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Fellowships Program alumnae news and reflections.

2018-19 Successes

The Fellowships Program based in the Lazarus Center for Career Development supports students who apply for a wide range of fellowships and competitive awards. This year, about 60 students and alumnae have applied for 27 separate awards, several still waiting for the outcomes of their applications.

Six current students were nominated for graduate fellowships, including Beinecke, Marshall, and Truman. Five juniors were nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship and Udall Scholarships. Six sophomore STEM Posse students applied and four were finalists for the Jeff Ubben Posse Award, a completion designed to encourage academically excellent students to articulate their leadership skills and ambitions. Both of Smith’s nominees for the Carnegie Junior Fellowship, a highly competitive opportunity to work with top researchers on international policy, were interviewed as finalists. Two seniors reached the finalist stage in the Lead for America Fellowship competition. Congratulations to each student who took the important step of applying for a competitive award, with a special shout out to the individuals who reached the finalist stage of their competitions.

Awardees to date:

Congratulations to all awardees. Thank you to each and every member of the Smith College community who supported all of our applicants and awardees!

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Smith College Alumna Awarded Prestigious Pickering Fellowship

From: Dr. Margaret Lamb, Fellowships Adviser

January 10, 2019

In November, Maria Moscoso ’15 was awarded a 2019 Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest. The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

The Director of the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program, Lily Lopez-McGee Ph.D., stated, ”We are truly thrilled and excited that Maria will be joining the Pickering Fellowship Program. She demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, leadership and commitment to service during her time at Smith College. These experiences bode well for her success through graduate school and in the Foreign Service as well. I look forward to seeing all that she will accomplish in her career.”

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship will support Maria through a two-year graduate program to receive a master’s degree in an area relevant to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy. It will also provide extensive professional development opportunities, including internships, mentors, and skills training. As part of the Pickering Program, Maria will have an internship based in Washington, D.C. working with the U.S. Department of State in summer 2020. In the summer of 2021, the U.S. Department of State will send her overseas to work and to gain hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, Maria will become a U.S. Foreign Service Officer, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to her country. She will work to promote peace and prosperity around the world.

Maria is currently a Program Specialist for Stabilization and Development, Communities in Transition Division, with the international development agency Creative Associates International. Passionate about creating solutions to issues of global concern, her recent experiences include fellowships with the Salzburg Global Seminar in Salzburg, Austria, the Atlantic Expedition in Berlin, Germany, and the KAKEHASHI Bridge Project in Tokyo, Japan. She is a recent Public Policy Fellow with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, where she worked with the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the office of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Maria transferred to Smith College after attending the Honors College of Miami-Dade. She graduated from Smith Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a concentration in Global South Development Studies. While working in Washington, DC, she volunteered as an English teacher, where she worked with adult immigrants through the Washington English Center and acted as a mentor through the Latinas Leading Tomorrow program. Maria hopes to earn her Master’s in International Development with a focus on International Economics. She is passionate about learning new languages, is an avid runner, and hopes to complete a triathlon in the very near future.

The Pickering Fellowship was previously awarded in 2017 to Smith College alumna Marichuy Gomez ‘14 making Maria the second Smith College recipient. In addition, Symone Gosby ’15 was a finalist in the 2019 Pickering Fellowship competition. All three alumnae discuss what they have been doing since graduation, why the Pickering Fellowship was so attractive to them, and who at Smith College helped to prepare them to seek the opportunities they have chosen. Read their responses here.

Further information: The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship and its sister program, the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship, are both funded by the US State Department and administered by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University. Both programs are open to US citizens and support individuals who wish to pursue Foreign Service careers. Candidates apply simultaneously to a two-year graduate program at a US university that will prepare them for their Foreign Service careers (law school is excluded). Each fellowship encourages women, those with financial need, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department to apply. A third Bunche Center fellowship program, the Payne Fellowship, supports individuals who wish to enter Foreign Service in USAID.

Reported in “People News,” Grécourt Gate, December 19, 2018.

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Morgan Schwartz ’18 Earns Goldwater Scholarship

Schwartz is one of just 240 college students in the United States to receive the Goldwater Scholarship, awarded annually to college sophomores and juniors planning to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics or engineering. The one-year scholarship covers up to $7,500 per year toward tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

For Schwartz, it’s an opportunity to build on the great research opportunities she’s had at Smith—and off campus, too.

Read full article.

Published April 7, 2017

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Jamie Cyr ’16 Earns Prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Jamie Cyr ’16 is Smith’s first-ever Gates Cambridge Scholar.

Established in 2000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship is one of the most prestigious international postgraduate awards, presented annually to a select group of “academically exceptional and socially committed people” who the foundation believes “are likely to be transformative leaders across all fields of endeavour.”

Cyr is one of just 55 Gates Cambridge Scholars named this spring, joining 35 who were announced this past fall.

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Published April 11, 2017

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Rhodes Scholar, Clarke Knight ’14

Clarke Knight ’14

Clarke Knight ’14 was awarded a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship in the US competition. Clarke is now a Hellman Fellow and PhD student in Environmental Science Policy and Management at UC Berkeley.

Daily Hampshire Gazette article

Connecting Point interview

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