Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Collaborating with China: Dean Daleke on recruiting, fellowships and the establishment of a new summer program

August 2009 - Visiting student researcher Lan Wang from Tsinghua University in Beijing discusses her summer research project with biology Professor Roger Innes.

In mid-October 2010, David Daleke, Associate Dean for the University Graduate School, traveled to China to explore collaborations with top-notch Chinese universities and to recruit graduate students.

His first stop -- the International Graduate Scholars Conference (IGSC) in Beijing, China. The IGSC is sponsored by the China Scholarship Council (CSC), a subsidiary of the Chinese Ministry of Education, and focuses on connecting Chinese doctoral students with research experiences in the U.S. and other international institutions.
At the IGSC, Dean Daleke took part in a recruiting fair where he estimates 600-700 students participated. Additionally, as part of the conference, Daleke met one-on-one with representatives from 15 other institutions from China to explore potential collaboration and the CSC scholarship program.

Two types of scholarship are offered through the CSC. The first is a four-year fellowship for new students entering doctoral programs. Recently the CSC has nearly doubled the amount of support, which now comes close to providing full funding to participants.

“This increase in support has made the CSC program much more attractive to the best Chinese students,” Daleke said. To receive a student on the CSC scholarship, universities taking part in the program only need to provide a fee remission.
The second type of scholarship is a visiting scholars program where current doctoral students at Chinese universities spend one or two years abroad at an international institution like IU, then return to China to finish their research. At IU, it is estimated that more than 20 Chinese graduate students visit IU each year under this program.

Daleke’s journey continued as he traveled to Renmin University in Beijing, Xian Jiatong in Xi’an, and FuDan University in Shanghai with an additional CSC-sponsored program called the IGSF (International Graduate Scholarship Fair). In response to the success of the IGSC, the IGSF sets up one-on-one interviews with potential Chinese graduate students in three different Chinese cities for 46 universities from the US, Canada, parts of Europe, and Australia.

Different Chinese universities are selected for the IGSF each year, and Daleke said this ensures he will meet different local students in each location. Students interested in IU sign up for one-on-one interviews, and “as a result, we had more specific contacts with students than we would have at a standard recruiting fair, and I hope this approach will be more productive in terms of recruiting students in IU. The format also allowed me to give each student more focused advice and recommendations on how to prepare their application for admission.”

“Opportunities like these provided by the IGFC and the IGSC are also excellent exposure for IU,” he said. “We develop partnerships for recruiting students, and it puts our name out there, which is very important for getting good applicants from China. As a result of my recent trip, the University Graduate School passed on 200 contacts to departments as prospective recruits. In addition, we hope that the more in-depth conversations we had will encourage students to apply here.”

Daleke also used the opportunity to further develop partnerships for a program aimed at bringing Chinese undergraduate students to IU for an eight-week summer research experience. This past summer, the program brought in 11 students from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Plans are now underway for Peking and Zhejiang Universities to join the program in the summer of 2011.

“The goal for the summer program with Tsinghua University,” said Associate Dean David Daleke, “was to make a connection with these students and show them what IU is like for graduate school. It may also turn out to be a good vehicle to promote faculty colloborations.”

Most of the visiting students were rising seniors and in this initial year, all the students were placed in labs in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology and Medical Sciences but it is expected that the partnership with Zhejiang will be in the social sciences.

“The summer was great,” student Lan Wang, who was part of the first summer exchange program from Tsinghua University, said. “I enjoyed my stay in the lab, everyone was friendly and the project was amazing.”

The seed money to kick-start the program came from the VP for International Affairs, Dean Daleke said, who provided $10,000 to offset the cost of room and board, which is equivalent to $1000 per student.

The Graduate School provided another third of the funding and the host faculty paid the final third. In some cases, departments helped assisted faculty and kicked in some of the money.

“It was great to see such broad support from multiple offices and impressive that faculty were willing to commit some of their research funds to the program,” Daleke said. He hopes that departments will continue to view the program as a recruitment mechanism, as it also gives the faculty as chance to preview potential applicants.

"We want to bring some of the best students from these universities to IU. And if they like what they see, we hope they'll apply."

