Pedroza Earns Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship

Karina Pedroza, a Senior McNair Scholar, received a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. She will be studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the University of Belgrano and in Lima, Peru at the Universidad Del Pacifico this spring.

The Gilman Scholarship offers undergraduate students an opportunity to expand their education internationally. Geared toward students who have not studied abroad before or had extensive international experience, the Gilman award funds students interested primarily in non-traditional study abroad destinations.

Study in South America is the logical next step toward Karina’s ultimate educational goal—a joint J.D. and Ph.D. in social psychology, with the object of securing a career in law. Karina wants to work as a liaison between immigration communities and policy makers. As a McNair Scholar, Karina has already begun exploring attitudes toward immigration with her Summer Research Experience, Content of Attitudes on Immigration.

Daily interactions as well as her coursework at the universities will help Karina become familiar with the peoples, cultures, and languages she’ll work with as a graduate student and beyond. Course work at the University of Belgrano and the Universidad Del Pacifico offer unique educational opportunities. Some of the courses Karina will take include “Populism in Latin America”, “Art and Culture of Peru”, and “History of Latin America in the 19th and 20th Centuries”.

The specific knowledge Karina will gain, as well as the broader experiences she will have while abroad, will also enrich her colleagues’ studies. Just as Karina brings her research experience into the classroom at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she plans on sharing her experiences with colleagues when she returns in the fall.

Congratulations, Karina! We look forward to hearing more about your adventures and studies!

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