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.”
Hijab Shah is a member of the Security Studies Class of 2016. She reflected on her time in the program and the inspiration that she gained from SFS faculty mentors.
Bryan Furman is graduating from the MA in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies. He leaves Georgetown with a broadened perspective and hard skills, but also with lifelong friends.
Renee Slawsky is graduating from the MA in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies. Her time on the Hilltop left her feeling prepared for her career by “constantly challeng[ing]” her.
Alex Rued is a member of the 2016 Class of the Master of Arts in Asian Studies. She reflected on the unique opportunity of graduate school, saying, “Never again will I spend hours each week with some of the world’s most brilliant and enthusiastic academics and practitioners—all for the sole purpose of learning.”
Matt Ramirez is a member of the Global Human Development Class of 2016. He offered some thoughts on his time on the Hilltop and the importance that SFS faculty mentors played for his career goals.
When Preston Marquis (SFS ’16) decided to join SFS four years ago, it was the last “S” – service – that sealed the deal of where he would attend college.
Benjamin Linden (MSFS’17), Emily Sandys (MAERES’17) and Taylor Wettach (MASIA’17) were chosen as 2016 Rosenthal Fellows. The Rosenthal Fellowship provides graduate students at APSIA member schools with public sector summer placements, as well as invitations to a series of roundtable discussions with experts from research organizations and universities, career planning sessions, and Congressional briefings.
Six SFS students put the Jesuit ideal of “men and women for others” in practice at the recent Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2016 meeting with their Commitments to Action – projects that translate practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.
Matthew Quallen (SFS’16), Connecticut native and International History major, will be one of the two student speakers at senior convocation. His time at Georgetown has been nothing short of extraordinary – from being one of the few John Carroll Fellows, to interning at the Supreme Court of the United States, to highlighting Georgetown’s history with slavery in The Hoya, Quallen has embraced his time on the Hilltop.
Bernadette Hobson, MALAS’16, came to Washington, D.C., from California to pursue her passion for sustainable development in Mexico. Ultimately, she hopes to be in a position to “develop informed policy solutions to advance U.S. – Mexico energy relations,” but until then, she is intent on taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by SFS and CLAS.
It’s no secret that Georgetown students are passionate about politics. Even though SFS is focused on the global stage, SFSers are no exception when it comes to their involvement in domestic politics. Two such students are Amanda Shepherd, SFS’18, and Allie Williams, SFS’19, who lead the student campaign groups for Hillary Clinton (Hoyas for Hillary) and Marco Rubio (GU Students for Rubio).