UD World Scholars Spring Symposium

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The Spring Symposium is the culminating event of the UD World Scholars Program, in which we recognize and celebrate members of our community. To graduate with World Scholar recognition, students must meet Program requirements throughout their undergraduate career, including study abroad in years 1 and 3, residence in International House Living Learning Community, on-campus global engagement and participation in the World Scholars Spring Symposium.

For the Symposium, graduating Scholars must develop a project that allows them to draw upon their World Scholar experiences, to share their knowledge and excitement with others, and provides tangible evidence that they have met Program outcomes. From “Theory of Constituent Power in Uruguay & Venezuela” to “Equity in Education in Israel” to “A Shakespearean Literary Tour of Europe,” Symposium projects reflect the diversity of academic, cultural and professional interests of members of the World Scholars community.

We invite you to enjoy the profiles and projects of our most recent cohort below. 

Watch the 2021 Symposium Recording

The 2021 Symposium featured keynote speaker Lakia Poole, 
Regional Recruiter, Peace Corps and Retired Peace Corps Volunteer, Eswatini, 2016-2019.

The World Scholars Class of 2021 

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Rebekah Allan

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Rebekah will be graduating with a major in International Relations with a regional specialization in Latin America and a concentration in Development. She's originally from Massachusetts and went to Madrid, Spain her first semester. While her second study abroad was cancelled due to Covid-19, she is grateful to have had the opportunity to connect globally on campus through living in iHouse, AHPP, and studying both Spanish and Arabic over the course of her four years. While she's sad to be graduating, she will always remember the connections she made at UD and carry these relationships and experiences with her through the rest of her life and career.

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International Relations? More like International Relationships: How Intercultural Connections Shape Personal and Professional Development

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Jane Allen    

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This year, I am graduating with an Honors Degree in Art History / Ancient Greek & Roman Studies. I studied abroad as a freshman in Madrid, Spain, and spent the start of 2020 in Rome, Italy. In 2019, I was a Community Engagement Initiative Summer Scholar at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library; in 2020, I was the Education Intern at the Biggs Museum of American Art. In fall of 2021, I will begin pursuing my M.A. in Museum Education at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

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Daniela Ben-Eliezer

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I am a double major in Political Science and Women & Gender Studies, with a Concentration in Domestic Violence Prevention & Services and a minor in Writing. I have studied abroad in Rome, Italy in Fall 2017 and Tel Aviv, Israel in Fall 2019. In Spring 2020, I completed Survivor-centered domestic violence COVID-19 research in which I quantified virtual resources made available to victims while in-person services were suspended. I have also done research on the limitations of Protection from Abuse Orders for victims of DV, and what alternative service options exist. I intend on continuing this post-graduation.

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Kayla Bjelke

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As a member of the World Scholars Program at the University of Delaware, I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and Sydney, Australia where I had an internship at the Mobbs' Sustainable House. I will be graduating with majors in Anthropology and Public Policy, and I am looking forward to pursuing a career in public health.

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Kylie E. Boggs

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Kylie studied in Madrid her first semester and then in Auckland as a Gilman Scholar and Peer Mentor, where she earned the First in Course Award for Anthropological Demography. She has held many roles with the University, including an Intern Research Assistant with the Child’s Play Lab, a Research Assistant with the UD PhonLab, a Contracted Actor for UD’s Healthcare Theatre Program, and the WS Student Coordinator. Kylie will graduate with an Honors B.S. in Cognitive Science, minoring in Anthropology and Theatre Performance. She will continue at UD for another year to earn her M.A. in Linguistics & Cognitive Science.

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Claire Bullard

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I’m an International Relations and History double major, minoring in Global Studies with French. I’ve always been fascinated with culture, art, and history and have been able to explore all these things while studying abroad in Rome, Martinique and Rabat, Morocco. In Newark, I’m an active member of the University of Delaware Club Sailing team and a volunteer at the Newark History Museum. I’m so grateful for the friends I’ve made and adventures I’ve had over the past four years thanks to the World Scholars Program and can’t wait to see what adventures await.

