The International Institute is proud to announce that Kathryn Curtis (Public Policy) and Brett Hine (Chinese Studies) have been awarded Boren Fellowships for 2014. David Lundquist (Chinese Studies) has been selected as an alternate. 


Brett Hine (M.A. Chinese Studies/’16) will travel to China to study Mandarin in the certificate program at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center. While in China, his goals are to achieve full professional fluency while studying Sino-U.S. relations. In addition, he hopes to do preliminary research for his thesis on the Patriotic Education Campaign’s use of national humiliation and its effect on Chinese foreign policy. After graduation, he would like to work for the U.S. Government, contributing to the improvement of Sino-U.S. relations.

Kathryn Curtis (M.A. Public Administration) will travel to Brazil where she will study Portuguese. She will also serve an internship supporting sustainable agriculture, where she hopes to learn more about innovative solutions for food security. Kathryn would like to serve as an ambassador, supporting mutual respect and understanding between the United States and Brazil. After graduation, she would like to work for the U.S. Government,  focusing on issues pertaining to food security and/or foreign policy in Latin America.



David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year. “The National Security Education Program,” according to Dr. Michael A. Nugent, NSEP Director, “is helping change the U.S. higher education system and the way Americans approach the study of foreign languages and cultures.”

This year, the Institute of International Education, which administers the awards on behalf of NSEP, received 868 applications from undergraduate students for the Boren Scholarship and 165 were awarded; 497 graduate students applied for the Boren Fellowship and 106 were awarded.