GPS Student FellowsStudent Profiles

Our School is internationally recognized for its excellence, and a key reason for our growing distinction is our ability to attract the best graduate students from across the globe. Here is a sampling of our student scholars. 

Dean's Fellows

We are proud to introduce the students who have been selected as Dean's Fellows. This special distinction serves to signal the professional qualities of excellence that the School cultivates and honors, to reward outstanding performance by students and to create a prestigious group of high-quality students and alumni to showcase to the world.

Selection Criteria
  • Academic Excellence: selected students are at the top of their class based on first-year GPA performance
  • Leadership: demonstrated leadership at the School and campus, as well as in community affairs
  • Civic Engagement: involvement in activities with a public purpose such as active volunteerism
  • Regional involvement: meaningful engagement in the Pacific region encompassing Latin America and Asia such as study or work abroad, internships and activities focusing on the region and its people

Robertson Fellows

The Robertson Foundation for Government aspires to make a difference by offering annual financial support for graduate students pursuing federal government careers in foreign policy, national security and international affairs.

Established by the family of the late philanthropists Charles and Marie Robertson and named in their honor, the foundation pursues a mission that was central to the Robertson’s philanthropic activities: strengthening the U.S. government and increasing its ability and determination to defend and extend freedom throughout the world by improving the training and education of men and women for government service, with particular emphasis on international relations and foreign affairs.

Robertson Fellows at selected universities receive full scholarships and full internship stipends from the foundation. They also commit to work for the federal government for a minimum of three of their first seven years after graduation.

Note: We do not receive unsolicited applications for Robertson Fellowships. An internal committee makes recommendations based on applicants accepted to the School and meets the mission of the program.

Sylff Fellows

Created in 1987, the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff) program is designed to support graduate students studying in the humanities and social sciences fields at 69 universities in 44 countries. In 1991, a $1 million dollar endowment was received to create the Sylff program at UC San Diego to support the education of outstanding students pursuing their graduate studies with high potential for global leadership. Professor Ulrike Schaede is the chair of this program at the School.

We commemorated 20 years of supporting Sylff Fellows on May 26, 2011 in conjunction with events celebrating 50 years of UC San Diego historic milestones, remarkable achievements and innovative firsts since the university’s founding in 1960. Read the story.

2019–20 Dean's Fellows

  • Arturo Albarrán Cortes, MIA '20

    Arturo Albarrán Cortes, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Management
    Region: Latin America

  • Jenny Aldrich, MPP '20

    Jenny Aldrich, MPP '20

    Area of Specialization: Business, Government, and Regulation

     

  • Brittany Ekejiuba, MPP '20

    Brittany Ekejiuba, MPP '20

    Areas of Specialization: Program Design and Evaluation, Security Policy

  • Rachel Finerman, BA/MIA '20

    Rachel Finerman, BA/MIA '20

    Career Track: International Politics
    Region: China

  • Joaquín Gana Aravena, MPP '20

    Joaquín Gana Aravena, MPP '20

    Areas of Specialization: Program Design and Evaluation, Energy and Environmental Policy

  • Malena Hernandez, MIA '20

    Malena Hernandez, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Management, International Economics
    Region: Latin America

  • Hsinyao “Amy” Huang, MIA '20

    Hsinyao “Amy” Huang, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Politics
    Region: Korea

  • Nicole “Niki” Kalmus, MPP '20

    Nicole “Niki” Kalmus, MPP '20

    Areas of Specialization: American Policy in Global Context, Program Design and Evaluation

  • Madeline “Maddie” Kasik, MIA '20

    Madeline “Maddie” Kasik, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Politics
    Region: Korea

  • Mari Kojima, BA/MIA '20

    Mari Kojima, BA/MIA '20

    Career Tracks: International Politics
    Region: Japan

  • Jingwen Liu, MCEPA '20

    Jingwen Liu, MCEPA '20

    Disciplinary Specialization: Chinese Politics and Public Policy

  • Gustavo López, MPP '20

    Gustavo López, MPP '20

    Area of Specialization: American Policy in Global Context, Program Design and Evaluation

