Seton Hall graduate students Mie Na Srein of the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations and Veronica Hernandez a dual degree candidate in Diplomacy and International Relations and Asian Studies will spend their Spring 2012 semesters as Boren Fellows. Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Mie Na and Veronica are two of the 117 Boren fellowship winners nationally from 625 applicants.
Mie Na Srein will travel to Kenya to participate in an intensive Somali language program and conduct research on women's rights in Somalia. “I really owe the biggest thanks to Professor Fredline M'Cormack-Hale,” noted Mie Na. “I started this project in her African Development course, and she encouraged me to continue pursuing it. I am also thankful that [Diplomacy] Professor Ann Marie Murphy holds us accountable for what we write on paper.”
Veronica Hernandez will travel to Bejing, China for advanced intensive study of Mandarin Chinese. Veronica, a dual degree student seeking an M.A. in Diplomacy and International Relations and Asian Studies, will conduct an original research study, “Me Generation: China’s Future Leaders’ Public Opinion of the United States.” Veronica credits the mentorship of Whitehead School professor Dr. Martin Edwards for her successful research proposal. She noted, “Dr. Edwards took the time to help me understand methodologies for qualitative research.”
The Fellowship draws on a broad definition of national security, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration and economic competitiveness. Both Mie Na and Veronica successfully demonstrated how their study programs and future goals are connected to this broad understanding of national security. Fellows are subject to a service requirement that stipulates that an award recipient work in the Federal Government in a position with national security responsibilities. The Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or any element of the Intelligence Community are priority agencies.
The National Security Education Program provides U.S. undergraduates with up to $20,000 in resources and graduates with up to $30,000 to continue their language and culture study. Students interested in the Boren Awards for the 2013 application cycle are encouraged to contact Karen Lynch, the Boren Campus Representative.
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