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April 25, 2014. Six of the twelve UMD undergraduates awarded Boren Scholarships for 2014-2015 year are Federal and Global Semester students and alumni. Boren Scholarships are awarded to undergraduates for intenstive international language study in areas critical to U.S. interests. UMD ranks No. 1 in the nation for 12 awards out of 165 scholarships.

  • Molly Bernstein (Foreign Policy 2011-2012) to study Arabic in Morocco
  • William Flinter (Homeland Security 2013-2014) to study Portuguese in Brazil
  • Patrick Niceforo (Global Semester, Foreign Policy 2013-2014) to study Korean in South Korea
  • Lea Patch (Homeland Security 2011-2012) to study Korean in South Korea
  • Esther Robinson (Foreign Policy 2012-2013) to study Chinese in Taiwan
  • Mohammad Zia (Foreign Policy 2011-2012) to study Arabic in Jordan

Joe ChapmanMarch 31, 2014. U.S. Agencies Face Battle to Draw Millennials into Workforce. The Baltimore Sun. Article discussing federal agency recruitment while referencing Federal Semester and alumni: Foreign Policy student, Joe Chapman, and Homeland Security student, Rachel DeCampo.


May 6, 2013. Three Federal Semester students and alumni were named Boren Scholars for 2013-2014 to study abroad in areas of the wrold that are critical to U.S. interests. Erin Hylton, Energy and Environmental Policy FY2011, will study in Brazil. Elizabeth Teoman, Homeland Security Policy FY2012, will study in Turkey. And Jacob Stanfill, Homeland Security Policy FY2013, will study in Egypt. UMD Ranks No. 1 in Boren Scholarships Nationally.

FAA logoMay 13, 2013. Searching for Everyone's Taste. Focus FAA News. Federal Semester and the Federal Aviation Administration celebrate a year of working together in FAA's Experiential Student Mentorship Program to mentor students in the federal sector.

Mohammad ZiaApril 2013. Federal Semester student selected as 2013 Truman Scholar. Foreign Policy student, Mohammad Zia, was selected as a 2013 Truman Scholar. The Truman Scholarship is the nation's most selective and prestigious award for undergraduates with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the non-profit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in public service.

Grace ZhangMarch 27, 2013. Your Health is Worth a Shot. DHHS/ACF: The Family Room Blog. Health Policy student, Grace Zhang, writes about vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccinations on the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families blog.

March 15, 2013. Women’s History Month and ACF: Keeping our Innovators Innovating. DHHS/ACF: The Family Room Blog. Health Policy student, Dolly Bindon, writes about Women's History Month on the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families blog.

February 27, 2013. The Modern Day Trojan Horse. American Security Project. Homeland Security Policy student, Kevin Lalama, co-authors a blog post for the Amercian Security Project on preventing nuclear terrorism.


Steven HershkowitzMay 10, 2012. USM Board of Regents Welcomes 2012-13 Student Regent Steven Hershkowitz. Foreign Policy student, Steven Hershkowitz serves on the Board of Regents which oversees the system's academic, administrative, and financial operations; formulates policy; and appoints the USM chancellor and the presidents of the system's 12 institutions. The Diamondback coverage

Robbie RosenthalMay 2012. Homeland Security student, Robbie Rosenthal, awarded Wilson H. Elkins Award which is presented to a senior who has displayed outstanding involvement and leadership in campus activities and who has contributed significantly to the general advancement of student affairs.


December 8, 2010. Unstoppable Starts Here: Born to Lead, Committed to Serve. Health Policy student, Aisah Hasan, describes the rewards that come with a career in federal service and her role as UM's Federal Service Student Ambassador.

October 17, 2010. UM Senior Named Federal Service Student Ambassador. UM School of Public Health News. Health Policy student, Aisha Hasan, has been selected to serve as a Federal Service Student Ambassador - a selective program run by the Partnership for Public Service.


April 26, 2010. An HHS Intern Makes a Difference. The Washington Post. Health Policy student, Rachel Volke, is featured as a Federal Player of the Week.

April 12, 2010. More Terps Become Future Feds. Federal News Radio 1500am. Director Dr. Joan Burton describes the Federal Semester Program and the grant that is helping expand the program to 80 students.

April 6, 2010. Health in Haiti: Lessons to Learn for National Public Health Week 2010. The Huffington Post. Health policy student, Pamela Savitz, co-authored this article with Dr. Susan Blumenthal of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

April 4, 2010. Federal Cash Will Expand University Program. The Diamondback. "The $951,000 Congressional grant will let the university’s Federal Semester program add a fourth focus, expand from 60 to 80 students, hire additional faculty and offer stipends and scholarships to participants."

March 25, 2010. Federal Semester will launch its new, fourth concentration in Federal Energy and Environmental Policy. Federal Semester Press Release. "The fall seminar will investigate federal policymaking on environmental issues, with a focus on climate change and energy policy. It will examine the roles played by Congress, the White House, federal agencies and the courts. It will also review landmark federal policies such as the Clean Air Act and the National Environmental Policy Act."

March 25, 2010. Grant Enables Federal Semester Program to Expand Student Internship Opportunities. Federal Semester Press Release. "Federal Semester, the University of Maryland’s innovative, interdisciplinary program in federal service, has been awarded a $951,000 congressionally directed grant to encourage and enable high-achieving students for careers in public service, especially in the federal government."


May 1, 2009. Survey Finds College Students More Interested in Federal Jobs. Washington Post. "Nearly 200 colleges and universities conducted last month found that 90 percent of the students working with their offices are interested in federal jobs or internships."

President Obama & Stephanie at news briefingApril 24, 2009. Homeland Security Policy student, Stephanie Stevenson, introduces President Obama at a White House news briefing on student financial aid. Video of Stephanie's introduction and President Obama's remarks.
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