Lauren Jankowski selected for Student Culture, Economic and Diplomacy Immersion Trip to Poland

Purdue University Honors College student Lauren Jankowski is heading to Poland this summer as part of General Electric’s U.S. Student Culture, Economic and Diplomacy Immersion program. This year’s 10 honorees will arrive in Poland on June 13 and return to the United States on June 24.

Jankowski studied in the Honors Mentor Program for the past two years, and will serve on the Honors Mentor Council in the 2018-19 academic year. The Granger, Ind. native is involved in biomedical engineering research, focusing on molecular diagnosis, and is a teaching assistant for Purdue University freshman engineering courses.

“I am excited to explore Poland and learn more about its political climate,” stated Jankowski. “I am also looking forward to meeting political leaders, other participants, and immersing myself in Poland’s rich culture.”

The 10 students traveling to Poland will meet Andrzej Duda, the President of Poland, as well as with various government officials. They will also visit leading Poland and multinational firms, sit down with prominent business leaders, tour the GE Power factory and prestigious Polish factories and have time for sightseeing Poland’s fascinating cultural places.

“I’m very glad that students from the best American universities and colleges will have the opportunity to complete this ten-day Poland immersion trip,” said Tony Denhart, Global University Relations Director for GE. “It’s extremely important to GE that our students, who are the future of the United States, get to know Poland and other areas of the world. I’m counting on Lauren and the other nine students to return and share their experience with their classmates.”

In the program’s debut last year, students spent 10 intensive days learning about Poland meeting such people as President of the National Bank of Poland Adam Glapinski and Speaker of the Polish Senate Stanislaw Karczewski. Students also visited the Warsaw Stock Exchange and the National Bank of Poland as well as Polish Companies PZU, Orlen, GE Power and CD Projekt. The trip included stops in Warsaw, Cracow, Wroclaw, Wisla and Kazimierz on the Vistula.

After attending a show at Warsaw’s Grand Theater and visiting the Warsaw Uprising Museum to get a close look at Polish culture, the trip ended with visit and tour of the Presidential Palace and a meeting with President Duda.

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