Meet the Finalists of the 2022 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad

Meaningful, rigorous academics are pillar of education abroad programming that require critical thinking, analysis, and creativity. Pursuing these endeavors abroad creates unique challenges and opportunities for students to develop a robust understanding of other cultures and societies—and a greater understanding of themselves, as well. That’s why The Forum on Education Abroad is excited to share the finalists for the 2022 Award for Academic Achievement Abroad!

Get to know our 2022 finalists

Student Name: Joy Oakes
Nominating Member: The School for Field Studies
Program: Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience | Provider: The School for Field Studies
Project: An Assessment of Vulnerabilities of Community-Based Conservation in the Amboseli Ecosystem
Student Names: Sydney Kelly & Maeve O’Hare
Nominating Member: Michigan State University
Program: Sustainability and Civic Engagement in Costa Rica
Project: Community Participatory Evaluation of Youth Identity Programming in Territorio Bribri, Talamanca, Costa Rica
Student Name: Dori-Taylor Goyena Carter
Nominating Member: Northwestern University
Program: Institute for Field Education (IFE) – The Paris Field Study and Internship Program
Project: “(Don’t) Survey My Friend” : A critical analysis of racial statistics, French law, and antiracist activism in France
Student Name: Kiya Henderson
Nominating Member: Pomona College
Program: School for International (SIT) Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights
Project: A Retrospective Analysis of Maternal Mortality in Kisumu, Kenya from March 2021 to March 2022: The Effects of Proximal and Distal Factors on Maternal Outcomes

How finalists are chosen

All nominations are read and scored by two faculty reviewers who have advanced training in the discipline for which the student is nominated and have experience teaching in the subject area, working with undergraduate students on academic projects in the discipline, and familiarity with education abroad opportunities.

Nominations are rated based on:

  • level of scholarship,
  • degree of innovation,
  • leveraging of the resources distinctive to the program site,
  • incorporation of knowledge of local culture and language in the project,
  • faculty recommendation,
  • and the nominee’s own description of how the experience transformed them.

Finalists are invited to share their experiences during The Forum’s Student Showcase, held as part of at The Forum’s 19th Annual Conference. The 2023 Annual Conference will take place from March 14-15 virtually and from March 22-24 in Seattle, Washington.

Congratulations to this year’s Award finalists!