Pardee School Announces 2021 Student Awards

During a virtual convocation held on May 15, 2021, the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University honored the achievements of some of this year’s brightest and most talented students with the presentation of multiple academic awards.

Each year, the Pardee School celebrates its very best in academics, in teaching, and in citizenship with a range of School-wide awards meant to honor the exceptional achievements of the Pardee School community. During the 2021 Pardee School convocation, eight awards were presented. 

The Carole A. Chandler Student Citizenship Award is the Pardee School’s highest student award and is given each year to recognize the spirit of citizenship and a demonstration of exemplary commitment to the values and mission of the Pardee School of Global Studies. The 2021 Chandler Citizenship Award was awarded to Ahmad Azari (MAIA, Pardee ’21).

The Ambassador Herman Eilts Thesis Awards are given to the best undergraduate and graduate theses written by students at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies. The 2021 Eilts Award for the Best Graduate Thesis has been awarded to Alexander Beatty (MAIA, Pardee ’21) for his thesis “Building Jet Bridges: Aviation Diplomacy as a Framework to Examine the Strategic Relationship Between Governments and Airlines,” which was supervised by Professor Erik GoldsteinThe 2021 Eilts Award for the Best Undergraduate Honors Thesis was awarded to Samantha De Jesus (BA, Pardee ’21) for her thesis “The Whole Enchilada: Assessing NAFTA as the Origin of Migrant Securitization on the US-Mexico Border,” which was supervised by Professor Noora Lori

The Pardee School Academic Excellence Awards are given to graduate and undergraduate students who have demonstrate the highest levels of academic excellence in courses taken at the Pardee School. On the graduate level, the Academic Excellence Award was awarded to Amy Hendricks (LAS MA, Pardee ’21). On the undergraduate level, the Academic Excellence award had three recipients: Samantha Dorning (BA, Pardee ’21), Nathanial Graham (BA, Pardee ’21), and Emily Sorkin (BA, Pardee ’21).

In announcing the awards, Dean Adil Najam wrote, “this year of COVID has disrupted many facets of our lives; however, the Pardee School is excited to continue its tradition of honoring the achievement of our students. Congratulations to all our winners. You embody the excellence and passion that the Pardee School seeks to impart in every member of our community. We celebrate your achievement today and recognize that much more awaits all of you as you go out to join the real world.”