Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Facebook Twitter YouTube Trending Globally Podcast Instagram LinkedIn Tumblr Email list
Watson campus

Watson undergraduate awards, grants and prizes


Watson Internship and Research Grant

  • Emma Blake ’22, International and Public Affairs
    Gender-Based Violence and State-Sponsored Aggression: An Analysis of the Relationship Between Intimate Partner Violence nd State Militarization
  • Erik Brown ’23, International and Public Affairs
    Research and Events Internship, Center on the United States and Europe, Foreign Policy 
  • Zina Dolan ’23, International Relations
    El Camino de Santiago
  • Simon Giordano ’22.5, International Relations
    Supplanting the 21st Century East-Asian Developmental Model onto Challenges in Contemporary Latin America
  • Claire Hodges ’22, Public Policy
    When the Sound of Silence is Lethal
  • Finnian Lowden ’22, Public Policy
    Unlikely Partners: Oil Companies and Environmental Nonprofits
  • Jay Philbrick ’24, International and Public Affairs
    Research Internship at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (Office of the Investor Advocate)
  • Hannah Ponce ’22, Public Policy
    Braceros and Border Walls: US Guest Worker Programs and Intragroup Conflict Between Mexican American and Mexican Migrant Workers
  • Ariela Rosenzweig ’24, International and Public Affairs
    Peace-Building Research Intern
  • Annie Schwerdtfeger ’23, Cognitive Science and History
    Social Science Works - Summer Intern
  • Spencer Sheppe ’24, International and Public Affairs
    Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit
  • Lucie Smith ’23, International and Public Affairs
    Digital Content Creation Intern at Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Danny Xu ’23, International and Public Affairs
    Summer Intern: Demographics and Political Economy

Watson Institute Language Study Grant

  • Charlinda Banks '24, International and Public Affairs 

  • Lina Halim '24, International and Public Affairs
  • Olwyn Kells '24, History of Art and Architecture 

  • Charles Key '24, Undeclared
  • James Langan '24, International and Public Affairs
  • Spencer Scheppe '24, International and Public Affairs
  • Salonee Singh '24, International and Public Affairs

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs Outstranding Thesis Award

  • Hanna Barakat '22 (DS)
    Roots and Routes: Palestinians Navigating Im/mobility and Making Space Amidst Fragmentation
  • Simon Giordano '22.5 (IR: Security)
    Pilot Agencies and the Origins of Late Industrial Development: A Comparative Case Study of Development State Institutions

Honorable Mention for Outstanding Thesis Prize
Lachlan MacKenzie '22

Jack Ringer Summer in Southeast Asia Fellowship

  • Matthew Loie ’24, International and Public Affairs
    Fellowship in Southeast Asia 

John P Birkelund Fund For Diplomacy

  • Caroline Allen '22, International Relations
    State Department internship with the US Mission to the Human Rights Council
  • Erik Brown '23, International and Public Affairs
    Research Internship, Center on the United States and Europe, Foreign Policy (Brookings) IAPA

  • Zina Dolan '22, International Relations
    Foreign Policy Interrupted Editorial Intern

Mark and Betty Garrison Prize

  • Dylan Moore '22 (IAPA: Security)
    The Exploitative Implications of Gendered Power Inequality: A Framework for Assessing Gendered Vulnerability to Forced Labor

Noah Krieger Award

  • Andrew Steinberg '22 (IAPA: Policy and Governance)
    Tip of the Spear: Deported US Veterans and the Strategic Use of Respectability Politics

Richard C. Barker Award

  • Rose Houglet '23, International and Public Affairs
    Confining Contradictions and Transformative Collaborations at the Intersection of Anti-Trafficking and Prison Abolition with Professor Shih

  • Jack Doughty '23, International and Public Affairs
    The Intersections of Housing, Mass-Incarceration, and Policing — Comparative and Domestic Research Study
  • Selia Jindal '23, International and Public Affairs
    Repairing Global Democratic Erosion & Confronting Domestic Extremism in the US Military by Analyzing the US Mil's Branding

Marla Ruzicka International Public Service Fellowship

  • Ali Martinez ’22, International and Public Affairs
    Research project - Children at the Border: The Effects of U.S. Immigration Policies on the Experiences of Migrant Children

