Baker Institute interns honored with prestigious scholarships and fellowships

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For Rice University students, the path to the world of public policy often leads through the Baker Institute. In the 2011-2012 academic year, seven institute interns won prestigious grants, including scholarships from the Fulbright, Marshall and Truman foundations.

"I am delighted that the achievements of these outstanding Rice students have been recognized by prestigious scholarships and fellowships," said Baker Institute founding director Edward P. Djerejian. "They reflect not only the academic excellence of our students, but also the educational value of the internships and guidance provided by Baker Institute research fellows."

Baker Institute interns who have received awards are:

Fulbright Scholarship
Payton Odom "09 (Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program)
Francesca Schley "12 (administration)

Marshall Scholarship
Kareem Ayoub "12 (Public Diplomacy and Global Policymaking Program)

Truman Scholarship
Benjamin Chou "13 (Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program)
Rahul Rekhi "13 (Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program)

Watson Fellowship
Rachael Petersen "12 (Jesse Jones Leadership Center Summer in D.C. Policy Research Internship Program)

Zeff Fellowship
Dylan McNally "12 (Latin America Initiative)

The students credit their experiences in the institute's student programs with fostering their research and policy interests, and many noted the support they received from fellows and scholars. "One of the truly unique draws of the Baker Institute is not just that it has distinguished statesmen and scholars, but that they are extremely accessible to undergraduates," Rekhi said. "That has helped me a lot as a student, and I"m sure it will help many students to come."