Presidential Global Fellows
Designation as a Presidential Global Fellow is given on the basis of students’ academic standing, leadership qualities, and understanding of the importance of the global experience to their education, personal development, and career goals. Presidential Global Fellows are chosen by a selection committee from a group of up to 200 Presidential Global Scholars, and the selection must be approved by the president.
Award RecipientsKatie Braggins, SSH’16, international affairs major, economics and global social entrepreneurship minors
Academic excellence and engagement with the world are the hallmarks of Katie’s scholastic career. She has held research positions in the Northeastern University Honors Program and in the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, where she learned about emergency preparedness for natural and manmade disasters by analyzing governmental reports and evacuation plans. During two co-ops with NGOs in Buenos Aires, she addressed the effects of the “Dirty War” in Argentina. Closer to home, Katie worked with the Strong Women Strong Girls program teaching leadership and empowerment skills to third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade girls in Boston’s public schools. She is an ambassador for the Honors Program and a member of and a choreographer for the No Limits Dance Crew student group.
On a co-op in Zambia, Christie discovered that community outreach and awareness of drug use and abuse was lacking in a particular township, and she organized and facilitated a new outreach program that has since been fully implemented and successful. Her dedication to suicide prevention led her to study abroad in China, where she researched suicide in a different cultural context. Christie’s efforts have been recognized with the Karen T. Rigg Shining Torch Scholarship, awarded to an exemplary student leader. She will work toward a doctorate in social welfare at the University of Bristol in England and hopes to found an international organization that will put the results of her research into practice.
This fall, Sam plan to enroll in a master’s program in international and development economics and then work toward a doctorate leading to a career as an international field researcher on projects throughout the developing world. To that end, he studied in Kenya, Chile, and South Africa; taught high school classes in the Himalayas; and worked for the International Center for Journalists in Washington, D.C. Sam was selected as one of the Huntington 100 and volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Rosie’s Place. In addition to his co-op responsibilities in the Philippines Sam volunteered to assist with relief efforts in Tacloban City following a destructive typhoon.
Marco Muzio, SSH’15, physics and mathematics major
Marco received a Presidential Global Scholarship from Northeastern to support his work as a research assistant at CERN, home to the largest particle physics laboratory in the world. In addition to his physics prowess, he was lauded for his ability to work seamlessly among experts from diverse cultures. Working at CERN reaffirmed his goal to become a physics professor at a research university in an international setting. In spring 2014, Marco was an undergraduate teaching fellow in the Physics Department. He assisted faculty research and was able to pursue his own research through the Physics Department Research Co-op Fellowship.