STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Project Management Fellows Class of 2020

 

Global Immersion Course

44th Annual Washington DC Career Conference

Congratulations to the eight SIPA students and four SIPA alumni selected to join the Presidential Management Fellows Class of 2020! This year’s SIPA-affiliated finalists include current students (back row, L–R) Katherine von Ofenheim MIA ’20, Morris McGinn MPA ’20, Perry Landesberg MIA ’20, Ryan Henderson MIA ’20, Stuart Caudill MIA ’20, (front row, L–R) Rebecca Federman MIA ’20, Jennifer Keltz MPA ’20, and Kelly Fagerman MIA ’20. They are joined by alumni Damon Blacklock MIA ’18, Andrew Chang MPA ’19, Jade Luo MIA ’19, and Kendall Silberstein MPA ’18.

SIPA’s Couldn’t Hack It 2.0 student team — John Patrick Dees MIA ’20, Sarah Husain MIA ’20, Sarah Quirk MPA ’20, and Virpratap Vikram Singh MIA ’20 — finished first at the first-ever virtual Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge on March 20–21. The event was originally slated to take place in Washington, DC, but moved online as a result of COVID-19-related shutdowns. All told, 23 teams took part, including eight in a professional track and 15 in a student track.

During winter break, MIA students traveled to Turkey for SIPA’s inaugural global immersion course, Beyond the “Refugee Crisis”: Refugees in Turkey and Global Public Policy. Designed and led by Professor Daniel Naujoks, interim director of the International Organization and UN Studies specialization, the course offers a unique learning option within the SIPA MIA program’s new enhanced curriculum.

During SIPA’s 44th annual Washington, DC, Career Conference in January, a few lucky students visited the White House and Eisenhower Executive Office Building, where they met Ludovic Hood MIA ’06, IF ’06 (fifth from right), the Middle East adviser to Vice President Mike Pence; Ryan Arant MIA ’12, who works on the Middle East peace process between Israel and Palestine; and Caitlin Welsh MPA ’09 (left), the lead coordinator for G7 and G20 summits.

Over the course of two days (July 16 and 17), a group of 10 students and recent graduates traveled to Washington, DC, to meet with senior industry professionals and SIPA alumni working in the field of cybersecurity and threat intelligence. The initiative, known as the Cyber Career Trip, is the brainchild of Jason Healey, director of SIPA’s Initiative on the Future of Cyber Risk. He intends to make the trip an annual event. Participants interacted with officials from US government agencies, private companies, and think tanks at eight locations, discussing contemporary policy issues and learning about career opportunities in the industry.

 

2020 GRADUATION AWARDS

CAA CAMPBELL AWARD

Peter Zheng

For his contributions to student life at SIPA and service as a dedicated student leader, distinguished by a spirit of collaboration and partnership with fellow students, faculty, and staff

 

DR. SUSAN AURELIA GITELSON AWARD FOR HUMAN VALUES IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Samara Ahmed, Amna Akhtar, Amira Dhalla, Kaitlin Hansen, Cecilie Kern, and Jiajia “Jorja” Maand

For their workshop project “Universal Periodic Review and Advocacy in Myanmar”
Client: Equality Myanmar
Faculty Supervisors: Kristina Eberbach and Benedict Fleming

LEOUS/PARRY AWARD FOR PROGRESSIVE SUSTAINABILITY

Pauline Deschryver, Patrick Dougherty, Jumi Kim, Laura Kunstler-Brooks, Jiaru Qin, Jing Wu, Shan Wu, and Bingjie Zhou

For their workshop project “Pension System Greening — Measuring and Monitoring”
Client: World Bank Group, Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation
Faculty Supervisors: Cary Krosinsky and Thomas O. Murtha

HARVEY PICKER PRIZE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Jessica Seliger

For her exceptional contributions to civic service both at Columbia and abroad

ISAAC ANDERSON RAUCH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN A CAPSTONE PROJECT

Simeon Abel, Walker Higgins, Qendresa Krasniqi, Dohun Na, Aparna Priyadarshi, Urmi Ranchandani, and Pranav Singh

For their workshop project: “Improving Farmer Selection for the Babban Gona Agricultural Franchise in Nigeria”
Client: Babban Gona Farmer Services
Faculty Supervisor: Ragini Dalal

RAPHAEL SMITH MEMORIAL PRIZE

James Courtright

For his essay: “Taxi to Teranga

Lukas Feldhaus

For his essay: “Ask and You May Be Helped