Please note: There were no 2020 Harriman Fellows due to the pandemic.
Elizabeth Boyle served as a 2019 Harriman Fellow in the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC.
Elizabeth is a rising senior at the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Political Science and Peace Studies. Elizabeth is passionate about the intersection of religion and peacebuilding and has done extensive research in this area. As a part of the Madrasa Discourses research initiative at Notre Dame she has traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal and Doha, Qatar to engage in interreligious dialogue with Islamic leaders from India, Pakistan, Germany, and South Africa. She has been interested in international affairs since high school, serving as her high school’s first female Model United Nations president and then going on to serve as co-President of the Notre Dame Model United Nations Club. Through this role, she has chaired the Notre Dame High School Model UN conference, has competed across the country, and has served as a delegate to the UN Youth Assembly at the UN headquarters in NYC.
At Notre Dame Elizabeth is a Seminar leader for the Center for Social Concerns. In this role, she leads teams of Notre Dame undergraduates through immersive seminar experiences that focuses on social issues and the role that Catholic social tradition plays in addressing them. She has led groups to the Appalachia region, Immokalee, Florida, New York, and the U.S/Mexico Border. Elizabeth’s biggest role is serving as the Student Body President of Notre Dame. As Student Body President, she convenes the Campus Life Council, develops and delivers presentations to the Board of Trustees, oversees and manages the Executive Cabinet, chairs meetings with local law enforcement, and serves the interests of the Student Body of Notre Dame. She is also an advocate for the equitable use of Title IX and serves as a Policy and Advocacy organizer for Know Your IX.
Internships at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the U.S. Agency for International Development have helped prepare Elizabeth for her work at the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs. After graduation Elizabeth hopes to pursue a joint master’s degree in religion and diplomacy and aspires to return to public service as a diplomat.
When asked what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to her she stated, “I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve my country as a strong woman and to reflect the legacy of Ambassador Harriman and her ability to build relationships with other nations and foster trust and cooperation. I hope that this experience will help prepare me to be a successful female diplomat, just like Ambassador Harriman, and I am excited to gain unique experiences which will benefit me for the rest of my career.”
Aiden Lee served as the 2019 Harriman Fellow in the U.S. Embassy in London
Aiden Lee is a rising junior at Yale University studying Global Affairs. Specifically, he is interested in political economy which lies at the intersection of economics and global affairs. His interest in international affairs was piqued by the World Fellows Program at Yale, a program that brought in notable figures from across the world to serve as fellows. It was here that he got to see the importance of first-hand experiences and narratives in forming his perspectives on foreign policy. Outside of his coursework, Aiden served as the president of the Community Health Educators at Yale and as an elected representative on student government, the Yale College Council. In the past, Aiden had the opportunity to work mostly in the non-profit sector as a consulting coordinator for a non-profit consulting firm based in Boston. During this time, he recognized how much he valued being able to engage in meaningful work that impacted the lives of others for the better; thus, he decided to slightly change gears to focus more on the public sector.
During the summer of 2019, Aiden served in the Economics section of the U.S. Embassy in London. For Aiden, being the son of an immigrant mother, he feels especially blessed and honored to be named a 2019 Harriman Fellow. Perhaps what stands out to Aiden the most about Pamela Harriman’s legacy was her belief that the foreign service offered young people the opportunity to both learn and serve simultaneously. Looking forward after college, Aiden hopes to pursue a potential career either in the foreign service or public service.
Georgie McTigue served as a 2019 Harriman Fellow in the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC.
Georgie is a master’s candidate at the Brown University School of Public Health, where she studies global sexual and reproductive health as part of Brown’s dual BA/MPH program. She graduated with a BA in public health from Brown University in May 2019. In her thesis research, Georgie is investigating the family planning and fertility desires of postpartum women living with HIV in Cape Town, South Africa. Her interest in global reproductive issues has also led her to Vietnam and Argentina, where she compared access to maternal and child health services in urban and rural locales.
Previously, Georgie served as a coordinator at the Clinton Health Access Initiative on the global family planning team, where she conducted research to inform scoping of new strategic priorities and designed a guide to be disseminated by the United Nations Population Fund for countries introducing a new WHO quality-assured contraceptive implant to national family planning programs. Throughout her undergraduate years, Georgie served as an intern and medical scribe at the Rhode Island Free Clinic, the state’s only medical home for uninsured, low income adults. In addition to volunteering, Georgie works part-time as an ER scribe at Rhode Island and Hasbro Children’s Hospitals, southeastern New England’s Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma centers.
Georgie’s long-term goal is to increase access to high-quality preventive and medical care for underserved and vulnerable populations as a physician and policy leader in global health. After obtaining her Master’s degree, she plans to attend medical school and specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, an area where she can best serve the individuals whose health outcomes are shaped by the existing sexual and reproductive health landscape she continues to explore.
Georgie believes that a commitment to global health is not just a prudent foreign policy investment, but a moral obligation. She contributed to efforts at the nexus of U.S. foreign policy and international health as an intern in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy in the summer of 2019. Georgie is honored to receive a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship and hopes to continue Ambassador Harriman’s legacy of public service for many years to come.
Kushal Modi served as a 2019 Harriman Fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Paris
Kushal is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), with a concentration in Globalization. More specifically, Kushal is interested in exploring what makes international institutions effective and examining how institutions affect international trade relations. Kushal’s interest in international affairs stemmed from his love of learning languages. He grew up in a bilingual household and currently studies Arabic and French at Penn. He was able to cultivate his interest in government when he served as an intern in the DC office of Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi in the summer of 2018. In the future, Kushal hopes to return to Capitol Hill to work in foreign affairs before continuing on to law school.
Outside of academics, Kushal is involved in several organizations on Penn’s campus. He writes about trade and foreign policy issues for the Wharton Public Policy Initiative and works as a blog editor for the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal. He also is active in the International Affairs Association as a member of the Community Outreach and Engagement branch, which organizes visits to local middle and high schools to teach lessons about global issues. In addition, Kushal sings with Penn Masala, a South Asian a cappella group.
