Biology Student Receives Gilman Scholarship to Study in Australia

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

by Katie Smith ’15

PHILADELPHIA (August 6, 2014) — Stephany Loaiza ’16, a biology major, has received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to support her study abroad during the fall semester at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Loaiza, who is interested in biological diversity and animal studies, will use her time in Sydney to continue her study of the living world in a rich biotic environment.

“I am thrilled to venture outside of my comfort zone and to see what Macquarie University and the people of Australia have to offer,” says Loaiza, who is from Elkton, Md. “Macquarie will provide a different teaching style and new opportunities, like visiting the Great Barrier Reef, that will allow me to learn in more exciting ways.”

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Gilman Scholarship supports students who are pursuing underrepresented majors that may face financial obstacles to study abroad. The program’s goal is to provide study abroad opportunities to a more diverse student population, as well as attract students to non-traditional countries and regions. Loaiza is one of over 800 undergraduates across the United States to receive the award for the fall semester.

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