“I appreciate all the opportunities Georgetown has given me to travel and conduct independent research, which has been invaluable to my understanding of transnational threats,” said Hannah Byrne (SSP’18). Byrne is pursuing her master’s degree in the Security Studies Program, which has provided her with numerous opportunities to get a first-hand look at asymmetric conflict abroad.
Anne Sherman, graduate student in the Asian Studies program, is taking advantage of internships at the State Department, world-class faculty and mentors, and intensive language and area studies training during her time at Georgetown.
“Growing up in a Latvian household gave me a perspective on culture, geopolitics, and history that is not taught in schools.” Butners’ heritage and professional background have provided a lens for lifelong learning and focused his pursuits on U.S.-Russia relations, transatlantic relations, international business, and diplomacy.
Darius Izad, Foreign Language Area Studies fellow and graduate of the Master of Arts in Asian Studies program in 2015, plans to pursue a career in public service as a Judge Advocate General in the U.S. Air Force.
SFS senior Sofia Gomez is one of two Georgetown students and an alumna who were part of the only 30 students and college graduates selected nationwide for the highly competitive 2018 Rangel Graduate Fellowship, which provides financial support for two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring and professional development leading to careers in the Foreign Service.
Andrea Moneton (SFS ’18), an International Politics major with a concentration on Foreign Policy, hopes to use her knowledge of and experience with international and intercultural relations after graduation to make an impact in people’s lives through her work.
Rebecca Kuang SFS ’18 was awarded the Marshall scholarship to spend the next two years studying in the UK where she will continue her Chinese studies and writing pursuits at the University of Cambridge. Aside from her scholarship, her historical fiction book about the atrocities that took place in China during World War II, The Poppy War will be published by HarperCollins in spring 2018.
For first year graduate student Muzabel Welongo (GHD’19), studying at Georgetown University means he can have a greater impact on refugees through his work with SAVIC, the NGO he founded after growing up in refugee camps in Tanzania and Kenya.
Naval Lieutenant Mikel Rodriguez (MSFS ’19), a Naval Academy graduate, is the third recipient of this endowed, partial-tuition scholarship designated for a U.S. veteran enrolled in the MSFS program. Rodriguez has over three years of international experience including deployments to Afghanistan.
Former U.S. Marine Corporal Christine Pedersen (SFS ’18) was awarded this year’s coveted Tillman Scholarship for military students. Pedersen, a 2017 Truman Scholar and two-term president of the Georgetown University Student Veterans Association (GUVSA), is one of 60 students in the entire nation to receive the prestigious scholarship, named after the late Pat Tillman, a former U.S. Army Ranger who served in Iran and Afghanistan.
Senior Aditya Pande, an International Economics major, met with his International Finance professor, Fuad Hasanov, in office hours. He left with a proposal to publish research with two Senior Economists at the IMF.
MSFS students Catalina Coppel and Enrique Enriquez Minjarez organized a concert on a DuPont rooftop September 23 to raise funds for disaster relief efforts in Mexico after three earthquakes hit the country over a 12-day period. The event raised $1,388 USD, which channeled through the Fundación Carlos Slim, will result in a donation of over $8,000 USD.
For second-year graduate student Madina Bizhanova, the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES) offers unparalleled opportunities for research on development and democratization in Central Asia.
SFS senior Tomás Álvarez Belón, the 2017 McTighe Prize recipient, will share his brush with death with the incoming class of first-year students during New Student Convocation on August 27 and urge them to reflect daily about their purpose.
Grace Conway (SFS’20) commented on the role of communications in shaping perceptions from the perspective of her White House internship.
The MSB highlighted Christine Yang (SFS’18) and Armando Soto III (SFS’18) for their startup projects, Dressmate and Edgies.
Claudia Soliz Castro Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, Class of 2017 La Paz, Bolivia Summer 2016 Experience: Master’s thesis fieldwork on the effects of informal markets on state development in Bolivia Favorite Classes: “Latin American Origins and Transformations” with…
For Charles Jamieson (MAAS’17), the SFS has been a place to tie together different interests and experiences into a future focusing on economics and politics in the Middle East.
Lina Zdruli German and European Studies, Class of 2017 Born in Albania, grew up in Italy, the United States, and Canada. Summer 2016 Internship: Business Associate in Rawabi, Palestine D.C. Jobs and Internships: Global Futures Fellow, Office of the Vice President for Global…
Cole Florey came to SFS to deepen his knowledge of a familiar subject and region. “I chose to join the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown because it allowed me the unique opportunity of studying East Asian politics and security while simultaneously expanding my knowledge of history, society, and culture in the Asia-Pacific,” Florey said.
Adelina Lancianese (SFS’17) came to Georgetown with a passion for writing and politics, among other interests. Over four years at the SFS, that passion led to a wealth of experience, academic and professional, in the world of journalism, which Lancianese looks forward to entering after graduation.
For senior Rachel Azafrani (SFS’17), the School of Foreign Service means exploration, opportunity, and access. Azafrani’s memorable experiences throughout her four years at Georgetown include work launching a mobile app for youth development in Liberia, time at the U.S. Department of State Virtual Student Foreign Service, and volunteering as a humanitarian open-source mapper.
For Muriel Van De Bilt (SFS’17), who came to SFS from São Paulo, Georgetown has been a place where she had the opportunity to explore her interests and rediscover her passion for international development.
Like many students in the School of Foreign Service, Matthew Raab’s (SFS’17) interest in international relations and public service is what attracted him to Georgetown in the first place.
Ryan Sudo (SFS’17), a Regional and Comparative Studies major with a focus on Latin America and Asia, will be graduating with a range of impressive experiences under his belt, from spending a summer conducting research around the world to gaining proficiency in the Chinese language.
STIA major Daniel Varghese (SFS’17) came to Georgetown with a plan: to go to medical school. Once he got to the Hilltop, however, that plan began to change.
Marvin Saccucci (GHD’17) will matriculate from the Global Human Development (GHD) graduate program this spring with concentrations in Food, Agriculture, and Rural Livelihoods and in Social Enterprise. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, he came to SFS by way of time in multiple developing countries, where he found his passion for work in international development.
Natalia Peña (SSP’17) graduates this spring from the Security Studies Program with a concentration in terrorism and sub-state violence and highlights of her two years at Georgetown include working with Professors Daniel Byman and Bruce Hoffman, interning in government departments, and training for a half-marathon.
Olivia Hinerfeld (SFS’17) came to the SFS from Portland, Oregon, where she studied International Politics with a focus on international law and Justice and Peace Studies. During her time at Georgetown, she had a range of extraordinary experiences on and off campus, from working in the White House with Joe Biden to hosting John Mulaney and Nick Kroll, two well-known comedians and Georgetown alums, with the Lecture Fund.
SFS is proud to have such a large number of fellowship and scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 year. Congratulations to all the winners!