Abhi Chadha served as one of the 2018 Harriman Fellows in the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC.
Abhi is a rising Junior at William & Mary, majoring in Finance and Government. Abhi is a quantitative thinker, which finance allows him to do in a practical setting. He honed his quantitative skills during the summer after his freshmen year, when he worked as a research assistant in a biology lab developing a statistical analysis pipeline to understand variable genomic expression. He has always been fascinated with how our institutions of government work, potentially a function of his upbringing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. This confluence of interests led him to working on finance operations at the State Department. Eventually, Abhi aims to either work in corporate finance for corporations doing work that is meaningful or in developmental finance, helping to uplift those most in need of financial assistance to pursue their ideas.
Mehvish Khan served as the 2018 Harriman Fellow in the U.S. embassy in London.
Mehvish is a rising senior at Emory University double majoring in Economics and International Studies focusing on conflict and security in Africa and the Middle East. She has always been an international affairs wonk. Throughout her life she has nurtured her passion for international affairs, staying up late to watch the news as a child, taking classes in high school titled “The Modern Middle East”, and furthering her studies at Emory University.
Daniel Lee served as the 2018 Harriman Fellow in the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
Daniel is a junior studying Global & International Studies and French with minors in African & African-American Studies and Political Science at the University of Kansas. As part of wanting to both connect his professional passion in international affairs with his personal roots, being a Kenyan-American, Daniel began studying Kiswahili at KU, becoming a FLAS Fellow and having the opportunity to study abroad in Yale University’s Advanced Kiswahili Program in Arusha, Tanzania. This experience, coupled with what he hopes to gain from his experience this summer at the US Embassy in Paris, will provide him a valuable basis to be able to work in the Foreign Service in the future. After graduating, Lee hopes to attend graduate and law school, after which he hopes to pursue a career in Foreign Service with an interest in the Political Officer track.
Daniel is current Chief of Staff of the University of Kansas Student Senate. In this position, he serves as the primary point of contact for students and student groups, manages the senators as well as the boards and committees of the Senate, upkeeps the governing documents of the body, helps to facilitate the legislative process of Senate, and coordinates the executive staff. In previous years, he has served as the Secretary, Associate Senator, and Vice Chair of the Student Senate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, the Student Representative to the University Core Curriculum Committee, and a member of the University Athletic Committee, the Required Campus Fees Review Hearing Board, and the Educational Opportunity Fund Hearing Board. Outside of student governance, Daniel is a member of the KU African Students Association, the University Honors Program, the Global Scholars Program, sits on the executive boards of the Torch Chapter of Mortar Board and the Gamma Mu Chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
Sean Willner served as one of the 2018 Harriman Fellows in the U.S. State Department in Washington, DC.
In the future, Sean hopes to forge a career at the intersection of his passions for communications, diplomacy, and European affairs. Whether it be in the State Department, a think tank, or elsewhere, he looks forward to helping foster a more peaceful, democratic, and just world.
Rachel Morrow served as the 2017 Harriman Fellow in the United States embassy in London.
Katie Kernan served as the 2017 Harriman Fellow in the United States embassy in Paris.
Katie is a rising senior at William & Mary, double majoring in Linguistics and French and Francophone Studies. She is passionate about the French language and culture, among many others such as Arabic, which she began studying last fall. She has been studying French for about 11 years and hopes to further her studies of Arabic in the future. Following her semester abroad studying at L’Université Grenoble Alpes: Centre Universitaire d’Études Françaises, she is looking forward to continuing my time in a country that she loves, speaking a language she loves, and doing something she hopes to do in the future, public service.
Being the daughter of two Commanders who served in the United States Navy, she was exposed to the pride, honor, and also the hardships of serving for one’s country and raised under the principles of giving back when and where you can. She sees this opportunity as a chance to serve my country and she is honored to be following in the footsteps of such an inspirational and strong woman.
Irene Ezran served as one of the 2017 Harriman Fellow in U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.
Irene is a senior at the University of California, Davis, majoring in International Relations and Spanish and minoring in Mathematics and Managerial Economics. Growing up in a bicultural French-speaking household, she became interested in discovering new cultures and languages early on. Irene is passionate about studying international economics, and she plans to pursue a career in public service.
During the summer of 2017, Irene interned at the State Department in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Throughout the internship, she researched topics related to Central Europe such as energy security, Russian influence, and Central Europe's military contributions to the Defeat-ISIS coalition. Irene also helped coordinate relations between the U.S. Embassy in Prague and the State Department Headquarters in Washington.
Previously, Irene interned at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, where she witnessed multilateral diplomatic negotiations, and she also interned at the Department of Commerce, where she learned about the promotion of American companies abroad. In addition, Irene undertook leadership roles at UC Davis as the President of the International Relations Student Association, a networking for students passionate about foreign affairs, and as the Head Delegate of UC Davis’ Model United Nations team.
Irene was inspired by the way Ambassador Harriman represented the U.S. government in France and encouraged youth to become involved in public service. Irene was honored to serve as a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellow for the summer of 2017.
Alexandra Vermooten served as one of the 2017 Harriman Fellow in U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC.
Alexandra Vermooten is a rising senior at the University of Texas at Austin and is currently pursuing a B.A. Degree in International Relations and Global Studies, with minors in Arabic and International Security. She first completed her Associate’s Degree, with honors, at Lone Star College Montgomery, where she was also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Throughout her college career, Alexandra has dedicated herself to political engagement work and community service; she served as one of the first student representatives on the LSC-Montgomery Civic Engagement Committee, founded a civic education organization called LSC Leaders in Liberty, and represented her college at the 2015 New Leadership Texas Forum in Austin. After transferring to UT last fall, she was elected as Engagement Director of the university’s local chapter of a national women’s political empowerment organization called IGNITE, Prior to the 2016 presidential election she volunteered as a Voter Deputy Registrar and is currently volunteering as an Arabic translator/tutor for Iraqi refugee children at a local elementary school.
