UIC awards take faculty, students around the world

B. Murphy

Brian Murphy collected bacteria from the coasts of Iceland through a Nuveen award.

Scuba diving in Iceland, art exhibitions in Germany — these are some of the projects faculty and students pursue with grants and scholarships from UIC’s Office of International Affairs.

Applications are due Oct. 14 for the John Nuveen International Development Fund, which will award 10 grants of $1,000 for faculty projects that foster international collaboration.

Last year Brian Murphy, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and pharmocognosy, worked with researchers at the University of Iceland to collect bacteria in the ocean. The bacteria are being tested for their use in producing new drugs to combat infectious diseases.

Beatte Geisler, assistant professor of art, collaborated with the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany, where she is planning an annual exhibition that will feature work from UIC art students.

A. Djalilian-A. Mehralian--Ophthalmoscopic

Ali Djalilian, left, worked with colleague Amir Mehralian to develop a telemedicine device with funding from a Nuveen award.

Ali Djalilian, associate professor of ophthalmology, and Amir Mehralian, assistant director of ophthalmology education, built a compact, portable telemedicine device using a Panoptic ophthalmoscope and a cell phone. It allows ophthalmologists to assist remote clinics in underserved regions around the world.

For students, a variety of international scholarships are available:

• Student Exchange Program: 20 scholarships of $500 to students who participate in mutual exchanges of students with colleges in Asia, Europe, South America. Oceania, Canada and Mexico. Exchanges may be one summer, semester or academic year. Students pay for UIC tuition, meals, and accommodations. Deadlines and applications vary by academic program. Contact OIA@uic.edu for information.

ETH Zurich Physics Program: undergraduates and graduate students  take upper-level physics and German courses at Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule Zurich. Deadline for spring 2014 was Oct. 1.

• North American Consortium on Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology for the Individual: exchange for bioengineering students at UIC, Marquette University, the Technologico De Monterrey and the universities of Guadalajara, Toronto and Calgary. Deadline Feb. 1 for fall semester 2014.

Everett and Florence Drumright Scholarship: $1,000 to American-born students of Chinese descent in all fields who have a grade-point average of at least 3.0. Deadline Oct. 9.

John and Grace Nuveen International Awards: 10 grants of $500 to students already participating in an OIA program. Deadline Oct. 11 for spring semester.

Information on all international exchange programs is available at the Office of International Affairs on the fifth floor of University Hall or at oia@uic.edu.


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