Winter Holidays and Celebrations

Winter Holidays and Celebrations

This month, we asked our 2020-2021 Global UGRAD finalists to share a bit about winter celebrations in their home countries. While the holidays throughout this year have been very different, read on to learn more about how this time of year is traditionally celebrated across the world. Virgilio Roi C. Adaptar, Philippines Dubbed as the longest yuletide celebration in the …

Global UGRADs Take the Stage (Virtually)

Global UGRADs Take the Stage (Virtually)

Presenting spring 2020’s edition of Take the Stage! While we were unable to host our biannual Take the Stage show in person this year, some of our talented spring participants submitted videos of their performances representing their home countries and cultures. Check out this video compilation to see this past semester’s performances: In Order of Appearance Tajikistan: Sitora Sufijinova, Alisher Siddiqov, …

Researching Flooding and Cyclones

Researching Flooding and Cyclones

While studying Disaster Science & Management and as a Global UGRAD student at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) this past semester, I had the amazing opportunity to present my research paper at the American Geophysical Union Conference 2018 in Washington, DC. I was requested to present at the largest geophysical conference where people from all over the world gather to …

Closet Talk: A Panel Discussion

Closet Talk: A Panel Discussion

“Coming-out stories are always fascinating to listen to, but unfortunately I don’t have a gratifying coming out story to tell. I haven’t come out to my parents yet. I don’t know when I will.” I paused and took a deep breath. In a big hall, I was speaking in front of over 30 people. I had never been a speaker …

Global UGRAD Halloween Costume Contest

Global UGRAD Halloween Costume Contest

Every year the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program holds a costume contest via our Facebook group to encourage students to share their Halloween costumes and how they are celebrating the holiday in their host universities. This year, as in years past, we had a large number of students submit their funny, scary, creative, and all around awesome costumes. Thank you to …

Hurricane Florence and Global UGRAD

Hurricane Florence and Global UGRAD

While most Global UGRAD students will never have to experience the effects of a natural disaster while they are in the U.S., some of our Global UGRAD participants were caught up in an intense hurricane, Florence, that impacted communities across the Carolinas and the Southeastern United States. These students showed amazing bravery and perseverance in dealing with unpredictable events that …

A Woman Otherworldly by Tasnia Khandaker Prova

Tasnia Khandaker Prova recently won the Muslim World Today’s International Women’s Day writing competition with her story “A Woman Otherwordly”. This beautifully written story provides a commentary on the treatment of domestic help. A Woman Otherworldly Her mornings always started earlier than mine – not because she liked watching the sun rise, bringing with it a new day and a …

Bangladesh Alumni Update by Ukhengching Marma

Bangladesh Alumni Update by Ukhengching Marma

Ukhengching joined as National Reports Assistant at the United Nations World Food Programme, Bangladesh to support the ongoing Ronhingya crisis, classifed as a Bangladesh Level 3 Emergency (CoxsBazar). In this role, Ukhengching provides research, reports, and recommendations to support relief efforts targeted at the Rohingya population. She is also coordinating the AEIF 2017 winning project “Learning English Pathway to Progress” to …