The Center for International Studies (CIS) is proud of its outstanding students and their achievements during the 2018-2019 academic year.
Our students have excelled in the classroom, on campus and in the community, and have won numerous awards. Here some of the winners from recent events, along with photos of several of our award winners. Please note that this list does not account for all of the awards won by CIS students throughout the year.
Center for International Studies Awards Ceremony
Outstanding Student Awards
- Maxwell Annable: Global Studies
- Doreen Siilo : African Studies
- Natsumi Sugimoto: Asian Studies
- Makayla Wells: Latin American Studies
- Angela Mendez-Trivino: Communication and Development Studies
- Dareen Tadros: International Development Studies
Academic Achievement Awards
These awards recognized nearly 70 CIS students who have a grade point average of 3.8 or higher.
- The Boundless Scholarship recipients: Carina Capitine, Ebrima Bandeh, Holly Thompson, Isaiah O’Bryon, Kaylyn Temple, Makayla Wells, Natalie Colarossi, Raylin Fetherolf, Samantha Taylor, Sara Kersjes
- Elinda Ann Wing Appalachian Global Leadership Center Fund: Ethan Bailey, Monica Davis, Samantha Taylor
- World Languages Ambassadors: Jahmir King, Alexandra Koran, Ashley Kafton
- Global Studies Student Ambassadors : Kathleen Meehan, Phoebe Parker, Richard Quarshie
- Drs. Sadek and Anne Samaan Scholarship Fund for International Understanding: Rafael Bizzotto Magalhaes Garcia
- Patricia A. Weitsman Scholarship: Adam Ben-Porath
The 2018-2019 Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) Recognition Celebration also recognized the achievements of several CIS students. Here are the CIS students who received awards at the event:
- Max Annable (Global Studies - Latin America, Spanish, and Political Science major) – Fulbright and Critical Language Scholarship (Portuguese) to Brazil.
- Parker Smith (Honors Tutorial College Political Science with East Asian Studies and War and Peace Studies certificates) – Fulbright grant to teach English in Taiwan.
- Nathan Drexler (Swahili STARTALK alum, German and Linguistics major) – Critical Language Scholarship (Urdu) to India.
- Alexandra Koran (Swahili STARTALK alum, Global Studies – Africa and Globalization and Development Geography double major) – Critical Language Scholarship to study Swahili in Arusha, Tanzania. Afterward, she will depart for Rwanda, where she will live and work as a secondary education English teacher for 27 months through the Peace Corps.
- Meriah Woolery – (Theater major, Marketing minor, with East Asian Studies and social media certificates) – Critical Language Scholarship (Chinese) to China.
- Kevin Lockett (Global Studies – War and Peace and Spanish double major) - Boren Award to study Swahili in Tanzania for the next academic year.
Feven Berhe, Global Studies – Africa was awarded a full-tuition scholarship for next year . This is a Distinguished Professor award from Judith Yaross Lee, a professor of Communication Studies.
The Student Expo attracted 850 presenters and more than 2,000 attendees, and the CIS was well represented at the event. Congratulations to all of our students who took part in this event and presented their impressive projects. The Student Expo Award winners from the CIS included:
- Natalie Acosta: Communication Studies session, 2 nd place
- Safia Amiry : International Studies session, 2 nd place
- Jennan Andrew : International Studies session, 1 st place
- Mary Magdalene Chumbow: OMSAR-3 session 1 st place
- Deni Kurniawan: UIC 2 nd session, 1 st place
- Gaone Manatong : UIC 1 st session, 2 nd place
- Angela Mendez: Communication Studies session, 1 st place
- Dareen Tadros : Social and Public Health session, 2 nd place
The 36 th Annual Leadership Awards Gala also recognized several CIS students, along with other students affiliated with our programs. The awards that included CIS students included:
- Charles J. Ping International Student Leadership Award Winners – Viktoria Marinova, Carla Triana, Tram Nguyen
- Outstanding Programming Awards, Fall 2018 – International Student Union
- Outstanding Senior Leader Awards – Ami Scherson, Dylan Denner, Faye Sloma, Mallory Golski, Celestia Hathhorn, Jasmyn Pearl, Zachary Reizes and Imani Evans