Kevin Murungi ’01 shares the following: The Curtis Scholarship award winner will be invited to join a five-day learning trip to Senegal in early August 2016 and will have the opportunity to meet with key partners working on development programs focused on child health and wellness. The trip will primarily be in Dakar, and the award winner will be accompanied by a Global Citizen staff member at all times. Included in the trip will be: round trip airfare, trip-related meals, lodging and transportation and other out-of-pocket expenses (at GPP’s discretion). 

Additionally, the award will cover travel to and accommodation for the 2016 Global Citizen Festival, which will take place in Central Park in New York City on September 24th, 2016.

Any students interested in applying should visit for more information. Please note the deadline to apply is June 15! 

About the Global Poverty Project and Global Citizen:

The Global Poverty Project is an advocacy and campaigning organization that is catalyzing a movement to end extreme poverty, as defined by the World Bank as people living on or under $1.25/day, by 2030. Our vision is a world without extreme poverty by 2030. In order to achieve this goal, we work to grow the number and effectiveness of our Global Citizens to achieve the necessary public, private and political commitments needed to address the causes of extreme poverty.

Three years ago the Global Poverty Project created Global Citizen ( a platform that incentivizes people to take meaningful action in exchange for rewards (tickets to concerts all over the world and Global Citizen events). Combining the power of music, technology, and culture, the successful and powerful platform taps into the millennial generation’s desire for change.

Global Citizen is GPP’s content and campaigning arm where people can learn about and take action on the world’s biggest issues. Global Citizen works in partnership with and supports some of the most effective organizations working to end extreme poverty. Committed to providing the most interesting stories, effective actions and powerful campaigns, Global Citizen aims to unlock the power of every individual to play his or her part in the movement to end extreme poverty in the next 15 years.


Kristin Knutzen ’16 with Senator Patrick Leahy and his wife Marcelle at Posters on the Hill.

Check out this great video and article about Kristin’s senior research project and presentation of her work at the Council of Undergraduate Research’s annual Posters on the Hill at the Capitol in DC. This event shares impressive undergraduate research work from across the country with Congress and funding agencies. Congratulations, Kristin, on your research! To learn more about Posters on the Hill, see  or contact



Truman Scholar Hasher Nisar

Congratulations to Hasher Nisar ‘16.5, Middlebury’s newest Truman Scholar! Hasher was one of 54 new Truman Scholars selected from a field of 775 candidates. He will receive a $30,000 scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to prepare for a career in public service leadership. Hasher plans to pursue a PhD in Islamic Studies. Read more about Hasher here . The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation selects and supports the next generation of public service leaders. Students apply as juniors for this fellowship. Learn more at go/fellowships .

From the Middlebury College Newsroom ( ) :

“Two Middlebury students and two recent graduates, along with their Middlebury professors, presented their research at the 8th International Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics at the University of Puerto Rico on April 13-16.

Top (l-r): Brandon Baird and Mark Balderston. Below: Madeline Gilbert, Evan Patz, Caroline Cating, and Marcos Rohena-Madrazo.

Evan Patz ’17 and Jeffrey Stevenson, associate professor and director of the School in Chile, presented “Socio-phonological variation of syllable final /s/ aspiration in Chilean Spanish and L2 acquisition.”

Mark Balderston ’15.5, Caroline Cating ’16.5, and Assistant Professors Brandon Baird and Marcos Rohena-Madrazo presented “He sounds like he plays fútbol: Perceptions of single-word Spanish phonology switches within English utterances.”

Madeline Gilbert ’14 and Prof. Rohena-Madrazo presented “Sociolinguistic stratification of coda (-r) in Buenos Aires Spanish: Hyperarticulation and Deletion.”

The Workshop on Sociolinguistics. is one of the most important academic events in the field of sociolinguistics, said Prof. Baird.

Middlebury’s Undergraduate Research Office provided funding support for the students’ participation at the workshop.”

Congratulations to all!


The Schwarzman scholarship, inspired by the Rhodes scholarship, is a program designed to help future leaders meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond by preparing them to better understand China’s culture, economy, and governance. Up to 200 Scholars chosen annually from around the world for this highly selective, fully-funded program will have an unrivaled opportunity to live in Beijing for a year of study and cultural immersion, attending lectures, traveling and developing first-hand exposure to China and its people. Scholars will study for a one-year Masters degree in public policy, international relations, or economics and business at Tsinghua University. Program conducted in English. Open to students of all citizenships. Application cycle: senior fall; also open to young alumni.

Session led by Christian Tanja from the Schwarzman Scholarship. Join us on Tuesday, April 19 at 4:30pm in Library 201. Join us to learn more!

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