Congratulations, SIR Students! 2015 FLAS, Boren, and Fulbright
The FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) Fellowship is funded by the United States Department of Education and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at USC. Of the 13 Summer Fellowships, SIR students took four of them. Congratulations to Ana Cuellar-Aguilar, David Lee, Kenneth Lee and Amira Perryman.
Fulbright U.S. Student Grant
Justin Bogda completed a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and International Relations from USC in 2014. As a recipient of the Mexico Binational Business Internship grant, Justin will enroll in university courses and intern with a company in Mexico City. Justin aims to help increase cooperation in clean energy development between the U.S. and Mexico. After completion of his Fulbright grant year, Justin will pursue a joint degree in Public Policy and Law and go on to work in green-technology policy and business development.
Henrietta Levin completed her Bachelor’s in International Relations and Master’s in Public Diplomacy at USC in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Henrietta will research Norwegian peacebuilding efforts, focusing on how institutional capacity and limitation are catalyzed by its status as an individual nation-state. She will also take Pace and Conflict courses and the University of Oslo to become immersed in the Norwegian peacebuilding perspective. Following Fulbright, Henrietta hopes to join the U.S. Foreign Service as a Public Diplomacy Officer.
Melissa Montalvo is an International Relations major with minors in both Business Law and French who graduated from USC in 2013. Melissa looks forward to her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship assignment in the Mexican public school system. She plans to create an after-school leadership program for adolescent girls to help them realize their full potential. Upon returning to the U.S., Melissa intends to pursue a Master’s of Arts in Comparative and International Studies in Education. She is particularly interested in the challenges and barriers to educational achievement for women and marginalized populations.
Kayla Caldwell will spend the 2015-2016 academic year in Dakar, Senegal on the Boren Scholarship. She is a double major in International Relations and Economics with a minor in French. While in Senegal, Kayla will live with host family and focus on her already advanced French and beginning Wolof skills. After her program, Kayla will conduct original research through her Honors Thesis Seminar course and plans to apply for a Peace Corps education assignment in Francophone Africa. Kayla aims to go on to earn a Master’s degree in International Development, and eventually pursue a career at USAID in the Africa Bureau or Education Office.
Colin Conwell is a double major in International Relations and Cognitive Science with a minor in Comparative Literature. Through the African Flagship Languages Initiative (AFLI) at the University of Florida, Colin will begin an intensive study of French and Wolof this summer. In the fall, Colin will relocate to Dakar, Senegal to continue language study through November of 2015. Colin’s academic interest lies at the intersection of international security, psychology and comparative literature. Upon graduation, Colin hopes to fulfill his Boren government service requirement as an analyst or field agent of an intelligence collection agency such as the DIA or CIA.
Alexis Dale-Huang is double majoring in International Relations (Global Business) and East Asian Languages & Cultures. Beginning December 2015, Alexis will spend nine months in China studying in both Beijing and Shanghai. Alexis will hone her Mandarin skills and examine China’s political ideologies, economic interests, and cultural practices to understand China’s perspective in international affairs. After completing her senior year at USC, Alexis aims to have a career in the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR).
Jason Tse will spend one year in Tajikistan studying Persian while on the Boren Scholarship. He is majoring in International Relations with a minor in Middle East Studies. Jason is also a recipient of the Critical Language Scholarship in Persian and will devote 10 weeks to a dense language-learning program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan before the start of his Boren Scholarship. Going forward, Jason hopes to work as a Civil Servant in USAID, particularly in the Bureau of Asia. He is also considering a future with the Department of State, especially within the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.