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.
Georgetown senior Matthew Hinson (SFS’17), an international history major in the School of Foreign Service, becomes one of 30 recipients of this year’s highly competitive Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowships.
“I have always been interested in how people situate the region in a global context,” says April Snedeker, a graduate student at the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies (CERES). “In this light, it’s been an interesting time to study the region. 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the former republics are trying to find their place in the world.”
December 12, 2016 – Devika Ranjan (SFS’17), a culture and politics major at Georgetown, has won a 2017 Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom.
Combining her interests in education and international development, Claire Reardon (SFS’17) decided to major in Culture and Politics with a focus on Inequality in Education. Through her studies, she has been able to look at the intersection of these two fields.
When Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) student Sami Wehbe (SFS ‘17) decided to take a course on presenting and voice overs, he didn’t expect it to lead him down a path towards hosting two national radio shows and interviewing ambassadors from 18 countries. But almost two years later, he has done just that.
James Pavur (SFS’16), a Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) major, has won a prestigious Rhodes scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He plans to pursue a D.Phil in Cyber Security.
Catherine Killough (MASIA’17) is combining an interest in Korea with her academic background in literature in pursuit of a graduate degree at SFS, while also taking advantage of the policy experience opportunities in the DC area.
Uma Mencia Uranga, graduate student in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, is working towards her Masters of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS). But outside of her academic career, she is a professional endurance horse racer.
From October 7 to 9, a delegation of Georgetown students attended the 2016 Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. While the students represented a wide variety of class years, majors, and schools, all of them had a strong interest in international development.
Devika Ranjan (SFS’17) spent the summer in Jammu and Kashmir working as a Projects for Peace Fellow, facilitating theatre workshops for women who live along the India-Pakistan border. The workshops provided a creative medium for them to discuss their problems, explore solutions and come together as a community.
Andrew Ireland is a member of the Class of 2018 in the MSFS Program. He shared some thoughts on the Our Ocean One Future Leadership Summit, as one of the students accepted to take part in it.
Michael White (MSFS’18) shared thoughts about his transition from nine years in the U.S. Army to civilian life at Georgetown, without a uniform.
This year, the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) offered the chance of a lifetime, sending twenty GU Politics Convention Ambassadors to attend either the Republican National Convention (RNC) or the Democratic National Convention (DNC). Among the lucky Hoyas were three students in the School of Foreign Service–Gabriela Barrera (SFS’19), Reed Howard (SFS’17), and Sahil Nair (SFS’19).
The MASIA program featured three students who are working to better represent graduate students as a constituency of student government at Georgetown.
Kwabena Akuamoah-Boateng was named the third recipient of the MSFS Africa Scholarship, which seeks to promote diversity of experience and perspective among MSFS students.
Margaret Crownover (SFS’18) is one of 12 Georgetown students (12 of whom are SFS graduate or undergraduate students) to receive a 2016 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship.
SFS students Justin McCartney (SFS’19), Samantha Lee (SFS’17), and Sophie Faaborg-Andersen (SFS’18) were part of a Georgetown delegation of students and faculty who attended the 2nd United Nations Environmental Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. They shared some thoughts about their experience.
Leaving the Hilltop brings out mixed emotions for many Georgetown students. “I am sure that I speak for everyone in the senior class when I say that Graduation is a bittersweet experience,” says SFS senior Savannah Kochinke.
Nicolas Albertoni is a member of the Class of 2016 in the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies. He credits SFS with helping him learn a “holistic view of problem solving.”
Within two years, Jack Moore (SFS ’16, SSP ’17) will participate in two commencements – receiving his bachelor’s degree this month and his master’s degree next year, as part of the accelerated BSFS/MA program. After graduating from the Georgetown University Security Studies Program, Moore will serve in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence officer as part of his participation in Army ROTC.
Sierra Frischknecht is a member of the 2016 Class of the Master of Global Human Development. She came to Georgetown looking for an academic grounding in international development principles, which she felt like she gained in her program, along with the skills and confidence needed for her upcoming career.
Stephania Sferra Taladrid is a member of the 2016 Class of the Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, where she participated in the five-year BSFS/MALAS degree. Looking back, she chose Secretary Madeleine Albright “National Security Toolbox” class as a favorite, for the way it brought to life theories she learned in other classes.
Andrea Conde Ghigliazza came from Mexico City, Mexico to attend the Master of Science in Foreign Service program. Although she came for its well-known reputation and DC location, she leaves most struck by its “tight-knit community of classmates, faculty and alumni interested in international affairs.”
Ryan Millerick is a member of the Class of 2016 in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies. Although he attended Georgetown for his undergraduate education, he says that returning to the Hilltop was not a difficult decision. “The foremost program in the United States for transatlantic studies is the BMW Center for German & European Studies at the SFS at Georgetown, so the decision was an easy one for me to return to Georgetown.”