Featured Students

Student Spotlight: Kojo Adjepong-Boateng, MSFS’19

In this interview, Kojo Adjepong-Boateng (MSFS’19) discusses his experiences growing up on multiple continents, the most rewarding aspect of his time in the MSFS program so far, and his plans for after graduation.

Filing from Colombia: Julia Friedmann (SFS’19) Reports on Religion and Armed Violence During Pulitzer Center Fellowship

Julia Friedmann (SFS’19) is the first Georgetown recipient of the Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowship, offered annually through the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. In this article, Friedmann, a regional and comparative studies major who studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador, reflects on her return to South America in summer 2018 to cover the role of religion in the Colombian peace process.

Alex Roberds (SFS’18, MAGES’19) Dives Into German and European Studies

Alex Roberds (SFS’18, MAGES’19) arrived at Georgetown as an undergraduate with a long-standing interest in Germany and Russia, and through classes and internships built on this passion. He now studies Russian interference operations and European energy studies through the Master of Arts in German and European Studies (MAGES) accelerated program, in which he completes his undergraduate degree and graduate degree in five years.

Charlotte Carstens Starts at CGES After Experiences Abroad

Charlotte Carstens began work on her master’s degree at CGES this summer after working for the German government as an International Parliamentary Scholar, a program that provides total immersion in workings of the German democracy. Before that, Carstens worked in Germany on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.


A total of 16 Georgetown students have been named Millennium Fellows by the United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network. Each was chosen to elevate undergraduate leadership with their sustainable development-related projects to advance U.N. Sustainable Development Goals in their communities. Two School of Foreign Service seniors – Camille Bangug and Faye Al Saadoon – are serving as campus directors for the Georgetown Millennium Fellow Class of 2018.

Out of the Woods: Ty Loft (SFS’19) studies the power of national parks in breaking cycles of conflict

Growing up in Marin County, California, Ty Loft (SFS ’19) understands first-hand the importance of national parks—not just for environmental conservation, but also for their impact on the people around them. It was this fascination with the outdoors and a desire to increase their accessibility across the globe that led Loft to pursue a major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs (STIA), devoting his studies of the politics of conservation in post-conflict environments.

Kalif Robinson (MSFS ‘19) reflects on his role in new feature documentary, Unlikely

In this article, Kalif Robinson discusses his experience starring in Unlikely, a film “following the journey of five students as they work to surmount the barriers they face in pursuit of a post-secondary degree.” Additionally, Robinson “reflects on his experience as a student from an underrepresented community within tertiary education.”

Siona Sharma (SFS ‘20) Learns Problem Solving through Academics and Extracurriculars

Siona Sharma (SFS ‘20) Learns Problem Solving through Academics and Extracurriculars

Siona Sharma (SFS ‘20) enjoys the process of problem solving. Her first major experience with the process came in high school while building Starts with Soap (SWS)—an education nonprofit that seeks to “provide basic necessities to schools that lack adequate funding” and, in the process, “work towards equitable education nationwide.” Now a junior in the SFS, she has continued to explore this process through coursework in STIA and various extracurricular activities.

Converting Life Experience into Change: Amina Mendez Acosta (GHD’19)

Converting Life Experience into Change: Amina Mendez Acosta (GHD’19)

Amina Mendez Acosta (GHD’19) reflects on her journey from a small rural village in the Philippines to a master’s program at the SFS. She explains how her experiences as a child living in relative poverty have informed her desire to work in development, focusing on financial inclusion, agriculture, and food security.

SFS Students Adithi Sanjay and Meghan Mandi Travel to Panama with Georgetown Global Consulting Fellowship

Exploring Casco Viejo and negotiating prices of art in Spanish over 2,000 miles away from home offered an appeal far greater than the typical summer internship for SFS sophomores Adithi Sanjay and Meghan Mandi. Through their membership in the Georgetown Global Consulting (GGC), Sanjay and Mandi were trained and deployed to a client site abroad to work with the nonprofit organization Enseña por Panamá (Teaching for Panama) through GGC’s new fellowship.

SFS Senior Matt Beshke Embraces Learning, Friendships at Georgetown

After graduating, SFS senior Matt Beshke will join UBS as an Advisory Sales Analyst covering Asian Equities. As a Global Business major with an Asian Studies Certificate and a Chinese minor, Beshke’s studies have rendered him more than ready for his future. He says that the combination of international relations classes and major-related business courses “helped make me a smarter businessman, and will definitely benefit me down the road.”

Aislinn McNiece (SFS’18) Appreciates Diversity of Experience and Intellectual Community at Georgetown

A peak Georgetown moment for International Political Economy major Aislinn McNiece (SFS’18) came in her junior year when she conducted an interview with Canadian Minister of Finance Bill Morneau during his visit to SFS. “The interview happened right after the inauguration of President Trump, who had campaigned against international trade and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in particular,” McNiece explains.

Garrett Hinck (SFS’18) Explores Intersection of Science and Public Policy

Garrett Hinck SFS, Class of 2018, Science, Technology, and International Affairs San Antonio, Texas; later Pittsburgh, PA Language: French Minor: French Proseminar: 1968: Protests and Rebellion in Europe Study Abroad: St. Omer, France with GU French Department in summer 2016 On-Campus Activities: Philodemic Society;…

Emily Belson (SFS’18) Pursues Passion for Middle Eastern Affairs

Emily Belson (SFS’18) came to Georgetown with little knowledge of the Middle East or international affairs but a determination to learn all she could about the world. Her freshman year proseminar, Islam & the West with Professor John Esposito, introduced her to the region that would define her studies while at Georgetown. That class inspired Belson to major in Regional and Comparative Studies (RCST) with a focus on the Middle East.

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.

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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.