Featured Students

Tipa Attasivanon Links Her Practical Experience in Latin America with an Academic Grounding

Tipa Attasivanon is a graduate student in the Latin American Studies program (MALAS’19). She holds a full scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, where she will be working after graduation. “This program has allowed me to link my past fragmental experiences in many Latin American countries with academic knowledge, theories and analytical skills, which I have gained from all of my classes here,” says Attasivanon.

Georgetown Team Wins Migrant & Refugee Category at VHacks

VHacks, a hackathon at the Vatican, brought 120 students together from around the world to work to develop technology solutions to issues related to social inclusion, interreligious dialogue, and migrants & refugees. The Georgeteown team won in the migrants & refugees category with a software that would help migrants and refugees find housing and other services in their communities. The software would incorporate any pertinent financial information available and connect users with guarantors within their faith communities.

SFS Students spend Spring Break exploring the globe

For SFS students, spring break often means something other than a vacation. This year, nearly 100 SFS graduate and undergraduate students went abroad as part of spring break programs taking them to Africa, South America, Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East to explore first-hand the issues they had been learning about in the classroom.

Forrest Gertin

Forrest Gertin (SFS’20) Ends Term as National Leader in Boy Scouts of America

Forrest Gertin (SFS’20) ended his term in January 2018 as the 2017 National Chief of the Order of the Arrow. As one of the three of the highest-ranking Boy Scouts in the nation, he represented over 170,000 members of the Order of the Arrow in Congress, on the national board of the Boy Scouts of America, at the annual Boy Scouts of America National Scout Jamboree, and to the nation.

Hannah Byrne (SSP’18) studies asymmetric warfare at Georgetown and across the world

“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.

Student Spotlight: Dainis Butners, MSFS/MBA ’18

“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.

Sofia Gomez (SFS'18)

Sofia Gomez (SFS’18) Wins Rangel Graduate Fellowship

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) Reflects on Lessons, Experiences

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.

Student Rebecca Kuang Will Continue her Historical Fiction Work with the Marshall Scholarship

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.

Mikel Rodriguez (MSFS ’19) Receives 2017 SoldierStrong Scholarship

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.

Christine Pedersen (SFS ’18) Awarded Prestigious Tillman Scholarship

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.

MSFS Students Organize Fundraiser For Victims In Mexico

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.

Claudia Soliz Castro Finds Community at Georgetown

Claudia Soliz Castro Finds Community at Georgetown

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…

Cole Florey (MASIA’17) Appreciates Comprehensive Georgetown Experience

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.