International April 2015
Anton Dereventsov //
Anton Dereventsov is a graduate student currently studying a greedy approximation in uniformly smooth Banach spaces. More specifically, he is researching the Approximate Weak Chebyshev Greedy Algorithm, which allows us to make controlled errors in calculating the approximants. Such permission is natural for the numerical applications and simplifies realization of the algorithm. Anton came to USC wanting to broaden his cultural horizons. The amazing campus in Columbia, the great climate of South Carolina, and a fantastic program for research in his area of studies are reasons why he chose USC. He’s also been excited to work alongside a pioneer in the field, Dr. Temlyakov. Anton is extremely knowledgeable, and a great teacher according to the students he has helped, whether it is the weekly meetings for Math homework or writing recommendations to study abroad in Russia. Rachel Harrison, a USC student shared, “Anton has been an incredible help in my Russian studies. He is currently serving as the second reader for my Honors College thesis. Though his specialty is mathematics, he still takes time each week to review my Russian work, which has greatly benefited my language skills and research.”
At A Glance Major: Mathematics Home Country: Russia Native Language: Russian Three Words to Describe Anton: Eat, Sleep, Math Biggest Life Goal: To find an actual application for his math in the real world. Most proud of: Waking up before noon almost every day. Favorite Place in Columbia: The Horsehoe Best Kept Secret About USC: Squirrels In the future: Anton would like to continue his research in greedy type approximation, which can be applied in image processing and signal transfer.
International March 2015
Yingru Han //
Yingru fell in love with the South Carolina’s climate and culture after spending two and a half years in an American high school in Greenville. She then decided to attend the best International Business program in the country at the Darla Moore School of Business. During her freshman year at USC, Yingru became a Think Globally ambassador, where she represents China through many presentations in local high school as well as on campus. She is also a peer leader in the Global Carolina Scholar program for EPI students, where she shares her knowledge of cultural transition and of the school with other international students. At the beginning of last semester, she was selected as a member of Freshman Council under Student Government. Throughout the year, she dedicated herself to the Culture & Diversity Committee and initiated the Holiday Home Exchange program. With other members of the Council, she also did some community service projects, such as visiting Agape seniors’ home. Yingru is also very devoted to contributing her time and effort in spearheading the Dance Marathon team for the entire Student Government. Yingru wants to work in international business between China and the U.S., specifically in the field of film or green energy. In the future, she is hoping to start her own business.
At A Glance Major: International Business, Finance Home Country: China Native Language: Mandarin Three Words to Describe Yingru: Passionate, dedicated, ambitious Biggest Life Goal: To be helpful to the society and be happy with herself. Most proud of: The Chinese culture that she grew up with. Favorite Place in Columbia: DMSB Building Best Kept Secret About USC: The ghost tour held by the Student Government every Halloween reveals a lot of “scary secrets” about USC.
International December 2014
Sina Moeinzadeh //
Iranian Sina Moeinzadeh is a top PhD student in the Chemical Engineering Department. In coming to USC, he has discovered excellent research opportunities that align with his interests. Throughout the previous four years, Sina has maintained a perfect GPA of 4.0 and has written seventeen publications (fourteen peer-reviewed scientific papers and three book chapters). Furthermore, he has presented fifteen times at both national and international conferences. His publications have been cited eighty times by other researchers in less than four years. Sina is a reviewer of very well-known journals such as Biomacromolecules and Biomed Research International. On top of Sina’s academic achievements, he has served as the Entrepreneurial Lead in a National Science Foundation funded I-Corps project. He was also named the president of the USC Iranian Student Association twice. According to Dr. Esmaiele Jabbari, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, “Sina is the best doctoral student I have had in my research group in the last ten years.” In the future, Sina would like to pursue further research as well as the development and commercialization of innovative tissue engineered products.
At A Glance Major: Chemical Engineering Home Country: Iran Native Language: Farsi (Persian) Three Words to Describe Sina: Diligent, smart, competitive Biggest Life Goal: Winning a Nobel Prize! Most proud of: Family and friends Favorite Place in Columbia: USC campus Best Kept Secret About USC: It is an ideal place for research.
