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Reves Center Announces 2022 International Student Achievement Awards

The Reves Center for International Studies has announced the 2022 International Student Achievement Award recipients.

Each year, International Student Achievement Awards of $500 each are given to W&M and VIMS international students who have been nominated by faculty or staff as having distinguished themselves as exemplary in their academics, leadership, and service to the community.

All faculty and staff are eligible to nominate an international student.

Eva Wong, director of International Students, Scholars and Programs (ISSP) at the Reves Center, presented the awards at William & Mary’s Evening of Excellence Event on April 24.

list of student awardees
2022 International Student Achievement Awardees

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Fei (Krystal) Jiang ‘22 (China) 
Field of study: Biology

"Fei is the most mature, independent, scholarly, kindest and well-rounded student that I’ve ever had In my lab. She joined my research program as a freshman through a competitive Howard Hughes Medical Institute Freshman Research Scholarship. Throughout the pandemic Fei remained committed to her project. She preferred to return home, obtain a job and return the following year, fall 2021. While at home, she continued to pursue her project. She is a great lab citizen and excellent team player."--Shantá D. Hinton, Associate Professor of Biology

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Yuhua (Laura) Luo ‘22 (China)
Field of study: Art History

"I’ve known Laura three years, first as professor and then as director of independent studies and honors thesis. Laura has a double major in art history and economics and excels in all her courses. She has been awarded a summer research grant. Laura has also won internships at the National Museum of Asian Art, and her paper was selected by the competitive SUNY New Paltz Undergraduate Art History Symposium. She has completed her honors thesis successfully and will graduate with honors. "--Xin Conan-Wu, Associate Chair, Margaret Hamilton Associate Professor of Art History

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Aman Kohli PhD '22 (India)
Field of study: Aquatic Health

"Aman has developed an exciting research dissertation, which has contributed to improved management of an important keystone species and fisheries resource, the American eel.  Furthermore, Aman has been heavily engaged in outreach, education, and leadership, broadening the knowledge base of students and the community at large.  Her numerous successes were achieved as a result of her commitment, perseverance, keen intellect, innovative outreach, and strong leadership. She has overcome numerous obstacles during her degree and demonstrated a true sense of perseverance and dedication. Aman is highly deserving of this award, and the honor and recognition by the William & Mary international community it exemplifies."--Andrew Wargo, Associate Professor, Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)

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Sunil Manandhar PhD '22 (Nepal)
Field of study: Computer Science

"I have been Sunil's research advisor for the past 5 years. Sunil’s research lies in the area of security and privacy. Sunil is a highly motivated student who has made significant contributions to multiple research projects both as a project lead as well as a co-author, and moreover, has mentored several undergraduate students, for which he was recently recognized with W&M’s S. Laurie Sanderson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring. I have been consistently impressed with his discipline, persistence, the ability to pursue a research question with a one-track mind and his bandwidth, which enables him to contribute to several projects at once."--Adwait Nadkarni, Assistant Professor, Computer Science

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Ruba Qadi MBA '22 (Palestine)
Field of study: Business

"Ruba is a Fulbright Scholar. She has an engineering background and was able to overcome the challenges of coming from Palestine to the U.S. for studies. Ruba has totally thrown herself into the leadership of the MBA program, especially with the international students in our program, which is critical, since about 30% of our traditional MBA classes are international. She has also been involved with various service projects, such as a Red Cross blood drive in Miller Hall.  She made a strong initial impression and has only lived up to or exceeded my expectations since arriving. I believe that these types of awards can be an important acknowledgement to students such as Ruba that she is not only valued, but that she has helped make W&M a better place."-- Brent Allred, Larry Ring Executive MBA Professor of Business

The Office of International Students, Scholars & Programs (ISSP) supports W&M's growing international community through: Immigration Services; Programming, Education and Advocacy; and Scholarships. More than 1,000 international students, scholars and their families from more than 55 countries call W&M home.

The Reves Center for International Studies is the home of the Global Education Office, and the Office of International Students, Scholars, and Programs and the Global Engagement Team at William & Mary. Established in 1989 with a gift from Wendy Reves in memory of her husband Emery, author of The Anatomy of Peace, the Reves Center supports and promotes the internationalization of learning, teaching, research and community involvement at the university.