The National Security Education Program has recognized eight University of Pittsburgh students with Boren Awards — Pitt’s largest number of Boren awardees. These study-abroad awards enable their recipients to further their studies of “languages and cultures most critical to our nation’s security.” This is the 25th consecutive year that Pitt students have won this prestigious award.
The Boren Scholarship was awarded to five seniors:
- Emily Bucklen, a Russian major and political science minor who is pursuing a Russian and East European studies certificate. (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)
- Megan Quinn Harris, a political science major and French and Japanese minor with certificates in global studies and Asian studies. (Kyoto, Japan)
- Juules Van Leusden, a Chinese and political science major with certificates in global studies and Asian studies. (Taipei, Taiwan)
- Olivia Peters, a classics and religious studies major with certificates in global studies and African studies. (Arusha, Tanzania)
- Cian Stryker, a political science major and classics minor with a certificate in Russian and East European studies. (Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
And three graduate students received Boren Fellowships:
- Sara Baumann, a PhD student in the Graduate School of Public Health. (Nepal)
- Darius Bittle-Dockery, a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology within the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. (Jordan)
- Alicia Houser, a master’s student in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. (Tanzania)
After returning to the United States, the Boren recipients will work in a federal government agency for a minimum of a year. Visit www.borenawards.org for more information about the Boren Awards.