International April 2014
Mehdi Famouri // Iran
Mehdi Famouri came from Iran to continue his graduate studies in mechanical engineering. Between the U.S., Canada and Australia, he came to the U.S. to challenge himself whether he can be successful or not. He received admission and full financial aids from USC, UMBC and USASK and chose South Carolina because of the state of the art research facilities and his wise adviser. Mehdi is most proud of himself because he earned his bachelorâ€™s degree from Persian Gulf University (Iran) in Mechanical Engineering. His most significant academic accomplishments include publishing 15 papers in prestigious mechanical engineering journals, having his work cited 200 times by other academic papers, journals, and books. He is also actively engaged in extracurricular activities on campus, specifically in the international community. He is one of the four founding members of the Iranian Student Association at USC, for which he has served as treasurer in 2011-2012, and currently as president for 2013-2014. In the future, Mehdi would like to join an industrial company, gain some experience in the field of mechanical engineering, and eventually, come back to the university as a professor because he loves teaching and the university environment.
At A Glance Major: Mechanical Engineering Home Country: Iran Native Language: Farsi (Persian) Three Words to Describe Sungtak: Competitive, Hard-working, Patient Biggest Life Goal: To become a full-time professor in mechanical engineering. Favorite Place in Columbia: William-Brice Stadium Best Kept Secret About USC: It is a diverse campus.
International April 2014
International Student Association
The International Student Association (ISA) is the most diverse student organization on campus and has members from all around the world. “We make it easier for American and international students to come together, hang out, learn from one another, and form lasting friendships” says an exec member. ISA’s goal is to promote different cultures along with teaching people from different places about the American culture. Its mission is to bring international students together and help aid them in different possible ways. ISA reminds them that they are not here alone, and that as internationals at USC, they are part of one global community. The association teams up with different student organizations, both International and professional, in ways to learn about different cultures, connect with people email: firstname.lastname@example.org
from around the world and have fun. World Night has been ISA’s greatest achievement. Every year in the spring, ISA along with ISS host World Night, USC’s biggest international on-campus event. This annual event hosts over 600 attendees, serving them internationally themed food, and showcasing performances from different cultures around the world. This year, for the first time, World Night was free, making it ever more successful. “We are proud to be part of this great university and to be the organization hosting USC’s biggest international event. Our future plan is to have more internationals within our circle, and work on service and community outreach. Many thanks to International Student Services, the six students running the organization, along with our two amazing advisors, Sylvain & Frauke. Without their help, ISA would not be as great as it is today.” –ISA President, Sultan Almasroori
International November 2013
Sungtak Kim // South Korea
Sungtak Kim is a fourth year graduate student from Pusan, South Korea. In 2006, he graduated from Soongsil University in Seoul, and then gained industrial experience at Dongjin Semichem Company, a pioneer in the Korean fine chemicals industry. Sungtak came to the University of South Carolina to be with You Jung Song, a fifth year graduate student in the same department. After Sungtak came to USC, they got married. They now have a six-month old baby. This year, Sungtakâ€™s research group founded the company SAGE Energy Solutions, LLC. The company developed technology to convert common liquid fuel such as jet fuel, gasoline, diesel into liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for portable power and auxiliary power application. SAGE won the 2012 Fuel Cell Innovation Challenge, and the 2013 Proving Ground Entrepreneurial challenge. Sungtak says that his biggest challenge with the startup of SAGE was networking, and learning a very new and different field which is business and marketing. Furthermore, finding potential customers, forecasting future profits, and filing for patents have also been a challenge. In the future, Sungtak would like to do more research and have more achievements in the catalyst and energy conversion field. Additionally, he would like for his company to continue to develop and grow. Though his work ambitions are important, above all, he would like to be a good father and husband.
