Four Drexel Students Win 2016 Boren Awards

Four Drexel Students Win 2016 Boren Awards

Four Drexel students have received prestigious Boren Awards for International Study and one has been selected as an alternate. These students are among just 270 selected nationwide from 1170 applicants. The Boren Awards recognize students who demonstrate strong academic achievement and commitment to study language and work in regions critical to U.S. national interests.

We congratulate these students and the faculty mentors who have given them guidance and support along the way.

Adam CraigAdam Craig
PhD student in Biomedical Engineering
Drexel Faculty Mentor: Uri Hershberg 
Boren Fellowship to Israel 
As a Boren Fellow, Adam plans to conduct research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The goal of his research will be to develop a web application that facilitates international and interdisciplinary collaboration in the description and study of complex systems. The main purpose of conducting this research in Israel is to study Israeli academic culture and nonverbal modes of communication in order to design the web application to facilitate aspects of in-person collaboration that are hindered by current approaches to remote collaboration. Adam also plans to utilize his time in Israel to develop his Hebrew language skills, which he hopes to apply tutoring high school students and undergraduates while there.

Allie PickensAlexandra Pickens 
BA International Area Studies ’17, Honors
Boren Scholarship to Jordan
Alexandra (Allie) is completing her bachelor’s in International Area Studies, with minors in Politics and Arabic. Her Boren Scholarship program will take place in Amman, Jordan, where she will complete her third co-op and two Arabic language programs. Allie aspires to eventually apply the language skills, cultural knowledge and international experience from her Boren Scholarship program to a career with the U.S. Department of State. Allie is also a recent alumna of Drexel’s Field Hockey team, and spent her second co-op building and coaching a field hockey team at a small school in the Himalayan foothills.

AmandaPentecostAmanda Pentecost 
BS '13; PhD candidate in Materials Science & Engineering 
Drexel faculty mentors: Yury GogotsiKara Spiller 
Boren Fellowship to South Korea 
Amanda is a dual PhD candidate in Materials Science & Engineering and MS student in Biomedical Engineering. Amanda’s dissertation research focuses on using theragnostic diamond nanoparticles to increase the effectiveness of a common anti-inflammatory drug, dexamethasone, in preventing fibrous capsule formation and isolation of an implanted biomaterial. Under the guidance of Dr. Yury Gogotsi (MSE, Drexel Nanomaterials Group) and Dr. Kara Spiller (BMES, Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine Lab), Amanda has been designing and characterizing this novel drug delivery system, as well as testing it on a cellular level. Through her Boren Fellowship, Amanda will be conducting research with Dr. Kwangmeyung Kim at the Center for Theragnosis, housed in the Biomedical Research Institute at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) in Seoul, South Korea.

Caitlin WalczykCaitlin Walczyk 
BA International Area Studies and Political Science '18, Honors 
Boren Scholarship to Kazakhstan 
Caitlin has focused her studies on foreign policy, international relations, and languages, with a particular interest in post-World War II geopolitics and cooperation within the international system. She has extensively researched intercultural communication competence, the concept of national identity, and factors deemed significant to U.S. national security. As a Boren Scholar, Caitlin will be studying Russian language and post-Soviet history and culture at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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