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Ryan Doyle

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Ryan is a Music major with minors in Spanish and Asian Studies working toward the Honors Degree with Distinction. He began his World Scholars experience in Madrid, Spain and has since participated in UD Music study abroad in the U.K., opera programs in Bulgaria, choral programs in France, and UD Psychology study abroad in Japan. On campus, Ryan served as president of the American Choral Directors Association UD and on the executive council of the UD Chorale. After graduation, Ryan will pursue an M.Mus. degree in Choral Conducting at McGill University's Schulich School of Music.

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Kathryn Economou

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I am completing my dual degree in International Relations and Public Policy and I studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand during my first semester through the World Scholars Program. I have completed many internships throughout my time at UD including working with New Castle County's Land Use Planning department and on the Public Advisory Committee for WILMAPCO. I will be attending the University of Michigan in the fall in pursuit of a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning.

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McKenzie Girvan

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McKenzie is a Cognitive Science major with minors in Computer Science and German Language. She studied abroad in Rome, Italy (Fall 2017) and Salzburg, Austria (Fall 2019). During her time as an undergraduate, she interned as an English language assistant in Salzburg, worked at the Child's Play, Learning, and Development Lab on campus as a research intern, worked as a TA for the Computer Science department, and held several technology-related internships during breaks. She also served as Vice President of Operations for her sorority, Delta Delta Delta. She plans to pursue a career in technology after graduation.

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Catherine Johnson

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Catherine Johnson began her academic career at UD in the fall of 2017 as a World Scholar completing a semester abroad in Madrid, Spain. Upon returning to the university, Catherine studied towards a bachelor of science degree in Food and Agribusiness Marketing and Management accompanied by a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies and a certificate in New Product Development. She is very involved both on and off campus. Catherine has served as President of the Food Marketing Club and the school's club water polo team. She spent two years as social chair for the Alpha Zeta professional honorary agriculture fraternity and recently accepted a four year position on the high council, serving Alpha Zeta on a national level. Catherine also served three years as a member and team leader of the Delaware chapter of the National Agricultural Marketing Association in which students compete in a national marketing competition every year and receive course credit for their hard work. Off campus, Catherine spent three years working as a research assistant at the Preclinical Service Core Comparative Orthopedics Research Lab at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. When not on the farm or in the pool, Catherine can be found spending time with friends or fishing at one of the many local ponds. Next Fall, Catherine will continue her education as a Blue Hen studying a master's of science in Agriculture and Natural Resources and completing a paid research assistantship. She hopes to one day work in research and development making farming equipment and practices more environmentally sustainable.

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Ayden Jozwik

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I am an International Relations and French Studies double major with a History minor who will be graduating this spring as part of the class of 2021. I joined World Scholars upon enrolling at the University of Delaware and had the privilege to study abroad in Madrid in the Fall of 2017 and later Paris in the Fall of 2019. The World Scholars Program has not only helped expose me to new places, peoples, and cultures, but has helped me discover that the thing I want to do most in life is recognizing all of the privileges that I've been given in life and use them to help others throughout America have access to the same opportunities so that they may reach their full potential. I plan on working in youth education and social work in the American South upon graduation before eventually enrolling in law school to fight for many of the civil rights which are currently being threatened such as voting rights and access to health care services. I want to thank the World Scholars program from the bottom of my heart for the experiences I've had both abroad and at UD, helping me meet some of my best friends, and instilling in me the desire to make the world a better place for everyone.

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Beth Katz

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Beth is receiving a B.S. in International Business and a B.A. in Three Languages (Spanish, Mandarin Chinese & French). In fall 2017, she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and, in fall 2019, in Taipei, Taiwan. Beth served as President of Phi Chi Theta Business Fraternity and a DJ at 91.3 FM WVUD. Beth earned Dean’s List multiple times (Spring 2018 and 2020 & Fall 2020) as well as a Certificate of Excellence: Proficiency in French (Fall 2018).

