Student Professional Activity

CIE students are encouraged to apply their learning by working with education systems and educators during their studies. Many CIE students are mid-career professionals who use the summer as a time to engage in development education work.  The articles in this section chronicle professional activities of current students

Building Bridges Across Difference - Jacob Carter

Jacob Carter becomes Project Coordinator of Building Bridges initiative on the UMass Amherst campus.


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Cultural Immersion trip to New Zealand - Blake Marcus

Blake Marcus led a group of inner-city high school students on a cultural immersion trip to New Zealand in the summer of 2017.


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Students Discuss Conference Experiences

Graduate students in International Education  organized a session to share their experiences in professional conferences they had attended during the Fall 2017 semester.


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African Students studying in China - YI Sun

Yi Sun spent several months doing field research at Zhejiang Normal University gathering data on the experiences of African students studying in China.


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Global Higher Education and Research Planning Workshop at UMass Amherst

In early May, the Global Challenge in Higher Education and Research (GHEAR) convened a planning workshop at UMass under the leadership of Joseph B. Berger, the chair of the WUN Global Challenge. 


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Graduate Students Awarded Summer Fellowships

The Graduate School at UMass Amherst, supports greater diversity and inclusion in non-STEM fields by offering summer fellowships for graduate students working toward their doctoral dissertation.


The Graduate School also offers competitive Predissertation give early career graduate students the opportunity to evaluate the feasibility of planned dissertation research, generate pilot data, or establish the necessary networks to carry out planned dissertation research.


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Gallery Walk – Current Graduate Student Research

Each year the College of Education sponsors a Gallery Walk where graduate students present their current research activities through posters. Visitors walk through the hall where the posters are hung, pausing in front of those that spark their interest to ask questions and talk with the students who are there to explain their research. Among the presenters were two students in international education whose posters reported on research based on fieldwork in other countries


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Michael Acosta Selected as Fulbright-Clinton Fellow in Kosovo

Michael Acosta received a Fulbright-Clinton Fellowship in Spring 2017 to work with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in Kosovo for the coming year. His work will focus the challenges faced in integrating minority groups such as ethnic Serbs, Roma, Kosovar-Egyptians, and Ashkali into the public school system.


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SIT students visit CIE to learn about international projects

Karla Sarr brought students from her class on the Design and Delivery of International Education to visit CIE. Thirteen students in the Master’s program at the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont, were at UMass for the day.  After visiting the International Programs Office, they came to Montague House to discuss two CIE field projects and talk about managing funded projects.


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Accelerated Education Principles - Preliminary findings of field case studies

CIE welcomed Ritesh Shah from the University of Auckland and the research team investigating the implementation of the new Accelerated Education principles developed by the inter-agency Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG), at a Tuesday Dialogue in February 2017. The presentation was facilitated by CIE faculty member Ash Hartwell of the USAID Education in Crisis and Conflict Network (ECCN).


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