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GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Announces 2014 Alumna of the Year

University of Nebraska - Lincoln student, earns 8th annual award.

Denver, CO, May 23, 2014 --( GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, an International Studies Abroad (ISA) partner organization, and a provider of international education programs across the globe announces Katherina Sanderson from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln has been selected as the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad 2014 Alumna of the Year. Sanderson, a senior chemical engineering major, was part of the first cohort of GlobaLinks students to complete an internship in Chile.

“Katherina exemplifies the true spirit of adventure that many students who study or intern abroad have. From the very start, she was focused on finding the best opportunity for her to gain the best global career-building experience possible and grow both professionally and personally,” said Barbara West, the Director of Internship Programs at GlobaLinks. “Because of her geographic flexibility, we were able to customize an opportunity that matched her learning and career objectives in Santiago, Chile with an organization named COPEC, a petroleum distribution company. Since returning from Chile, she’s been building on her experience by working in a pharmaceutical lab and is poised to begin another internship this coming summer. She is a great ambassador for other women looking to get into the field of chemical engineering and we look forward to seeing her shine in her future career. We are very excited to have Katherina representing our internship program as Alumna of the Year.”

As part of the award, Sanderson received financial support for lodging and registration for the May 25-30 NAFSA 66th annual conference, the world’s largest gathering of professionals in international education and exchange.

The goal of the Alumna/Alumnus of the Year award is to encourage and support the next generation of professionals working in the field, which encompasses college and university professionals developing and evaluating programs, employees and overseas staff of program providers, government employees, researchers and related service providers, among others.

“I can aptly say that over the ten weeks that I was a chemical analyst intern at COPEC, I went above and beyond the goals I was hoping for,” said Sanderson.

Sanderson is the eighth recipient of the Alumnus/Alumna of the Year award. Previous winners include Joseph Courtade of Grand Valley State University (2013), Javahnda Kea of Georgia State University (2012), Leslie Pitman of Queens University of Charlotte (2011), Emily Nagle of Elmhurst College (2010), Kimberly Iona of Chapman University (2009), Michelle “Shelly” Jackson of Furman University (2008), and Kelsey McNichols of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (2007).

For more information on the alumni programs of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, visit
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