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Student Award Recipients, 2013-2014

Brooke A. Loughrin is the Donald S. Carlisle Award recipient for 2014. Brooke is a Political Science major and a Presidential Scholar. The Donald S. Carlisle Award was established by the Department of Political Science in memory of Donald S. Carlisle, Professor of Political Science at Boston College (1968-1997), and is given each year to a graduating senior for outstanding achievement in political science.

Jonathan M. Makransky is the Frank J. Bailey, Sr. Award recipient for 2014. Jonathan is an Islamic Civilization and Societies major. The Frank J. Bailey, Sr. Award is the gift of the Bailey family, in memory of their father Frank J. Bailey, and is given to the graduating senior with the most distinguished academic record in the field of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

Damian Mencini ‘14 won the John McCarthy, S.J. Award for his Scholar of the College project “From Pulling the Trigger to Pushing the Button: Historical Precedents for Targeted Killings and Signature Strikes." Charles Gallagher, S.J. (History) and Peter Krause (Political Science and International Studies Program) directed this thesis. Damian is a double major in Political Science and History. The John McCarthy, S.J., Award was established in memory of Rev. John McCarthy, S.J., a most beloved scholar, faculty member, and Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and is awarded to those students whose Scholar of the College projects are deemed most distinguished in the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Natural Sciences, or History.

Gregory Burnep and Kimberley Stewart Burns were among a group of graduate students who won the Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Awards in recognition of their excellence as teaching fellows or teaching assistants. The awards, named after the former dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, were presented to the students by Candace Hetzner, associate dean for academic affairs in the Grad A&S, at a campus ceremony on April 30.


Award-winning Political Science Majors

Political Science seniors have won or shared six major Boston College awards for undergraduate excellence.

Alexander Hoffarth, a member of the Department Honors Program, has won the Mary A. and Katherine G. Finneran Commencement Award, given to the graduating senior “who has achieved outstanding success in studies, while also devoting time and talents to other activities for the enrichment of the College and student life.” Alex is also the co-winner, with Creighton Dixon, of the Henry J. McMahon Award, given to the graduating seniors “who [have] been accepted at a law school and who [have] been distinguished by scholarship, loyalty and service to Boston College.”

Dania R. Al Humaid has won the General Excellence Medal, given by the Philomatheia Club to the student “who has achieved excellence in all branches of studies during their entire four years at Boston College.” Ms. Humaid’s Scholar of the College Thesis, “Invisible Reformers: Women's Rights Activists in Saudi Arabia," has also been awarded the John McCarthy,S.J. Award for the “most distinguished” Scholars project in the Social Sciences. In addition, Ms. Humaid is the co-winner, with Jordan Dorney, of the Political Science Department’s Donald S. Carlisle Award “for outstanding achievement in Political Science.”

Samuel Kent has been given the Connolly Award, named in honor of Brendan Connolly, S.J. (1913-1974), Director of Libraries at Boston College (1959-1974). The award is given every year to a member of the senior class who is distinguished for the same characteristics of wit, loyalty, and love of books as Fr. Connolly himself.


Brook Loughrin
Gry Winslett

State Department Critical Language Scholars
Political Science major, Brooke Loughrin A&S '14 and Political Science Ph.D student, Gary Winslett, have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for intensive foreign language study abroad, part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically increase the number of Americans mastering critical foreign languages.


Amanda Rothschild

International Honor for New Alumna
College of Arts and Sciences graduate Amanda Rothschild '11 will be among a group recognized by the President of Ireland, at the Undergraduate Awards program ceremony taking place October 28 at Dublin Castle.


Political Science major Kris Munden '11 participates in White House roundtable, meets President Obama.


photo of Angela Donkor and Magic Johnson

Spirit of Taylor Michaels' Award
Political Science major Angela Donkor A&S ’12 has received the 'Spirit of Taylor Michaels' Award at the 2011 Leadership Conference held by the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF). Ms. Donkor is pictured here with Magic Johnson.

As a recipient of the MJF Taylor Michaels Scholarship, named for the chief operating officer for Magic Johnson Enterprises who passed away in 1998, "Ms. Donkor sets a tremendous standard for both younger and older Scholars," according to Kadar Lewis, manager of the scholarship program. "She leads by example, and tirelessly contributes to the betterment of those around her."

Donkor also was one of the inaugural winners of MJF's Rishwain Scholarship, endowed by benefactor Brian Rishwain to annually acknowledge two students who display exceptional commitment to academic and extracurricular activities.

Donkor - who grew up on three different continents, and didn’t live with her parents until she was eight years old - has conducted research in Kuwait and worked with children suffering from HIV/AIDS in Rwanda and Uganda. She also has served as a tutor at BC's Connors Family Learning Center, worked for BC's 48 Hours retreat program and volunteered at the Suffolk County House of Correction through the University’s PULSE program.

She is a recipient of a Gates Millennium Scholarship, as well as BC's 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship, presented annually to a junior who reflects King's philosophy in his or her life and work. Donkor will return to campus this September following a semester studying at Peking University in Beijing.


photo of Amanda Rothschild

The Donald Carlisle Award for Excellence in Political Science
Amanda Rothschild won the award on the basis of her overall performance in the major, and on the quality of her Honors Thesis/Scholar of the College Project, titled "Out of the Nuremberg Nightmare: The Genocide Convention’s Failure and the Efficacy of the Responsibility to Protect." Amanda will be entering the doctoral program in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Fall.


Alex Guittard

The Frank J. Bailey Award for Excellence
The Islamic Civilization and Society Program awarded Political Science Honors student Alex Guittard, a double major in ICS and Political Science, The Frank J. Bailey Award for Excellence. Alex's ICS Thesis is titled "Tribe-State Relations in Afghanistan." After graduation, Alex will be commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. He will serve in a Military Intelligence unit in Washington while pursing a career in the foreign service, with hopes to be overseas as soon as possible, in either a diplomatic or military post.

Maarc Landy

Presidents on Holiday
The first family will return to Martha's Vineyard in August. Political Science Professor Marc Landy weighed in on the appropriateness of presidential vacations in an interview with Fox News Boston.