At A Glance Major: Chemical Engineering Home Country: South Korea Native Language: Korean Three Words to Describe Sungtak: Challenge, Effort, Love Favorite Place in Columbia: Carolina Cafe Best Kept Secret About USC: It is young and energetic
International November 2013
Iranian Student Association
The mission of the Iranian Student Association is to help the local Iranian Community and host campus-wide multicultural events to broaden students’ perspectives about Iran’s rich culture. Their goals are to represent the diversity of the Iranian brothers and sisters to the rest of the USC family through different Persian holidays, gatherings and festivities in hopes of informing others about who the Iranian students are, where they come from, and what they represent as an exotic nation. This year, the Iranian students have been involved in multiple events and programs including the International 5K, the ISS window display, intramural soccer, and the International Student Organizations Soccer League. The Iranian Student Association has also participated in International Education Week, the International Bazaar, and World Night hosted by the International Student Association. “Our future plans include hosting our 2nd annual Nowruz, Persian New Year celebration in the spring of 2014, as well as participating in World Night, and hosting our 3rd annual Persian Food Night event during International Education Week of Fall 2014. We also hope to participate in a volunteer run event, such as Dance Marathon.” -Iranian Student Association Exec email: email@example.com
International October 28, 2013
Jing Zhou // China
Jing Zhou is an undergraduate student from Changsha, in the Hunan province of China. She started her studies at the English Program for Internationals (EPI) at the University of South Carolina. She took intensive English classes for about a year, and after completing the program, she entered the Moore School of Business in the Fall 2010 semester as a freshman student in the International Business & Chinese Enterprise (IBCE) program. This prestigious program only admits 20 students per year. Jing is triple majoring in International Business, Accounting, and Global Supply Chain & Operations Management (GSCOM). During her sophomore year, Jing studied abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In addition to that, she is a dedicated member of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity. The community service and fundraising activities are what interest Jing the most about Delta Sigma Pi. In her own words, Jing states, “The fraternity inspires me to be a better version of myself.” Jing came to the United States to receive a better college education as well as gain a unique life experience. She believes that the U.S. has the most diverse culture. In particular, America’s unique business culture is very interesting to Jing, especially as it relates to her major. In the future, Jing plans to gain more global experience by working for an international company. She aspires to eventually work for a Non-Governmental Organization in order to “service more people in need.”
At A Glance Major: International Business, Accounting, and GSCOM Home Country: China Native Language: Mandarin Three Words to Describe Jing: Friendly, Optimistic, Dedicated Biggest Goal: To be a better version of myself. Most Proud of: The ability to adapt to different environments and cultures. Favorite Place in Columbia: Cool Beans, The Horseshoe Best Kept Secret About USC: On the top floor of Capstone, you can see all of Columbia.
International October, 2013
Omani Student Association The Omani Student Association’s goal is to introduce Omani culture to the American and international students at the University of South Carolina, as well as to help and assist new Omani students adjust to their new lives in the United States. OSA has been hosting various events that relate to Omani culture such as Arabic corner, Henna Night, and Omani Culture Night. They also coordinate events with other associations, such as the International Student Association, and participate in World Night annually. Their plan for the future is to get more involved in volunteer work, especially Service Saturdays. OSA hopes to grow bigger on campus and attract more people. Oman is an Arab state that shares a border with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. It has an estimated population of 3,869,873. There are approximately 27 Omani students currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina. USC is very happy to welcome these students to Columbia and have valuable cultural exchanges with the OSA!
“The Omani Student Association is a wonderful group of students and a good example of a successful student organization. They are so helpful and supportive of new Omani students who are adjusting to life here in Columbia, and they also work very hard to organize fun and meaningful opportunities for USC students to learn more about Omani culture. They’ve all inspired me to go to Oman, so I hope to get there someday!”
- Rachel Hardison OSA Advisor
International April 2, 2013
Abdul Talukdar // Bangladesh Abdul, a graduate student from Bangladesh, is pursuing his Ph.D. in electrical engineering. His primary academic focus is to develop microelectronic sensors to detect trace gas and explosives, and characterize biomolecules. He has a perfect 4.0 GPA and has been published in 7 peer-reviewed journals, as well as multiple conference proceedings both nationally and internationally. He was granted the Travel Award 2012 to present his work at Penn State University, and was also invited by the National Institute of Nanotechnology (NINT) to be a visiting research scholar. He is a graduate research assistant and a teaching assistant for the Department of Electrical Engineering. Abdul is also very active on campus, serving as the vice president of the Bangladesh Student Association (BSA), where he organizes various activities by Bangladeshi students to represent the history, culture, and events of his home country. He also volunteers as an ambassador in USCâ€™s Thinking Globally (TG) Program to represent Bangladesh and USC to the community, local high schools and colleges around Columbia. Abdul came to the University of South Carolina because he found that the electrical engineering program at USC has excellent research opportunities focusing sensors, especially with the NESL Lab. In the future, Abdul would like to work as a researcher in a company or academic institute. His ultimate goal is to start his own company, where he will commercialize inexpensive micro/nano electronic sensors for the betterment of human health and to secure innocent human lives.
