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Recent BC Graduate Amanda Rothschild
Recognized at Dublin Castle Awards Ceremony

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (November 2011) – Recent Boston College graduate Amanda Rothschild was recognized by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, at an Undergraduate Awards program ceremony on October 28 at Dublin Castle.

Rothschild, a 2011 graduate of BC's College of Arts and Sciences, where she majored in political science, has been named a "highly commended" entrant to the Undergraduate Awards, a program open to undergraduate students in Ireland and recently expanded to include seven leading universities in the United States.

Amanda Rothschild
Amanda Rothschild

The Undergraduate Awards program "aims to inspire generations of graduates by supporting and celebrating their ideas, ultimately creating a global community of future innovators, influencers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders," according to program organizers.

Rothschild was honored in the Human Rights category for her essay titled “The Crime of Crimes and Lemkin’s Forewarning."

Currently a doctoral student in International Relations and Security Studies at MIT, where she focuses on humanitarian intervention, genocide, and U.S. foreign policy, Rothschild received multiple awards during her years at BC, including the Carlisle Award, given to the most distinguished graduating senior in political science, the McCarthy Prize for the most outstanding undergraduate thesis in the Social Sciences, a Hertog Political Studies fellowship, given to approximately forty U.S. college students comprising “a new generation of intellectual and political leaders," and BC's Finneran Award, the highest Commencement honor in the College of Arts and Sciences. She also was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship.

The Dublin ceremony was part of a two-day awards summit that included  networking events with influential figures in industry, academia and politics, as well as an itinerary of sightseeing activities.

There were 2,381 submissions to the 2011 Undergraduate Awards program, from which 23 winners were selected.

Founding partners of the Undergraduate Awards include Google Ireland, the Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hEireann, The Irish Times, and Enterprise Ireland, among others. More information about the awards program is available here

--Office of News & Public Affairs