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Marley Ketchum

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Marley is a Hospitality Business Management major and Global Studies with German focus minor. She spent her first semester in Rome, Italy and the fall of her junior year in Prague, Czech Republic. In Prague, she held a corporate events internship with reSITE which sharpened her interest in event management. While working for reSITE, she learned a lot about sustainability and how to travel sustainably. She held another internship with Intentional Tours, where she learned specific techniques for traveling while being eco-friendly. She is excited to pull all of this together for her symposium project. Marley has loved being a World Scholar for the past four years and can't wait to share her symposium project with you!

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Haleigh Kidd

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I'm a class of 2021 senior and I double majored in Linguistics and French Studies with a minor in Psychology. My first semester abroad as a World Scholar was in Madrid in the fall of 2017 and I spent two more semesters in Paris in the fall of 2019 and the spring of 2020, finishing online due to COVID-19. Additionally, I completed an internship at an urban farm during my semester abroad in fall 2019. Each of my experiences abroad has been an adventure and a learning experience and I cannot wait to take what I have gained from World Scholars with me beyond college.

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K. Quinn Kirkpatrick

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Quinn Kirkpatrick has been a resident of Wilmington, DE for her entire life, apart from the time she spent in Rome, Italy, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Newark, DE. Majoring in Media Communication with minors in Journalism and Sexualities and Gender Studies, Kirkpatrick has an aptitude for storytelling and an eye for discovery that has helped her uncover and report on hidden gems across the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirkpatrick used her skills to shed light on the history and culture that exists in the state of Delaware, and has aided in giving a voice to those who have previously been written out of the popular narrative.

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Sarah Koury

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Sarah Koury is a member of the World Scholars Class of 2021. With a passion for travel and a true curiosity about the world, Sarah studied abroad in Madrid, Spain in the fall of her freshman year, including meaningful excursions to Morocco, Amsterdam, Rome, Barcelona and Portugal. A double major in International Business Studies and Marketing, Sarah planned to study and intern in Sydney, Australia during her junior year.  Although Sarah passed away in the spring of 2018, her spirit is still very much alive in the UD World Scholars Program. Scholars are encouraged to leave Sarah’s “clovers” wherever they travel and, each year, we will say Sarah’s name as we present a travel award to a first-year Scholar in Sarah’s honor. 

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Gabrielle Krupa

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During my four years at the University of Delaware I have completed a major in Environmental Studies and minors in French and Public Policy. As a freshman I studied abroad in Rome, Italy and spent my Junior fall semester abroad in Paris, France to improve my French speaking and writing skills. My favorite organization that I joined at UD was the community service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. This organization allowed me to volunteer throughout my community while also meeting new people across campus. Post-graduation I will be beginning my Masters Degree in Public Administration and Policy with concentrations in Environmental Policy and Global Affairs at the University at Albany - State University of New York.

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Emilee Latimer

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I am an International Business and Marketing double major, with a Spanish Language minor. During my time at the University of Delaware, I have studied in Madrid, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina. While living in Buenos Aires, I was able to obtain a certificate of Business and Economic studies in the Latin American region while also understanding the economic differences occurring right in the city of BA. After graduation, I would like to work in the private sector and ultimately work my way toward a career in the Foreign Service.

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Who Am I?

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Emma Lyles

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Emma is an Interpersonal Communication major, with a minor in Anthropology. Spending her semesters abroad in Rome, Italy and Copenhagen, Denmark, she was able to gain so much experience in her respective fields. In Italy, she spent time fostering skills in International Communication, establishing her interest in the field. In Denmark, she spent time researching cultural diversity and integration. Outside of her semesters abroad, she spent time in World Scholar leadership, as well as a year as president of Lambda Pi Eta; the national communication honor society. Upon graduation, Emma will attend the University of Denver to pursue a Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Communication.

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Alysia Machlovitz

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I am a Finance major with minors in Economics and Political Science. During my freshman year, I studied abroad in Rome, Italy. During my undergraduate career, I have been involved in additional programs including Delaware Innovation Fellows and am a founding member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. I have held multiple jobs as well, working as a leasing consultant for Rittenhouse Station and Hilton Realty. Following graduation, I plan to attend law school at Seton Hall University.

