Awards & Prizes

Each year, the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University celebrates its very best in academics, in teaching and in citizenship. A range of School-wide awards are meant to honor the exceptional achievements of the Pardee School community and are typically handed out at the annual School Convocation.

Expand the links below to learn more about the awards and for a list of past winners (since the establishment of the Pardee School).

The Gerald and Deanne Family Prize for Faculty Excellence was established in 2014 thanks to a generous endowment established by BU Alum Gerald L. Gitner and his wife Deanne. The Gitner Prize is awarded annually by the Dean to a faculty member of the Pardee School for excellence in teaching and mentoring students and for advancing the mission of the school. The Gitner Award is (a) open to all full-time faculty (tenure as well as non-tenure) in the School teaching a full course load in the year the award is given; and (b) can only be given once to a faculty member. Nominations can be made by students and faculty and are considered by a committee set up to advise the Dean. There is a cash award attached to the prize.

Past Winners

  • 2017: Jeremy MenchikAssistant Professor of International Relations
  • 2016: William Keylor, Professor of International Relations and History
  • 2015: Noora Lori, Assistant Professor of International Relations

 The Chandler Award is given each year to recognize the spirit of citizenship and a commitment to the values and mission of what is now the Pardee School of Global Studies. The Award is open to graduate and undergraduate students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the School’s mission while maintaining academic excellence. The award celebrates the spirit of community and citizenship that was exemplified by Carole A. Chandler, the administrative co-founder and first Executive Assistant of the Center for International Relations. Nominations can be made by faculty and staff at the Pardee School of Global Studies.

Past Winners

  • 2017: Victoria Kelberer, MA in International Affairs
  • 2016: Charlott Sandor Johansen, MA in Global Development Policy
  • 2015: Alba Balla, MA in International Affairs
  • 2015: Sidhanta Mehra, BA in International Relations

The Eilts Awards are given to the best undergraduate and graduate theses written by students at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. The Prize recognizes the value of good research and policy analysis at the Pardee School and celebrates the contribution of Ambassador Hermann Frederick Eilts, the founder of International Relations programs at Boston University.

Past Winners (Undergraduate)

  • 2017: Andrea Van Grinsven, “Outsourcing Accountability: The European Union’s External Migrant Management and Detention Regime. ” Adviser:  Professor Kaija Schilde
  • 2016: Krishna Gall, “Daedalus Syndrome: American Intervention in Kosovo” Adviser: Professor Igor Lukes
  • 2015: Fatima Mohie-Eldin, “Egypt’s Salafi Vanguard”

Past Winners (Graduate)

  • 2017:  Paige Pascarelli,  “Betwixt & Between”: Analyzing Belgian Representation in “Homegrown” Extremism Adviser: Professor Jessica Stern
  • 2016: Jocelyn Spottiswoode, “Fresh Out of Water: Transboundary River Management and Governance between Kazakhstan and China” Adviser: Professor Houchang Chehabi
  • 2016: Mariana Echaniz Arciga “Greening Adaptation in Mexico: Leveraging International Financing for Ecosystem-based Adaptation and Sustainable Agriculture”  Adviser: Professor Kevin P. Gallagher
  • 2015: Lee Hekking, “The Polish Solidarity Movement and Tunisia’s Revolution of Dignity and Freedom:  A Comparative Study of Cross-Group Cooperation in Revolutionary Movements”
  • 2015: Nyeleti Karina Honwana, “Social Movements in Africa: Mozambique and Civil Disorder”

The Pardee School prizes for Academic Excellence are open to students in all graduate and undergraduate programs at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. Recipients have demonstrated the highest levels of academic excellence in courses taken at the Pardee School.

Past Winners (Undergraduate)

  • 2017: Mark Vicik, BA in International Relations & Middle East North Africa Studies
  • 2017: Evelyn Hitt, BA in International Relations
  • 2017: Jessica Depies, BA in International Relations and Economics
  • 2016: Susanne Neher, BA in International Relations
  • 2016: Amal Hechehouche, BA in International Relations and Economics
  • 2016:  Kelley Gourley, BA in International Relations and Middle East and North Africa Studies
  • 2016: Michelle Abou-Raad, BA in International Relations and Middle East and North Africa Studies
  • 2015: Caroline Birsner, BA in International Relations and Environmental Analysis & Policy
  • 2015: Brendon Bowdridge, BA in International Relations
  • 2015: Lauren Michael, BA in International Relations
  • 2015: Paola Peynetti Velazques, BA in Latin American Studies & International Relations (Regional Studies)

Past Winners (Graduate)

  • 2017: Kevin McLaughlin, MA in International Relations
  • 2016: Mariana Echaniz Arciga, MA in International Relations and Environmental Policy
  • 2015: Louisa May Klann, MA in International Relations & Religion

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Prize for Academic Excellence is given to the undergraduate student at the Pardee School who has demonstrated the most outstanding academic achievement during their entire undergraduate program.

Past Winners

  • 2017: Devon Flanagan, BA in International Relations and Economics
  • 2016:  Matthew C. Cronin, BA in International Relations
  • 2015: Sophia Ann Qadir, BA in International Relations & Linguistics