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Global Fellows Alumni

Joyce Dudley headshotJoyce Dudley (Global Fellow '15, Responses to Global Challenges) was awarded a highly competitive Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship to prepare her for a career in the Foreign Service. The program selects 30 outstanding Rangel Fellows annually through a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships and professional development activities, and entry into the Foreign Service. Dudley is pursuing her Master’s degree in Intercultural and International Communication, with a concentration in Diplomacy, at American University. She will also complete an internship overseas at a U.S. Embassy and an internship on Capitol Hill before she joins the Foreign Service in 2019. She graduated from UMD with a BA in Russian Language and Literature.

Lauren Garvie at UNESCO in ParisLaura Garvie (Global Fellow '15, Science Diplomacy) is pursuing her Master’s Degree in International Security, Diplomacy and Environment at Sciences Po in Paris. She received a 2016 David L. Boren Scholarship to study Indonesian full time at Universitas Negeri Malang in Indonesia. In spring 2016, Garvie served as a Program Specialist for the U.S. Mission to UNESCO, in Paris, France. Pictured left, Garvie is representing the United States at the 199th session of the Executive Board where she helped work to pass the U.S-led resolution on STEAM education for girls, which passed with 78 co-sponsoring Member States. During the Global Fellows program, Garvie interned for the Foreign Service Institute at the U.S. Department of State in Arlington, Virginia. She received her B.S. degree in Geographical Sciences with a minor in French Studies.

Carly Brody seated in garden Carly Brody (Global Fellow '16, Science Diplomacy) is currently working as Senior Program Assistant at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. During the Global Fellows program, she interned for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies where she authored an article on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan and regulatory policy that was published in the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies publication “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Policy Studies.” She graduated from UMD with a Bachelor of Arts, Phi Beta Kappa, in Environmental Science and Policy and American Studies, 2016. After graduation, she worked as a faculty research assistant at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center and interned at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies at the Center for Transboundary Water Management in Israel.

Jessica Liu in front of flagJessica Liu (Global Fellow '15, U.S. Diplomacy and Policymaking) is currently working as Senior Research Assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in the International Finance Division. A Banneker/Key Scholar, Jessica graduated from UMD, Summa Cum Laude, in 2016 with a double major in Government & Politics and Economics and minors in Business Analytics and Piano Performance. She was selected for the Martin Moskowitz Award for Public Service, presented to a graduating senior based on academic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to public service. She was also one of the five finalists for the 2016 University Medal award.

Rachel O'Meara head shotRachel O’Meara (Global Fellow '15, U.S. Diplomacy) was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan for the 2016-17 academic year. This opportunity built on her teaching experience in Chengdu, China, where she also studied in 2014. Rachel graduated from UMD in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Chinese. While at UMD, O’Meara received the President’s Scholarship and the Gemstone Honors Citation.

Jonathan Lee in Lesotho Jonathan Lee (Global Fellow '14, Science Diplomacy) recently served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho. A Banneker-Key Scholar and Honors Humanities student, he received B.A. degrees in Government and Politics and in Communications, with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. During the Global Fellows program, Lee interned at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in the Division of International Health Security, Office of Policy and Planning, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. Afterwards, he obtained an internship at the American Embassy in Belize. He also studied abroad in Nepal, Belize and Croatia and speaks Mandarin Chinese, French and Spanish.

Tristan Marquez in front of waterfallTristan Marquez (Global Fellow '16, Science Diplomacy) received a 2016 David L. Boren Scholarship to study Portuguese in São Paulo, Brazil. He graduated from UMD with a dual degree in History and Government and Politics, with a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. At UMD, Tristan was also an International Studies College Park Scholar. He is currently working in Brazil as a Due Diligence Researcher in Compliance, Forensics and Intelligence. He speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.

Aaron Bhatt on camelAaron Bhatt (Global Fellow '14, Science Diplomacy) has been awarded the highly competitive Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship to prepare him for a career in the Foreign Service. He will be studying at the School of International and Public Affairs, at Columbia University, starting fall 2018. He was awarded the Boren Scholarship and studied Arabic in 2016-2017 in Meknes, Morocco. He was also a member of the five-year intensive Arabic Flagship Program at the University of Maryland. He has also worked for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Center for American Politics and Citizenship, Chemonics International, and currently is a Foreign Policy Fellow in the Office of Senator Christopher Coons. He graduated from UMD with a B.A. Cum Laude in Economics and Government & Politics, and a minor in Arabic. He was selected as the Student Commencement Speaker for the May 2016 GVPT/ENSP graduation ceremony.

Image of Meredith Lightstone in ParisMeredith Lightstone (Global Fellow '15, Science Diplomacy) won the 2016 Meghan Price Scholarship Award for Leadership and Public Service. This scholarship recognizes a junior or senior alum of College Park Scholars for dedication to leadership and service. She graduated with her B.A. degree in Political Science and Government in 2016 and is also an alumna of the Public Leadership College Park Scholars Program. She studied abroad at the American University of Rome and is currently working in Integrated Marketing for Bully Pulpit Interaction.

Shane Falcinelli headshotShane Falcinelli (Global Fellow '15, Responses to Global Challenges) was awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2015. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with a minor in Global Poverty. He was also an Integrated Life Sciences student in the Honors College. He is currently an MD/PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, he interned with the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health.

Christopher Johns headshot Christopher Johns (Global Fellow '15, Science Diplomacy) pursued his M.A. degree in International Economics and Finance at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. During the Global Fellows Program, Christopher Johns interned at the Embassy of Bangladesh and at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. With this valuable experience, he went on to intern at the Department of State: Economic and Business Bureau and the Hudson Institute's Center for Global Prosperity. Johns was in the University Honors Program and graduated from UMD with a degree in Economics and a minor in Global Poverty.

Sarahann Yeh with mountains in background Sarahann Yeh (Global Fellow '15, Science Diplomacy) was awarded a highly competitive Rangel International Affairs Fellowship to prepare her for a career in the Foreign Service. She is an M.A. candidate at Johns Hopkins SAIS (to graduate in 2019) and is currently serving at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia in the Political and Economics Section. She also served as a Rangel Fellow on the Foreign Affairs Committee for the U.S. House of Representatives. Previously she was awarded a 2016-2017 Fulbright Grant to teach English in Indonesia. Yeh graduated from UMD with a B.S. Summa Cum Laude in Biology/Biological Sciences. She was named a Philip Merrill Presidential Scholar and is an alumna of the College Park Scholars Life Sciences program. She also is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society.

Jenny Lindvall in labJenny Lindvall (Global Fellow '14, Science Diplomacy) received her Master of Science degree in Applied Biotechnology from Uppsala University. In this photo, Jenny is working in the cell lab at Rudbeckslaboratoriet, at the university. This lab work was a component of her master thesis project where she is conducted research on glioblastomas to find better drug therapies for cancer patients. She is currently working as a Product Manager for Bioimaging for Life Sciences, in Uppsala, Sweden. Lindvall received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a specialization in Cell Biology and Genetics, from the University of Maryland, College Park.