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University of Kansas announces 2023 Global Scholars

Tue, 11/15/2022

LAWRENCE — Representing diverse academic fields across campus, 15 University of Kansas second-year students have been selected as the 2023 cohort of Global Scholars.

In its 12th year, the Global Scholars Program recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have an interest in international studies and a strong academic record. Elizabeth MacGonagle, associate professor of history and African & African-American studies, directs the program.

The scholars were competitively selected for their demonstrated interest in integrating internationalism into their undergraduate experiences and potential for high academic achievement and leadership.

In the spring semester, the group will participate in a three-hour weekly seminar, “Citizens, Refugees, Humans,” taught by Marike Janzen, associate professor of Slavic, German & Eurasian studies. The course will explore the diverging experiences of citizenship and refugeedom and examine how each shapes our understanding of what it means to be human.

As part of the Global Scholars Program, each student will work with a faculty mentor with similar interests on an internationally focused research project. The scholars will present the results of that research during spring semester of their senior year.

The 2023 Global Scholars Symposium, featuring research presentations from the senior cohort of students, will be at 4 p.m. April 27 in the Burge Union, Forum A. The public is invited to attend.

“We have a fabulous new cohort of talented students who are committed to integrating a global studies perspective into their undergraduate research,” MacGonagle said of the 2023 Global Scholars. “I am excited to work with them as they identify a mentor and develop their research projects. We are pleased to recognize their accomplishments and facilitate a variety of development and networking opportunities over the next two years.”

The 2023 Global Scholars:

Aarthi Aruna, from Overland Park, is majoring in behavioral neuroscience and anthropology on the pre-med track and minoring in Spanish. Her parents are Venkat Aruna and Sivagami Venkatachalam.

Anya Asjad, from Mission Hills, is a biochemistry major. Her parents are Irme Akhtar and Asjad Salamat.

Braiden Bangalan, from Lawrence, is majoring in global & international studies, Chinese and history. His parents are Eileen and Brian Bangalan.

Monisha Biswa, from Shawnee, is majoring in political science and global & international studies. Her parents are Lok and Sonu Biswa

Hannah Chern, from Shawnee, is majoring in molecular, cellular & developmental biology. Her parents are Maggie Liu and Yao Chern.

Sophia Hudson, from Arvada, Colorado, is an exercise science major. Her parents are Cecilia and Joe Hudson.

Ye Gang Lee, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, and has lived in Kentucky, Kansas and Pennsylvania, is majoring in political science, global & international studies and East Asian languages with a concentration in Korean. Her parents are Sang Hak Lee and Jong Youn Jang.

Jeannine Lopez, from Wichita, is majoring in biochemistry and history with a minor in environmental studies. Their parents are Veronica and Erik Lopez.

Joohye Oh, from Lawrence, is an English major. Her parents are Seyool Oh and Ji-Yeon Lee.

Catherine O'Lear, from Lawrence, is majoring in philosophy and women, gender & sexuality studies. Her parents are Shannon O'Lear-Burns and Mark Maziar.

Josh Omitt, from Topeka, is a microbiology major. His parents are Chad and Emily Omitt.

Fatima Qureshi, from Lawrence, is majoring in biology. Her parents are Mubashir Qureshi and Nazia Qureshi.

Armina Raheel, from Leawood, is majoring in human biology. Her parents are Raheel Ahmed and Abida Raheel.

Chadhve Ranganathan, from Olathe, is majoring in molecular, cellular & developmental biology on the pre-med track. Her parents are Ranganathan Varadarajan and Bala Sampathkumar.

Angel Singhal, from Lawrence, is a biotechnology major. Her parents are Amit Singhal and Sangeeta Garg.



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