Each year the International Relations Program faculty and staff of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University identify several undergraduate senior majors to receive awards for their outstanding academic performance and special contributions to the undergraduate program. The recipients’ names have been entered on the award plaques hanging in the International Relations Program Resource Center, and each recipient received a personal plaque to keep as well as a cash award. The awards were presented on Wednesday, April 10th, at the annual awards banquet by Ambassador and Professor Emeritus Goodwin Cooke, former director of undergraduate studies in International Relations.
The Goodwin Cooke Award for Leadership in International Relations is given annually to a graduating student who has demonstrated leadership in activities of the International Relations Program. This award honors Ambassador and Professor-of-Practice Goodwin Cooke, who served for nearly three decades as Director of Undergraduate Studies in International Relations at Syracuse University, following a distinguished career as a US foreign service officer. With Ambassador Cooke’s guidance, the International Relations Program established the Syracuse University campus chapter of Sigma Iota Rho national honor society for international relations and began its annual participation of students in the National Model United Nations conference in New York. This year’s recipients of the Goodwin Cooke Award for Leadership in International Relations are Ivan Andreevich Bakin and Jennifer-Lee Nieves Álvarez.
The Harlan Cleveland Award for Excellence in International Policy Issues is given annually to a graduating student in International Relations for academic achievement and active and enthusiastic involvement in international policy issues which Harlan Cleveland’s career represented. Dr. Cleveland was Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and formerly US Assistant Secretary of State and US Ambassador to NATO. This year’s recipient of the Harlan Cleveland Award for Excellence in International Policy Issues is Kexin “Kitty” Zheng.
The Julian R. Friedman Award for Internationalism is given annually to a graduating student in International Relations for academic achievement, community involvement, and a commitment to the spirit of internationalism which Julian R. Friedman’s life represented. Dr. Friedman taught in the Political Science Department at the Maxwell School and was active with numerous human rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). This year’s recipients of the Julian R. Friedman Award for Internationalism are Chinenye Monde-Anumihe and Grace Choi.
The G. Matthew Bonham Scholar of the Year Award is given annually to a graduating senior in International Relations for academic excellence in International Relations and the difficulty of the curriculum chosen. This award is named in honor of Professor G. Matthew Bonham, Director of the International Relations Program from 1992 to 2008, who led the International Relations graduate program to be recognized as one of the top ten in the country and is a distinguished scholar in the field. This year’s recipient of the G. Matthew Bonham Scholar of the Year award is Juliann B. Merryman.
From left to right, this year’s recipients are: Kexin “Kitty” Zheng, Chinenye Monde-Anumihe, Ivan Andreevich Bakin, Jennifer-Lee Nieves Álvarez, Juliann B. Merryman, and Grace Choi. Congrats to the award winners!