Summer Plans Series: Levan Bokeria ’14 Receives Internationally-Competitive Golden Key Award

By Caitlin Mack ’12(T5)
Univ. Communications

Levan Bokeria ’14, a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society chapter at the University of Rochester, was awarded a Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Award.  The award, valued at $5,000, recognizes undergraduate members for their outstanding commitment to the Golden Key pillars of academics, leadership, and service.

Bokeria’s achievement is especially notable in light of the competitive nature of the award; while 924 individuals applied for the prestigious prize, only 20 were granted.  Bokeria is one of 12 winners from the USA and two winners from region 10, which represents New York and all of New England.

“Finding out about the Golden Key Undergraduate Achievement Award was extremely exciting for me,” said Bokeria about receiving the award.

Bokeria, a philosophy and brain and cognitive sciences double major, is from Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. He is the current president of the Undergraduate Philosophy Council and held dual titles as Honorary Members and Campus Officials Liaison and Education and Literacy Service Director for the Golden Key Society during the 2012-13 academic year.

This summer, Bokeria is taking courses at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, as part of a summer program offered by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies. The classes will prepare Bokeria for a Take Five year studying the fundamental principles of political science and the recent history of Eastern Europe.

“Such merit scholarships are an important boost for academic confidence as they serve as an implicit confirmation of successful undergraduate performance,” said Bokeria. “I would like to thank everyone who has helped me become the person I am, especially my professors, fellow students, and staff members at the University of Rochester.”

This story is part of the Summer Plans Series, a collection of stories about how undergrads at the University of Rochester are spending their summer. Know of someone doing something cool over break? Email The Buzz ( and tell us all about it!