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Valentina Mascaro

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I am an International Relations major, minoring in English, Italian, and Cognitive Science. My freshman year I studied abroad in Rome, Italy. Last year, I studied abroad and interned in Sydney, Australia for two months until we were sent home due to the COVID pandemic. The World Scholars Program gave me the skills and confidence needed to intern with Homeland Security and non-profits abroad. I am so grateful for the amazing experiences the last four years have given me with the World Scholars Program, and I will miss the people and places tremendously. You will hopefully find me in D.C. post-grad with a fulfilling and fun job, but who knows!

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Briana D. Mateo

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Briana graduated a semester early with a double major in International Business and Marketing with a minor in Spanish. While at the University of Delaware, Briana was a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma, the service sorority on campus and the Lerner Executive Mentorship Program. She completed both of her study abroad programs in Spain; one semester in Madrid and her second semester in Barcelona. She was a finance intern at an investment management firm in NYC and hopes to eventually work in marketing in the financial industry full-time.

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Mia Mazal

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My name is Mia Mazal and I am a Human Services major with a concentration in clinical services and a minor in Disabilities Studies. I have a certificate in social entrepreneurship. I studied abroad in both Rome, Italy and Barbados. During my time at UD I have worked as an undergraduate research assistant for multiple projects within the Center for Research Use in Education (CRUE) as well as the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP). As a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority I have held a position as the risk chair as well as the cultural and diversity chair. I interned in Barbados as a primary school teacher assistant. I am also currently interning and working for Bright Bloom Centers as a Registered Behavioral Therapist with children with disabilities. Throughout my undergraduate career I have continuously volunteered for the Science Olympiad. I have played many roles such as event coordinator and implementer as well as tutoring students in preparation for event competition. After graduation I will be continuing my education at the University of Delaware 4+1 Program for Human Development and Family Services Leadership.

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Chloe McCaw

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Chloe McCaw is an Honors International Relations and Psychology major, with a minor in French. She studied abroad in Rome, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland. In Geneva, she interned for the International Organization for Migration and volunteered for the Webster Humanitarian Association. She has also interned for American Red Cross and Fund for Global Health. At UD, she has supported international students as a Discussion Leader, Peer Mentor, and American Global Fellow. She is also a Research Assistant for the Impression Formation Social Neuroscience Lab. Starting this summer, she will be attending New Mexico State University to study Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

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Grant Mobley

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Grant majored in Economics and minored in Sociology. As a member of the World Scholars Program, he completed semesters abroad in Madrid, Spain and Limerick, Ireland. While in Limerick, he volunteered with an organization that hosted social clubs for children with Autism. Outside of the World Scholars Program, Grant was heavily involved in the Blue Hen Leadership Program and served as a Blue Hen Ambassador Tour Guide. He also dedicated his time to mentoring at risk youth in the Newark area. His next stop is graduate school, where he will be pursuing a Master’s of Public Policy in the fall.

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Alex J. Molina

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Alex is a Class of 2021 Madrid Scholar. Three Languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese and a sprinkle of Russian). After graduation, I will be returning to Spain as an English auxiliary. Eventually, I plan on pursuing a Master's degree in translation/ interpretation. 

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Nora O'Brien

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Nora is pursuing a degree in Spanish Studies, Italian Studies, and Linguistics, as well as a minor in Art. She is a member of the Honors Program and studied abroad in both Madrid and Granada, Spain, where she volunteered to teach and assist in ESL classrooms. She is a Peer Mentor at the University of Delaware's English Language Institute where she works with international students. She also received a Certificate of Merit from the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia in 2018 and 2019, as well as the Italo-Americans United Award in 2021. After graduation, she plans to teach English abroad and eventually pursue an advanced degree in Linguistics.

