The President’s Salute to Undergraduate Academic Achievement - 2011

The President’s Salute to Undergraduate Academic Achievement recognizes a select group of undergraduates who are exemplary students, as demonstrated by their performance, curriculum and related experiences.


Alicia Anzivine

Alicia Anzivine.International Relations & Diplomacy, Political Science

  • Member of the Ohio State Division I Field Hockey Team 2007-2010; Big Ten Scholar Athlete; Academic All Big Ten Selection; Fall Academic All Conference Team; OSU Scholar Athlete; NFHCA National Academic Squad
  • OSU National Buckeye Award
  • Ohio State Housing All Star
  • President of Baker Hall East Activities Board
  • Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • The Ohio State University Denman Undergraduate Research Forum Participant 2011
  • Member of Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honorary Fraternity)
  • Study Abroad, Oxford University in England
  • Interned at The Raine Group, LLC in New York, NY (An Investment Bank Boutique)
  • Research Thesis: The World Bank: A Bank or a Think Tank, or Both?

Julia Barham

Julia Barham.Security & Intelligence, Spanish

  • International Affairs Scholar
  • Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Study Abroad: Bulgaria, Mexico, Spain
  • 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Certificate for Excellence in Scholarship
  • Ohio Homeland Security, Infrastructure Protection Internship (Columbus)
  • Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, State Department, D.C., Internship
  • Summa Cum Laude

Isabelle Bateson-Brown

Isabelle Bateson-Brown.International Relations & Diplomacy, French, Medieval & Renaissance Studies

  • Recipient of a $9,000 Undergraduate Honors Research Scholarship
  • Recipient of the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Scholarship 2010-2011
  • Paper Presentation at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, "Re-reading Medieval Music: The Codicological Context of a Cistercian Service Book,"
  • Participant in the Brazil Research Exchange with the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2010
  • Accepted to the University of York in the UK for an MA in Medieval Studies starting Fall 2011.
  • Thesis: “The Ohio State Witch Hunt: Rooting out the Occult Texts and Historical Witchcraft Materials in OSU’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Library”.

Jamie Colley

Jamie Colley.Computer & Information Science
Minor: International Studies (Security & Intelligence)

  • Software developer at McKesson, Internship
  • Project Manager and Software developer at JPMorgan Chase & Co, Internship
  • Teaching Assistant in the CSE Department, Internship
  • OSU CSE Departmental Award (2010), Departmental Research Award (2009)
  • Departmental ACM Award (2009) Certificate for Excellence in Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences
  • President of the Association of Computing Machinery for Women
  • Volunteer for Catholic Social Services, The Newman Center, Project Linus, & St. Brendan Church, Volunteer

Jaime Gusching

Jaime Gusching.Development Studies, International Business

  • National Fulbright Scholar Finalist
  • U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship, two time winner
  • Fisher College of Business PaceSetter Honoree and Scholarship recipient
  • Co-chair of The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit
  • Foundation for Sustainable Development participant

Gary Bearden

Gary Bearden.International Relations & Diplomacy, French, Russian
Minor: Economics

  • Studied abroad in the summer of 2009, Summer Intensive Russian Language program in Tomsk, Russia
  • OSU's Distinguished Merit Scholarship; Francille M. Firebaugh Study Abroad Scholarship; Miriam G Schwartz scholarship for outstanding student of Russian
  • Internships: Spanish Media Translator, Mondokio International News, US Senator Sherrod Brown, Social Science Automation, Analyst, Infrastructure Protection, Ohio Department of Homeland Security
  • Chair of the Humanities Scholars Community Service Committee, and advisor
  • Teaches a course on US Citizenship Saturday mornings a the Columbus Literacy Council
  • Recipient of the prestigious Fulbright ETA, starting in Fall 2011, to teach at "Immanuel Kant" Baltic Federal University in Kaliningrad, Russia
  • Accepted to Georgetown University Autumn 2011

Michael Eizyk

Michael Eizyk.International Relations & Diplomacy, Spanish
Minors: Hebrew and English

  • Scholarships include: Received a Ralph D. Mershon Study Abroad Scholarship (2010), the Melton Center's Ellen E. and Victor J. Cohn Study Abroad Scholarship (2010); Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship (2006-2011); Pressey Honors Research Grant and a Melton Center for Jewish Studies' Student Travel & Research Grant (2010)
  • Inducted into Sphinx Senior Class Honorary
  • Studied Hebrew, modern Israeli history, and conflict resolution for 3 months at Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2010)
  • Worked as an English teacher for 6 months in South Korea through the Teach and Learn in Korea (TaLK) program. (TaLK is supported by South Korea's Ministry of Education, Science & Technology; 2009)
  • Volunteered as an English conversation partner in Madrid for 3 months (2008)
  • Thesis Research: "Protecting the State’s Double Promise: The Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum’s Role in Promoting Liberal Democratic Values in Israel"

Blaise Katter

Blaise Katter.West European Studies, Political Science
Minors: Spanish

  • Member Ohio State Honors Program
  • Byrd Scholarship recipient
  • Ohio Academic Scholarship recipient
  • Maximus Scholarship recipient
  • College of Arts and Sciences research grant
  • Cotting Award for Foreign Research
  • Studied abroad in Toledo, Spain
  • Thesis Research: "Spanish Democracies: A Comparison between Success (1979) and Failure (1931)."

Taylar Shermer

Taylor Shermer.International Relations & Diplomacy, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology
Minor: Spanish

  • Study Abroad: ISA Program in Granada, Spain
  • Distinguished Merit Scholarship, Buckeye Plus Scholarship, Pathways Scholarship
  • Ohio PIRG (2008), Repower America (part of the Alliance for Climate Protection)(2010), Internship
  • Vice President of the Golden Key International Honor Society (2009-2010)
  • Research Thesis: “The Cause and Effect of Vietnam’s Transition into the 21st Century”

David Young

David Young.International Relations & Diplomacy, Chinese
MA Chinese SP12

  • Boren Scholar, National Security Education Program (NSEP): $20,000
  • Mershon Center For International Security Studies, Study Abroad Scholar: $5,000
  • James F. and Barbara Young Sipp, John Glenn Fellow Scholarship: $2,000, & OSU Scarlett and Gray Scholarship: $9,000
  • NSCS National Society of Collegiate Scholars, September 2008
  • Youth Ambassador for Peace, June 2006
  • John Glenn School of Public Affairs, Glenn Scholar
  • Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, Research Presenter
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