May 24, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Emek Uçarer, associate professor of international relations at Bucknell University, has received an American Association of University Women (AAUW) award to support research on international human rights issues during her sabbatical leave next year.

According to Beth Cunningham, associate dean of faculty and professor of physics at Bucknell, "This prestigious award is for $30,000 and can be used to supplement salary and for expenses related to her project. AAUW had 182 applicants but only 20 awards."

Uçarer, who joined the Bucknell faculty in 1998, holds a doctorate in international studies from the University of South Carolina. Her research areas include international organization, human rights, international migration, European integration, and the European Union.

While working on her dissertation in 1996, she completed an internship at the European Union in Brussels, studying the development of common policies to address border controls, asylum and migration.

Co-editor of two books, Immigration into Western Societies: Problems and Policies and Migration and the Externalities of European Integration, she is the author of several book chapters and numerous journal articles and book reviews.

Uçarer also is the recipient of one of Bucknell's four teaching awards, The Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence, presented at the May 22 Commencement ceremonies.

Her award citation reads, in part, "… considered a model of lucidity, she is eagerly sought after by students for advice, consultation and general discussion. In her interactions with students, she shares her sentiment and personal understanding to encourage others in an atmosphere of respect."

The AAUW — with more than 100,000 members, 1,300 branches, and 550 college/university institution partners nationwide — advocates education and equity. Since its founding in 1881, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

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