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Benjamin Olarsch

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Ben graduated in December 2020 with a Magna Cum Laude Bachelors Degree in International Relations, Concentration in Diplomacy and Specialization in the Middle East. Ben studied abroad at Saint Louis University, Madrid in 2017 and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 2019. Ben was a Legislative Intern for Senator Chris Coons in Spring 2021. Ben was an active member of UD's Model United Nations conference serving as a General Assembly chair for two years and Chief of Staff for one, and engaged with the international community through his work at the English Language Institute, where he developed cultural, academic, and social activities focusing on citizen diplomacy. He hopes to work for the Federal Government in foreign affairs.

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Ivan Antonio Constantine Ozaruk

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I’m an international relations major with a focus in Latin America and U.S. Foreign Policy, with a minor in Russian. I studied abroad freshman fall in Madrid, Spain, and started a Russian language/security studies program abroad in Kyiv, Ukraine, my junior spring before COVID-19 cut things short. After graduation, I plan to get hands-on experience in cross-cultural environments, with the Peace Corps being first on my list. I love foreign languages and believe they’re crucial to cross-cultural understanding. I’m fluent in Spanish and French, and have intermediate capabilities in Russian and Portuguese.

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The End of Political Homogeneity in Russia - The End of Putin?

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Alyvia Pauzer

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I am a Psychology major with minor in Human Development and Family Studies. Next fall, I will be attending Lebanon Valley College to pursue my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. During my time at UD I studied in Rome, Italy and Ilshofen, Germany. I completed my internship with Bausch and Strobel on their qualifications team while in Germany. I am also a sister in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority and I am a student advocate for the S.O.S (sexual offense support hotline). I have received my NOVA certification through SOS.

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Maria Pittsinger

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I will complete my undergraduate career with a degree in Civil Engineering. My first-year study abroad experience was in Madrid, Spain. My junior and senior year, I held a research-based internship, studying public awareness of sea-level rise and increasing storm intensity. I was appointed Head Data Mining intern to analyze our Coastal Observer app. Furthermore, I have been conducting research under the ACTIONS project to study the effects of climate change on critical infrastructure. I plan to continue conducting this research here as a Master's student, working toward a graduate degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Geo-Environmental Engineering.

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Kelly Read

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I am double majoring in Political Science and Public Policy with a minor in German. I spent my first semester in Rome, Italy and then I spent a semester interning and learning in Washington D.C. During my college career I interned with my county and city, with Senator Durbin and Congresswoman Underwood, and with the UD Center for Political Communication as the Assistant Producer for the Delaware Debates. On campus I am heavily engaged, but I am primarily involved as a Blue Hen Ambassador! I plan to work in public service on the Hill in Washington D.C.

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Sonora Rivera-Heinz

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I am a Three Languages and Linguistics double major studying Spanish, French, and Arabic. I studied abroad freshman year in Rome, Italy and junior year in Granada, Spain. During the summer of 2020, I was a research assistant for the UD PhonLab where I helped develop the methodology for a study on co-speech gesture in Medumba, a language spoken in Cameroon. I am a member of Gamma Sigma Sigma, a service sorority and Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish honor society. After graduation, I am hoping to teach English abroad in Spain and I plan to pursue a career in education.

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Danielle Savage

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This spring I will be receiving my Bachelors in Spanish Studies. My first semester as a World Scholar I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. My junior year I returned to Spain, this time furthering my education in Granada. In the future, I hope to return to Spain as an English Teaching Assistant to continue to improve my knowledge of Spanish culture and Spanish speaking abilities.

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Danielle Semanek

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Danielle is a history major. She studied abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy and CAPA Abroad Experience in London, England.

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Annmarie Seward

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I will be graduating with a major in Public Policy and minors in Global Health and Arabic. I studied in Spain, Morocco, Greece and Italy. While in Greece I volunteered teaching English in a refugee camp and in Italy I volunteered teaching English to children in a church. I interned with the National Immigration Forum in DC. I was part of NSCS, No Lost Generation and ANI during my time at UD. After graduation I will be entering law school with New England Law|Boston on a full ride scholarship thanks to the Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Honors Program.

