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New Global Scholars Cohort Selected

Thursday, November 20, 2014

LAWRENCE — Fifteen sophomores at the University of Kansas have been selected as Global Scholars. The program, coordinated by Dena Register, director of faculty programs for International Programs, recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have an interest in global studies and a strong academic record.

The 15 students come from a wide range of disciplines across the university. They 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, Community in a Global Context, taught by Register. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor with similar interests and present research on global and international studies during the spring semester of their senior year.  Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward a KU-approved study abroad program.

“We were pleased to have a record number of applicants for the Global Scholars program this year. Selection was particularly challenging due to the high qualifications and varied interests of those that we interviewed,” Register said.

The 2015 Global Scholars are listed below by hometown, parents’ names, areas of interest, and high school.


Samantha Harms: Lansing; Lisa Harms and Richard Harms; environmental studies and journalism; graduate of Lansing High School.

Aidan Dmitriev: Lawrence; Sheila Harte-Dmitriev and Vladimir Dmitriev, microbiology; graduate of Free State High School.

Mara McAllister: Lawrence; Marci McAllister, Steve McAllister and Suzanne Valdez; social welfare and women’s studies; graduate of Lawrence High School.

Grace Phillips: Lawrence; Jean Phillips and Steve Phillips; economics; graduate of Lawrence Free State High School.

Libby GrubeLeawood; Nan and Pat Grube; anthropology and history; graduate of Saint James Academy.

Victoria Calderon: Liberal; Donna and Frank Calderon; English and political science; graduate of Liberal High School.

Ariane Wright: Olathe; Dennis and Petra Wright; economics and English; graduate of Olathe Northwest High School.

Shiva Pedram: Overland Park; Jim and Shahnaz Pedram; pre-med and anthropology; graduate of Blue Valley Northwest High School.

Sam Eastes: Pratt; Bill and Dee Dee Eastes; journalism and global and international studies; graduate of Pratt High School.

Alex Robinson: Stilwell; Mitch and Robin Robinson; anthropology and film and media studies; graduate of Blue Valley High School.

BreShawna Briggs: Wamego; Tod Briggs and Wendy Thornton; accounting; graduate of Wamego High School.

Victoria PurvisWeskan; Eric and Heather Purvis; East Asian languages and cultures; graduate of Weskan High School.


Abby Fields: Minneapolis; Amy and Marko Fields; ecology and evolutionary biology; graduate of Minneapolis South High School.

Beth Fentress: Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Cheryl Fentress and Tom Fentress; speech-language-hearing; graduate of Bartlesville High School

Grace Roth: Crystal Lake, Ill.; James and Barbara Roth; civil engineering; graduate of Crystal Lake Central High School.


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