Henry J. Leir Luxembourg Program

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Henry J. Leir Program Research Opportunities for Students

To honor the memory of Dr. h. c. Henry J. Leir, the Leir Luxembourg Program-Clark University (LLP-CU) offers scholarships for outstanding Clark undergraduate and graduate students. We envision these scholarships as providing opportunities for students to enhance their academic knowledge as well as their professional résumés through international experiences.

The Henry J. Leir Student Summer Research Scholarship and the Henry J. Leir Ph.D. Research Scholarship are prestigious, generous awards. Students must be sponsored by a Clark tenure-line professor.  Contact Uwe Gertz (UGertz@clarku.edu) for further information.

The Henry J. Leir Student Summer Research Scholarship

This generous scholarship allows a Clark student to conduct research with an organization in Luxembourg or the US, usually for eight weeks during the summer.  This opportunity thus allows undergraduate or graduate students to enter the professional world while learning more about Luxembourg. Recent graduates may also be selected.

Currently, we were able to provide internship opportunities with the environmental research organization, CRP-Lippmann and the Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art, in Luxembourg. Students may also be nominated for an internship with the Luxembourg-American Cultural Society in Belgium, Wisconsin.

The 2015 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship recipients are to be determined soon.

Former recipients are listed below:

One of the three 2014 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships was awarded to Audrey Seiz, a M.A. degree candidate in the Biology Department. Audrey was accepted as an intern at The Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippman in Belvaux, Luxembourg. Her sponsoring professor was John Baker of Clark's Biology Department.

The second 2014 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships was awarded to Nicholas Sancho-Rosi, who is a self-designed major. His major, The Mythopoetic Game Design, is a study and application of the arts and Humanities to the discipline of Digital Game Design. Nick was an intern at the Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. His sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

The third 2014 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship was awarded for interning with the Luxembourg - American Cultural Society in Belgium, Wisconsin. Anthony Saracino, studying in Clark's Department of Communication and Culture, interned with the Luxembourg-American Cultural Society in Belgium, Wisconsin. His sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

One of the three 2013 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships was awarded to Chris Conroy, a Mathematics and Physics double major. Chris interned at The Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippman in Belvaux, Luxembourg. His sponsoring professor was John Baker of Clark's Biology Department.

The second 2013 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships was awarded to Luke Rushing, majoring in The Hebrew Bible and The Ancient Near East with a speciality in Archaeology. Luke interned at the Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. His sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

The third 2013 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship was awarded for interning with the Luxembourg - American Cultural Society in Belgium, Wisconsin. Jerry Travers, a graduate student in the English Department, interned with the Society. His sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

One of the three 2012 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Caroline Johnson, a Biology major and Geography minor. Caroline interned at The Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippman in Belvaux, Luxembourg. Her sponsoring professor was John Baker of Clark's Biology Department.

The second 2012 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Lisa Johnson, a English major. Lisa interned at the Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Her sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

The third 2012 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship was awarded for interning with the Luxembourg - American Cultural Society in Belgium, Wisconsin. Paul Babin, a graduate student in the English Department, interned with the Society. His sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

One of the three 2011 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Lily Hughes, a Biology major. Lily interned at The Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippman in Belvaux, Luxembourg. Her sponsoring professor was John Baker of Clark's Biology Department.

The second of the three 2011 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Madeline DeDe-Panken, an History major. Madeline was our first intern at the Musée National d'Histoire et d'Art in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. Her sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

The third 2011 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was with the Luxembourg - American Cultural Society in Belgium, Wisconsin. Melissa Patnode, an English major interned there. Her sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

One of the two 2010 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Jason Carmignani, a Biology major. Jason interned at The Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippman in Belvaux, Luxembourg. His sponsoring professor was John Baker of Clark's Biology Department.

The second 2010 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was with the Luxembourg - American Cultural Society in Belgium, Wisconsin. Jong Whan Choi, a Political Science major wasour first intern there. His sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

One of the two 2009 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Jana Loux-Turner, a Biology major. Jane interned at The Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippman in Belvaux, Luxembourg. Her sponsoring professor was John Baker of Clark's Biology Department.

The second 2009 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Keen Hahn, an English major. Keen interned with The European Headquarters of iTunes in Luxembourg City. His sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

One of the two 2008 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Sara Greenberg, an Environmental Science and Policy major. Sara interned at The Centre de Recherche Public - Gabriel Lippman in Belvaux, Luxembourg. Her sponsoring professor was Jennie Stephens of Clark's International Development, Community, and Environment Department.