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Zachary Shulman

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Zachary is a Political Science and Public Policy double major with minors in Global Studies and History. As a World Scholar, he has participated in three study abroad programs: John Cabot University in Rome, Italy (F17), DIS – Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark (F19), and the Spring Semester in Washington, D.C. program (S20), during which he completed an internship with the U.S. Department of State. Zachary’s project will focus on the narrative of his college experience, entering the University of Delaware with a vague, unspecialized interest in American politics and leaving with a passion for international environmental issues, conflict resolution, and justice. After college, Zachary hopes to dedicate his career to helping usher in a new era of international environmental governance.

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Stephanie Stern

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I am a Criminal Justice and Psychology double major with minors in Legal Studies and Sociology. Over my experiences as a World Scholar, I studied abroad three times in Rome, Italy, traveled through South Africa, and the Caribbean island of Dominica. As a UD student I have been active in the criminal justice department: I took two Inside-Out classes as well as participated in an internship regarding sex trafficking education and prevention efforts through the Delaware DOC. Next year, I plan to attend law school at Brooklyn Law and hope to study international law and earn a JD as well as an LLM degree.

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Ceara Stewart

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I study Economics and I have minors in International Business Studies and Spanish. I spent my freshman fall semester as a World Scholar in Madrid, Spain, and my second semester in Barcelona, Spain. I have done many things with the World Scholars Program outside of studying abroad which includes being the head chair of our Alumni Outreach Committee for a year. I have also had the wonderful experience of interning with The Borgen Project last fall and I am currently interning with the Department of State. I am currently looking for jobs as an economic analyst.

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Shannon Stumbaugh

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Shannon is an International Business Studies major with a minor in Spanish at the Lerner College of Business and Economics. She spent two semesters abroad as a World Scholar, beginning in Rome, Italy at John Cabot University and again in Prague, Czech Republic at the Anglo-American University. While abroad in Prague, Shannon interned for a menswear e-commerce startup company called Genster. She is planning on pursuing a career in the fashion or beauty industries in e-commerce and brand management.

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Patrick Temple

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Patrick is graduating with a degree in Geological Sciences. He began his World Scholar journey in Spain and spent his second study abroad experience in Dharamshala, India as a recipient of the Honors Enrichment Award. His pertinent research experience has included a morphological history of the Cape Henlopen spit, analysis of Hawaiian vulcanism, and a current study on the fluvial impact of the American Bison. He looks forward to wherever the world takes him next.

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Janelle Marie Tinio

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Janelle Tinio is an Economics major with a focus on international business. Her World Scholars participation includes studying in Rome freshman year. She is a sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha and she is involved on campus as a social media ambassador for the University. Post grad, she hopes to travel the world to continue the passions that brought her to World Scholars.

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Karelin S. Torres

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I am an Anthropology & Spanish Studies double major with a Latin American & Iberian Studies minor who went abroad to Madrid, Spain & Buenos Aires, Argentina and was an Entre Nosotr@s Radio Program Research Intern. After graduation I will help conduct cultural anthropological research with Dr. Carla Guerrón-Montero and others. After completing my duties as a research intern, I hope to complete a service year with AmeriCorps or I will join the Teach for America corps.

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Ayanna Turner

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I am a Political Science Major with a concentration in Law, Politics, and Theory. I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. I have interned for Senator John Kane in the Fall Semester of 2020. Also, I was research chair for the NAACP and Co-Recruitment Chair for HenLaw Society. I will be taking a gap year in Boston, MA teaching underprivileged children following graduation.

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Victoria Isabelle Vinson

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I am an English and Spanish Language major here at the University of Delaware. I joined the World Scholars program in 2017 and have since studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, and in Prague, the Czech Republic. I was invited to join the University's Spanish Honor Society, and also completed a writing internship with the University of Delaware Mobile Health Initiative, which gave me the opportunity to connect with those in local communities. My time here at the University of Delaware has been dedicated to the advancement of my education, and preparing myself to enter the workforce as an open-minded and well-rounded global citizen.

