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### Empowering Students with International Experiences: Humphreys Travel Grant Initiatives

Monday, April 8, 2024

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Mack Burke | Associate Director of Media Relations | 405-744-5540 |

The availability of global learning opportunities for students at Oklahoma State University has significantly expanded thanks to the Don and Cathey Humphreys Travel Grant.

This grant enables students to engage in long-term internships, research projects, and study abroad programs that deviate from the conventional paths. Recipients of the Humphreys Grant are encouraged to immerse themselves fully in the local culture by purchasing groceries, exploring neighborhood stores, preparing meals, and fostering meaningful relationships.

Through the generous contribution from the Humphreys, Oklahoma State University has established six chairs in international studies to support student initiatives focused on global immersion. The Humphreys Travel Grant distinguishes itself by offering transformative experiences not only within OSU but also in comparison to similar programs at other institutions.

One notable example is Campbell Clark, a graduate student from the School of Global Studies, who spent over two months in Belgrade, Serbia during the summer of 2023. Clark undertook an internship with the Balkan Security Network, conducting media analysis on Russian disinformation.

Clark emphasized the unique aspect of the Humphreys program, highlighting its capacity to provide authentic cultural encounters. He expressed that merely visiting a foreign city for a brief period cannot compare to the profound experience of living in a different country, learning its language, and fully immersing oneself in its traditions.

The Humphreys Grant also supports students in conducting research abroad. For instance, Faidat Ibrahim, a graduate student from the Ferguson College of Agriculture, traveled to Taiwan for a three-month internship at the World Vegetable Center, focusing on researching regenerative agricultural practices to enhance soil health and okra yield.

Reflecting on her journey, Ibrahim acknowledged the challenges she faced during her fieldwork but found the experience rewarding, particularly in building lasting connections with fellow international students from diverse backgrounds.

From developing professional networks to mastering new skills like cycling, Ibrahim’s experience exemplifies the personal and academic growth opportunities available through the Humphreys Travel Grant.

Study abroad programs offer students invaluable experiences that surpass traditional classroom learning, fostering a global perspective essential for success in today’s interconnected world. With the Humphreys Travel Grant, students at Oklahoma State University are encouraged to engage beyond academic boundaries, embracing a holistic approach to education.

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