  • Jude Muhtaseb, BA/MIA '20

    Jude Muhtaseb, BA/MIA '20

    Career Track: International Management
    Region: Latin America

  • Nicholas “Nick” Rhodes, MIA '20

    Nicholas “Nick” Rhodes, MIA '20

    Career Tracks: International Politics, International Economics
    Region: Latin America

  • Cory Rogers, MIA '20

    Cory Rogers, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Environmental Policy
    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

    Prior to entering GPS, Rogers was based in Indonesia, where he worked in various positions as a journalist and editor, most recently serving as a Communications Officer for UNICEF Indonesia. A native of Chapel Hill, NC, Cory holds a history degree from Oberlin College and a bachelor’s of music from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied jazz percussion. Upon graduation, Rogers was awarded the Shansi Fellowship to Gadjah Madah University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he taught undergraduate English language courses and tutored graduate students at the Center for Religion and Cross Cultural Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, traveling and plucking out songs on his guitar.

  • Meghan Scott, MPP '20

    Meghan Scott, MPP '20

    Area of Specialization: American Policy in a Global Context

    Scott was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics. She began her career as a research assistant in the International Finance Division of the Federal Reserve Board, where she analyzed developments in exchange rate and sovereign bond markets for both policy and long-term research projects. She was then promoted to research assistant to the director of the division, where she contributed to presentations on the foreign outlook to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and oversaw the production of briefing materials for the chair and other board members traveling to international meetings, including the G20, OECD and BIS. Scott’s exposure to the economic issues at the forefront of the international policy arena has motivated her to continue her career serving the U.S. government, with the hope of promoting sustainable and inclusive global development.

  • Laura Vossler, MPP '20

    Laura Vossler, MPP '20

    Area of Specialization: Program Design and Evaluation Security Policy

  • Tong “Adam” Wu, MCEPA '20

    Tong “Adam” Wu, MCEPA '20

    Disciplinary Specialization: Chinese Politics and Public Policy

  • Mingpu Xiao, MIA '20

    Mingpu Xiao, MIA '20

    Career Tracks: International Politics, International Economics
    Region: China

  • Zilu “Luna” Zeng, MIA '20

    Zilu “Luna” Zeng, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Management
    Region: China

  • Nikolay Zudin, MIA '20

    Nikolay Zudin, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Management
    Region: China

2019–20 Robertson Fellows

  • Lincoln Berget, MIA '21

    Lincoln Berget, MIA '21

    Career Track: International Environmental Policy
    Regional Focus: China

    Berget graduated with honors from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During his time in undergrad he interned with the U.S. State Department at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA and the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See in Rome, Italy. While studying abroad he also completed an internship with the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. Prior to enrolling at GPS, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gansu, China. At his site in Lanzhou, he worked with first-generation college students to develop their English and critical thinking skills. Berget hopes to join the U.S. Foreign Service and continue his passion of working with people from around the world.

  • Lily Folkerts, MPP '21

    Lily Folkerts, MPP '21

    Area of Specialization: American Politics and Policy  

    Prior to enrolling at GPS, Folkerts was a program associate at the Latin America Working Group in Washington, D.C. In this role, she engaged with activists, nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations and U.S. and foreign government agencies and officials to advocate for human rights considerations in U.S. foreign policy towards Latin America. Specifically, her work focused on Mexico and the Northern Triangle of Central America. She earned a bachelor's degree with highest honors in international relations and global studies and Latin American studies as well as a Global Business Certificate from the University of Texas at Austin. While a student, she interned at the Latin America Working Group, the Gerson Lehrman Group, the office of Congressman Lloyd Doggett and the World Affairs Council of Houston.

  • Eric Inumerable, MIA '20

    Eric Inumerable, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Politics
    Regional Focus: China

    Growing up as a military brat, service has always been one of the guiding pillars of Inumerable's life. While a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, he served his community as a volunteer tour guide and camp counselor for underserved youth in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. At UCLA, he majored in political science and Chinese, in order to position himself for a career in the U.S. government or advanced education. In the summer of 2017, Inumerable interned for the U.S. Department of State in Guangzhou, China. During his internship, he practiced his Chinese language skills and learned the intricacies of U.S. consular policy. Following his education at GPS, Inumerable hopes to pursue a career in the U.S. government.

