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KU announces 2022 Global Scholars

Fri, 12/10/2021

LAWRENCE — Representing diverse academic fields from across campus, 15 University of Kansas second-year students have been selected as 2022 Global Scholars.

The Global Scholars Program recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have an interest in international studies and a strong academic record. In its 11th year, the program is directed by Megan Greene, associate professor of history.

The 2022 cohort of scholars was competitively selected for their demonstrated interest in integrating internationalism into their undergraduate experiences and potential for high academic achievement and leadership.

In the spring semester, the group will participate in a three-hour weekly seminar, “Music and Migration,” taught by Ketty Wong, associate professor of ethnomusicology. The course will examine what happens when people, religious beliefs and ideas about music migrate to new social and cultural contexts around the world. 

As part of the Global Scholars Program, each student will work with a faculty mentor with similar interests on an internationally focused research project. The scholars will present the results of that research during spring semester of their senior year.

“We are super excited to welcome a very strong new cohort of students to the Global Scholars program. I am really looking forward to working with them as they progress through the program,” Greene said. “We selected this year’s cohort from an exceptionally strong pool of applicants. They should be very proud of this accomplishment.”

The 2022 Global Scholars:

Sivani Badrivenkata, from Lawrence, is a pharmacy major. Her parents are Dayakar Badri and Haarisa Valasa.

Blake Bruno, from Topeka, is an accounting major. Her parents are Tom and Shawna Bruno.

Sydney Cole, from Kansas City, Missouri, is majoring in molecular, cellular & developmental biology with a minor in German studies. Her parents are Julie Cole and Randy Cole.

Dorothy Haggard, from Topeka, is a chemical engineering major. Her parents are Kelly and Calla Haggard.

Rachael Lawler, from Overland Park, is majoring in history, global & international studies and French. Her parents are Kristen and Thomas Lawler.

Sana Mahomed, from Wichita, is on the pre-medicine track with a likely major in applied behavioral sciences with a specialization on community health & development and a minor in Spanish. Her parents are Mohamed Mahomed and Zohra Mahomed.

Preston Means, from Wichita, is majoring in psychology, sociology and political science. His parents are Nic Means and Tonya Renner.

Kaitlyn Moore, from Lyndon, is majoring in secondary English education. Her parents are Sheri and Jonathan Moore.

Gustavo Moreira, from Olathe, is an electrical engineering major. His parents are Sonia and Ricardo Moreira.

Diana Nguyen, from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is a psychology major. Her parents are Khoi Nguyen and Thuyen Nguyen.

Ahmni Pang-Johnson, from Topeka, is a computer science major. His parents are DeVaune Johnson and Jade Spies.

Aalana Samuels, who was born in St. Ann, Jamaica, and moved to Lawrence in 2017, is majoring in political science and philosophy with an interest in pre-law. Her parent is Shaun Graham-Dawson.

Tanya Singh, from Manhattan, is majoring in biology and political science. Her parents are Preeti and Avinash Singh.

Larissa Thome, from San Jose, Costa Rica, is majoring in finance and exercise science. Her parents are Kenneth Thome and Deborah List.

Caroline Tuohey, from Overland Park, is a mechanical engineering major. Her parents are Patrick Tuohey and Michelle Slattery.



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