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New Global Scholars cohort selected

Thursday, November 03, 2016

LAWRENCE — Fifteen sophomores at the University of Kansas have been competitively selected as Global Scholars, a program for undergraduate students who have a strong academic record and interest in global studies.

The 15 students come from a wide range of disciplines across the university and were selected for their demonstrated interest in global and international studies, plans for studying abroad and potential for high academic achievement and leadership.

The group will participate in a three-hour weekly seminar, Memory from a Global Perspective, taught by Elizabeth MacGonagle, associate professor of history and African & African-American studies. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor with similar interests and present their research on an international topic during the spring semester of their senior year. In addition, the students will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward a KU-approved study abroad program.

“We were delighted to get a large and diverse group of excellent applicants for the Global Scholars program this year, and it was a real challenge to narrow the group to 15. We are very much looking forward to working with this cohort of Global Scholars,” said Megan Greene, director of faculty programs for International Programs.

The 2017 Global Scholars are listed below along with their hometown, parents’ names, academic areas of interest and high school.

Alex Cateforis: Lawrence, David and Elizabeth Cateforis, English and art history, Free State High School

Fsehazion Desalegn: Olathe, Kemeria and Desalegn Halammo, computer science and supply chain management, Olathe South High School

Gabriel Dorsey: Cottonwood Falls, Matthew and Sandra Dorsey, political science, Chase County Jr./Sr. High School

Deanna Dougherty: Olathe, exercise science, Phillip and Teresa Dougherty, Olathe Northwest High School

Samuel Fenton: Spring Hill, political science and economics, John and Melinda Fenton, Spring Hill High School

David Halliwell: Overland Park, political science and history, Tedene and Michael Halliwell, Blue Valley Northwest High School

Samantha King: Wichita, Spanish and supply chain management, Shirley and Tod King, East High School

Daniel Lee: Kansas City, Missouri, global & international studies and French, Andrew and Grace Lee, Overland Christian High School

Spencer Morgan: Ottawa, Spanish and microbiology, Kari and James Morgan, Ottawa High School

Nidhi Patel: Overland Park, biology, Navin and Madhu Patel, Blue Valley Northwest High School

Victoria Reggeti: Wichita, exercise science, Ricardo and Brenna Reggeti, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School

Jason Rydalch: Leavenworth, finance and economics, Ryan and Kari Rydalch, Leavenworth High School

Maya Van Nuys: Lawrence, global & international studies, Frank and Janet Van Nuys, Stevens High School (Rapid City, South Dakota)

Lilah Wilder: Overland Park, global & international studies and French, Roger Wilder and Simone Briand, Shawnee Mission East High School

Payton Wilson: Iola, global & international studies and business marketing, Amy Wilson, Marmaton Valley High School.

Expert instruction in Arabic, Kiswahili, and Wolof at the beginning and intermediate levels will be offered over eight weeks in June-July 2018.

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