The second 2008 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Caroline Drewes, a double major in Communication and Culture, and Management. Caroline interned with The European Headquarters of iTunes in Luxembourg City. Her sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

One of the two 2007 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarships for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Amital Sachs, a double major in English and Ancient Civilizations. Tali was selected to join The Student Envoy Program with the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg. Tali's sponsoring professor was Betsy Huang of Clark's English Department.

The second 2007 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Nathan Fowle, a Music major. Nathan interned with The European Headquarters of iTunes in Luxembourg City. His sponsoring professor was SunHee Kim Gertz of Clark's English Department.

The 2006 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Danielle M. Tifft, who interned with the Foreign Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Luxembourg. Danielle's sponsoring professor was Virginia Vaughan of Clark's English Department.

The 2003 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Sebastian Andrews, who interned in the "Environment and Biotechnologies Research Unit" at the Centre de Recherché Public-Gabriel Lippmann.  Sebastian's work at the CRP-Gabriel Lippmann contributed to his Power Point Honors presentation at Clark entitled "Analysis of the Attert River Basin Surface and Sub-surface Soil Using a Fingerprinting Technique." His sponsoring professor was Don Nelson of Clark's Chemistry Department.

The 2001 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Geoffrey Dancy, who interned at Citibank in Luxembourg. His sponsoring professor was John Brown of Clark's Economics Department.

The 2000 Henry J. Leir Summer Research Scholarship for Undergraduate Students was awarded to Christos Nicolaou, who interned at the Centre de Recherché Public-Gabriel Lippmann. His sponsoring professor was Al Jones of Clark's Chemistry Department.

The Henry J. Leir Ph.D. Research Scholarship

This program allows a Ph.D. candidate from Clark's Economics Department to participate in a highly prestigious, one-year internship with The Banque Centrale du Luxembourg (BCL). The sponsoring professor is John Brown of Clark’s Economics Department.

The 2010-11 Henry J. Leir Ph.D. Research Scholarship was awarded to Daniel Martin, a Ph.D. candidate in Economics. While at the BCL, Dan co-authored a BCL working paper with Oivier Pierrard, entitled, “On-the Job Search and Cyclical Unemployment: Crowding Out vs. Vacancy Effects.” While completing his Ph.D. at Clark, Dan has been an adjunct lecturer at Worcester State University.

The 2008-09 Henry J. Leir Ph.D. Research Scholarship
was awarded to Allison Shwachman, a Ph.D. candidate in Economics. Allison co-authored with Thomas Y. Mathae a BCL working paper entitled ,"Regional Wages and Market Potential in the Enlarged EU: An Empirical Investigation.” Allison Shwachman Kaminaga completed her Ph.D. in 2011 and worked as a researcher at Oxfam for the summer of 2011. Alison was a visiting professor at Bryant University in 2011-12.

The 2006-07 Henry J. Leir Ph.D. Research Scholarship
was awarded to Jordan Marvakov, a Ph.D. candidate in Economics. Jordan co-authored with Thomas Y. Mathae a BCL working paper entitled, "An Analysis of Commuting Flows in the European Union.” Jordan earned his Clark Ph.D. in 2012, and is currently an economist w

The 2004-05 Henry J. Leir Ph.D. Research Scholarship was awarded to Ladislav Wintr, a Ph.D. candidate in Economics.  Ladislav co-authored with Paolo Guarda and Abdelaziz Rouabah a BCL working paper entitled, "Estimating the Natural Interest vRate for the Euro Area and Luxembourg." Ladia is an economist with the BCL s Economic Division since 2008, after having been previously employed by the Belgian Central Bank.

The 2003-04 Henry J. Leir Ph.D. Research Scholarship
was awarded to Ieva Rubena.  Ieva co-authored with Paolo Guarda a BCL working paper entitled,"The New Keynesian Phillips Curve: Empirical Results for Luxembourg." Since 2007, Ieva Rubena is with the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Wunnraum fir Stagiairen - Student Accommodations

The Wunnraum fir Stagiairen is a non-profit organization that provides modern and comfortable lodging for interns.

Dr. Jul Christophory, the President, and Mr. Marc Kayser, the Treasurer, attempt to sustain an environment that encourages international exchange.

While the LLP-CU will do its best to secure housing at the Wunnraum, we cannot guarantee a placement, as conditions vary from year to year. In a year when it is not possible to reside at the Wunnraum, we will do our best to secure reasonable housing in Luxembourg, which may mean that the student is placed with a host family. A scholarship will have to be cancelled if appropriate housing cannot be secured.