During the summer of 2015, Alexandra experienced her first introduction to a career in public service as an intern in the District Office of State Senator Sylvia R. Garcia in downtown Houston. In the summer of 2016, she interned with the Policy Planning Staff at the U.S. Department of State, under Secretary John Kerry. During this time, she was able to observe and participate in high levels of foreign policy decision-making in response to terrorist attacks, military coups, climate change conferences, refugee crises, and upsets to the current system of international order. Having confirmed her passion for foreign relations and diplomacy through such a rewarding opportunity, Alexandra will be returning to the Policy Planning Staff this summer to gain more experience in her specific areas of focus. In addition to her studies, Alexandra now works part-time as an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Clements Center for National Security, a Texas-based think tank, and was recently awarded a Clements Center Undergraduate Fellowship. She was also awarded a scholarship to study at King’s College in London in May/June of this year, which she will attend prior to her internship in Washington D.C.
Upon graduation, Alexandra hopes to join the Foreign Service on either the political or public diplomacy track. In addition to serving her country abroad, she will be pursuing her passion for assisting those most at risk in the global community, particularly refugees and victims of sexual and gender-based violence in the Middle East and Africa. Alexandra is extremely honored to have been selected as a 2017 Harriman Fellow and she plans to follow in the example of Ambassador Harriman through a passionate and dedicated career in diplomacy and public service.
Katherine Diana Ring served as the 2015 Harriman Fellow in the United States embassy in London.
Katherine is currently enrolled as a junior in the International Honors Joint Degree Program offered by William & Mary and the University of St Andrews. The Program allows her to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from each of those institutions following two years of study at William & Mary in Virginia and two years of study at St Andrews in Scotland. Her interest in international affairs first became evident during her years at Lincoln School in Providence when she spent a semester as an exchange student in Argentina under the auspices of the American Field Service, a non-profit organization devoted to international learning. Following her experience studying abroad, she applied her Spanish language skills to serve as a volunteer translator at the Rhode Island Free Clinic. After graduating, Ring hopes to pursue a career in Foreign Service and has demonstrated a particular interest in international law and transnational organized crime and corruption.
Ring welcomed an opportunity to express what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to her, stating that: “The Fellowship serves to reward and encourage public service in the international field and is one of the many legacies of Pamela Harriman, an outstanding political figure and strong female role model. The Fellowship does much more than simply offer recognition; it provides a great deal of practical assistance and support. I am deeply honored and greatly appreciative of the opportunity afforded to me by this Fellowship."
Kimberley Charles served as the 2015 Harriman Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington, DC.
Kimberley is a rising senior at Brown University concentrating in Political Science with a focus on International and Comparative Politics. A Guyanese-American born and raised in New Jersey, Kimberley is grateful for the teachers, role-models, and family members in her life that have inspired her to be who she is today and who she hopes to become in the future.
Kimberley is currently involved with the Brown Center for Students of Color where she is a Co-Coordinator of the Minority Peer Counselor Program. In this position, she advises and mentors twenty-six Minority Peer Counselors who are trained to assist first-year students of color in their transition to college as well as facilitating campus-wide workshops on issues of identity including racism, sexism, classism, and heterosexism. She previously held the position of Minority Peer Counselor during her sophomore year.
Kimberley believes that she is the product of those who have taken the time, care, and patience to invest in her and her success and works at Brown CareerLAB in pursuit of continuing a legacy of paying it forward by advising students on pursuing their dreams. At Brown CareerLAB, she advises students on finding internships, jobs, and other opportunities and particularly tries to work with fellow first-generation college students and students of color. During past summers, she explored her interest in politics and human rights by completing internships at the U.S. House of Representatives and the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights. She has also completed internships at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and the Global Impact Investing Network, garnering knowledge about philanthropy and the non-profit industry.
Reared by parents who immigrated to the United States from Guyana in search of their American Dream, Kimberley is a first-generation college student who strongly identifies with her family’s sacrifices, hard work, and perseverance. Her family’s legacy of strong Guyanese women especially continues to fuel her own compassion and fearlessness in upcoming endeavors. After graduation, Kimberley hopes to pursue a Fulbright Fellowship in Trinidad and Tobago in order to conduct research on Indo-Caribbean identity and gain a stronger sense of her cultural identity as the descendent of indentured laborers from India. She then plans to obtain her J.D. and become an International human rights lawyer. Above all, Kimberley aspires to emulate the group of positive and empowered Guyanese women who have fundamentally shaped her, and hopes to be a positive role model in her community.
Cian Dinan served as the 2015 Harriman Fellow in the United States Embassy in Paris.
Cian is an undergraduate at New York University Abu Dhabi, double majoring in history and literature with a concentration in art history. Thanks to his Foreign Service upbringing, he was born in Belgium and grew up in the Netherlands, Canada, Virginia, and France. He graduated with a bilingual diploma from the École Jeannine Manuel in Paris. Cian studied in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2014 and interned there with the Forum 2000 Foundation, the Prague Society for International Cooperation, and the Platform for European Memory and Conscience. He is currently studying in Berlin, Germany. He will intern this summer at the American Embassy for the African Regional Services in Paris, where he will support the US speaker and press programs. After graduation he hopes to volunteer with the Peace Corps in the Middle East or North Africa. Cian looks forward to a career as a Foreign Service Officer.
Jasmine Wyatt served as the 2014 Harriman Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington, D.C.
Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Jasmine is a rising senior at Harvard University studying Government with a focus in International Relations, as well as South Asian Studies. Currently, she is mainly involved with the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, a choir dedicated to singing music of the African Diaspora, for which she serves as a dedicated member and Treasurer of the organization. She has expressed her passion for diplomacy, and women’s and minority rights, through her past involvement with the Harvard International Relations on Campus, the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics Forum Committee, and the Women’s Initiative in Leadership, as well as the Black Students Association, the Association of Black Harvard Women, and the Alberta V. Scott Leadership Academy as a mentor to African American high school girls. She was also a face for the “I, Too, Am Harvard” photo campaign, aimed at highlighting the faces and voices of black students at Harvard, which has garnered national and international attention and sparked minority students to speak up around the world. To complement her studies at Harvard, she studied abroad for a semester in Geneva, Switzerland, learning French and studying international diplomacy. Back home, she is involved with the Peacemakers of Akron, an anti-violence civic youth group, aimed at reducing the crime rate in Akron. During her summers, she has volunteered in the hospitals of Lima, Peru teaching Spanish and English to terminally ill children, as well as interned in the Mayor’s Office of Akron Ohio, writing the Mayor’s speeches and editing press releases. Additionally, she has interned in the US House of Representatives as a Congressional Page, as well as the Massachusetts State Senate as a research assistant. She hopes to write her senior thesis on women’s progressive laws, patriarchy, and legal contradictions in India and obtain a joint Masters in Public Policy and J.D. before entering into the Foreign Service. Her ultimate goal is to advocate for human rights through diplomacy as the US Ambassador to the United Nations.
When asked what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to her, she stated, “One of the characteristics that struck me most about Ambassador Harriman is that she refused to allow the judgments of others to stop her from thinking outside of the box. She was a trailblazer, and I can only hope I can inspire others in the way she has done for me. To follow in this phenomenal woman’s footsteps and be a part of her legacy is truly an honor. We all stand on the shoulders of those before us, and I hope to use this fellowship to honor Ambassador Harriman’s legacy as well as strengthen my own shoulders for others to stand on in the future.”
Andrew Kovtun served as the 2014 Harriman Fellow in the United States Embassy in Paris.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Andrew Kovtun is pursuing a dual degree in Economics and Business Administration at the University of South Carolina. He studied at Sciences Po in Paris during the 2014 spring semester. He also previously studied abroad at the University of Economics, Prague. Andrew is passionate about committing his international experiences and has launched SaleAbroad, an online platform that offers easy price comparison tools for university students wishing to study abroad. He is minoring in French and Russian language studies, which he plans to apply to an intended future career in the U.S. Foreign Service.
Sama Habib served as the 2014 Harriman Fellow in the United States Embassy in London.
Sama Habib recently graduated from Fordham University. Her love for international relations took off in 2010 when she was chosen as the NY fellow for the State Department's Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship. Since then Sama has traveled to Scotland to work with the United Nation's MDGs and Moldova for a Peace Building in Eastern Europe Conference. Sama hopes to continue fostering community throughout her career by recognizing the importance of being a global citizen, specifically focusing on the rights of Coptic minorities and empowering women, as she believes that education and compassion will pave the way to a peaceful world and that serving others is at the cornerstone of humanity. Sama plans to become a Foreign Service Officer upon graduating from Columbia University's School of International Political Affairs to further promote these ideals.
Sama is extremely honored and humbled to receive the Pamela Harriman fellowship. When asked what being awarded this Fellowship meant to her, she stated, "The Pamela Harriman Fellowship allows me to focus in on my work at the Embassy without the financial constraints of living in London. As a result, my time has been spent appreciating this exceptional learning opportunity as it provides me with an unparralled preparation for my career in the Foreign Service."
Anna Nikolova served as the 2013 Harriman Fellow in the United States Embassy in Paris.
Nikolova, a junior at William & Mary majoring in International Relations, is interested in international development, foreign languages, and public service. She has pursued these interests both on-campus and off-campus. At William & Mary, she is an active member of the International Relations Club and an intern at AidData, a project that aims to increase transparency in development finance by tracking foreign aid in a publicly accessible database. As a further complement to her International Relations major, she has studied abroad for two semesters with the purpose of enhancing my language fluency in Spanish and French. Nikolova spent the 2012 fall semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she took intensive Spanish language courses and volunteered at a local NGO. This semester, she is studying at L'Institut D'Études Politiques in Lille, France and volunteering at the French Red Cross. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she has also sought to gain professional experience that would lead her to a career in the public service. During the summer of 2012, she had the opportunity to serve as an Associate at the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence. Nikolova is excited to continue exploring another facet of public service this summer at the US Embassy in Paris, where she will also have the opportunity to apply her French language skills and studies in foreign policy."
When asked what the Harriman Fellowship means to her she stated, “I am honored and enormously grateful to receive the Harriman Fellowship. Without its support, I would not have been able to pursue my summer internship at the State Department. I look forward to having the opportunity to carry on Ambassador Harriman´s incredible legacy in the Foreign Service.”
Alba Baze served as the 2013 Harriman Fellow in the United States Embassy in London.
Baze, rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, is studying political science with a focus in International Relations and International Development. This will be her second internship with the State Department, having previously interned with the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs on matters relating to foreign aid to Eastern Europe. In the past, she has worked with the Bob Casey for Senate campaign as well as with the Pennsylvania Democratic Party. Baze hopes to attend law school after graduation before moving on to a career with the Foreign Service. She is an active member of Penn For Youth Debate, which mentors local middle and high school students by serving as their debate coach.
When asked what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to her she stated, “I feel incredibly excited and honored to receive the Harriman Fellowship. An internship with Embassy London will be a unique experience from which to learn about (and play a very small part in) crafting diplomacy. I expect it to be an opportunity that greatly impacts my future career choices and one that would not have been possible without the Harriman Fellowship.”
Jessica Wamala served as the 2013 Harriman Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington, D.C.
Wamala, a student in the five-year BA/MA Political Science program at Villanova University, is majoring in Political Science, Arab and Islamic Studies, and Global Interdisciplinary Studies. Her Honors Senior Thesis focuses on women’s political participation in Egypt and Tunisia before and after the 2011 revolutions. Outside of the classroom, she plays Division I Women’s Basketball for Villanova University. She is committed to addressing social issues and has learned first-hand about diplomacy as a Rangel Scholar and political intern at the US Embassy Belgrade. Wamala has received numerous awards for scholarship and leadership including the 2012 Harry S. Truman Scholarship and election to Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, she plans to translate her passion into a career in the Foreign Service as a political officer. Wamala was selected as a Rhodes Scholar for 2014.