Happy and John Hazen White, Sr. Internship Funding 

  • Caroline Allen ’22, International Relations and History concentrator
    US Mission to the UN Human Rights Council
  • Liam Bendicksen ’22, Public Policy and Public Health concentrator
    SENATE Help Committee
  • Claire Hodges ’22, Public Policy and French Studies concentrator
    The Sabin Center for Climate Change at Columbia University
  • Saoirse Maher Greene ’21, Independent Concentration in Social Trauma Studies
    Rhode Island for Community & Justice
  • Margherita Micaletti-Hinojal ’23, Political Science and Philosophy concentrator
    Refugee Representation Division of Human Rights First
  • Bailee Peralto ’21, Public Policy concentrator
    Mental Health Association of Rhode Island
  • Emily Reed ’22, Public Policy and Africana Studies concentrator
    Bud to Blossom Project
  • Emery Shelley ’22, International and Public Affairs and Computer Science concentrator
    Rhode Island Center for Justice
  • Gina Sinclair ’22, International Relations and History concentrator
    United States Department of State and International Crisis Group
  • Andrew Steinberg ’22, International and Public Affairs concentrator
    Legal Services Center's Safety Net Project at Harvard Law School

Sarmiento Fellowships

  • Juan Pedro Ronconi, Economics
  • Santiago Hermo, Economics


Honors in DS

  • Hannah Barakat ’22

Honors in IAPA

  • Gabrielle Agnew ’22
  • Emma Blake ’22
  • Marzia Giambertoni ’22
  • Alexandra Martinez ’22
  • Eamon McKeever ’22
  • Deborah Meirowitz ’22
  • Dylan Moore ’22
  • Leonardo Moraveg ’22
  • Annika Prinz ’22
  • Andrew Steinberg ’22
  • Jillian Talenda ’22
  • Nicole Tsung ’22
  • Hannah Yazdani ’22

Honors in IR

  • Michael Chen ’22
  • Simon Giordano ’22.5
  • Lachlan MacKenzie ’22
  • Anna Susini ’22
  • Yue Yue Teng ’22

Honors in PLCY

  • Johanna Bandler ’22.5
  • Isabelle Beckwith ’22
  • Liam Bendicksen ’22
  • Lauren Fung ’22
  • Claire Hodges ’22
  • Finnian Lowden ’22
  • Hannah Ponce ’22


Public Policy Capstone Prizes

  •  Best Reflection Essay: Lara Kosar ’22 for Hey, Save Some Housing for the Rest of Us! One Small Non-Profit's Small Victories
  •  Best Policy Brief: Shira Small ’22 for, Magnet Schools in the Providence Public School District: Ameliorating or Exacerbating Inequality
  •  Best Capstone on Law & Public Policy: Abigail Barton ’22 for, Renting in Rhode Island: Explaining and Exploring Tenant Rights in RI
  •  Most Original Policy Capstone: Jack Stebbins ’22 for, The Fax: A Comedy Pilot on Entertainment Journalism

Academic Excellence in IAPA

  • Jamila Beesley ’22
  • Joyce Lee ’22
  • Maria Zou ’22
  • Robert Combs ’22
  • Dylan Moore ’22
  • Daviana Perez ’22
  • Alexandra Martinez ’22
  • Rachel Yan ’22
  • Emily Reed ’22
  • Abigail Barton ’22
  • Liam Bendicksen ’22
  • Trevor Labuda ’22
  • Whitney Yu ’22
  • Claire Hodges ’22

Academic Excelence in IR

  • Duncan Grant ’22
  • Yue Yue (Emily) Teng ’22
  • Kamran King ’22
  • Emma Blake ’22

Academic Excellence in DS

  • Hannah Barakat ’22

CCSA Undergraduate Paper Prize

  • Aryan Srivastava ’22
    Hate at Scale: Elections, Leader Identity and Hate Speech in Rural Uttar Pradesh
    *Co-authored by Aarushi Kalra & Saket Tiwari
  • Catherine Nelli ’22
    Krishna Drinking Flames: A Kaṅgra Painting of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa
  • Leo Fleissig ’22
    The Story of Ekalavya: an Embodiment of Hopelessness or a Beacon of Hope

CCSA Thesis Prize in South Asian Studies

  • Jamila Beesley ’22
    The Architects of the Solutions They Need: Dalit Feminism in the U.S. Caste Abolition Movement
  •  Lavanya Krishnan ’22
    The Politics of Privatisation in India
  • Akshaan Parikh ’22
    Let Us Alone to Die: Plague Camps in Bombay City, 1896–1902

CLACS Dissertation Awards

  • Lauren Deal ’22, Department of Anthropology

  • Melanie White ’22, Department of Africana Studies 

LACA Thesis Awards

  • Nell Salzman '22, Department of English and CLACS concentrator

Pre-Dissertation Field Research in Latin America Grant

  • Augusta da Silveiera, Department of History 
  • Débora Duque, Department of Political Science 
  • Jay Loomis, Department of Music 
  • Alexandria Miller, Department of Africana Studies