Freeman-Stassen Award nominations due May 2

Humphrey students: Freeman-Stassen Award for International Activities

The Freeman-Stassen Award is given to the Humphrey student who has demonstrated the greatest achievement in the field of global affairs. The award jointly is presented by the Freeman and Stassen chairs.

Nominations are due May 2, 2016.

Eligibility + selection

The purpose of this award is to challenge Humphrey School graduate students to excel in international activities. To that end the Freeman and Stassen Centers jointly offer a $500 award to a student or students who achieve excellence in international activities during their program at the Humphrey School. This award may be given for the following kinds of activities:

Institutional innovation at the Humphrey School that helps strengthen the School's global programs
A professional paper that addresses an international problem;
A paper done as a part of coursework in the School or done independently of formal course work; or
Fieldwork done in an internship as part of the student's regular degree program.

The criteria for evaluating the submissions include (1) academic rigor, (2) institutional innovation, (3) creativity, (4) contribution to policy design and implementation, and (5) contribution to the Institute and its programs. Nominations for the award must be made by the student's advisor with a brief statement (one page) of support. Students are encouraged to suggest their work to their advisors for possible submission. Advisors can submit more than one nomination.
Awards may be given to two or more students. An award will not be given if a nomination of exceptional quality is not forthcoming. The decision of those judging the awards will be final.

To apply
A student must be nominated by his or her faculty advisor. Advisors will submit a brief, one page letter of support for the nomination. Advisors can submit more than one nomination. Students are encouraged to suggest their nomination to their advisor. Nominations are due May 2, 2016.  Please email nominations to Dr. Mary Curtin at mtcurtin(at)

Previous winners include:


The award was shared by an individual student and a capstone team.
Shen Xiaoyun (Xiaoyun Shen), MPP professional paper “A System With Two Faces -- A case study of Chinese Bureaucracy" (nominated by Prof. Joe Soss and Prof. Sarah Parkinson) and the Global Policy capstone team with the client Ateneo de Manila University Office of Social Concern and Involvement (Manila, Philippines) The team consisted of Nate Haugen (MPA), Randika De Mel (MDP), Angélica Getahun (MDP), Violeta Hernandez (MDP), and Iloila Tan (MPP) (nominated by Dr. Sherry Gray, Lecturer).

Christopher Zempel for his professional paper "Economies of Plunder: The Case of Rosewood Extraction and Indigenous Rights in Southern Belize" (nominated by Prof. Deborah Levison and Prof. Greta Friedemann-Sánchez).

MDP Senegal 2012 Field Experience Team (MDP students Gbaike Ajayi, Erin Collinson, Christine Papai, Frantzie Saint-Juste)
on being awarded the 2013 Freeman-Stassen Award for International Activities for their summer project in collaboration with USAID Senegal on a Local Capacity Building program (Nominated by Chavanne Peercy, MDP Coordinator).
The award was shared by two MPP students:
Bridget E. Marchesi for her professional paper entitled "Is Lower Fertility a Path to Human Rights?" (Nominated by Prof. Dara Cohen) and Rebecca Olson for her professional paper, "Forced to Flee, Forced to Fight: Refugee Child-Soldiers in Chad, Thailand and Jordan" (Nominated by Prof. Greta Friedemann-Sánchez).

MPP student Rachel Garaghty
for contributions to the overall internationalization of the Humphrey School (Nominated by Sherry Gray, global policy area coordinator).

The award was shared between:
MPP student Kristen Rau for her paper, "Decisions of De-ethnicization: The RPF's Denial and Invocation of Ethnicity in Rwanda" (Nominated by Prof. Michael Barnett) andMPA students Matt Buley, Ameila Kendall, Michelle Lamere, and Pepe Wonosikou for their capstone project "Neglected Tropical Diseases: Neglected Long Enough," addresses endemic and systemic health problems that affect the developing world (Nominated by J. Brian Atwood).

MSTEP student Joel Larson for his work with Kakamega Environmental Education Program (KEEP) in Kenya's Western Province (Nominated by Prof. Jennifer Kuzma) and MPP student Anna Langer to recognize the contribution she made as an intern at the Population Council's regional office in Cairo where she helped draft a nationally-representative comprehensive youth survey covering topics including education, marriage, and civic participation (Nominated by Prof. Deborah Levison).
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