When asked what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to her she stated, “I am excited, and above all honored, to be named a Pamela Harriman Fellow. Her contributions and legacy as an Ambassador and a public servant are inspiring. I hope to channel her leadership, dedication, and energy in my commitment to public service, not only as an intern this summer, but also as a career Foreign Service Officer.”
Eric Chung served as the 2012 Harriman Fellow in the United States Embassy in Paris.
Chung, a rising junior at Harvard University, is majoring in government with a particular interest in how domestic and international government policies can determine the educational and health outcomes within countries. Chung has been involved with public service on many levels, including serving as a representative for his college student government and completing several state and federal government internships. He is a firm supporter of the importance of community development and actively serves as a volunteer teaching elementary school students the value of civic leadership, advising senior immigrants on the process of becoming naturalized citizens, and helping organize government simulations for high school students to learn about the American political system. In the future, he plans to pursue a career working to improve education and health outcomes both in the United States and around the world.
When asked what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to him he stated, "I am incredibly honored to receive this fellowship. In life, you will not always be recognized for the public service work that you do. When you are, it only inspires you to renew your efforts and continue the important work of doing everything in your power to empower others."
Nicole Cappellety served as the 2012 Harriman Fellow in the United States Embassy in London.
Cappelletty is currently attending Lourdes University. She is studying Psychology and Music while staying active in the campus community. She is works as a Campus Tour Guide, Note Taker for Accessibility Services, and serves as Vice President for Social Science Club. Upon graduation, Cappelletty hopes to attend graduate school before moving on to a career in the Foreign Service. She has a particular interest in the Consular Career track and working with American Citizen Services.
When asked what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to her she stated, ”The Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship provides me with an immense amount of support and motivation, both personally and professionally. I believe that being awarded the Fellowship is an honor. It is nice to know that such an opportunity exists for future generations that are also interested in a career with the Foreign Service.”
William Hayward served as the 2012 Harriman fellow in the Office of the Secretary of the State, Washington, D.C.
Hayward is a rising junior at William & Mary majoring in International Relations. Hayward is an active member of the school’s International Relations Club, serving as the current Media Director for the school’s high school Model UN conference. He was named to the Dean’s List in 2010 and hosts a weekly show on W&M’s radio station. A graduate of James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia, Hayward was named a National Hispanic Scholar in 2009 and plans to study abroad in Argentina next spring.
When asked what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to him he stated, “Receiving a Harriman Fellowship represents a tremendous honor and opportunity for me to further my understanding of the roles of the State Department and public service. I hope to gain a knowledge of what a potential career in the Foreign Service would entail, and serve in the Office of the Secretary with the same commitment to public service which Pamela Harriman embodied in her time as Ambassador."
Lucia Tapia served as the 2011 Harriman Fellow in the United States Embassy in Paris.
Tapia, a fourth year undergraduate at the University of California Santa Barbara, is double majoring in French and Communication, and minoring in Spanish. Lucia is a devoted volunteer at the Santa Barbara Habitat for Humanity, Santa Barbara FoodBank community outreach program, and a tutor for at-risk youth. Her future plans are to continue on to a master's degree in French at the University of Paris-Sorbonne and to pursue a career in diplomacy.
When asked what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to her she stated, “Without the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship, interning for the U.S. Department of State in Paris would be impossible. My dream to pursue a career in foreign affairs will now be one step closer to reality because I will now have the moral and financial support of those at William & Mary.”
Elisabeth Ferland served as the 2011 Harriman Fellow in the United States Embassy in London.
Ferland is a recent graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, with a degree in Science, Technology and International Affairs. This is her first internship with the State Department, but she has taken full advantage of being in Washington D.C. with internships at the Senate, International Trade Commission, and Center for Strategic and International Studies. Following her internship she will finish her fifth year of an accelerated Masters Degree in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and intends to go on to a career as a Foreign Service Officer.
When asked what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to her she stated, “To me receiving the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship is an incredible honor that comes with the expectation of great achievement; one I hope to live up to. This fellowship has reinforced my preexisting desire to work in the foreign service. Due to this fellowship I will always be motivated by the grace and dignity with which women, such as Ms. Harriman, have been able to truly succeed in the foreign service and gain the respect of their peers.”
Noura Elfarra served as the 2011 Harriman Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington, D.C.
Elfarra, a rising senior at Stanford University, is majoring in Political Science with a focus on International Relations. This will be her second summer working in Washington, D.C.; in 2010 she served in the White House’s Office of Presidential Correspondence. She has demonstrated commitment to public service through her participation in Stanford in Government, Stanford’s South Asian cultural group Sanskriti, and the Stanford Project on Hunger (SPOON). During her senior year she will write an honors thesis through the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). Upon graduation she intends to pursue a J.D. with an emphasis on constitutional and human rights law, before embarking on a career within the realm of foreign policy.
When asked what being awarded a Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship meant to her she stated, "I feel incredibly honored to have received the Harriman Fellowship. I hope that it will provide me with the means to explore the implications of diplomacy and global citizenship, as well as to better understand the responsibilities of a career in Foreign Service."
Anne Buckle and Lindsay Hislop served as the 2010 Harriman Fellows in the United States Embassy in Paris.
Buckle, a junior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, is majoring in International Communications and Relations with a focus on France and Western Europe. Buckle has won numerous awards for scholarship and leadership including Phi Beta Kappa – Epsilon Chapter, and serves regularly in her community as a volunteer violin teacher, teaching underprivileged K-12 students. Next year, she plans to study International Relations at the graduate level. Her ultimate career goal is to work as a Foreign Service Officer or in some other governmental capacity in France.
Hislop, a senior at the University of California, Santa Barbara is majoring in Biology. Having studied abroad in France and Ireland, she is an International Baccalaureate Program Diploma Recipient. Her community service includes service to Youth Leadership Jefferson County, a program designed to develop the leadership skills of local high school students. Upon graduation, Hislop hopes to attend graduate school before embarking on a career with the Foreign Service, ideally on the Environment, Science, Technology and Health Team.
