Ten Auburn faculty selected for the spring 2023 Research & Scholarship Connections Travel Grant to South Korea

Published: January 23, 2023

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The Office of International Programs, or OIP, has awarded the Research & Scholarship Connections Travel Grant to ten Auburn faculty members, representing six colleges plus the Libraries, for travel to Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea this spring break.

OIP received 23 applicants from a wide array of colleges, and the selection committee worked diligently to select recipients that represent as many of those colleges as possible.

• Razan Al Fakir – Academic assistant professor, College of Liberal Arts
• Allison Chung – Associate professor, Harrison College of Pharmacy
• Ali Khosravi – Assistant professor, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
• Jean-François Louf – Assistant professor, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
• Surachat Ngorsuraches – Associate professor, Harrison College of Pharmacy
• Yaniv Olshansky – Assistant professor, College of Agriculture
• Gary Piazza – Professor and department head, Harrison College of Pharmacy
• Hae Sagong – Assistant professor, College of Nursing
• Gregory Schmidt – Associate professor and department chair, Libraries
• Yaoqi Zhang – Alumni professor, College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment

The Research & Scholarship Connections Travel Grant leverages Auburn’s strongest international partnerships to foster collaborations across disciplines. Faculty benefit from OIP’s contacts and logistical expertise as well as the security and longevity of relationships formed at the university level to make the connections they need to further world-class research on the international stage.

The grant includes an itinerary arranged by OIP to include meetings with the university, government and industry contacts selected based on recipients’ research and scholarship areas; round-trip economy airfare; hotel accommodations; per diem reimbursement for meals and incidentals; group ground transportation within South Korea; and support before and after travel to make appropriate connections with South Korean contacts and collaborators.

Recent global events have shaken us all and shaped the way universities interact across borders. But now, with the world open and hungry for solutions, it’s time for Auburn to create the future we wish to see through our research, scholarship and innovation. OIP provides resources to equip the Auburn Family for the future, including:

• Grant programs for research collaborations with strategic partners
• Study abroad program development
• Expertise on international hiring
• Assistance with internationalizing courses and curricula
• Faculty internationalization development programs
• Connections and contacts with strategic university and government partners abroad
• Cultural programming and co-curricular events
• International internship development and student placements for overseas First Destinations
• Safety and security for international travel

In the coming months, OIP will announce additional opportunities for international group travel for faculty as well as study abroad program development grants for this year.

Submitted by: Kalani Long