Four Purdue University Calumet students will spend part of their summer studying abroad, thanks to scholarships they have received through the university’s Honors Program.
Lisa Kerstell of Highland, Allison Colgrove of Griffith, Alison Schnoor of Griffith and Joann Holmen of Elk Grove Village, Ill., recently received Honors Study Abroad Scholarships of $1,800 each.
Kerstell will travel to Rome for a six-week experience studying Italian language and ancient Roman history.
Colgrove will spend a month in France, studying in the mornings and partaking of experiential learning activities during the afternoons.
Holmen also will travel to France, staying for four weeks with a host family in the Paris suburb of Blois. There, she will study the educational methods and philosophies of math teachers and students to better understand why France is among the top-ranked nations in math education.
Schnoor will visit Merida, Mexico in the Yucatan peninsula for four weeks to study Mayan culture and civilization, Latin American literature and visit ancient Mayan ruins.
“The program definitely broadens (the students) horizons,” Purdue Calumet Honors Program Director Bipin K. Pai said. “It gives students an understanding of different cultures.”
The four students were selected after each submitted an essay about why they would like to travel abroad.