2013/2014 Next Gen Scholars
The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law selected nine new Next Generation Scholars for the 2013-2014 academic year. Five of these scholars are Plan II Honors majors. These young scholars will be paired with Strauss Center Distinguished Scholars mentors who will guide the undergraduates through research projects of their own design.
The program was launched in 2010 with the goal of providing new research and mentorship opportunities for promising undergraduate students. Involving undergraduates is an important part of the Strauss Center's mission to prepare the next generation of leaders to help develop solutions to the most pressing global problems.
The 2013-2014 Next Generation Scholars:
Arsalan Eftekhar will be a senior next year, double majoring in Plan II Honors and International Relations and Global Studies (focusing on International Security), with a minor in European Studies. Following graduation he hopes to seek a secondary degree in Law and Global Public Policy. He is paired with Professor Robert Chesney.
Nikhil Garg is a rising junior and a dual-degree candidate in Plan II Honors and Electrical & Computer Engineering. He hopes to pursue a Master's degree in a dual-degree program in Technology and Public Policy. He will be working with Dr. Eugene Gholz.
Jennifer Johnson is a rising junior triple majoring in Plan II Honors, Government, and European Studies. In addition, she is minoring in French Language and Literature and Russian Language and Culture. She hopes to work either for the State Department in the Foreign Service or for USAID. She will be mentored by Dr. Catherine Weaver.
Ayesha Kang is a current sophomore, rising junior, who is pursuing a double major in Plan II Honors and Business Administration/Finance. She is the current Secretary-General of the Central Texas Model United Nations organization, and is interested in studying sustainable microfinancing programs in developing countries. She will also be working with Dr. Catherine Weaver.
Jacob Spangler is a rising junior, triple majoring in Business Administration (Business Honors and Supply Chain), Plan II Honors, and Government. He is also pursuing a certificate in Ethics and Leadership with a minor in International Business. This summer he will travel to Brussels for two weeks for a foreign policy program at the Center for European Studies. He will be working with Dr. William Inboden.