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IREP Office Welcomes External Fellowships Advisor, Jen Green

The Integration of Research, Education, and Professional Development (IREP) Office is pleased to introduce Jennifer Green as its first campus-wide External Fellowships Advisor.

Jen comes to us from Stony Brook’s Study Abroad Office where she worked for seven years as the study abroad advisor. With a background in academic advising and recruitment, Jen brings invaluable experience in program development, student advising, and student outreach.Jen Green

Originally from a small town in Iowa, Jen graduated from the University of Kansas (KU) in 2001 with a BA in Art History and minors in History and Germanic Languages and Literatures. She went on to pursue a MA in Art History in 2003, also at KU.  While doing so, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant and decided to pursue her passion for advising and mentoring college-aged students. This led to a position in KU's Office of Admissions and Scholarships recruiting high-achieving students from the Kansas City area.  

Jen began working at Stony Brook University in 2006 as the Undergraduate College Advisor for Arts, Culture, and Humanities. Reflecting on her undergraduate study abroad experience in Germany and a chance meeting with Dr. William Arens from SBU's International Academic Programs took her career into the realm of international education. She’s excited to bring her previous experiences in higher education administration and passion for all things international to the IREP Office.

IREP: How does your new position in the IREP Office connect to your work with study abroad programs?

Green: While most fellowships fund study, research, or teaching overseas, some do assist in funding a student’s studies here on campus (whereas Study Abroad is all international, all the time).  Fellowships that make an overseas experience possible also come with funding for participants.  Study abroad students typically need to identify their own sources of funding, whether through scholarships or financial aid. 

Qualified and motivated former study abroad participants should consider opportunities like Fulbright, Boren, etc. as a next logical step in their professional development and in fostering their interest in all things international! 

IREP: When should students start thinking about fellowships – and how do they get started?

Green: The sooner, the better!  From a purely practical standpoint, students may begin applying for certain opportunities as early as their sophomore year.  From a professional development standpoint, building the necessary experiences for these opportunities takes time and the IREP Office can help!

IREP: What do you wish students understood about the fellowship opportunities available to them?

Green: I want graduate students to know that these opportunities are not just for students in the arts and humanities; STEM students can and should apply!  As for the undergraduates, I think their perception is that these opportunities are only for graduate students, which is certainly not the case!

IREP: What are the biggest benefits to applying for these national fellowships?

Green: The application process is a professional development opportunity in and of itself!  I try to emphasize to students that whether they receive a particular fellowship or not, they benefit from fully engaging in the process.  Candidates receive mentorship regarding their educational and professional goals, assistance honing their writing skills, as well as valuable experience in interview etiquette.

IREP: What will you focus on for this first year as Stony Brook’s first campus-wide External Fellowships Advisor?

Green: Because this is the first time that all of these responsibilities have been integrated in one area, I want to work with Communications to develop print materials to help get the word out.  I have been trying to secure invitations to any event relating to academic success, and I want to have something eye-catching to pass out when I do!  I also want to host a monthly information session pertaining to fellowships and partner with other offices on campus, such as the Career Center, to cross promote.

For more information on the IREP Office and external fellowships opportunities, visit http://www.stonybrook.edu/irep/.
To set up an appointment with Jen Green to discuss fellowship opportunities, email IREP at irep@stonybrook.edu.

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