Monday, November 22, 2010

McNair Scholars in the News: IU student Esther Uduehi named Rhodes Scholar

Nov. 22, 2010

Esther Uduehi
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Esther Uduehi, a senior at Indiana University Bloomington majoring in chemistry and mathematics, has been named a Rhodes Scholar for 2011. She is one of 32 Americans who have been selected for the prestigious academic award.
Uduehi, of Evansville, Ind., becomes the 16th IU student -- and second in as many years -- to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, which provides all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford In England. (Mutsa Mutembwa of Zimbabwe, who graduated in May, received the 2010 Rhodes Scholarship.)

"Esther is a truly remarkable student and is most deserving of this honor," said IU President Michael McRobbie. "All of us at Indiana University are extremely proud of what she has achieved during her years of study here and are excited for her to continue her academic pursuits at Oxford."

Uduehi, a Herman B Wells Scholar who entered the fall semester with a 3.93 grade point average, was one of three finalists from IU for the award. IU has now had four Rhodes Scholars since 2001.

"It's a great privilege not only to receive the Wells Scholarship but also to represent Indiana University," said Uduehi. "As happy as I am that I won the award, I am equally happy that IU had three finalists, who demonstrated the academic excellence and integrity of this university. I'm looking forward to continuing my career at Oxford and expanding on the great educational foundation that I received at IU."

Uduehi added that she was grateful for the support of her teachers and administrators at IU as well as her family. Her parents emigrated from Nigeria in 1988, the year before Uduehi was born, in hopes of providing a better life for Uduehi, her brother, Joshua, and her sister, Elizabeth, who is a junior at IU.

"This scholarship has meant a lot to me and to my family, and we are extremely grateful for all that IU has done for us," she said.

A former valedictorian at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, Ind., Uduehi entered IU in 2007 as a recipient of the Wells Scholarship, created in honor of the late IU Chancellor Herman B Wells and one of the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any U.S. university. That same year she was also named a National Achievement Scholar and a Senator Richard G. Lugar Scholar, and received the Indianapolis Star Minority Achievement Award. This year, she received the Kenneth R.R. Gros Louis Scholarship, named after the former IU chancellor, and the Council on Advancing Student Leadership Top Ten Student Leader Award.

Uduehi is currently the vice president of IU's Board of Aeons, a 12-member student board that conducts research projects for the president's office. This fall, she also began serving as IU's second-ever Presidential Student Intern. As part of her intern responsibilities, she is a member of a new committee, established by McRobbie, that is examining the university's approaches to teaching and learning and their impact on student achievement.

Uduehi is a participant in IU's Science, Technology and Research Scholars (STARS) program, as well as the McNair Scholars program. She has worked in the laboratory of IU chemistry professor Amar Flood since her freshman year.

The Rhodes Scholarship will enable Uduehi to return to Oxford, where she studied as a visiting student in chemistry and biochemistry last fall. That experience followed a summer spent in Russia as a participant in the U.S.-Russia Global Health Care Study Program.

While at IU, Uduehi has co-founded the IU Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) and the IU Photography Society, served as diversity director for the IU Student Association, interned with the IU Premed Summer Experience Program, served as the first student docent at the IU Art Museum, and conducted teaching internships in the departments of Biology and Mathematics.

Uduehi is interested in a career in medicinal chemistry research and has given several national research presentations, including a presentation earlier this year at the Harvard Medical School.

The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest international fellowships, were initiated after the death of Cecil Rhodes in 1902 and bring outstanding students from many countries around the world to the University of Oxford. The first American scholars entered Oxford in 1904. Uduehi and her fellow Rhodes Scholarship recipients will enter Oxford in October 2011.

Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. First, candidates must be endorsed by their college or university. More than 1,500 students each year seek their institution's endorsement; this year, 837 students were endorsed by 309 different colleges and universities.

For more on the Rhodes Scholarships, including a list of other 2011 scholars, go to http://www.rhodesscholar.org/.

Below is a list of all of IU's Rhodes Scholarship winners.

IU Rhodes Scholarship Winners

* 1905 Frank Aydelotte
* 1913 Richard Simpson
* 1919 Ernest R. Baltzell
* 1920 Ernest K. Lindley
* 1925 Philip Rice
* 1928 Harlan Logan
* 1953 Joseph B. Board
* 1964 Stephen K. Smith
* 1970 William H. Wolfe
* 1983 Barbara J. Toman
* 1985 Joel Thomas-Adams
* 1994 Zachary J. Ziliak
* 2001 Raju Raval
* 2003 Kathleen Tran
* 2010 Mutsa Mutembwa
* 2011 Esther Uduehi