Student Successes: Early Spring 2023

  • Yejie Kim and Jessica Cross along with IIREP MA student Gregory Franklin, Jr. had papers accepted to the NEPSA 2023 conference in April
  • Bianka Adamatti was awarded the 2023 Master’s Thesis Award from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS). The award is given each year in four different disciplinary categories on a rotating basis. Recipients are selected based on the thesis’ clarity of style and presentation, scholarship, research methodology, and contributions to the field or discipline.
  • Bridget Abril (POLS ’24) and Nidhi Jayakumar Nair were awarded a Change Grant to design and implement a targeted public intervention to raise financial literacy rates among undergraduates at the University of Connecticut. In spring 2023, they will host events on five salient aspects of financial education – budget, credit, debt awareness and management, investing, and financial planning.
  • Mohammad Haque was featured in a documentary on community gardening “A Community of Gardeners” during the ‘Pandemic Era’ in Manchester, CT.
  • Chloe Kwak received the graduate student scholarship in Comfort Women Action for Redress and Education (CARE) in January, 2023. She is researching memory battles over the history of militarized sexual slavery in the Japanese Empire, also known as comfort women, within/between Korean American and Japanese American communities in the US. She focuses on their conflicts, negotiations, and grassroots movements to build or take down memorials to comfort women in the US. She is traveling from LA to NYC to visit the comfort women statues or memorials and writing articles about her experiences from the local communities. Chloe’s articles will be posted on the CARE website:
  • Ph. D Candidate Sercan Canbolat was invited by the International Relations Journal (Uluslararası İlişkiler Dergisi) to serve as a guest editor, along with Patrick James and Sarah Gansen, for a special issue titled “Visualization and International Relations in the Digital Age,” that is slated to be published in Winter 2024. More information about the special issue available at: