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Press Release: Pace University Alumna Receives Fulbright Scholarship

08/21/2018

Press Release: Pace University Alumna receives Fulbright Scholarship

Heather O’Connell will work in Spain as part the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching

NEW YORK (August 21, 2018)—Pace University alumna Heather O’Connell has received a Fulbright Award courtesy of the U.S. State Department and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board. O’Connell holds a Master’s of Science in Teaching (MST) from Pace University’s School of Education. She graduated in 2007 and currently teaches high school science and math at a public charter school in Kona, Hawaii.

“I am thrilled to have received this honor and extremely excited about this culturally enriching opportunity,” O’Connell said. “I look forward to broadening my worldview and fostering connections with the local culture while becoming a better educator and individual.”

O’Connell and 20 other U.S. citizens will go abroad as part of a short-term teaching program running from September-October of this year. She received a grant to work in Santiago de Compostela Spain, where she will be working with CAFI - the Regional Center for Teacher Training and Innovation - to develop new and innovative STEM curriculum. She hopes to inspire local educators to incorporate more STEM into their school programs.

“We are so pleased for Heather and all of our students who continue to find success within the Fulbright program,” said School of Education Acting Dean Xiao-Lei Wang. “It is an affirmation of Pace School of Education’s commitment to educating global-minded teachers.”

After graduating from Pace, O’Connell taught both middle school and high school science at Soundview Preparatory School in Mount Kisco, New York. During that time, she founded a Habitat for Humanity club and traveled to Nicaragua with a group of students to build homes for the community. She believes that when students explore curriculum in the context of culture and the world around them, that the content becomes more engaging.

“My love for natural science exists along with a cultural curiosity and I aspire to have students discover science through culture,” O’Connell said. “My educational philosophy includes integration that focuses on Ethnomathematics, or teaching math and science through a cultural lens.”

O’Connell has been teaching in Hawaii since 2010 and hopes to share her Fulbright experience with her Hawaiian students to inspire them to take on global projects.

“I've benefited from immersing myself in another culture and would love to share that experience with students,” O’Connell added. “But even if students can't travel, they can still learn about other cultures in activities, lessons, and projects.”

Since 2002, 48 Pace University students have received he prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.

About the School of Education: For more than fifty years, Pace University’s School of Education has prepared students to not only meet the requirements for teaching certification, but to also be agents of change and lifelong learning. Through small classes, enriched fieldwork, and international experiences, School of Education graduates are well-prepared to make a difference in the world. Guided by nationally and internationally renowned faculty, School of Education students have developed cutting-edge instructional knowledge and skills that are essential in 21st century K-12 classrooms.

About the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program: The Fulbright program sends U.S. teachers abroad and brings international teachers to the United States for a semester of independent study and professional development focused on sharing international best practices and developing students’ global competence. Based at university-level schools of education or other educational institutions in the host country, participants complete an inquiry project, take courses, share their expertise with local teachers and students, and engage in action planning to implement what they learn on the program when they return home. For more information, visit: http://eca.state.gov/fulbright

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"Pleasantville Patch" featured student Kelsey Parker in "Pace Student Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant"

05/08/2018

"Pleasantville Patch" featured student Kelsey Parker in "Pace Student Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant"

Pace University announced that honors student Kelsey Parker has been selected to receive a Fulbright award to conduct research in Zambia. Parker is a senior majoring in Environmental Science in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace. Her proposed research, "The Effects of Copper Mining on Soil Health in Zambia," will involve a comparative study of the soil ecology of active and restored mine sites in Zambia to determine what is necessary to treat them.

"I'm so happy for and proud of Kelsey," said Pace President Marvin Krislov. "She's an amazing example of the smart, ambitious students we educate at Pace, and this Fulbright award is yet another great opportunity for her to learn and explore. We're excited to see the research she brings back from her studies of soil ecology in Zambia."

While at Pace, Parker has been a part of the Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research Program conducting research with Marcy Kelly, Ph.D., professor and assistant chair of the Department of Biology. "I have watched Kelsey grow from a reserved first-year student living in New York City for the first time to one of the most talented, engaging and courageous students that I have ever worked with," said Professor Kelly. "Kelsey is passionate about what she believes in and puts all of her energies into each endeavor in which she engages. It is not at all surprising that Kelsey was awarded the Fulbright."

"I'm overjoyed and still surprised that I got a Fulbright," said Parker. "I came to Pace from a tiny town in West Virginia, a state with the lowest education attainment levels in the United States, so even graduating was a huge accomplishment. I have to thank Theresa Frey, the Fulbright advisor for Pace for meeting with me and encouraging me so much along the way. I'm looking forward to an exciting year ahead and once I complete my Fulbright I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in environmental science."

After completing her Fulbright, Parker hopes to write her findings in a manuscript, earn a doctorate in conservation biology, and pursue her career goal to combine the above and below ground aspects of plant growth to restore ecosystems.

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Press Release: Pace Student Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant

05/02/2018

Press Release: Pace Student Awarded Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant

Dyson Honors College senior Kelsey Parker awarded a Fulbright to conduct research on the effect of mine sites on soil health in Zambia

Pace University announced that honors student Kelsey Parker has been selected to receive a Fulbright award to conduct research in Zambia. Parker is a senior majoring in Environmental Science in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace. Her proposed research, “The Effects of Copper Mining on Soil Health in Zambia,” will involve a comparative study of the soil ecology of active and restored mine sites in Zambia to determine what is necessary to treat them.

“I’m so happy for and proud of Kelsey,” said Pace President Marvin Krislov. “She’s an amazing example of the smart, ambitious students we educate at Pace, and this Fulbright award is yet another great opportunity for her to learn and explore. We’re excited to see the research she brings back from her studies of soil ecology in Zambia.”

While at Pace, Parker has been a part of the Student-Faculty Undergraduate Research Program conducting research with Marcy Kelly, Ph.D., professor and assistant chair of the Department of Biology. “I have watched Kelsey grow from a reserved first-year student living in New York City for the first time to one of the most talented, engaging and courageous students that I have ever worked with,” said Professor Kelly. “Kelsey is passionate about what she believes in and puts all of her energies into each endeavor in which she engages. It is not at all surprising that Kelsey was awarded the Fulbright.”

“I’m overjoyed and still surprised that I got a Fulbright,” said Parker. “I came to Pace from a tiny town in West Virginia, a state with the lowest education attainment levels in the United States, so even graduating was a huge accomplishment. I have to thank Theresa Frey, the Fulbright advisor for Pace for meeting with me and encouraging me so much along the way. I’m looking forward to an exciting year ahead and once I complete my Fulbright I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in environmental science.”

After completing her Fulbright, Parker hopes to write her findings in a manuscript, earn a doctorate in conservation biology, and pursue her career goal to combine the above and below ground aspects of plant growth to restore ecosystems.

About The Fulbright Program:  The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored and managed by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) and in cooperation with a number of private organizations. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university lecturing, and classroom teaching.. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals’ year to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Approximately 370,000 "Fulbrighters" have participated in the Program since its inception in 1946. Select Pace University students have been receiving the Fulbright award for the past 17 consecutive years.

About Dyson College of Arts and Sciences: Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law). The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University: Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in the nation among four-year private institutions for upward economic mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth. www.pace.edu

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