Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program

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Like many UD students, I opted to spend my Winter 2018 semester studying abroad on one of the numerous programs offered by the University. The New Zealand Study Abroad Program allowed students of all majors to study animal science, plant science, food science, sustainable agricultural practices, and current issues faced by rural farmers. While abroad, students resided in dormitories and took classes in the academic buildings at Lincoln University. Aside from classes, students embarked on 3-4 educational field trips a week to explore the South Island of New Zealand, one of the world’s most agriculturally varied and proficient countries. With agriculture being a main component of New Zealand’s exported goods and economy, it was the perfect setting for this educational excursion. These trips provided students with hands-on learning experiences that reinforce the course material studied in the classroom, helping to make more well-rounded students overall and furthering the ability to make connections both in and out of the classroom.

This journey offered courses and adventures that I believed significantly enriched my experiences as a student of Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Animal Biosciences. The courses in Sustainable Farm Management and Topics in International Farm Management were specifically beneficial to my major because they give me a unique perspective on how animals are used, viewed, and cared for in different areas of the world. Farming and animal agriculture are businesses that rely heavily on utilizing animals in a way that is efficient and cost-effective. Veterinarians play a major role in animal agriculture by working with farmers to keep livestock healthy by monitoring structural soundness/lameness, reproduction, nutrition, vaccinations, biosecurity, and animal welfare. Being able to observe how these components of animal care are managed across the world provided me with experiences that are invaluable, should I one-day work as a large animal veterinarian.

Like most undergraduate students, the financial burden of higher education is always a concern of mine. Thankfully, I was able to participate on this incredible educational journey due to the immense generosity of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides students of limited financial means with the extraordinary opportunity to study abroad and expand their horizons as a student. Many students are denied the chance to study abroad due to financial constraints, and most are unaware of the resources and scholarship opportunities available to help finance these educational journeys. Given all of the incredible opportunities I was afforded through this scholarship, I aspire to share my experience to inform students at the University of Delaware of the Gilman Scholarship to help make their academic aspirations a reality.

I do not believe that a student should ever have to turn down an educational experience due to lack of funds, especially not experiences so enriching and life-changing as studying abroad. In my perspective, an education is the best investment one could ever make. Thankfully, organizations such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program recognize this as well, and are willing to aid students on their journey to achieve an education, no matter where it may lead them.

If any student interested in studying abroad, I would encourage them to start by researching study abroad programs available to them. It is incredibly important to participate in a program that best suits them if they are to make the most out of their journey. Some important criteria to consider when choosing a study abroad program includes:

  • Be aware of cultural differences and language barriers of your destination.
  • Carefully consider the living accommodations available in that country (drinkable water, toilets, WiFi, etc) as well as where you will be staying during the trip (dorm, host family, etc).
  • Is the duration of the trip compatible with your academic schedule?
  • Are the courses you will be taking abroad of interest to you or beneficial to your desired career path?
  • What activities are there available for you to participate in during your free time?
  • Are you comfortable with the climate in your area of study and are you educated on that area’s natural threats?
  • Be aware of the program cost and the conversion rates between US currency and the country of study.

In regards to the final consideration listed above, I highly recommend every student considering studying abroad to apply to the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program. The application consists of supplying personal information, as well as two essays. The first essay is a Statement of Purpose, highlighting information about your chosen study abroad program, explaining your personal desire for studying abroad, and how the trip will benefit you.  The second essay is a proposal for a Follow-On Service Project, which is expected of every student who receives the Gilman Scholarship. The Follow-On Service Project is an assignment to be completed upon return the the US that promotes the Gilman Scholarship and helps other students to learn more about this incredible opportunity. To be eligible to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, students must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be an undergraduate student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the US who is in good academic standing
  • Be receiving a Federal Pell Grant or proof that they will be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time of the study abroad program
  • Be in the process of applying or accepted to a study abroad program that offers academic credit at the student’s home institution
  • Be participating in a program that does not take place in a country under official Travel Warning by the US Department of State

For more information about the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Program and applying, please feel free to contact me at sbussard@udel.edu or seek additional information and apply at https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program.

