On Friday, July 31, over 400 students graduated from the U.S. Institutes. Frank Keating, former governor of Oklahoma, gave the keynote address, while students from each of the 4 institutes gave testimonials about their summer with TFAS.
Every year after the graduation ceremony, each Institute hosts a smaller breakout session to distribute certificates to students. During the breakout sessions, each program also honors outstanding students who were nominated by staff and faculty to receive an Institute award. These students were recognized for their achievements in the classroom and success in other components of the Institute.
Dr. George Viksnins Economics Award: Daniel Severson, Bard College
ICPES Outstanding Participant: Ryan Knapp, Boston College
Academic Excellence: Jessie Chiang, Georgetown University
Frank Shakespeare Award for Broadcasting: Learned Foote, Columbia University
John Chamberlain Award for Print Reporting: Jenny Maas, New York University
Communications Award: Kelly Smith, Indiana University and Nicholas Peterson, Utah State University
IPJ Outstanding Participant: Peter Cui, Peking University
George Peabody Award: Michael Neagoe, University of Southern California
Academic Excellence: Anna Whitmey, University of Southern California
Academic Excellence: Brittany Koteles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
IPVS Outstanding Participant: Joshua Arkulary, Northern State University
To catch a glimpse of the 2009 summer, view the program slideshow.