Justine King ’15 is the first University student or alumnus to receive the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship, supporting individuals who wish to pursue a career representing the United States in the foreign service of the Department of State.
Pedro Vallejo-Ramirez ’16 is the first Rochester senior to be selected for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of the most highly regarded international academic scholarship programs. The optical engineering major plans to pursue a master’s degree in biotechnology at Cambridge University.
Also known as “the Rockys,” these awards recognize undergraduates who have significantly and positively impacted the University or surrounding community through service to others, investment of talent and time, and pursuit of excellence.
The highly competitive program was established in 2005 and is sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service, Germany’s publicly funded but independent organization of higher education institutions.
They have coaches, travel extensively during the year, and compete in national and local tournaments. So it made sense that Debate Union — an academic team with needs like those of varsity athletics — found a new home under the aegis of the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Fatima Bawany ’16, Aaron Schaffer ’16, and Saralinda Schell ’19 have each won scholarships from the highly competitive State Department program for advanced language study overseas this summer.
When the new student union opened on the River Campus on April 4, 1976, the building’s famed architect offered a vision to match his grand design. “It will be a place to be, and a place to remember,” the legendary I.M. Pei predicted. Forty years later, the building, Wilson Commons, has become a centerpiece of campus life.
A sophomore and freshman at the University of Rochester hope to encourage a new generation of their fellow Rwandans to remember the lessons of their country’s horrific genocide two decades ago.