Undergraduate Awards & Recognition

Undergraduate Recognition Slides

We've created individual recognition slides for our 2021 graduates. Use the filters below to find your name. Once you locate your slide, you can click on it to hear your name read aloud, download the file, or view options for sharing your slide on social media!

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Awards & Accolades

The graduation celebration recognizes the achievement and hard work of every student at the Elliott School. Each year, the school presents awards for outstanding scholars and leaders. In addition, the Elliott School honors the outstanding achievements of the dean’s scholars, a highly-selective two-year program for Juniors and Seniors in the Elliott School. Congratulations to these exceptional Elliott School graduates of the class of 2021. Raise High!

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The Distinguished Scholar Award

The Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes an undergraduate student for superior academic achievement.

Jacob Winn was a Fall 2020 Elliott School graduate, having earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs and political science. He was a member of the Dean’s Scholars Program and was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Jacob’s research on the influence of the Brexit movement on the British Conservative Party will be published in Cornell University’s International Affairs Review, the ESIA Dean’s Scholar’s Journal, and the GW Undergraduate Review and he has presented his findings at a number of research conferences and symposia, including the University of Pittsburgh’s European and Eurasian Undergraduate Research Symposium. During his time at Elliott, Jacob interned at the Office of Personnel Management, the Democratic Governors Association, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

 

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The Wilbur J. Carr Memorial Award

The Wilbur J. Carr Memorial Award is awarded to one undergraduate and one graduate student who demonstrates outstanding ability in the study of international affairs while displaying the qualities necessary to be a good citizen and dedicated public servant.

Manush Mobarhan is a candidate for a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs, with a concentration in International Politics, and Economics. She spent two of her semesters at GW studying abroad in Santiago, Chile and Paris, France. Manush has worked at the Elliott School’s Institute for Middle East Studies since her first year at GW, as well as other internships at the Fulbright Association, the Ibero-American Center for the Rights of Children, and Bates White Economic Consulting. She has also been an active member of Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority, serving as Secretary her junior year and President her senior year. Manush will be staying in DC after graduation working as a consultant at Bates White, with plans to attend law school in the future.

 

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The John Henry Cowles Prize

The John Henry Cowles Prize is awarded to the student who combines overall scholastic achievement with leadership potential.

Anthony Vetranois graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International Politics and a minor in History. During his time at GW, Anthony has worked as a Colonial Inauguration Leader, a Resident Advisor, and a ‘STAR’ Tour Guide. He also worked as a Peer Advisor where he co-taught the Elliott School First Year Experience course. This past year Anthony has completed internships at World Vision International and the U.S. Department of State. Finally, Anthony has been highly active in student theatre organizations, directing a full-length musical and serving as the Artistic Director of Generic Theatre Company.

 

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The Norman H. Friend Prize

The Norman H. Friend Prize is awarded to an undergraduate who combines overall scholastic achievement with leadership potential.

Soenke (Zeungkuh) Jordan is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development. In Spring 2021, he conducted qualitative research with his Senior Thesis titled “Censorship, Surveillance, and State Power in the Chinese Internet.” As a student-athlete, Soenke is the captain of the GW Varsity Sailing Team. Representing GW in over 25 sailing competitions during college, including at the Singlehanded National Championships early this May (contingent upon qualification). After graduation, Soenke plans to work in a role that revitalizes the transatlantic partnership between the U.S. and the EU.

 

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The Edward “Skip” Gnehm Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Prize

The Edward “Skip” Gnehm Leadership, Ethics, and Practice Prize is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student who has demonstrated leadership and ethical thinking during their GW tenure.

Hezel Haehnel is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development Studies and a minor in Economics. She is a member of the University Honors Program and an active leader in the GW community. Hezel has served as an intern for the U.S. Department of Commerce working on various projects related to U.S.-African trade relations. She has also conducted an independent research project on Sino-Ethiopian economic relations, served as a Generation Teach teaching fellow, led the GW Ethiopian-Eritrean Students Association, and organized a fundraising campaign for personal care products in Ethiopia. Upon graduation, Hezel will continue her career in global trade advisory.

Ana Paula “AP” Velasco is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution and a minor in Film Studies. During her time at GW, she has served as the Content Director for TEDxFoggyBottom, one of the largest student-run TEDx organizations in the world, and the Elliott School Film Series Lead and Moderator for the Leadership, Ethics, and Practice (LEAP) Committee. AP was active in the 2020 Presidential Election as a Communications Intern for Dr. Jill Biden’s team on the Biden for President Campaign, was one of 37 Presidential Inaugural Committee Volunteers during the Biden-Harris Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., and later served as a Programs and Advocacy Assistant at Issue One. AP is a Research Fellow for the Gender Equality Initiative in International Affairs (GEIA) mapping gender in current academic curriculum and is completing her time as the youngest cohort member at American University’s WeLead Campaign Program, a bipartisan initiative that trains young women to run for office.

 

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Spring 2021 Dean's Scholars

Leah Berkman is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in international development. She is also completing a minor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies. Her project title is ‘The Role of Civil Society in the Co-Creation of theSouth African National Strategic Plan on Gender Based Violence.’

Steven David Bernstein is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Asia. He is also completing a second major in Chinese. His project title is: ‘Taiwan’s Defense Strategy and Artificial Intelligence.’

McKenna Quinn Burelle is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in international economics. She is also completing a second major in economics. The title of her research project is ‘Rural Road Connectivity and its Effects on Access to Health Care: Evidence from India’s PMGSY Project.’

Nicholas Clague is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts degree program in International Affairs with a concentration in security policy. His project is titled: ‘Sanctions Evasion, Import Substitution, and Trade Diversification: Russia’s Response to Western Sanctions on the RussianDefense Industry.’

Alex Erdman is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts degree program in International Affairs with a concentration in international politics. He is also completing a second major in Geography. His project is titled: ‘Language, Party Leadership, and the Construction of GreenlandicIdentity.’

Tamara Fazylova is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts degree program in International Affairs with a concentration in security policy and a minor in psychology. Her project is titled: ‘Russian Priorities as Understood Through the Domestic Messaging of its Military Interventions in Ukraine and Syria.’Zoe Garbisis a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict resolution. She is also completing a minor in sustainability. Her project is titled ‘Fulfilling the Vision of Colombia’s Gender-Inclusive Peace: The Formal Reintegration of the FARC-EP’s Ex-Combatant Women.’

Maisa Munawara is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in conflict resolution. She is also completing a minor in psychology. Her project is titled: ‘The Indigenization of Mental Health and Psychosocial Services for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh.’

Eleni Christina Pappas is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Comparative Political, Economic, and Social Systems. She is also completing a minor in Economics. Her project is titled ‘Displaced Producers and Reproducers: The Economics of Gender Equality in Russia.’

Anshul Rajwanshi is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts degree program in International Affairs with a concentration in security policy. His project is titled: ‘Popular Threat Perception and Encryption, a Case Study of Australia and the United States.’

John Salchak is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts degree program in International Affairs with a concentration in international politics. He is also completing a minor in history. His project is titled ‘Out of Our Domain: ICANN, Technical Organizations, and PoliticalChallenges.’

Jacob Winn is a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts degree program in International Affairs with a concentration in international politics. He is also completing a second major in political science. His project is titled ‘Brexit: A Fluke, or the Future of British Conservatism? Analyzing the Post-Brexit Conservative Party’s Populist Status Quo'