Student Wins Boren Award

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Jubilee Prosser received the 2017 Boren Scholarship, $8,000 for summer language and cultural study in Tanzania, our first recipient ever, or at least within many years. Boren Scholarships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad.

Jubilee is double majoring in biology and environmental studies while minoring in political science. A Presidential Scholar and Honor Program Participant, she also conducted URGO summer research with Dr. Emily Schilling, completed the River Semester and a 4-month study abroad experience in Kenya. Her long-term plans are to earn a Master’s of Public Health degree in epidemiology or environmental health. Because of her long-term goals, Jubilee has decided to turn down the Boren award to conduct research with epidemiologist Mark Travers at the Roswell Park Institute for Cancer Research in Buffalo, New York. She is considering applying for Boren again at the graduate level.

Boren Scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Scholars commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Boren has opportunities for semester ($10,000) to one year ($20,000) study abroad experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the shorter summer experience for STEM undergraduates. If you are interested in learning more about the program talk to one of our Boren Campus Representatives: (1) Andrea Dvorak, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Study, Center for Global Education and Experience or (2), Dixie Shafer, Director of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO). You can also visit