Eight Auburn faculty selected for the summer 2023 Research & Scholarship Connections Travel Grant to Taiwan

Published: April 03, 2023

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The Office of International Programs, or OIP, has awarded the Research & Scholarship Connections Travel Grant to eight Auburn faculty members, representing five colleges plus the Libraries, for travel to National Cheng Kung University, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences and National Taipei University of Technology in May.

Grant recipients include:

  • Pao-Feng Tsai – professor and associate dean for research, College of Nursing
  • Xu Wang – assistant professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Jamie Harrison – associate professor, College of Education
  • Kevin Craig – assistant professor, Harbert College of Business
  • Myoung-Gi Chon – assistant professor, College of Liberal Arts
  • Gopikrishna Deshpande – professor, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
  • Russell Mailen – assistant professor, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering
  • Shali Zhang – dean of libraries, University Libraries

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 university, government and industry contacts selected based on recipients’ research and scholarship areas.

Interest in the Research & Scholarship Connections Travel Grants has been high, with 10 faculty members traveling to Korea over spring break and 27 faculty members applying for the Taiwan program.

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
More information on OIP programs and initiatives.

Submitted by: Danielle Johnston