Three OSU students awarded national study abroad scholarships


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Three Oregon State University students have been awarded national study abroad scholarships.

Dawn Gaudenti, a senior in biology and international studies, and Rhianna Johnson, a senior in zoology, both received scholarships for internships abroad from the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Alan Myrold, a junior in business and international studies, received a Freeman Award for Study in Asia to study abroad.

Gaudenti, from Dexter, Ore., will spend spring term on a pre-medical rotation in Morelia, Mexico, working with the Red Cross and at the Hospital de Nuestra Senora de la Salud.

“Learning Spanish in a medical setting is a dream of mine,” Gaudenti said.

Johnson, of Eugene, will go this spring to Rarotonga in the South Pacific’s Cook Islands to intern at the Esther Honey Foundation Animal Clinic.

“I think a lot of people are under the impression you have to have really good grades or a lot of money or be fluent in a second language in order to study or intern abroad,” Johnson said. “I guess I’m living proof that none of the three are required.”

Myrold, from Corvallis, will spend the Japanese academic year (April to February) at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo.

“As a student in the College of Business with an international option, I feel that studying abroad is essential to gaining a wider knowledge of the culture in which I want to work,” Myrold said.

Two other OSU students recently received scholarships to help fund research overseas through the International Research Awards funded by OSU’s Undergraduate Research, Innovation, Scholarship, Creativity International Program.

Kelly Minks, a senior in human development and family science and international studies from Jacksonville, Ore., spent the summer of 2006 in El Monte, Chile, studying the risk factors among homeless youth.

Alyssa Harris, a junior in biology and international studies from Missoula, Mont., is in Ecuador doing research on global warming. Harris is writing two blogs during her time there: one on her research (http://aharris.wordpress.com/) and one on cultural/adjustment activities (http://oregonstate.edu/international/blog/32).