“This award is the highest honor our college can bestow on an undergraduate major,” said Dean David W. Rasmussen. “It recognizes the students’ academic and leadership abilities and gives them the tools and experience they will need to lead projects of their own.”
The highly competitive selection process for the awards emphasized students’ academic achievements as well as their leadership in campus and community organizations, internships and service activities.
The 18 new Social Science Scholars will attend a leadership seminar during the spring 2013 semester to develop and plan their own projects, putting what they learn into practice during the summer and/or fall semester. They will also receive up to $5,000 for travel and expenses related to their projects.
Social Science Scholars also are afforded other special academic and extracurricular opportunities during the remainder of their university careers. These include:
- Seminars and symposia on domestic and international issues
- Faculty mentoring
- Interaction with campus and community leaders
- Travel grants for independent research and service projects
The 2013 Social Science Scholars, along with their hometowns and majors, are:
- Rafael Batista, International Affairs
- Caroline Burkholder, Sociology and Creative Writing
- Diamond Bynum, Political Science and Economics
- Tara Catanach, International Affairs
- Alex Montalvo, Political Science and International Affairs
- Tatiana Pino, International Affairs and Economics
PALM BAY, FLA.
- Rosalia Contreras, International Affairs and Women’s Studies
- Paige Dabney, International Affairs and Geography
PORT RICHEY, FLA.
- Mara Denny, International Affairs and Russian
WEEKI WACHEE, FLA.
- Michael Fitzgerald, International Affairs
- Hillary Harlan, International Affairs and Economic
- Brooke Holmes, Interdisciplinary Social Science
- Stephen Mayers, Interdisciplinary Social Science
- Ian David Michaels, International Affairs and Political Science
- Maria Naranjo, International Affairs and Political Science
CAPE CORAL, FLA.
- Alexandra Olsen, International Affairs, Sociology and French
- Cristina Omran, Environmental Studies
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
- Kathryn Amelia Watts, International Affairs