Month: March 2018

Schwarzman Scholars Program Information Session

Schwarzman Scholars Program Information Session
Wednesday, April 11 4:00-5:00 PM, Union South, TITU

Register here

Interested in China’s role in the 21st century?

Join Schwarzman representative Arlie Slonim to learn more about Schwarzman Scholars, a highly-selective, fully-funded scholarship program designed to ensure that the next generation of business, political, and civil society leaders can effectively serve as bridges between China and the rest of the world. Anchored in an 11-month professional Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, the Schwarzman Scholars experience encompasses unparalleled opportunities in and outside of the classroom, including extensive leadership training, a network of senior mentors, practical training/internships, and travel seminars around China. Scholars will learn about the emergence of China as an economic and political force world-class faculty and guest speakers at the state-of-the-art Schwarzman College. The dynamic core curriculum offers the choice of concentrations in public policy, international studies, or business and economics.

Schwarzman Scholars aims to build a professionally diverse cohort each year and welcomes undergraduates, graduates, and young professionals up to age 28 of any citizenship who are proficient in English and have obtained an undergraduate degree. A Schwarzman Scholar should demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential, the ability to anticipate paradigm changes, strong intellectual capacity, and exemplary character. Eligible applicants from any field who can articulate how the experience in China will help develop their skills as leaders are encouraged to attend this information session which will describe the program and the upcoming application process, which opens in April 2018.

Three UW-Madison alumni have received the scholarship since 2016 (read about them here). You could be next!

Dr. Nancy Heingartner Speaks at the Hoover Institution


From left to right, the people in the photo are: Bernard Geenen, Economic and Commercial Counselor for Wallonia, Embassy of Belgium; Margaret Hoover, political commentator and great granddaughter of President Hoover; Dr. George Nash, historian and author; Brigadier General Georges Franchomme, Defense, Military, Air and Naval , Attaché, Embassy of Belgium; Colonel Thomas Dunne, Canadian Armed Forces, Air Attaché, Embassy of Canada; and Justin Margolis, Public Affairs Assistant,Québec Government Office in Washington.

On Monday March 5th, the Hoover Institution hosted “Glory and Gratitude to the United States – Chers Bienfaiteurs'” — accompanying the panel discussion was an exhibit of handwritten letters and drawings of gratitude addressed by Belgian schoolchildren to US Consul General in Liège, Alexander Heingartner, in 1915.

Dr. Nancy Heingartner, IRIS’ Assistant Director for Outreach, participated in the panel session, along with American historian and Herbert Hoover biographer, George Nash, as well as Mrs. Margaret Hoover. The panel  discussed the Commission for Relief, the lives of civilians during WWI, and the legacy which continues on into today.

Few people know that a large-scale humanitarian effort took place during WWI. As early as 1914, thousands of Belgian and American volunteers pulled together under the leadership of future President Herbert Hoover to save millions from starvation.

Molly Donnellan Hired as Full-time International Studies Major Advisor

Molly Donnellan will be joining IRIS and the International Division on a full-time basis as the IS Major advisor. Molly most recently served as the interim IS Major advisor, and prior to that as IS Major peer advisor.

Molly grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin, and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UW–Madison with majors in International Studies (Politics and Policy in the Global Economy), Political Science, French, and a certificate in European Studies. She spent a year studying at Sciences Po in Aix-en-Provence, France, and was a Big Ten Conference Champion while competing for UW–Madison’s Women’s Rowing team. Molly looks forward to serving our students, campus, and community in this new role. Be sure to stop by and offer your congratulations.

Fulbright US Student Program 2019-2020 competition opening soon!

The Fulbright US Student Program (FUSP) competition for 2019-2020 awards will be opening on April 2. The IRIS Awards Office will offer a number of information sessions and open houses over the coming months. Complete information on the competition, campus resources & deadlines, and more is at

Information sessions for those interested in learning more about the Fulbright program in general and the 2019-2020 FUSP competition in particular will be held on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 13, 4-5pm, 336 Ingraham Hall
  • Wednesday, April 4, 4-5pm, 206 Ingraham Hall
  • Thursday, April 19, 4-5pm, 336 Ingraham Hall

In addition to the above, we are offering a “Writing Your Way to a Fulbright: The Application Essays ” workshop with the Writing Center on Wednesday, April 11, 4-5:30pm in Helen C White. Learn more and register here!

We will also have drop-in open houses as the semester ends, all in 301 Ingraham Hall:

    • Monday, April 30, 2-4pm
    • Thursday, May 3, 11am-1pm
    • Tuesday, May 8, 10am-12pm
    • Thursday, May 10, 1-3pm

And you can set up an appointment at any time with the UW-Madison’s Fulbright Program advisor, Mark Lilleleht, by emailing or calling: & 608.265.6070.

Fulbright US Student Program at UW-Madison