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  • U.M. News Story about 2014-2015  Croft Scholars

    The University of Mississippi news service recently wrote a story about the 2014-2015 Croft Scholars, Matthew Forgette, Natalie Gagliano, Alexandra Gersdorf, Kate Hill, Sarah Meeks, and Matthew McInnis, and the two winners of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship, James DeMarshall and Hadley Peterson.

    http://news.olemiss.edu/croft-institute-announces-its-2014-15-scholars/

  • Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute

    The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. The program’s goal is to promote the inclusion and participation of groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in public service.

    Students who are selected for the 2015 Junior Summer Institute Fellowship cohort will study on the campus of one of our four participating universities:

    Carnegie Mellon University

    University of California, Berkeley

    Princeton University

    University of Michigan

    The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Extracurricular activities are also included as well. These skills are vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs. The successful completion of a summer institute is a requirement for PPIA Fellows to qualify for graduate school benefits.

    What are the benefits of participation?

    • Full tuition at a PPIA Junior Summer Institute.
    • Eligibility to receive assistance with travel expenses.
    • A stipend of up to $1,500 (funding determined by each JSI).
    • University housing with a meal plan.
    • Books and related course materials at your JSI.
    • Each JSI may offer additional benefits, such as GRE preparation, at their discretion. Please check with each JSI about any additional benefits.
    • Minimum of a one-time $5,000 scholarship at a PPIA graduate school if admitted for a Master’s degree. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum from their graduate program.
    • Fee waiver when applying to schools that are members of the PPIA Graduate School Consortium.
  • Joshua Howard Speaks at Sichuan University in China

    Croft Associate Professor of History Joshua Howard recently gave a public lecture at the Institute of History and Culture at Sichuan University in China.

  • New Croft Merchandise: Sweatshirts, Long- and Short-Sleeved T-Shirts, and Blankets!

    We are happy to announce the 2014 line of Croft merchandise: new long- and short-sleeved T-shirts, sweatshirts, and, for the first time ever, stadium blankets with the Croft logo.   Croft students can redeem their Croft dollars for merchandise.

Students in the News
September 15, 2014

Croft Senate: Freshmen Senators and Officers

The Croft Senate has announced the results of its freshmen elections and its officers for the 2014-2014 academic year.  The  three freshmen senators are Karlie England, Kate Hill, and Matt Stanford.  They join seniors Mazie Merriman, Holly Smith, and Tyler Smith; juniors Garrett Hersh, Lizzy Leary, and Lizzy Wicks; and sophomores Kalee Jones, James DeMarshall, and William Mahoney. 

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April 24, 2014

Two Croft Students Win Boren Scholarships to Study in China

Two Croft students, junior Alison Bartel and senior William Bumpas, have been awarded Boren Scholarships to study in China next year.  Funded by the National Security Education Program, Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 in funding for students studying languages deemed critical to U.S. security, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili.  Congratulations to Alison and William!

From the Institute
September 19, 2014

Inst 211: A Life in the Foreign Service

The Croft Institute and the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College are proud to offer a special course for the Second Fall Session (October 22-December 5). Inst 211: A Life in the Foreign Service, will give students an opportunity to learn about international diplomacy and development from a retired U.S. diplomat, Ms. Jessica LeCroy.  Ms. LeCroy is the former Consul General in Toronto Canada and served overseas in Iraq, Georgia, Bosnia, the Netherlands, and Nicaragua.  She was also Visiting Senior Fellow for Geoeconomics at the Council on Foreign Relations from 2006-2008.  For more information visit the course's webpage or contact Dr. Schenck.  Enrollment is open now, and Croft students who complete the course will receive 2000 Croft dollars!

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September 15, 2014
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U.M. News Story about 2014-2015  Croft Scholars

The University of Mississippi news service recently wrote a story about the 2014-2015 Croft Scholars, Matthew Forgette, Natalie Gagliano, Alexandra Gersdorf, Kate Hill, Sarah Meeks, and Matthew McInnis, and the two winners of the Rose Bui Academic Excellence Scholarship, James DeMarshall and Hadley Peterson.

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August 28, 2014

Career Center Events, Fall 2014

The Career Center will host several events this fall, including an all-majors career fair, a graduate and professional school fair, and and engineering, manufacturing, and technology career fair.

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Faculty News
May 15, 2014
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Joshua Howard Speaks at Sichuan University in China

Croft Associate Professor of History Joshua Howard recently gave a public lecture at the Institute of History and Culture at Sichuan University in China.

February 20, 2014

Croft Professor Vivian Ibrahim's Essay Published on Late 19th Century Egypt

Croft Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern History Dr. Vivian Ibrahim recently had a chapter published in the collection The Long 1890s in Egypt: Colonial Quiescence, Subterranean Resistance. 

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February 10, 2014

Dr. Gutiérrez Appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at U.S. Air Force Academy

Croft Professor of Spanish Dr. John Gutiérrez has been appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at the United States Air Force Academy for the 2014-2015 academic year. While there, Dr. Gutiérrez will be teaching classes in culture and Spanish linguistics and consulting with the faculty on their current curriculum. 

Alumni News
Job Opportunities
May 29, 2014

Language Opportunities at Leidos

Leidos, a national security, health and engineering company that started with the proud traditions of SAIC, is currently looking for individuals with experience in linguistics, language analysis, and translation.

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Internship Opportunities
February 1, 2012

U.M. New York and Washington Internship Experience

The University of Mississippi has two programs designed to support students pursuing internships, one in Washington, D.C. and the other in New York, N.Y.  The programs provide guidance in finding an internship, housing, the opportunity to earn academic credit, and the benefits of being enrolled as a U.M. student - including access to financial aid - while interning.  For more information, visit the programs' websites:

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Fellowships and Scholarships
September 23, 2014

Boren Awards Scholarships and Fellowships for International Study

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

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September 23, 2014

Critical Language Scholarships

The CLS Program is a fully-funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students, with the goals of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.  The thirteen CLS languages are: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. 

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August 7, 2014
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Public Policy & International Affairs Program (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute

The PPIA program prepares undergraduates to be competitive candidates for top degree programs in the fields of Public Policy, Public Administration or International Affairs. The program’s goal is to promote the inclusion and participation of groups who have traditionally been underrepresented in public service.

[read more]