  • Vy Nguyen, MIA '20

    Vy Nguyen, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Politics
    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

    Nguyen graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in international relations, government, as well as Asian studies. Born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, she moved to the U.S. at age 11. Her experiences as an immigrant sparked a strong interest in international politics and led to several internships during her undergraduate degree, such as the Houston City Council, Texas State Capitol, Project Vote Smart and the Asia Society Policy Institute. In addition, Nguyen was selected to participate in a prestigious fellowship program in Washington, D.C. As part of her internship, she joined the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs at the State Department, where she helped to create a foreign aid budget for our allies in Asia. In the future, Nguyen hopes to pursue a career in international diplomacy, working to advance U.S. foreign policy interests.

  • Cory Rogers, MIA '20

    Cory Rogers, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Environmental Policy
    Regional Focus:  Southeast Asia

    Prior to entering GPS, Rogers was based in Indonesia, where he worked in various positions as a journalist and editor, most recently serving as a Communications Officer for UNICEF Indonesia. A native of Chapel Hill, NC, Cory holds a history degree from Oberlin College and a bachelor’s of music from Oberlin Conservatory, where he studied jazz percussion. Upon graduation, Rogers was awarded the Shansi Fellowship to Gadjah Madah University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, where he taught undergraduate English language courses and tutored graduate students at the Center for Religion and Cross Cultural Studies. In his spare time, he enjoys surfing, traveling and plucking out songs on his guitar.

  • Meghan Scott, MPP '20

    Meghan Scott, MPP '20

    Area of Specialization: American Policy in a Global Context

    Scott was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics. She began her career as a research assistant in the International Finance Division of the Federal Reserve Board, where she analyzed developments in exchange rate and sovereign bond markets for both policy and long-term research projects. She was then promoted to research assistant to the director of the division, where she contributed to presentations on the foreign outlook to the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) and oversaw the production of briefing materials for the chair and other board members traveling to international meetings, including the G20, OECD and BIS. Scott’s exposure to the economic issues at the forefront of the international policy arena has motivated her to continue her career serving the U.S. government, with the hope of promoting sustainable and inclusive global development.

  • Christopher Taylor, MIA '21

    Christopher Taylor, MIA '21

    Career Tracks: International Development and Nonprofit Management
    Regional Focus: Southeast Asia

    Taylor graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in geography and minors in Asian studies, international development and international strategy and diplomacy. He has spent the last year working as a researcher on the Global Truth Commission Index research project, specifically analyzing the effectiveness of commission final reports in Morocco, East Timor, South Africa, Mauritius and Nigeria. He gained valuable experience as President of the Geography Student Association and as an intern with Catholic Community Services’ refugee foster care program in Salt Lake City. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a Thai interpreter building upon the language skills he gained from spending two years as a missionary in Thailand after his freshman year of college. In his senior year, he was a FLAS scholarship recipient due to his Thai fluency. He hopes to remain involved in Southeast Asia and aspires to work there in the future.

2019–20 Sylff Fellows

  • Ryan Ellis, MPP '21

    Ryan Ellis, MPP '21

    Area of Specialization: Environmental Policy

    Ellis is a 2021 Master of Public Policy candidate at the school specializing in energy and environmental policy. Before beginning graduate studies at GPS, Ellis worked for six years in Washington, D.C. on environmental policy issues at the Interstate Mining Compact Commission, serving as Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. In this role, he was engaged in studying policy developments related to mining regulation and land and water restoration, as well as representing the perspectives of state-level natural resources management and environmental protection agencies.

  • Talor Gruenwald, MIA '20

    Talor Gruenwald, MIA '20

    Career Track: International Development & Nonprofit Management
    Regional Focus: Latin America

    Gruenwald is a 2020 Master of International Affairs candidate at the school focusing on energy policy and Latin America. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and Spanish from State University of New York, College at Geneseo. Prior to coming to GPS, he lived and worked in Colombia for four years, most recently on a USAID-funded project in peace-building and reconciliation in the wake of Colombia's fifty-year civil war.