Christopher Alvarez and Robert Kevin Thomson served as the 2010 Harriman Fellows in the United States Embassy in London.
Alvarez, a junior at Stanford University in California, is double majoring in International Relations and Economics. During his senior year he will apply for the co-terminal master’s degree program in Public Policy at Stanford. Alvarez is a longtime participant in the EPATT program which welcomes children from the underprivileged East Palo Alto community to work with student tutors. Eventually, he plans to seek a career in public service, as he is particularly interested in the work of the Treasury and State Departments.
Thomson is a senior at San Jose State University where he was on the dean’s list in spring 2010. A Global Studies major, this is his second State Department internship, having served in fall 2008 in the Office of the Secretary in Washington, D.C. A volunteer in his community since his high school days, his public service includes working with non-profits which serve the poor and homeless. Thomson will seek his master’s degree in Peace and Security Studies and ultimately a J.D. with emphasis in international law. Following that, he plans to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer tasked to the Consular Affairs office.
Benjamin Feibleman and Celine Cutter served as the 2010 Harriman Fellows in the Office of the Secretary of State, Washington, D.C.
Feibleman, a junior at Columbia University in New York City is majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics and History. The only Harriman Fellow who has ever served in the U.S. armed forces, Feibleman earned the Iraq Campaign Medal for a tour in Iraq and a Meritorious Commendation for performance of duties during President Bush’s visit to Paris, France. A former marine, Feibleman has hoped to join the Foreign Service ever since his service as a Marine Security Guard. His plan is to take the Foreign Service Exam and apply to MPA programs at an Ivy League university.
Cutter, a junior at the University of California, Berkeley is majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. She has won numerous awards for scholarship and leadership including the Sandy Ellis Cup for Outstanding Commitment to the Community in 2006. Cutter’s research projects in Berkeley and Kenya regarding the role of NGSs in combating HIV/AIDS with a focus on human rights and women’s empowerment. After graduation she plans to pursue a master’s degree in International Affairs and hopes her career path will lead her to the Foreign Service or another area of diplomacy.
Margaret Looney, a junior at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, served as the 2009 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in Paris. A graduate of Vermilion Catholic High School, Margy spent a summer abroad studying in Ireland with LSU after her freshman year in college, and will study abroad in Morocco this coming fall. Her major is Mass Communication with a concentration in print journalism; her minor is International Studies with a concentration in Africa and the Middle East/Global Diplomacy. Margy has won numerous awards for scholarship and leadership and serves regularly in her community as a student worker at Volunteer Baton Rouge. Next year, she will complete her senior thesis conducting a pilot study of information gathering, mapping the networks of U.S. foreign correspondence in Rabat, Casablanca and Meknès. After graduation, Margaret plans to travel to Northern Africa or the Middle East with the Peace Corps or Voluntary Service Overseas before returning to the states for graduate school. During her time abroad, she hopes to become fluent in Arabic and French and eventually work in the U.S. State Department as a Public Diplomacy Officer.
"Receiving the Harriman Fellowship has set a solid foundation for the beginning of my career in the Foreign Service," says Margy. "This internship will provide an inside look at diplomacy in action and act as a keyhole to my future, which I will devote to promoting press freedom in developing countries."
Ayisha Arshad, a senior at Temple University in Philadelphia, served as the 2009 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in London. Having graduated in 2005 from Haverford Senior High School, Ayisha has excelled academically, making Dean's List for the last four semesters. Ayisha will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Journalism with her track focusing on print journalism. Ayisha recently interned at a Philadelphia public high school where she assisted in establishing the school's first official newspaper. She is also active in the university community through her leadership in the Muslim Students Association as well as serving as one of the conference chairs for the 2009 MSA National East Zone Conference. Ayisha has also continuously served in the Philadelphia community - tutoring, volunteering at a nursing home and an area hospital. After graduation, she plans to attend law school. She hopes to practice as a public interest lawyer and work in the international arena with the U.S. government or an international organization. She wishes to focus her career on shaping media relations and foreign policy and working on civil rights issues, particularly with the U.S., Middle East and South Asia.
"I'm honored to have received the Harriman Fellowship, which demonstrates that dedication to my studies as well as my commitment to public service will be rewarded," says Ayisha. "This internship will serve as the basis for my career goals by providing me with high exposure to foreign policy, a critical aspect of influencing U.S. relations with the international world."
Matthew McGrath, from Vanderbilt University, served as the 2008 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in Paris. A graduate of Brookline High School in Brookline, Massachusetts, Matthew spent his junior semester abroad as an intern in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. In 2005, he won the Senior Award for Outstanding Contribution, Seminar in Jewish Education and Leadership. Recent research, conducted with the Political Science Department at Vanderbilt, has focused on the political security of the Baltic Region.
Andrew Blasi, from William & Mary, served as the 2008 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in London. In the Summer of 2007, Andrew served as an intern for the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe in Washington, D.C. He also served as a research intern for the Congressional Liaison Office of the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C. In the near term, Andrew chose to pursue a State Department internship in London to see the diplomatic process firsthand, especially with one of America's greatest allies.
James Nadel, from Tufts University, served as the 2008 Harriman Fellow in Washington D.C. at the State Department's Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Nadel is a graduate of Burlington High School in Vermont where he was selected Commencement Speaker for his graduating class. At Tufts, Nadel was a double major, studying International Relations and French.
Sandra M. Scoseria-Katz, from Princeton University, was selected to serve as the 2007 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in Paris. A graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland, Sandra studied at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs with concentrations in European Politics and Society, French and German. Sandra studied abroad in Germany, at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin, and, with the support of the Max Kade Foundation, served as an intern at the Office of Congresswoman Ute Kumpf of Stuttgart at the Bundestag. Sandra also interned in the press department of the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign and held a summer internship at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
Zachary Schechter-Steinberg, from Wesleyan University, served as the 2007 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in London. Zachary, a history major, also played men's varsity soccer at Wesleyan, where their team am went to the 2nd round in the NCAA in 2005 and 2006. A graduate of Iowa City West High School, Zach was active on the debate team and lettered in varsity soccer where his team won the state tournament championship. Zach's public and community service activities include his internships with the Office of the Iowa City Public Defender and Senator Tom Harkin, as well as tutoring and a writing mentorship at Wesleyan. In addition, Zach was a cofounder of the Wesleyan University Chapter of the Roosevelt Institution and served Wesleyan as a residential advisor.
