December 03, 2015 // posted by Sherrie Voss Matthews
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez International Study Fund offers scholarships and enrichment funds to defray the cost to students participating in UTSA Study Abroad programs. Programs must involve travel to unrestricted regions of Mexico, Central or South America.
“These study funds allow our faculty to develop new study abroad curriculum programs for UTSA students in a variety of locations,” said Dr. Rene Zenteno, Vice Provost for International Initiatives. “These courses allow our students to do in-depth study within a different country with UTSA faculty guidance. Our students can explore a different culture while they earn course credit toward their degrees.”
The awards range from $5,000 to $10,000. Faculty members can expand their educational offerings for students through the international research and education abroad opportunities.
The Alvarez funds must directly benefit the student recipients and encourage participation in study abroad activities.
The programs that have received 2015-2016 Alvarez awards include:
- Dr. Teresa Eckmann, assistant professor in the Department of Art & Art History, will lead a spring semester course, Muralism, Across the Border, to Mexico. Her spring course will include a mandatory spring break trip to Mexico City, where students will be allowed to research the city’s many artistic murals while on location.
- Dr. Malgorzata Oleszkiewicz-Peralba, associate professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, will lead a summer 2016 course to Oaxaca City, Mexico, where students will participate in an in-depth study of culture and civilization in Latin America. Four professors from the Centro de Investigationes y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social will be guest lecturers.
- Dr. Jennifer Alexander, associate professor of public administration in the Department of Public Administration, will travel with students to Lima, Peru, for a short-term experience that delves into the culture of one of the fastest-growing countries in Latin America and its social and economic policies. The students will be learning on the Universidad de Antonio Ruiz de Montoya campuses in Lima and Cusco.
- Dr. Sonia Alconini, associate professor of archaeology in the Department of Anthropology, will lead an archeology field work study abroad to Peru and Bolivia with five graduate students who are gathering research while at excavations in the South American Andes.
- Dr. Thankam Sunil, professor of sociology and director of The Institute for Health Disparities Research, will lead a program on public health and epidemiology. Dr. Sunil’s course will take students to Guadalajara, Mexico, where they will study at the University of Guadalajara and do field research and hospital data collection at the Public Hospital in Guadalajara.
- Dr. Ritu Mathur, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, and Dr. Rene Zenteno, who is also a professor of demography in the College of Public Policy, will lead a program to Guadalajara, Mexico, where students will study political science and global affairs at the Monterrey de Tecnológico campus in Guadalajara. Classes will be taught by faculty from UTSA and Monterrey Tech. Monterrey Tech students also will participate in the courses.
Students who are interested in applying to participate in one of these programs can apply through the Study Abroad portal at studyabroad.utsa.edu.