At A Glance Major: Electrical Engineering Home Country: Bangladesh Native Language: Bangla Three words to describe Abdul: friendly, attentive, traveler Biggest Goal: To start his own company that manufactures tiny electronic micro-sensors that detect cancer and explosives. Most proud of: His country, Bangladesh; his language, Bangla; his religion, Islam; his family; and his current research. Favorite Place in Columbia: Starbucks outlet, Russell House, Five Points fountain Best kept secret about USC: The fountain in front of Thomas Cooper Library, to relax and energize.
International April 2, 2013
Indian Student Organization The organization stays busy with a number of events throughout the year: ice-breakers such as dance night or picnics to welcome all students; community service as part of Service Saturday, visiting the arboretum, Lexington interfaith community and Habitat Restore. Their biggest fall event is a cultural show demonstrating dance, music and fashion that is consistently sold-out. Spring semester witnesses participation in talent shows such as World Night and the Columbia International Festival.
The Indian Student Organization’s primary mission is to provide a support system for current and The organization’s future incoming Indian students at the University of South ambitions include involving more Carolina. The organization knows that traveling to of the local community when a new country can be daunting, so its members it comes to all things India. The offer assistance to make the transition easier with members plan to be part of a airport pick-up and accommodation to new year long USC-India Initiative, set students, and information through their listerv, to begin in the fall of 2013. This will Facebook page and website. The Indian Student present a great opportunity to Organzation’s goal is to provide a home away showcase some more of India’s from home to its members through social events rich culture, move beyond and interaction which can ultimately lead to popular notions about India, and long-term friendships. In addition, it represents hopefully help the organization India’s culture, customs and traditions with the grow bigger and better. aim of sharing those with both American and international students, and the community at large via various cultural and educational email: firstname.lastname@example.org programs throughout the year.
International February 26, 2013
Lingling Zhang // China Lingling is a graduate student from China pursuing her degree in mechanical engineering. She is selected as one of the 2013 Distinguished Graduate Scholars at the university, and her works have been published many times. In total, she has published 16 authored peer-reviewed journal papers, four conference proceedings, and two applied patents. She is a teaching assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the core undergraduate course (EMCH 362), and is also a volunteer with the Thinking Globally (TG) program, where she introduces China and Chinese culture to incoming freshman in University 101 classes. Lingling came to Carolina because she wanted to work in an energy related area. The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Center for Economic Excellence at USC, lead by Kenneth Reifsnider, is the most competitive institute in the area. She knows the research experience here at USC will benefit her in the future. One day Lingling hopes to become a faculty member at Carolina, working in an energy related area. She hopes her little efforts will make a world difference, and wants to pass on what she knows to others.
“The biggest goal in my life is to become a teacher, passing on what I know to others. I hope my little efforts will make a world difference.” - Lingling Zhang
At A Glance Major: Mechanical Engineering Home Country: China Native Language: Chinese Three words to describe Lingling: cheerful, optimistic, creative Biggest Goal: To become a teacher, passing on what I know to others. Most proud of: Becoming a part of USC and having a chance to introduce Chinese culture to students from other countries. Favorite Place in Columbia: Horizon I Building Best kept secret about USC: I always like go to the Blatt Physical Education Center with my friends. After doing exercises, I’ll have a clear head, fresh feeling and more energy to work.