To check out all of the study abroad programs offered by the University of Delaware and find applications, please visit http://www1.udel.edu/global/studyabroad/information/programs.html

Five Essential Skills Students Learn in an Agricultural Degree Program

This article is featured in AgCareers.com

Five Essential Skills Students Learn in an Agricultural Degree Program

By Colorado State University

There are numerous reasons to consider a degree in an agricultural field of study. Not only will students earn academic credentials that can open doors to new job opportunities, they will also learn skills that apply across a variety of career paths. Here are just a few of the ways ag students benefit from their degrees:

1. Time management: If there is one skill that’s essential in agriculture, it’s working on a schedule. To complete assignments and other projects on a deadline, students must delegate their time wisely. Earning an agricultural degree requires students to set both short-term and long-term goals. Studying in an online program can help provide more flexibility and an opportunity to master time management skills. Learning effective organizational strategies will serve students well for the rest of their careers.

2. Critical thinking skills: Agriculture students also develop keen problem-solving abilities. Whether students focus primarily on the business or the science of agriculture, both require analytical thinking.

“I got a body of knowledge that taught me how to think critically,” explained Tyler Mason, a recent graduate of Colorado State University’s online Master of Extension Education program. “I understood problems that persist in our global climate, what we can do, and how we can educate people to make a difference.”

3. Access to advanced research: The academic resources available to students in agricultural degree programs provide opportunities to gain expert knowledge. This is especially true at a research university like CSU.

“I love the holistic point of view in the curriculum but also the hard science, the very deep-down, nitty gritty technical stuff,” said Nancie McCormish, a graduate of CSU’s online Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Sciences program. “The online program and the flexibility of the hours actually played to my strengths, which let me dig deeper and do more research. What I learned in the program is helping me every day because I have resources.”

4. Communication skills: From writing papers to crafting project proposals, students must learn how to effectively convey complex ideas. Whether it’s talking with clients, delegating tasks to employees, or explaining advanced concepts to business stakeholders, communication skills matter in an agriculture career.

“I understood how to write better and how to communicate,” said Tyler Mason. “Having those tools from the program… now I’m equipped to make a bigger impact.”

5. Technological literacy: From using software to analyze seasonal crop yields to scientifically choosing livestock for breeding based on genetic profiles, there are abundant opportunities to implement modern technology as a problem-solving tool.

“We’re actually going into a new field of big data at our company,” explained Ralph Towell, graduate of CSU’s online Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business program. “I’ve been able to apply the tools I’ve learned at Colorado State directly to my job duties to actually advance in the company.”

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CANR Seniors: Life after graduation!

There are a lot of things to consider as you prepare for life after graduation, and to help you navigate the transition from being a student to being out in the real world, the UD Young Alumni Network invites you to this semester’s LIFE AFTER UD: SENIOR SERIES events.
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This spring, there will be two workshops featuring alumni and community experts on the topics:

Investing In Your Future
Monday, March 12 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Memorial Hall 127
Make smart financial decisions that will benefit you for years to come.

Relocating After Graduation
Monday, April 23 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Brown Lab 101
Learn what to do when relocating after graduation and how to stay connected to UD alumni wherever you land.

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You must REGISTER HERE—the first 100 students to register will receive the all-inclusive guide to navigating life after college, from dressing for a business meeting to paying taxes and more. Snacks are provided! Walk-ins are permitted if space is available.

ALSO—don’t forget to save the date for the LIFE AFTER UD: GRAD FAIR on April 18-20 at the UD Barnes & Noble Bookstore! Visit www.UDconnection.com/SeniorSeries to learn more.

Contact Diane Wikso AS10, 12M at dcwikso@udel.edu with any questions.

 

 

Office of Academic Enrichment Resources

The Office of Academic Enrichment has a number of resources available to help those who are struggling, as well as to those who are successful and looking for ways to sharpen their skills.

TUTORING

  • Individual Tutoring. Undergraduate tutors are available for $12/hr; graduate tutors are $15/hr.
  • Drop-In Tutoring. Spring Schedule
  • Group Tutoring. Spring Schedule.  Free group tutoring in a number of courses is offered each semester. Groups are formed in response to student requests.

STUDY SKILLS ASSISTANCE

    • Online workshops: Your Roadmap to Success. These workshops are designed to help students identify skill areas they need to improve in, to practice new techniques, and to evaluate their progress.
    • Academic Intake appointments. Any student can meet with one of our staff members to assess his/her current study strategies and develop a plan for strengthening those strategies. In particular, students in academic difficulty can benefit from this one-on-one academic counseling.