German Academic Exchange Service | 2011 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad

2011 Heiskell Award Honorable Mention: Study Abroad

German Academic Exchange Service

Special Recognition
Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE)

Nomination submitted by: Peter Kerrigan, Deputy Director of DAAD North America

Program Overview
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) receives special recognition this year for its success in managing several exciting R&D opportunities under the Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) umbrella. Since its inception in 2005, RISE has consistently achieved its goal of bringing talented North American researchers to Germany early in their academic careers, sparking an initial and long-lasting interest in Germany and Europe among a generation of budding scientists and engineers.

Although students in these fields generally find it difficult to take even a short time away from an academic career in North America, many RISE participants have found that the program integrates seamlessly into the progression of their studies. "As a young scientist, it was an easy and natural choice to continue my higher education in Germany," says RISE participant Lena Hyatt. "I am proud and a little surprised to say that the single three-month internship with the RISE program changed my life's course." She is now a master's student studying molecular biology at Max Planck Institute in Göttingen.

In its short history, RISE has already enrolled a total of 2,253 students in its internship programs. Beyond this, the program has established a model for best practices that lends itself easily to duplication: several universities in Germany, including RTWH Aachen University, are using the RISE model to strengthen their own on-campus internationalization on campus.

Program Implementation
Read the winning nomination, including details on how the program achieves its objectives

2014 Awards Presentation
IIE will present the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Best Practices in Internationalization at a ceremony in New York City on March 14, 2014, as part of the Annual Best Practices in Internationalization Conference.
Selection Panel Members 2011

The members of the selection panel for this year’s awards include the following leaders in international education:

Ulrich Baer
Vice Provost for Globalization & Multicultural Affairs, New York University

Maria Harper-Marinick
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, Maricopa Community Colleges

Arlene Jackson
Director of International Education, American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU)

Donna Scarboro
Associate Vice President, International Programs, The George Washington University

Brian Whalen
President and CEO, The Forum on Education Abroad