Stephen Birarda and Maude Chalin have just become Concordia's latest Killam Fellows, having received the prestigious awards to pursue their studies in the United States.
Birarda, a student in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
, will head to San Francisco State University for the 2011-2012 academic year. While there, he plans to study web design and development while learning new ways to develop dynamic websites using various web programming languages and database systems.
Meanwhile, Chalin - who is currently pursuing her undergraduate studies in the Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering
- will take her fellowship to Kansas State University for the 2011 fall semester. During her time there, she will study architectural engineering, combining both the internal functioning of structures with the aesthetic design.
"It gives me great pleasure to congratulate both Stephen Birarda and Maude Chalin on their achievements and on being selected as Killam Fellows," says Dr. Michael Hawes, Executive Director of the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America. Both students "recognize the cultural value of this program as well as its academic uses and are just the kind of Fellows we hope for."
Robin Drew, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science, echoes the sentiments expressed by Dr. Hawes, noting that he is "particularly proud of these two outstanding individuals. It is a great tribute for the Faculty!"
Out of the 16 Canadian institutions who can count Killam Fellows among their ranks this year, Concordia is the only university to boast two awardees. A warm congratulations to both!About the Killam Fellowships ProgramThe Killam Fellowships Program
provides exceptional undergraduate students from select universities in Canada and the United States with the opportunity to spend either one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in the other country. The program is administered by the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the United States of America, a joint, bi-national, treaty-based organization created to encourage mutual understanding between Canada and the United States of America through academic and cultural exchange. The Foundation is also responsible for administering the prestigious Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program which is supported by the Canadian Government, through Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, by the United States Government, through the U.S. Department of State, and by a diverse group of corporate sponsors, charitable trusts, and university partners.
The Killam Fellowships Program is now accepting applications for its 10th anniversary year. This program is generously supported by the American Killam Trusts and is a major initiative in their multifaceted efforts to foster mutual understanding between the citizens of Canada and those of the United States.