Centre student receives top German scholarship
RELEASED: June 8, 2006
According to their website (http://www.daad.org), DAAD is the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. They offer programs and funding for students, faculty, researchers and others in higher education. In addition, they represent the German higher education system abroad, promote Germany as an academic and research destination and help build ties between institutions around the world.
"Similar to the U.S. Fulbright organization, the DAAD supports all levels of academic exchange between Germany and the rest of the world," says Ian Wilson, assistant professor of German and humanities. "Virtually all academics working in fields related to Germany in any way (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, etc.) receive support from the DAAD at some point in their career.
"Receiving the prestigious DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship is a strong indication of Andrew's skills, abilities and potential, as well as the potentials of his research topic. We're very proud of him, and we're confident that he will make the most of his year in Germany and bring his findings and increased understanding of German culture, politics and history back to Centre."
"I can honestly say that I couldn't have accomplished this had I gone to another school; without the close and personal mentoring I received from my professors, it wouldn't have been possible," Beeler says.
"Dr. Ian Wilson, my academic advisor and German professor, started working with me on this process my freshman year. My research project reflects both of my declared majors: government and German studies. Even though my project primarily concerns political questions, Dr. Wilson worked with me to produce the strongest research proposal possible by making sure it reflected an understanding of relevant terms and theories in political science, while at the same time remaining intelligible to those without a background in government."Beeler also credits Dr. Andrei Maximenko, visiting assistant professor of international studies, as"instrumental in helping me to find an academically relevant and worthwhile area of focus (in this case, the future of European integration and regional concerns within Germany). He also mentions his government advisor, Dr. [Dan] Stroup, professor of government and law, who he says "was also highly involved."
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