Michelle E. Zapiain, from Florida International University, served as the 2007 Harriman Fellow at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. Michelle is a graduate of Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas where she was awarded a Presidential Scholarship, which brought her to study at FIU as a National Hispanic Scholar. Michelle is a double major, studying International Relations and Economics. In her community, she has been active as a tutor and with "Hands on Miami." Along with professors Patricia Price and Damian Fernandez at FIU, Michelle completed a study funded by the National Science Foundation titled "Comparative Civic and Place Engagement in Three Latino Enclave Neighborhoods in Transition." She was the founding President of the Undergraduate Economics Association at FIU.
Jared Bennici, from the College of the Holy Cross, served as the 2006 Harriman Fellow at the State Department in Washington, DC. As a political science major at Holy Cross, Bennici authored several research papers on American foreign policy and on international relations. He was selected for the Holy Cross Washington Semester Program in the fall of 2005 and was awarded the Edward M. Vannicelli Thesis Award for his Washington Semester thesis, titled, "Why the Federal Government's Response to Hurricane Katrina Failed: 9/11 & Domestic Preparedness - The Missing Link."
Emiliano Reyes, from Fordham University, served as the 2006 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in London, England. A business administration major, Reyes was selected a James Reynolds Scholar and a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Fordham Left Hook newspaper and served as the President of the Fordham College Democrats. He served as a scheduling assistant to former President Bill Clinton and the former office manager of the Pots/Pans Community Outreach Center in New York.
Kelly McClure, from Boston College, served as the 2006 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in Paris, France. McClure majored in International Studies at Boston College, where she was selected to the Dean's list every semester. Her senior thesis project was a comparative study of Muslim immigrants in France and the Netherlands, specifically focusing on their processes of political integration and the implications for political theories of multicultural democracy. McClure volunteered as an English as a Second Language instructor and at the French Language and Cultural Center of Boston.
Allison Biggs, from William & Mary, served as the 2005 Harriman Fellow at the State Department in Washington, D.C. A graduate of Warren County High School in Front Royal, Virginia, Biggs was involved in a variety of organizations and honor societies at William & Mary including the Mortar Board Service and Leadership Honor Society, the Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society, the Pi Sigma Alpha Government Honor Fraternity, Golden Key Honor Society and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Fraternity. She served on the Student Alumni Council and as a tour guide and summer intern for the Office of Undergraduate Admission. She also served as the Student Assembly Deputy Secretary for Public Affairs and the Assistant Secretary to the Board of Visitors.
Joshua Boehm, from Yale, graduated from City High School in Iowa City, Iowa, where he was the Valedictorian, a National Merit Scholar, and an Iowa Governor's Scholar. During his time at Yale, Joshua served as a research assistant to both the Yale Department of Political Science and the Yale School of Management. Joshua volunteered as a tutor for America Reads at a local New Haven elementary school, meeting with underprivileged first graders for five to six hours per week.
David Peloquin, from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, served as the 2005 Harriman Foreign Service Fellow at the United State Embassy in Paris. A graduate of Lakeville Senior High School in Lakeville, Minnesota, David is an accomplished classical pianist as well as a choir member at the Northfield Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. David was named to the Carleton College Dean's List in 2002-03 and in 2003-2004. He compiled a dossier in French on the artists of the Fluxus movement, as part of the Carleton Paris Program in the spring of 2004 and received an exemplary rating on his sophomore writing portfolio. David has also researched the privatization of state-owned enterprises in the Czech Republic for his Soviet Economic History class.
Emily A. Godfrey, a sophomore at Stanford University, served as the 2004 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in Paris. A graduate of Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona, Emily is involved in a variety of activities, including Amnesty International, the Stanford Environmental Education Program and the Shakespeare Festival. She was the recipient of the Stanford University Presidential Award, the Kodak National Leadership Award and was named a Rogel Scholar. Emily interned for United States Congressman J.D. Hayworth, where she conducted research on rural education in American schools.
Lauren C. Manners, from Oklahoma State University, served as the 2004 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in London. A graduate of Ripley High School in Ripley, Oklahoma, Lauren volunteered for the Oklahoma Special Olympics and the Study Abroad Office at Oklahoma State. She also served as the president of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and as treasurer and vice president of Taking Care of Business, a business administration club. As a finance major with an international accounting concentration, Lauren researched the East Asian financial crisis and the risks of international finance, as well as completed a descriptive case study on the effects of monetary integration in the European Union stock markets.
Laurie Ball, from Duke University, served as the 2003 Harriman Fellow at the Office of the Secretary of State in Washington, DC. A graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Massachusetts, Laurie's undergraduate work focused on public policy. While studying abroad at the School for International Training in Chile, she volunteered as a tutor and mentor. During the summer of 2001, Laurie interned for the Guatemala Human Rights Commission. Her academic research complimented her public service with a plan to examine the needs of Hispanic immigrant children in a local public school, entitled, "Educating Immigrant Children." For her work in Chile`, she received the Mellon Award for Undergraduate Research. At Duke University, she was named to the Dean's List with distinction.
Jonathan Bolls, from William & Mary, served as the 2003 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in London. From West Palm Beach, Florida, Jonathan attended the United States Military Academy at West Point from 1999-2001, where he made the Dean's List. After transferring to William & Mary in 2001, Jonathan worked as a Resident Advisor, served in the ROTC unit, was a member of the Mock Trial Team, and represented the United Kingdom at the Harvard National Model UN competition. As an Eagle Scout, he still remembers with pride his project to refurbish an historic African American Church in Clifton, Virginia.
