Murray 1693 Scholar
Richmond, Virginia (Maggie L. Walker Governor's School for Government & International Studies)
The students, the professors, and the Murray Scholarship. Beyond the beauty of the campus, the perfect distance away from home, the superb size of the college, and the numerous family connections at William and Mary, these three parts of W&M life led me to choose William and Mary. From my experience in high school, I knew that having intellectual, motivated, and creative students mattered just as much as having good professors, and William and Mary certainly has both. The Murray Scholarship added to the allure of the college, giving me tremendous staff support, unparalleled opportunities, and the opportunity to do real undergraduate research along with the monetary portion of the scholarship.
What I Did Last Summer
Worked on AidData's new research project on Chinese aid to Africa as a Senior research assistant and project co-leader.
- Todd W. Weaver Study Abroad Scholarship
- Confucius Institute Scholarship to study abroad at Peking University in Spring 2012
International Relations with minor in Chinese
Travel to China in Summer 2011 on the Rise of Democracy in China, travel to China in Fall 2012 for study abroad and, before that, for the Harvard/Tsinghua/Peking University 2012 Initiating Mutual Understanding through Student Exchange (IMUSE) Conference in Beijing and Hong Kong (which I got money for from the W&M conference fund).
Democracy in China (I wrote an article on the subject in the new W&M Sharp Seminar program with the Pulitzer Center that you can find on the Pulitzer Center website).
Study Chinese at Peking University Spring '13 and then travel and/or work on a senior honors thesis.
Extracurriculars at W&M
- William & Mary Honor Council
- Destination China
- Shakespeare in the Dark
- VOX - Voices for Planned Parenthood
- Randolph Complex Hall Council
- Alma Mater Productions - Contemporary and Cultural Issues Committee
William & Mary Research
"In the summer following my freshman year I conducted my Murray Research Project. I traveled to China to investigate the possibility of an Egypt-style Jasmine Revolution there. I used the research grant to travel through China and speak with locals about the future of Democracy in China. With the help of the Murray advisers, I took part in a program the following year in I wrote an article on the subject for the Pulitzer Center.
Also in Sophomore year, I began research with Professor Betsy Konefal for the National Security Archives Project on Chile and Argentina examining the ties between Pinochet-led Chile and then-liberal Argentina following Pinochet's military coup in 1973.
In the spring and following summer of my Sophomore year, I conducted research with William & Mary's AidData on a project researching Chinese foreign aid to Africa."