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!
Beeck Center GU Impact Fellow Alejandra Parra was interviewed before her trip to Kigali, Rwanda, where she will spend the summer working with the Gashora Girls Academy.
Cristine Starke (SFS’18), a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, and Daniel Wassim (SFS’18), an ordained deacon in the Presbyterian Church (USA), have each been awarded the prestigious 2017 Truman Scholarship for their academic and public service achievements.
Madison Marks (MAAS’17) reflects on her experience volunteering in a refugee camp in Greece. This article was originally published in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies’ Newsmagazine, Fall/Winter 2017.
For Carolina Sosa (SFS’19), engagement and excitement have been a central part of her SFS experience. Initially skeptical of the international relations-specific orientation of the School of Foreign Service, Sosa was drawn to some of Georgetown’s offerings as she progressed through the college selection process.
MSFS spotlights Simegnish “Lily” Mengesha, (MSFS’18), a political refugee and exiled journalist from Ethiopia, who came to MSFS this past year seeking a path towards making the world a better place.
Alexander Pearson is a graduate student in the M.A. in German and European Studies (MAGES) program in the Walsh School of Foreign Service. He urges students not to be afraid to branch out and learn about other disciplines and subfields beyond their primary interests.
For Bennett Stehr, research, baseball and business fit together neatly at SFS. In his third year at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Stehr has worked to fulfill both his academic and extracurricular interests at Georgetown, which includes a spot on the varsity baseball team and a Krogh Fellowship.