Phyllis Maloney, from Harvard University, served as the 2003 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in Paris. A graduate of St. Bernard Preparatory School, in Cullman, Alabama, she led a group of Harvard students to her hometown in Alabama to renovate low-income housing, while also helping to "break down stereotypes on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line." At Harvard, she received the President's Student Service Award for her commitment to community service. Last summer she received the Kawamura Visiting Fellowship to Japan, and in the summer of 2001, Phyllis studied abroad in Paris. In continuing the legacy of Pamela Harriman, Phyllis envisions an "everyman's diplomacy," stressing the importance of cross-cultural dialogue, friendship, and understanding in which every American can participate.
Katherine Linder, from Princeton University, served as the 2002 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in Paris. A graduate of St. Francis High School, Katherine served as an intern for the Business Council for the United Nations, co-authoring an article on Global Compact that was published in the U.N. Association's quarterly publication, The InterDependent. At Princeton, she aligned her activities with her work experience as UNICEF chair in the Model United Nation's Club, member of the Whig-Clisophic Society, officer for the Class of 2004, and Treasurer of Princeton''s Model Congress. Katherine has proven to be an equally active scholar, receiving the Washington Crossing Scholar, National Women's Political Caucus Award, National Merit finalist, and valedictorian of her high school class.
Adam S. Rein, from Yale University, served as the 2002 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in London. A graduate of the Crossroads School in Santa Monica California, Adam's service includes organizing a spring break service trip to Florida to work with Habitat for Humanity, providing weekly piano lessons for underprivileged children, and tutoring elementary school students in writing. As an Ethics, Politics, and Economics major, Adam wrote numerous research papers on subjects ranging from the potential of PayPal and E-Commerce, to Utilitarian Voting Methods, to an in depth study of the Machiavellian State and Campaign Finance Reform. Adam spent his junior term studying at Oxford University. At Yale he served as a teaching assistant in Management Science and was selected to co-edit the Yale Daily News.
Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky, from Princeton University, served as the 2002 Harriman Fellow to the Department of State in Washington, D.C. A graduate of The New-Forest School in New York City, Carlos' service includes working in the Speechwriting Office of New York City Mayor Guiliani in 2001, as a research analyst for the Lazio New York Senatorial campaign in 2000, and for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999. At Princeton, Carlos worked as editor and founder of the student run magazine American Foreign Policy; served as a regular columnist for the The Daily Princetonian; and was chairman and founder of the Princeton Committee Against Terrorism, a student activist group.
Elizabeth Grimm, from William & Mary, served as the 2001 Harriman Fellow at the United States embassy in Paris. A graduate of Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth entered William & Mary as a Monroe Scholar and was Awarded the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship." While at W&M, Elizabeth served as a committee chair of the International Relations club, committee chair of the Bone Marrow Drive, Student Alumni Liaison Council, founding member of a Habitat for Humanity program in Pennsylvania, and a English tutor during her semester abroad at the University of Nancy II, while maintaining an outstanding academic performance. Her research projects included a summer internship examining the potential impact of closing Eastern State Hospital-the first public psychiatric hospital in the country.
Jennifer Shaloff, from the University of Maryland, served as the 2001 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in London, England. Jennifer, a graduate of Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland, worked with The Program for Survivors of Torture and Severe Trauma with the Center for Multicultural Human Services. Her experience includes an internship as a Research Assistant at the World Resources Institute, an internship for the Office of Congressman Sanford Bishop, and an internship with the Bureau of European Affairs, specifically with Nordic and Baltic Countries. At the University of Maryland, Jennifer's research combined international awareness with her curiosity in world health, including extensive involvement with Dr. Martin Heisler's paper, "The Conceptual and Empirical Attenuation of Loyalty," published in the Journal of the National Institute of Health, and her senior honors thesis on "Deconstructing the German and French Response to Jory Haider and the Freedom Party of Austria."
Stephanie Molnar, from Seton Hall University, served as the 2001 Harriman Fellow to the Department of State in Washington, DC. Stephanie, a graduate of Lacey Township High School on Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey, was a double major in social and behavioral science and a triple minor in political science, Spanish, and criminal justice. She kept an equally challenging array of community service projects, serving as a volunteer in the DC Reads Tutorial Program, Madison Avenue Baptist Church Homeless Shelter, New York Cares Day of Service, and Seton Hall University Day of Service. For her efforts, Stephanie received the Seton Hall Servant Leader of the Century Award. A highlight of her undergraduate service record included a trip sponsored by DOVE for an international service project to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Derek Smith, from Harvard University, served as the 2000 Harriman Fellow at the Office of the Secretary of State in Washington, DC. A graduate of Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD, Derek distinguished himself as one of the finest students in his class. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa and a recipient of the Keasbey Scholarship, Derek's leadership qualities extend beyond the classroom. Music director, arranger, and soloist for an a capella group, he founded and led a barbershop quartet, rowed on the Harvard Freshmen Crew Team and composed chamber music. He wrote his senior honors thesis on the proliferation of dual-use satellite systems.
Akash Desai, from the University of Rochester, served as the 2000 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in London. Akash, a graduate of Cortland High School in Cortland, NY, wrote his thesis on Indian-American political participation. He organized a number of community service projects, most notably the first National Gandhi Day of Service at the University of Rochester, and was on the school's debate team. His experience included an internship with the Department of State in the Bureau of European Affairs, and a semester serving as a research assistant in the House of Commons of the British Parliament.
Rachel Ziemba, from the University of Chicago, served as the 2000 Harriman Fellow at the United States Embassy in Paris. Rachel, a graduate of the Crofton House School in Vancouver, Canada, spent a winter at the University of Chicago's French Language and Western Civilization program in Tours, France studying French language, culture, and history. Rachel has prior experience with the Department of State as an intern in Toronto, where she did market research for American companies. At the University of Chicago, Rachel was a member of the Model United Nations group, plus United People, an outreach program that explains the purpose of the United Nations. Rachel tutored area children in Latin as a means of helping them with reading and writing and taught the fundamentals of art to fifth graders.