International Relations Senior Awards Class of 2013

Each year the International Relations Program faculty and staff identify several undergraduate senior majors to receive awards for their outstanding academic performance and special contributions to our undergraduate program.  The awards are:

  • Goodwin Cooke Leadership Award
  • Harlan Cleveland Policy Award
  • Julian Friedman Internationalism Award
  • G. Matthew Bonham Scholar of the Year Award

The recipients' names have been entered on the award plaques hanging in our International Relations Program Resource Center, and each recipient received a personal plaque to keep as well as a cash award.  The recipients' names will also be listed in the program for the College of Arts & Sciences Convocation on Saturday, May 11th, at 9:00 AM in the Carrier Dome.  The awards were presented on Wednesday, April 10th, at the annual awards banquet by Ambassador and Professor Emeritus Goodwin Cooke, former director of undergraduate studies in International Relations.

 

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The Goodwin Cooke Award for Leadership

in International Relations

 

is given annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated leadership in activities of the International Relations Program.  This award honors Ambassador and Professor-of-Practice Goodwin Cooke, who served for nearly three decades as Director of Undergraduate Studies in International Relations at Syracuse University, following a distinguished career as a US foreign service officer.  With Ambassador Cooke's guidance, the International Relations Program established the Syracuse University campus chapter of Sigma Iota Rho national honor society for international relations and began its annual participation of students in the National Model United Nations conference in New York.

This year there are TWO (2) recipients of the Goodwin Cooke Award for Leadership in International Relations.  Both are participating in the Renée Crown University Honors Program, and both were members of the International Relations Learning Community in their first year at Syracuse.  Both have served as Executive Officers of our Sigma Iota Rho honor society and as Head Delegates for our Syracuse University-Maxwell School Model United Nations delegation. The first recipient has combined her major in International Relations with a major in French Language & Literature and a minor in Global Political Economy.  She studied a full year in Strasbourg, France, and interned at the Council of Europe. The second recipient has focused on Africa, is also majoring in Middle Eastern Studies, is fluent in Arabic, studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey, and is Vice President of the International Relations Club as well as a Remembrance Scholar.

 

We are pleased to present the 2013 Goodwin Cooke Award for Leadership in International Relations to

 

JENNIFER-LEE NIEVES ÁLVAREZ &

IVAN ANDREEVICH BAKIN


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The Harlan Cleveland Award for

Excellence in International Policy Issues

 

is given annually to a graduating student in International Relations for academic achievement and active and enthusiastic involvement in international policy issues which Harlan Cleveland's career represented.  Dr. Cleveland was Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and formerly US Assistant Secretary of State and US Ambassador to NATO.

This year's recipient has combined her major in International Relations here in the Maxwell School of the College of Arts & Sciences with a major in Magazine from the Newhouse School of Communications.  Her geographic region concentration is Asia, and her topic concentration is International Security & Diplomacy. She is a member of our 2013 delegation to the National Model United Nations conference portraying the Czech Republic, where she served as a representative of General Assembly Second Committee on Economic and Financial Matters.  She studied abroad with our SU Center at Tsinghua University in Beijing and at our SU Center in Madrid, Spain.  She is fluent in Spanish, and she was an outstanding participant in our Maxwell-in-Washington International Relations semester, where she interned at Foreign Policy magazine. Our Washington, DC, Center Director, Ryan Williams, writes that she "is far and away one of the most impressive students" to come through the DC Program while he has been director.

 

We are pleased to present the 2013 Harland Cleveland Policy Award to

 

KEXIN "KITTY" ZHENG

 

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The Julian R. Friedman Award

for Internationalism

 

is given annually to a graduating student in International Relations for academic achievement, community involvement, and a commitment to the spirit of internationalism which Julian R. Friedman's life represented.   Dr. Friedman taught in the Political Science Department at the Maxwell School and was active with numerous human rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

 

This year there are TWO (2) recipients of the Friedman Award for Internationalism.  The first recipient has combined her major in International Relations with a major in French Language & Literature and a minor in Political Science. She studied abroad one semester at our SU Center in Strasbourg and a second semester at Université de Strasbourg, and she interned at the Council of Europe.  Her honors thesis concerns sex trafficking of Nigerian women into Europe.  The second recipient has combined a major in International Relations with a major in Spanish Language & Literature and a minor in Political Science. She has studied abroad at our SU Centers in both Madrid, Spain, and Santiago de Chile; where she interned with FRIDE (Foundation for International Relations and Dialogue) and the Center of Corporate Governance and Capital Markets, respectively.  On campus she has been an active member and executive officer of LiNK (Liberty in North Korea). Both recipients are participants in the Renée Crown University Honors Program and are members of our 2013 MUN delegation.

 

We are pleased to present the 2013 Friedman Award for Internationalism to

 

CHINENYE MONDE-ANUHIME

& GRACE CHOI

 

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The G. Matthew Bonham

Scholar of the Year Award

 

is given annually to a graduating senior in International Relations for academic excellence in International Relations and the difficulty of the curriculum chosen.  This award is named in honor of Professor G. Matthew Bonham, Director of the International Relations Program from 1992 to 2008, who led the International Relations graduate program to be recognized as one of the top ten in the country and is a distinguished scholar in the field.

 

This year's recipient of the Bonham Scholar of the Year Award ranks as the top student academically of our 140-member graduating class. She has combined her major in International Relations with a major in Middle Eastern Studies. Her geographic area of concentration is Europe, and her topic concentration is International Security & Diplomacy. She has been a research assistant for Professor Langan at Keystone College, Peer Mentor for our International Relations Learning Community, and a Remembrance Scholar.  She studied abroad through our SU center at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey, and she participated in our Maxwell-in-Washington International Relations semester, where she interned at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. Our DC program Professor Jim Keagle observed that she is "an emerging star with unbounded potential… academically and professionally." Her research project for the Renée Crown University Honors program focuses on democratization in Kemalist Turkey.

 

We are pleased to present the 2013 G. Matthew Bonham International Relations Scholar of the Year Award to

 

JULIANNE B. MERRYMAN