Congratulations to Allysa Grant, the recipient of a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to conduct her IQP research in Morocco. Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education, the Gilman Scholarship offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or internships abroad.
Additionally, Allysa has been selected as one of seven Gilman scholars to contribute to the Gilman Global Experience blog during their fall abroad. The blog features stories, reflections, photos, and videos of Gilman scholars’ study abroad experiences. The Gilman Scholarship Committee felt that “Allysa has a unique perspective to share with [their] blog readers that she exhibits through strong writing skills, and we are excited to share her upcoming study abroad experiences on our blog.”
Allyssa is currently at work in Rabat, Morocco, with her IQP team. Their project is sponsored by Autism Speaks, an international NGO addressing autism in the developing world. Allysa's team will accumulate data concerning the diagnosis and treatment of autism in such locations as Tiznit (in south-west Morocco), Casablanca, and Rabat. She has been studying Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and learning about social and religious customs of Moroccans so that she can help place statistical data about autism in its cultural context.
If you are interested in following Allysa’s journey, please also consider sharing her links and re-blogging her posts. The stories on the blog are a great way for students who are considering studying abroad to envision their experience, learn more about a particular region through the words of their peers, and be aware of potential funding through the Gilman Scholarship. If you choose to share the blog posts on your social media and web-based platforms, we ask that you share a direct link to the Gilman Global Experience blog.