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Mira Warrier

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I am an International Relations and Public Policy double major. I studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand during the first semester of my freshman year. Since then, I have been able to take courses, explore passions, and build friendships along the way. I am grateful to the skills and lessons that I learned through various internships that allowed me to delve into topics that interest me. Through campus engagement, I served as an Orientation Leader under the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs where I was able to translate my love for UD in a meaningful way. As my time here at UD comes to an end, I am able to reflect upon all of my memories while, simultaneously, looking ahead at how well prepared I am for my future. This fall I will be pursuing a Master's degree in International Relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

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Shannon Yates

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I am an adventurous University of Delaware senior looking to get my foot in the door in the hospitality industry. I am a Hospitality Industry Management major with a minor in International Business and an entrepreneurial certificate in Design and Creative Making. I was selected as part of the World Scholars Program, a distinctive four-year global experience, giving me the opportunity to study abroad in Rome and Prague. Through my time at UD, I had the opportunity to broaden my global knowledge, meet people of all different backgrounds, and grow an even bigger passion for the hospitality industry.

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Renee Yavor

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Renee Yavor is an Honors Three Languages major studying French, Spanish, and Mandarin with a minor in Linguistics. She studied abroad in Rome, Italy and Paris, France. At UD she worked as a Peer Tutor in the University Writing Center, a Writing Fellow, and an Online Classroom Assistant to help facilitate hybrid courses. She also volunteered as a peer mentor for language students and an interviewer for potential World Scholars, in addition to organizing virtual engagement opportunities for Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. Next year, she will be working in France as an Assistante de Langue through the TAPIF.

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Stella Zhao

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My academic majors are Neuroscience (honors candidacy) and Biological Sciences with a minor in Global Studies with Language. As a World Scholar, I had the privilege of studying abroad in Italy at John Cabot University, completing a service program where I executed English lectures at the Baobab Experience Refugee Center. I also was the co-chair of the WS Community Building Committee. Some of my interests at UD include being a chem tutor and writing fellow, as well as conducting undergraduate research. After earning my Bachelor degrees, I hope to attend graduate school and aspire to one day become a professor.

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In Memoriam

Sarah Koury

Class of 2021

Sarah Koury’s Legacy

A member of the World Scholars Class of 2021, Sarah Koury followed her wanderlust across the globe.  A double major in International Business Studies and Marketing, Sarah studied abroad in Madrid, Spain in the fall of her freshman year and planned to study and intern in Sydney, Australia during her junior year. Although Sarah passed away in the spring of 2018, her spirit is still very much alive in the UD World Scholars Program. 

Sarah's Clovers

According to Sarah’s closest friends and family, Sarah believed she was lucky. Combining her love for travel with her favorite holiday (St. Patrick’s Day) and clovers (which she drew everywhere!), “Sarah’s Clovers” was born. Through this online initiative, friends and family, including members of the World Scholars community, are asked to “Paint a rock with Sarah's classic green clover comprised of three hearts” and to “Place it somewhere special, old or new.” In Sarah’s honor, World Scholars will have an opportunity to place Sarah’s clovers in their first-year location or another special destination abroad. Photos may be posted to the Facebook community and can be added to the special Google Map developed by fellow members of the World Scholars Class of 2021.

Sarah Koury Travel Award

During her freshman fall abroad in Madrid, Spain, Sarah also traveled to Portugal, Italy and Morocco. Realizing that some students may not have the financial means to cross additional borders while abroad, Sarah’s parents - Marcy and Mace Koury -  decided to make a recurring gift in Sarah’s honor. Each year, a first-year World Scholar will be chosen to receive a $500 travel award in Sarah Koury’s name, to fund additional travel during their World Scholar semester abroad. Others who wish to make a gift in Sarah’s honor may do so through the UD Global online giving form. Donors should designate the World Scholars Program as the recipient of the funds and, within the "Special Instructions" section, should state that the gift is being made in honor of Sarah Koury, Class of 2021, to support additional travel by a UD World Scholar while abroad. 

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Sarah's Clovers have been left around the world.

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