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The Hofburg, a royal castle in Vienna, is show in the center of the picture. There is a statue of a warrior on a horse holding a spear in the foreground and the sky in the background is filled with dark clouds.

Exploring Evolutionary Biology and Bioinformatics in Vienna, Austria

One late afternoon in March 2020 I was in my Zoom class learning about molecular biology, when I got an unexpected email. It was an acceptance letter from the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST) for their annual summer internship program. IST is a federal research institute in Vienna, Austria working on cutting-edge discoveries in a variety of STEM fields such as physics, mathematics, computer, and life sciences. I had just spent the last three months applying and getting rejected from STEM internships across the country.

Asma wears a bright orange long sleeved salwar kameez and black headscarf, nametag on a lanyard around her neck, and sunglasses. Behind her is the Reflecting Pool, with the Washington Monument visible far in the distance. The sky is overcast.

Pakistani Students with Disabilities: Asma's Tips to Access U.S. Study

In Pakistan people with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and dependent for assistance on their families. Often they find it challenging to get an education and find jobs due to lack of accessibility, proper accommodation, inclusion and proper laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities. I know this first-hand, as someone who is visually impaired and has gone through many hardships and faced many challenges. And yet, finally with the blessings of Allah, I graduated with a degree in law this year!

Mandela Washington fellows standing on steps with Gallaudet President, Roberta Cordano.

Preparing Deaf Mandela Washington Fellows for Their Program in the United States

The U.S. Department of State-sponsored National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) often receives questions about how colleges and universities can support international Deaf students.  One program that has tackled this challenge in an innovative way is the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Large group of students, including students with disabilities, pose for camera in front of "Google" balloons and hold a sign that says "Good Student Retreat: Lime Scholars"

Gaining Practical Experience in Computer Science While Studying in the U.S.

Meenakshi Das (Meena), an international Computer Science student from India, advanced her programming career by studying Computer Science in the United States. She was selected as one of 12 recipients of the Google  Lime Scholarship in North America in 2018 and was also invited for a 2 day scholars retreat at Google Headquarters in Mountain View in the summer to socialize with other scholarship winners and learn more about Google. Meena also gained practical experience at several tech companies in the U.S.

Anthony sits on a ledge, wearing sunglasses, overlooking green islands over water.

Where the Andes Mountains End and the Jungle Begins

As soon as Anthony heard he would need to find an internship for his Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Promotion, he knew he wanted to complete it abroad. He wished to further his cultural awareness and knew he wanted to spend time living in a Spanish-speaking country, since he already spoke some of the language. After finding out about the Gilman Scholarship from his professor, Anthony applied and was awarded a scholarship to fund his time abroad.

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