International February 26, 2013
Intercultural Dialogue Student Organization Intercultural Dialogue seeks out and creates opportunities for dialogue between individuals and communities. Its goal as an organization is to promote dialogue among students at USC about issues that pertain to their lives by bringing together people across ethnic lines and cultural backgrounds. The members of Intercultual Dialogue engage in humanitarian works and educational activities about social and cultural matters. The ultimate mission of the organization is to contribute to the local and global peace by promoting values such as respect, acceptance, dialogue, love, and richness of culture over centuries of time. The members approach the world with realistic optimism and believe that small positive actions can make significant changes in the world. The organization is involved in organizing the annual Future Leaders Dialogue Dinner in cooperation with the SC Dialogue Foundation. It has also been involved in humanitarian works like Adopt-a-Highway, as well as donating around 300 pounds of meat to Harvest Hope food bank each year. In the future, the organization hopes to plan a Turkish Day at the Columbia State House and open a Turkish Culture House to have more representation of Turkish culture in Columbia.
Intercultural Dialogue annually organizes the Future Leaders Dialogue Dinner with the SC Dialogue Foundation. One of their signature events, it brings together students of different communities and religions who are leaders in their departments.
International November 9, 2012
Suchit Sahai // India
Suchit is a Ph.D. candidate working with Professor James Blanchette’s laboratory. His research accomplishments have been exemplary. He developed a marker which can track the cells of the body which are under hypoxic (low oxygen) stress. Furthermore, he is investigating novel techniques for environmental control of stem cell behavior towards repair of bone defects. This is a major medical challenge facing wounded soldiers, victims of automobile accidents and cancer survivors. Suchit’s work has already led to a pair of research publications and he will give a podium presentation at the premier national conference in his research area next month.
What sets Suchit apart from his peers is his growth curve over the years. Through his hard work, patience, perseverance and innovation he used his abilities to the hilt. Apart from his academic accomplishments, Suchit has excelled in intercollegiate racquetball tournaments. He is also playing in the Cricket team organized by the Indian Student Organization.
As a biomedical engineering graduate student, he has mentored several undergraduates, teaching them cell culture techniques, assays, and other laboratory protocols.
Suchit has distinguished himself as an exemplary student, mentor, and ambassador of his country. Suchit says: “In the future, I would like to be useful to the society in more ways than I have been.”
“In the future, I would like to be useful to the society in more ways than I have been.” - Suchit Sahai
International November 9, 2012
Bangladesh Student Association (BSA) International Mother Language day is one of BSA’s signature events. The day, declared by UNESCO, is annually observed worldwide as a day to celebrate native languages and cultural heritage.
The primary mission of BSA is to raise awareness of Bangladesh’s culture and heritage as well as to help new Bangladeshi students to adapt to life in the United States. Since its establishment in August 2009, the Bangladesh Student Association has been growing rapidly. Currently, BSA has almost 60 student members and most of them are in a graduate program. The organization offers a variety of cultural, social, and recreational activities. International Mother Language day is one of BSA’s signature events. The day, declared by UNESCO, is annually observed worldwide as a day to celebrate native languages and cultural heritage. In addition, BSA is the founder of the five nation soccer tournament, known as Inter Student Friendship Soccer League (ISFSL). BSA also participates in diverse events across the campus, of them International Education Week, World Night, Jashn and the South Carolina State Fair. In the future, BSA plans to expand community outreach and represent Bangladeshi culture across the campus.
International April 9, 2012
Upoma Guha // Bangladesh Upoma, a dentist from Bangladesh, works as a Graduate Assistant with Dr. Anwar Merchant in a research study that focuses on the effect of periodontal microorganisms on the adverse pregnancy outcomes. The practical impact of the research is to detect the oral bacteria affecting pregnancy in order to propose new prevention methodologies and protect the pregnant mothers as well as the future babies from increased health risk. At the university, she serves as the Secretary of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC). This committee is comprised of students who act as departmental representatives to the administrative authority of the Arnold School of Public Health & to the Association of Schools of Public Health. DSAC is a student-run organization for networking, collaborating, and promoting public health at the University of South Carolina. Her contribution to community service in South Carolina include volunteering for the South Carolina Dental Center; working with the Columbia’s Cooking program initiated to increase the awareness about healthy eating; and helping Cullen’s Archangel Rescue team to save the abandoned animals across the state. She enjoys working closely with the International Student Services as a Thinking Globally Ambassador. The opportunity to share the history and cultural heritage of Bangladesh with high school as well as USC Freshmen students makes her honored and proud of her background. She is actively participates in cultural events around campus including performing songs and hosting “World Night,” the biggest cultural event of the year.
