The 2009 Finalists and Winners
Each year, close to 300 Rochester undergraduates pack their bags and their books as they head off to study in a country outside the United States.
Along with their itch to travel and their interest in seeing the world, students study abroad to pursue an academic interest—either within or outside their majors—to immerse themselves in a foreign language and culture, or to explore a career path through academic internships in other countries. And they almost all take a camera to document their experience.
The 2009 Entrants
At Rochester, undergraduate study abroad programs are coordinated through the College’s Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs, which offers more than 50 accredited programs for students. Since 1980, the center has seen a five-fold increase in the number of students going abroad, and the College has highlighted opportunities for studying abroad as a component of its strategic plan.
Jacqueline Levine, director of the center, says students increasingly are recognizing that having an international perspective is an important aspect of their academic lives.
Our panel of judges included University photographer Richard Baker; Rick Hock, director of exhibitions at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film; and Allen Topolski, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Art History.
Jacqueline Levine, director of the Center for Study Abroad and Interdepartmental Programs, helped oversee the contest.
For more about study abroad at Rochester, visit www.rochester.edu/College/abroad.
“Study abroad is now part of the fabric of the Rochester education,” says Levine. “In the past, programs served students majoring in the social sciences and humanities who went to the UK and Western Europe. We’ve diversified the fields and destinations, and many natural sciences and engineering majors are among those studying on five continents.”
Grand prize winner Bridgitte Mott ’09 receives a new Kodak ESP 7 All-in-One Printer from Kodak, which served as the primary sponsor of the photo contest.
Each of the category winners receives a $50 gift certificate to the University bookstores.
This year, in conjunction with the center, we asked students who studied overseas between September 2007 and December 2008 to send us their best photos. Organized in three categories, and featuring a grand prize sponsored by Kodak, the contest attracted a total of 148 photos taken by 35 students who studied in 29 different countries.