Five Stanford students receive 2020 Boren Awards

Stanford’s Boren Award recipients. (Courtesy Bechtel International Center)

Five Stanford students are among the recipients of the 2020 Boren Awards. Two are graduate students who will receive David L. Boren Fellowships and three are undergraduates who will receive David L. Boren Scholarships.

Presented each year by the Institute of International Education (IIE) on behalf of the National Security Education Program (NSEP), these awards provide students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of the United States.

This year’s fellows and scholars will study 46 languages in 44 countries. In exchange for funding, Boren Award recipients agree to work in the federal government for at least one year.

Since 1994, more than 7,000 students have received Boren Awards, which are named for David L. Boren, the principal author of the legislation that created the National Security Education Program.

The recipients of the 2020 Boren Awards are:

STU MCLAUGHLIN, pursuing a master’s degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies in the School of Humanities and Sciences. As a Boren Fellow, he will pursue an intensive, advanced Kazakh language program at Nazarbayev University in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

NICOLO ZULAYBAR, pursuing a master’s degree in electrical engineering. As a Boren Fellow, he will study Mandarin at the Inter-University Program for Chinese Studies at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

HANNAH KOHATSU, a sophomore majoring in international relations in the School of Humanities and Sciences. As a recipient of the Boren Scholarship, she will take Mandarin language courses and study international relations topics at National Taiwan University.

JAYMI MCNABB, a sophomore double majoring in East Asian studies and international relations in the School of Humanities and Sciences. With support from the Boren Scholarship, she will study Mandarin at the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University in Taiwan.

MAXWELL MEYER, a sophomore studying geophysics. As a Boren Scholar, he will study Arabic language, literature and Arab/Muslim history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

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