Student Quality

Student Quality

Students earn awards, honors

SMU students excel in virtually every field of endeavor and receive recognition, awards and scholarships from organizations in the United States and throughout the world. Examples in 2011-12 included:

Fulbright Fellowship

Megan Bond Hinrichson

Megan Bond Hinrichsen

Megan Bond Hinrichsen, a graduate student in anthropology in Dedman College, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in Quito, Ecuador, during 2012-13. She is investigating the impact that microfinance loans to nontraditional borrowers has on the health of recipients. About 25 percent of workers in Quito use these small loans, which Hinrichsen believes benefit families’ health as well as their finances and stability.

Boren Scholarship

Lade Obamehinti

Lade Obamehinti

Lade Obamehinti ’14 was one of 161 U.S. undergraduates awarded a Boren Scholarship to acquire language skills in countries critical to U.S. security. She will take intensive Swahili courses in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, while benefiting from a mechanical engineering internship during summer 2012. Obamehinti, a President’s Scholar, is majoring in mechanical engineering in the Lyle School of Engineering and mathematics in Dedman College, with a minor in art in Meadows School of the Arts.

U.S. State Department Internship

Sara Husain

Saira Husain

Saira Husain ’12 was awarded a 10-week internship with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in Washington, D.C., during spring 2012. She worked with the Special Advisor for International Disability Rights, who leads the nation’s strategy to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities internationally. Husain, a President’s Scholar, earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and anthropology, with a minor in Spanish, from Dedman College.

French government teaching assistantships

José Ramon Campos ’12 and Sanaz Talaifar ’12 received French government teaching assistant positions to teach English in France following graduation. Candidates are selected by the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., based on proficiency in French, teaching experience and skills to promote cultural understanding. Campos earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from Dedman College. Talaifar, a President’s Scholar, earned bachelor’s degrees in international studies and French from Dedman College.

Center for the Study of the Presidency Fellowship

Kevin Eaton

Kevin Eaton

Kevin Eaton ’13 was one of 71 U.S. and international college students named as a Presidential Fellow to the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress in Washington, D.C. The SMU President’s Scholar is majoring in political science, economics and public policy in Dedman College and was the 2010-2012 Al G. Hill, Jr. Undergraduate Fellow in the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies. As SMU’s eighth Presidential Fellow, he conducted research on executive authority and the War on Terror and attended the Center’s conferences in the nation’s capital in spring 2012.

Gilman International Scholarships

Gilman Scholarships

Ankita Krishnan, Larry Anthony and Ryan Swick

Three students in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences won Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for study abroad during summer 2012. (L-R) Ankita Krishnan ’14, a French and psychology major, studied in the south of France. Larry Anthony ’13, who is majoring in political science and history with a minor in Arabic, studied in Morocco. Ryan Swick ’14, who is majoring in political science, public policy and economics with a minor in Chinese, studied at SMU-in-China.

American Advertising Federation awards

Students at the Temerlin Advertising Institute in Meadows School of the Arts won honors in the student category of the annual American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards local competition in February. The students won eight awards in three categories, including a gold, four silver and three bronze. The gold-winning entry was a campaign by Samantha Roppolo, who earned her master’s degree in May, and Christopher Vandersall ’12 for The History Channel with the tagline “Learn Vicariously.” The campaign also received a Special Judges’ Award for Best Copy.

Undergraduates explore science of sustainability


As part of a growing academic focus on sustainability issues, seven undergraduate students traveled to Pittsburgh to participate in a conference hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in October. The conference featured presentations and seminars on topics such as climate change and conservation science, as well as ways for universities to enhance their own sustainability initiatives. The students were sponsored by the SMU Sustainability Committee, comprising faculty, staff and students, and were selected based on essays submitted to the committee focusing on environmental issues.