“I had always wanted to work in the field of dental health. USC gave me the opportunity to become a part of the ongoing high quality research opportunities in this area.” - Upoma Guha
At A Glance Major: Epidemiology Home Country: Bangladesh Native Language: Bengali Three words to describe Upoma: Innovative, Enthusisastic, Animal Biggest Goal: Biggest goal is to make a difference in the dental health services in the community. Most proud of: Proud of being able to connect with people across the nations and make most of my dreams come true irrespective of the adversities I face. Favorite Place in Columbia: The Riverfront Park Best kept secret about USC: The swimming pool at Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center is the best place to make myself relaxed. The spa and sauna helps me to bring out all the fatigue and centralize the mind for my upcoming works.
International April 6, 2012
Omani Student Association
The primary mission of the organization is to introduce the Omani culture to the University of South Carolina and to assist in the transition of new Omani students as they adjust to life in the US.
The organization was founded in September 2011 and has since participated in varied campus activities such as: co-hosting events with other organizations, International Education Week, World Night 2012, and Islamic Awareness Week. Furthermore, OSA coordinated Omani Welcome Event, Omani National Day Celebration, Arabic Corner, and the most successful attracting over 300 attendees was Omani Cultural Night (OCN). In addition, OSA participated in various community service events organized by USC such as Service Saturday. A soccer tournament among the members of OSA was also on this year’s list of accomplishments!
For the future, OSA plans to continue to achieve its mission by co-hosting events and creating more opportunities that showcase the Omani culture on our campus and USC community.
“This association has been helping new Omani students with the process of applying to universities, finding them apartments, and helping them with all the essential needs.” - OSA member
International February 3, 2012
Alice Valdetaro // Brazil Alice is from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and she is a graduate student in the Masters of Mass Communications. She has a B.A. in Journalism and a B.S. in Psychology from USC Upstate. While at Upstate, Alice was inducted as member of the Gamma Beta Phi, Psi Chi and Phi Kappa Phi, honor societies.
Always interested in the value of a global perspective, as an undergraduate, Alice conducted research to investigate the effects of previous exposure to international cultures on intercultural communication processes. The successful study was presented at multiple research conferences and received best poster award at the Georgia Undergraduate Research in Psychology Conference in 2009. Alice currently works for ISS as the coordinator of the Thinking Globally program, which is a program devised to engage American and international students in an intercultural dialogue. In addition to being involved in cultural affairs she enjoys meeting new people and hanging out with her friends and co-workers.
“My mom and I have sacrificed a lot to invest in my academic career and I can’t wait to put all this hard work to the test.” - Alice Valdetaro
At A Glance Major: Mass Communications Home Country: Brazil Native Language: Portuguese Three words to describe Alice: Friendly, Passionate, Outgoing Biggest Goal: Short Term – adopt a puppy and take it for walks around the horseshoe! Long Term – to be successful professionally Most proud of: My ability to adapt to new environments, people and situations. Favorite Place in Columbia: Hunter Gatherer Best kept secret about USC: The River Walk is a beautiful place to go for a walk or run; not quite a secret, but you experience something different every visit.
Naveed Sadiq // Pakistan Naveed Sadiq is a Fulbright student pursuing a PhD in Health Services Policy and Management at Arnold School of Public Health. Prior to being selected as a Fulbright grantee, Naveed was involved in several health care activities in Pakistan. Naveed’s community contributions are numerous, including volunteering for the “United Way of the Midlands,” Columbia, SC, and regularly donating blood. More recently, he led a team of Fulbright students from across the U.S. to victory in a competition coordinated by the Department of State. The media coverage was extensive, spanning from the ASPH website to the weekly newsletter of the Association of Schools of Public Health. At the University, Naveed was selected to serve on the Deans Student Advisory Committee (DSAC), the purpose of which is to provide departmental representation to the ASPH administration in order to address student concerns, promote volunteer, social, and networking opportunities, and to aid in gaining and retaining top tier students. In addition to all of his involvement, Naveed enjoys participating in different cultural activities.
