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Ryan Madsen
International Relations
Kennedy Scholar

Ryan is from Spokane, Washington, and is an international relations major with interests in South and Southeast Asia. He volunteered as an intern for a local nonprofit called Sowers of Hope and participates in the Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program. He is also a member of FSSO, Sigma Iota Rho, and Amnesty International. He has served as the president of Asian Studies in Action, is a FLAS Scholar, and particpated in the Asia Business Study Abroad. Recently, Ryan completed an internship with Goldman Sachs. He hopes to assist U.S. firms to expand their export strategies to ASEAN and South Asia and to bridge the gap between private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Nicolas Jeter
International Relations/French Studies
Kennedy Scholar

Nicolas is from Groves, Texas, and is an international relations and French studies major, who also enjoys studying Turkish. Last fall, he completed a three-month internship with the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, where he had the chance to be a contributing team member with real projects and clients. Nicolas worked primarily with three American companies to help them find distributors for their products in the French market. He is also the vice president of Sigma Iota Rho and participated in the Model United Nations.

Romy Franks
European Studies/German Studies
Kennedy Scholar

Romy is from Provo, UT, and is a European studies and German studies double major. She was inducted into the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, as well as BYU’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. She was also granted an ORCA Grant to help fund research on her Honors Thesis. She has participated in the Model European Union and in a study abroad to Berlin, Germany. Following graduation from BYU, Romy plans to pursue a master’s degree and a PhD in international relations.

Bryan Teuscher
Psychology/Latin American Studies
Kennedy Scholar

Bryan is from Rexburg, Idaho, and is a psychology and Latin American studies double major with a minor in family life. He serves as the president of BYU’s chapter of Golden Key and he recently completed an internship with LDS Employment Services in Panama. He is a member of the Student Association for Latin American Studies and the Political Review. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in social work with a focus on Latino families and then a PhD in counseling psychology.

Madeleine Ary
International Relations
Kennedy Scholar

Madeleine is from Simi Valley, California, and is an international relations major with a music minor. She is an officer of Sigma Iota Rho and participated in a study abroad program at the BYU Jerusalem Center. She has presented at several conferences and conducted research on the relationship between the police and Muslims in Cambridge, England. Madeleine studied abroad with the honors society at Cambridge University and served in the North Adriatic mission. She plans to pursue a PhD in political philosophy. 

Aaron Haines
Art History
Kennedy Scholar

Aaron is from Sandy, Utah, and is an art history major with a minor in business management. He has participated in several international conferences relating to art crime and is a FLAS Scholar for Italian and Turkish. He has also completed an internship in Siena, Italy, and assisted with Celebrate Europe Week at the Kennedy Center. After graduation, he plans to apply for an internship with the art crime division of the International Criminal Police Organization and then apply for a position with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement department.

Rebecca Wiseman
International Relations
Kennedy Scholar

Rebecca is from Alpine, Utah, and is an international relations major. She is a member of Sigma Iota Rho and an officer in the International Society Student Association. She also studied abroad as the student program facilitator in Paris, France. Rebecca participated in both the Model United Nations and the Model European Union. She plans to volunteer as an intern for the Utah European Chamber of Commerce. Rebecca is interested in the influence of social networks on the political socializations of Europeans and plans to pursue those interests in the future.

Skye Herrick
International Relations
Kennedy Scholar

Skye Herrick is from Linville, Virginia, and is an international relations major with minors in international development and African studies. He plans to write his Honors thesis on the effects of fear and hopelessness on aggressive sacrifice and has worked with the BYU MEU team. He has served as the president of both the FSSO and Sigma Iota Rho. Skye is a member of Global Citizens for Study Abroad, a staff writer for Praemon, and an SAC representative. He helped found the Kennedy Center Peer Mentors program, participated in the Model European Union, and a study abroad in Jordan. He also conducted mentored research in Uganda. Skye plans to pursue a master’s degree in Israeli studies from Hebrew University and work with the Foreign Service as a political officer.

Elisabeth Morrison
Middle East Studies
Kennedy Scholar

Elisabeth is from Edmonton, Canada, and is a Middle East studies major. She has participated in an intensive German program at the University of Osnabruck and is currently abroad in Jordan. She is also a member of Sigma Iota Rho. Elisabeth plans to complete graduate work in Arabic or international development. 

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Caroline Black
International Relations
Kennedy Scholar

Caroline is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and is an international relations major with a minor in Chinese. She is the vice president of Sigma Iota Rho and the executive secretary of the Chinese Club. She is also a member of the International Studies Honor Society, the International Society Student Association, FSSO, and Asian Studies in Action. Caroline participates in research for the WomanStats Project and has volunteered as a translator at an elementary school in the Salt Lake City School District. She completed a study abroad in China through a State Department scholarship and plans to become a Foreign Service officer or international business negotiator.

Macie Bayer
Kennedy Scholar

Macie is from Norco, California, and is a sociology major with a minor in political science and international development. She has been involved in the Model European Union for two years and was a part of the Political Violence roundtable. She is involved in WIAC, the Free the Slaves Club, and Amnesty International. Macie is one of the presidents of Students for International Development (SID) and participated in the Oxford Ethical Leadership and Social Innovation program this summer. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in public policy. 

Lucy Schouten
Kennedy Scholar

Lucy is from Payson, Arizona, and is a communications major with a journalism emphasis and a minor in Middle East studies. She has worked as a reporter for the Universe and written articles for several other publications. She completed a study abroad in Jordan and traveled to Israel and Palestine. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue degrees in Middle East studies and journalism.

Kelsey Simons
Kennedy Scholar

Kelsey Simons is from Midvale, Utah, and is a Russian major with a minor in political science. She participated in a study abroad to Russia during summer 2012. Kelsey is currently in Russia participating in the Kennedy Center’s Moscow Internship Program. She is also the president of the Slavic Club and a particpant of the New York City Internship Program. She has participated in several research opportunities and plans to pursue a master’s degree in international social work to focus on human rights issues.


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"Ukraine: The Significance of the Orange Revolution," Honorable William G. Miller, senior scholar, Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center, and a counselor to the National Democratic Institute, presented in March 2005.
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