Stephanie Arzate (SFS’15), Yassitoungou Tamdji (SFS’11), and Anna Jozwik (MSFS’17) are among 30 graduates selected nationwide to receive the highly competitive Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship.
Rebecca Kuang (SFS’18), 2018 Marshall Scholar, recently published The Poppy War, her debut novel. She has a three book deal with HarperCollins Publishing. The trilogy is secondary world fantasy, drawing on themes from Asian history and mythology.
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.
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.
Garrett Hinck (SFS’18) is the recipient of the James C. Gaither, Jr. Fellowship at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. As a Junior Fellow, he will be a research assistant for the Cyber Policy Initiative and the Nuclear Policy Program. He is one of twelve selected for the fellowship.
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 (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.
Isaiah Fleming-Klink (SFS’19) has focused his studies in the Walsh School of Foreign Service on the multifaceted challenges faced by urban communities across the United States. “The two issues I’m most passionate about are criminal justice and housing policy, and, particularly, the intersection of the two,” Fleming-Klink says.
Rushika Shekhar (GHD’19) and Jake Glass (SFS’20) were two of five students selected to participate in VHacks, a 36 hour collaborative event at the Vatican in March. The team of five will try to use technological innovation to overcome social barriers and address global problems.
Graduate students at the BMW Center for German and European Studies (CGES) held the Transatlantic Policy Symposium (TAPS), one of the biggest student-run events at the School of Foreign Service.
“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.