on international legal regimes at a global climate change negotiation organized under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on June 3-14, in Bonn, Germany.

The law students – Daniel Crane, a May 2013 graduate, 3Ls Evan Singleton and Michael O’Boyle, and Ashley Votruba, a student in the JD/PhD social psychology program – will address participants on June 5. They will be accompanied by Daniel Bodansky, the ASU Lincoln Professor of Law, Ethics and Sustainability, and Daniel Rothenberg, a professor of practice in the ASU School of Politics and Global Studies and the Lincoln Fellow for Ethics and International Human Rights Law. Download Full Image

The students also will be blogging about the experience at

The students’ work resulted from an independent research project this past spring, taught and supervised by Bodansky and Rothenberg, housed in the College of Law’s Center for Law and Global Affairs, and funded by the ASU Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics. They were chosen from 20 applicants for “The Future of Climate Change Negotiations Project,” during which they learned about the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and other elements of the larger effort to use international law and regulations to address global climate change.

“The student projects review key elements of four international legal regimes – the historical development of the European human rights system toward ever greater rigor; the value and impact of bottom-up international protections of wetlands and efforts to limit desertification; modes of harmonization associated with international trade law; and the potential risks and benefits of a more fragmented regulatory system as understood through international intellectual property law,” Rothenberg said.

Bodansky, an international authority on global climate change, said the students have done a tremendous job preparing for the world stage they will take in two weeks. It is rare, in his experience, that students should be so involved.

“In 22 years of these meetings, I’ve never been to a side event where students are presenting their work,” he said. “I haven’t seen anything exactly like what we’re doing,” Bodaynsky said.

The group approached their task from the assumption that, as a new round of negotiations begins with a wrap-up date of 2015, parties might be able to learn something from other international treaty systems. In consultation with the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, they chose the European human rights system, the treaty systems that protect wetlands and prevent desertification, agreements to harmonize international trade law and international intellectual property law.

For the students, the project was a combination of learning the background of climate change law and policy, brainstorming international treaty systems that might be appropriate, developing subject topics, performing research, writing white papers and, soon, presenting their findings.

For Singleton, a future natural resource attorney, and Votruba, who plans to teach law, the experience has been like none other in law school.

“I’ve always been interested in climate change,” said Singleton, who, as an undergraduate at Colorado State University, took courses in environmental law. “It may be the greatest issue my generation will face and the political involvement in it, the international scope of it and the implications it has on economics, energy, food and water supplies and other dynamics really caught my attention.”

The project has been a unique challenge because the work took him much deeper into his topic - international intellectual property law - than any subject matter he has explored while in law school. Specifically, he looked at how the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), an umbrella organization of the U.N., has beneath it 24 smaller treaties or agreements that each focus on a particular aspect of intellectual property protection or a particular industry. The treaties have changed the landscape of international intellectual property law, Singleton said, because of their specialization and, therefore, responsiveness to those entities.

“This model lets you move forward with a less-than-global approach, if you don’t have everyone on board,” he said of its potential use in climate change negotiations. “You start small, develop slowly and let countries test out their treaty, with the hope that membership and participation increase in the future.”

Votruba studied the value and impact of bottom-up approaches to protecting wetlands internationally and preventing the rapid depletion of plant life and loss of top soil in desert and arid regions, called desertification. 

“If we let states and parties set their own commitment levels, what sort of positive benefits could the international regime have in the areas of providing funding and information, and promoting change in states’ behavior, and how much more successful can we be?” she said.

“My experiences last semester felt much more like (being) an academic and less like (being) a student, which has been invaluable to me, given my career path,” Votruba said.

Bodansky said the project has had a dual benefit: the students’ papers are keenly focused and will be relevant to the climate change negotiators, providing information that they may not have considered. And for the students, there’s no substitute for being able to present their work, however nerve-wracking at this time, to an international audience, and witnessing firsthand how negotiations of such worldwide importance unfold.