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USF Seniors Apply to Attend Education Without Borders 2013 Conference
December 19, 2012

Danielle Grams and Oscar Merino have submitted abstracts to present at the 2013 Education Without Borders (EWB) Conference. Reviewed by the EWB team, both students have been chosen to submit a full paper. “I am very excited and honored to have been selected for this opportunity” said Danielle. Both Biology majors, these students hope to attend the conference in the United Arab Emirates March 24-29th. 

This biennial event brings together students from around the world where they attend plenary sessions, student paper presentations, workshops, have networking opportunities and hear from guest speakers. 

Oscar Merino

Bridging the Gap: Innovative Solutions to Global Educational Challenges, is the 2013 theme and students are encouraged to submit papers, proposals or videos on various subtopics. This year’s theme is derived from the Millennium Development Goals, specifically, equitable access to education. The top 36 papers chosen by the committee will receive a full scholarship, including airfare to attend the conference, they will also be eligible to win awards and be featured in the Conference Proceedings publication. 

Oscar is looking at the impact of technology in student achievement, intrinsic motivation and engagement in the class. His paper titled, Expanding Expanding Cultural Horizons: Student Motivation and the Use of Technology in Global Education specifically examines an academic setting introducing a new culture to an unfamiliar audience. Oscar is excited about the prospect of attending the student conference, “In my case, being born in Cuba and having recently immigrated to Florida, the conference will give me the opportunity to contribute my unique perspective in solving educational challenges from a multicultural perspective.” 


Danielle Grams

 Use of Technology in Global Education, Danielle is exploring the effects of globalization on higher education and using USF World as a model. Fostering the Global Citizen: The Importance of Campus Wide International Programing, will look at university wide initiatives and goals that provide a global experience. Danielle is honored to have been selected to submit a paper, “I strive to engage in experiences that provide for meaningful cross-cultural exchange and understanding and the Education Without Borders Conference exemplifies this.  I look forward to not only learning more about the United Arab Emirates, but also sharing my experience as a USF student and American citizen!”    

USF students have a history of presenting at this conference. In 2009 Aki Nakanishi won the Al Faraa’ award for the best paper in the education category for her paper Facilitating Youth Participatory Action Research: Reflections, Strategies & Applications. And in 2011 Cesar Hernandez’s film, “Undocumentary” was shown in the Policy category. 

This conference is one of the largest student conferences in the world, in 2011 1,000 students from 130 nations and 300 universities attended.