Center for International Affairs announces 2019 Global Citizen Awards, Study Abroad Photo Contest winners

General Category and Overall winner: Nandita Kannapadi and a friend pose for a photo in the Wadi Rum desert of Jordan.Landscapes, Buildings and Bridges winner: Michael Nguyen's photo shows the columns at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, Egypt.The World is Your Classroom winer: Cindy Wu demonstrates a vaccine carrier to health workers in the Luwero District of Uganda.Cultural selfie winner: Gabrielle Watson (right) poses for a photo with a tailor in the Luwero District of Uganda.Most Likes on Facebook winner: Sophia Poppenberg's photo was taken during a safari at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Center for International Affairs announced the winners of the 2019 Global Citizen Awards and the Study Abroad Photo Contest last month at the International Achievement Luncheon, which celebrates Case Western Reserve University’s internationalization and student accomplishments.

Learn more about each of the winners on the Center for International Affairs website.

2019 Global Citizen Awards

The Global Citizen Awards recognize students, organizations and campus offices that enhance the international student experience, promote a sense of community at Case Western Reserve University and exemplify the university’s values of inclusion and diversity.

Laurie D. Zelman International Undergraduate Student: Yuliang “Bill” Ding

The Laurie D. Zelman International Undergraduate Student award is presented to a student who helps create an inclusive community, encourages understanding among people of different cultures, is involved in positive work on campus, and helps others achieve their potential.

Unsung Champion Award: J. Sebastian Garcia Medina

The award for Unsung Champion is presented to a student who has been involved on campus but has not necessarily held formal leadership positions. It honors a person who rarely receives recognition for his or her work “behind the scenes” to enhance the international student experience and sense of community on campus.

Outstanding Student Organization: Undergraduate Student Government

The Outstanding Student Organization award goes to a university-recognized group that has gone above and beyond a focus on its own membership to create a positive campus environment.

Spirit of Service Award: Geneva Magsino

The Spirit of Service Award honors a student who has served the campus community with vigor, devotion and an unshakable positive attitude.

The Outstanding Partner in Collaboration Award: The Alumni Association of CWRU

The Outstanding Partner in Collaboration goes to a campus partner that has successfully worked with the Center for International Affairs to sponsor or host an event or program that has benefited the international student community and internationalization efforts.

Elise Lindsay International Graduate Student: Mohammad Islam

The Elise Lindsay International Graduate Student award recognizes a student who has exemplified talent, perseverance, courage and a desire to make the world a better place through inclusion, research, teaching, care for others, or betterment of the university community.

Study Abroad Photo Contest

The Study Abroad Photo Contest provides CWRU students who have studied abroad a chance to share their experience through captivating images captured during their program.

The following students were honored for their photos (shown above in the photo gallery):

  • Landscapes, Buildings and Bridges: Michael Nguyen
  • The World is Your Classroom: Cindy Wu
  • Cultural Selfie: Gabrielle Watson
  • Most Likes on Facebook: Sophia Poppenberg
  • General Category and Overall Winner: Nandita Kannapadi