BSOS Students & Alumni Earn Prestigious Awards

Hirbod Sajjadi (Government & Politics, Philosophy '15) has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to the Czech Republic for the 2017-18 academic year. While teaching in the Czech Republic, Mr. Sajjadi will engage with the local community by participating in Sokal, a form of gymnastics that has played an important role in the creation of Czech identity. He will also volunteer with an organization that supports people with disabilities. After returning to the U.S. at the conclusion of the program, he intends to work for a non-profit organization devoted to advancing human rights and aiding disadvantaged populations. Eventually he plans to attend law school to study international human rights law. 

Victoria 'Tori' TullyVictoria "Tori" Tully, an Anthropology and Individual Studies double-major, who has developed her own major in Global Health and Development, has won a highly coveted summer internship award from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. The CDC Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health program is a paid 9-week summer environmental internship for current undergraduate students (rising junior or senior) who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked. Tori was one of only 8 students accepted from an applicant pool of 289. Tori has previously held internships with Catholic Relief Services and with the Army Public Health Command. At Maryland Tori has been a leader in various student organizations, including the Anthropology Student Association, the Delta Epsilon Mu Public pre-health fraternity, and a student chapter of Catholic Relief Services.

A number of BSOS students have accepted U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study abroad during summer 2017. The CLS Program is part of the U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. The program awards approximately 550 scholarships every year. Margaret Ebacher-Rini is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Humanities majoring in Chinese as well as Government & Politics. She is a member of the Honors Humanities program in the Honors College. She will study Chinese in Suzhou, China. Anne Mohler is a freshman majoring in Government & Politics. She is a member of the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) program in the Honors College. She will study Persian in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Zoe Smith is a sophomore majoring in Government & Politics and Japanese. She is a member of the College Park Scholars International Studies program. She will study Japanese in Hikone, Japan.

A number of BSOS students currently pursuing graduate degrees at the University of Maryland were awarded prestigious fellowships from the The National Science Foundation (NSF). The NSF has named 5 BSOS students as fellows for the foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. These fellowships are for students in STEM fields who pursue research-based masters and doctoral degrees. Fellows receive an annual stipend to offset educational costs such as books and tuition. Of the more than 13,000 applicants, only 2,000 fellowships are awarded. Rosalind Nguyen (Augustana College, Psychology) is pursuing a degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at UMD. Morgan Anna Botdorf (West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Psychology) is pursuing a degree in Developmental Psychology at UMD. Zoe Loretta Ovans (Johns Hopkins University, Psychology) is pursuing a degree in Psycholinguistics at UMD. Emily Amanda Colon (Arizona State University, Social Sciences) is pursuing a degree in Cultural Anthropology at UMD. Sarah Noe (Mercyhurst University, Social Sciences) is pursuing a degree in Archaeology at UMD.

Christina Bijou (SOCY) and Laura Saldana (PSYC) are both among the University of Maryland's Undergraduate Researchers of the Year for 2017 – honoring students for their pursuit of learning and scholarship beyond the classroom. This recognition includes an financial award in addition to a commemorative plaque. 

The Boren Scholarship program provides up to $20,000 for two semesters of critical language study, and is a part of the Department of Defense's National Security Education Program (NSEP). NSEP is a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. In exchange for funding, Boren Award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year. Nationally, 791 undergraduate students applied for the Boren Scholarship this year, and only 194 received awards.

Jaime Capron (2017 Boren Award for Swahili Language Study in Tanzania) is a Government and Politics major concentrating in International Relations, and is also minoring in Law and Society. She is a member of the Honors College (Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program), and has participated in the Global Semester Program. Jaime has interned at the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and has been a research assistant for both the Center for International Development and Conflict Management and the MLaw Program.

Samantha Enokian (2017 Boren Award for Russian Language Study in Kazakhstan) is a Russian major, and is minoring in International Development and Conflict Management. She has participated in the Global Fellows Program, and has been an intern with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). Samantha has previously studied Russian in Kazan, Russia.

Allyson McCarthy (2017 Boren Award for Arabic Language Study in Morocco) is an Army ROTC Cadet majoring in Government and Politics as well as Arabic Studies, and is a member of the Arabic Flagship Program. As a cadet she has served in the roles of first sergeant, commanding officer, and platoon leader, and has taken part in an exchange program with Bulgarian soldiers, in Assenovgrad, Bulgaria.

Susan Price (2017 Boren Award for Swahili Language Study in Tanzania) is a Government and Politics major and the member of the Honors College (University Honors Program), and has participated in the Global Fellows Program. She has interned with the office of Senator Barbara Mikulski, in the Bureau of African Affairs at the US State Department in Washington, and with the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) on campus.

In addition to their academic pursuits, approximately 4,000 UMD graduate students also serve the campus as teaching, administrative, or research assistants. Prateik Dalmia (ECON) was chosen as a 2017-18 recipient of the University of Maryland Graduate School's All-S.T.A.R. Fellowship, a program that recognizes, supports and honors graduate students who are both outstanding scholars as well as outstanding graduate assistants.