Carnegie Mellon University
April 18, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon's Nancy Ko Awarded Prestigious Congress-Bundestag Fellowship for Study in Germany

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PITTSBURGH-Carnegie Mellon University's Nancy Ko has been selected to participate in the 30th annual Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX), a yearlong, federally funded fellowship for study and work in Germany.

"I'm extremely excited and honored to be part of this wonderful opportunity as I continue to pursue my career goals," said Ko, a senior in chemical engineering from Plainsboro, N.J. "My CMU studies have given me an excellent problem-solving platform for any job I will ultimately tackle."

Ko was selected as one of 75 U.S. participants from more than 600 applications for the fellowship program. While in Germany, she will attend a two-month intensive German language course, study at a German university or professional school for four months and complete a five-month internship with a German company in her career field. Participants are placed throughout Germany and have an opportunity to learn about everyday German life from a variety of perspectives.

"We're very proud of Nancy as she augments her CMU experience with a global look at how important the engineering profession is to a variety of industry sectors," said Andrew Gellman, head of CMU's Department of Chemical Engineering and co-director of the Scott Institute for Energy Innovation. "Our students are leaders in developing novel solutions to a variety of pressing societal issues."

The fellowship program is designed for young adults in business, technical, engineering, vocational and agricultural fields, though candidates in all career fields are encouraged to apply.

CBYX is a reciprocal scholarship program funded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress. While American participants like Ko will experience life in Germany, young German professionals will live in the U.S. during the upcoming academic year.

Since 1984, approximately 1,650 Americans have been awarded the opportunity to gain cultural, theoretical and practical work experience in Germany.

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