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Students Win Grants for Internships, Research & Study Abroad

Five students, representing the arts, social sciences and the natural sciences, are the inaugural recipients of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Transformative Learning Grant. The financial support that these students receive will subsidize the expense of research projects, commuting to New York City for internships and community service experiences, and the cost of study abroad programs.

According to HCLAS Dean Benjamin Rifkin, the Transformative Learning Grant will be awarded every semester to students who have committed to an experiential learning program the following semester or during an intercession. Students selected for the grant must have financial need verified by Hofstra’s Student Financial Services. The grants have been made possible by the generosity of Hofstra donors.

The first group of HCLAS Transformative Learning Scholars are:

Victoria Crowley ’20, a sociology, criminology and global studies , is a first-generation college student. She will be studying abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland in Spring 2019, using the funds from her grant toward out-of-pocket expenses not covered by other scholarships.

Kennedy Cymerman ’20, a music major, will be taking classes in music theory, ear-training, music history, voice, intro-to-cinema studies, and dance when she studies at the University of Melbourne in Australia this spring. She will also apply the HCLAS grant toward her educational expenses.

Gurkamal Dadra ’21, an anthropology major, is interning in a community service role at the New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) in lower Manhattan during the January 2019 intersession, an opportunity he secured with the help of Religion Professor Sophie Hawkins. Dadra, a first-generation college student, is working full-time at the Pro Se Clinic, housed at New York University Law School. NSC helps immigrants identify ways to get relief from deportation and detention; access immigration-related benefits; understand their rights; apply for asylum; and prepare for court appearances or interviews. Dadra will use the HCLAS grant toward his expenses commuting into New York City.

Gillian Greene ’20, a music business major, has landed an internship at SONY Music for the Spring 2019 semester, and will apply the funds from her grant toward commuting expenses. The internship will help her gain experience related to areas in marketing, publishing, management and public relations.

Aaron Hampton ’20, a political science and sustainability studies major, will use the grant to study the transmission of waterborne disease as part of an undergraduate research project. He’ll be using grant funds to pay for laboratory testing of water samples.  Hampton’s research will examine potential flaws in premise plumbing that can alter the quality of potable water after it has passed through the municipal water system.

Applications for the summer and fall 2019 HCLAS transformative learning grant program are due March 1. Visit the website for guidelines.

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