At A Glance Major: Public Health Home Country: Pakistan Favorite Pasttime: watching movies Favorite Place in Columbia: Five Points
“As an insider of the Carolina community, I love to share my wonderful experiences through meetings, talks, and social networking websites by posting pictures and giving comments. I love sharing views of my country with the Americans and of America with the Pakistani people. I feel like an ambassador to both the countries and bring the people from across the oceans closer to each other.” – Naveed Sadiq
Shamaita Shithi Shetu // Bangladesh
Shamaita Shithi Shetu is an international student from Bangladesh who decided to pursue her PhD in electrical engineering at USC. Shamaita is working closely with Dr. MVS Chandrashekhar on Graphene and Dye sensitized solar cells. She got the first prize in the poster presentation competition on Graduate Student Day 2010 for her poster â€œCharge transport mechanism at sensitizer semi-conductor interface in a 4H-sic dye sensitized solar cell.â€? Shamaita is also a traditional dancer and performed a traditional Bangladeshi dance in World Night 2010 at USC. She is involved with several organizations on campus including International Student Organization, Bangladesh Student Association and Bangladesh Educational Initiative. The Bangladesh Education Initiative helps fund brilliant Bangladesh students in their studies.
At A Glance Major: Electrical Engineering Home Country: Bangladesh Favorite Pasttimes: reading, web browsing, gardening, dancing Favorite Place in Columbia: Lake Murray
Frauke Becker // Germany Frauke is a Criminal Justice and Psychology major from Germany. After graduation from high school, she first came to the U.S. to work as a nanny for a family with three children, living in Manhattan, NY. Meanwhile, she attended Borough of Manhattan Community College and worked as Assistant Coach for a girlâ€™s basketball team. Later, she decided to attend South Carolina and dedicate herself full-time to studies. In her free time, she volunteers with Thinking Globally, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia, and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She also enjoys reading and writing her own stories and hanging out in her favorite place in Columbia: SpeakEasy.
At A Glance Major: Criminal Justice and Psychology Home Country: Germany Native Language: German Three words to describe Frauke: dependable, impulsive, passionate Favorite Pasttimes: reading and writing her own stories Favorite Place in Columbia: SpeakEasy
Christopher Peter Aluah // Ghana Mr. Christopher Peter Aluah is an international student from the northern part of Ghana, specifically from Navrongo in the Upper East Region (UER). In addition to a teaching certificate, he earned both a three-year diploma in Theatre Arts (Drama) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theater Arts from the University of Ghana. He is currently in his second year of the dual degree in Social Work and Public Health (MSW/MPH) program. Mr. Aluah has a varied work history. A teacher by profession, he also has experience working with the Navrongo Health Research Centre (NHRC) in the UER. Additionally, Mr. Aluah helped cofound Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana (YHFG), a local NGO active in north-eastern Ghana. He is currently a senior advisor of YHFGﾃ不 Sunuga Project, which assists farming cooperatives in the production of organic peanuts and peanut products. With his colleagues at YHFG, he continues to work on securing organic and Fair Trade certifications for the project, and to gain access to niche markets in the European Union. Mr. Aluah is also actively involved in student groups and organizations here at USC. He is a member of Global Voice, an advisory group advocating for the improvement of services for international students. He is also the co-founder and president of the Pan-African Student Association (PANASA), which exists to foster unity among students from Africa, give them a strong voice, and to support education in Africa.
Ikechukwu & Chinelo Ogbuano Ikechukwu and Chinelo Ogbuanu are two successful young alums of the University! Both from Nigeria, they both were sponsored by the prestigious World Bank scholarship to study at South Carolina for their Masters in Public Health degrees. Ikechukwu, completed his MPH and also went on to graduate with his PhD in Epidemiology in under three years with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Ike was awarded a position with the 2009 class of the Epidemic Intelligence Service, Center for Disease Control based in Atlanta, GA after graduation. In his spare time, Ike enjoys listening to Christian music and audio messages. Chinelo completed her MPH and then went on to complete her PhD in Health Service Policy and Management in under three years with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Chinelo is currently employed as the Senior MCH/PRAMS Epidemiologist at the Georgia State Health Department in Atlanta. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and relaxing with her family.
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