University of Kansas names 15 Global Scholars

Fifteen sophomores at the University of Kansas have been competitively selected as Global Scholars. This program, coordinated by Brent Steele, director of faculty programs for International Programs, recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have an interest in global studies and a strong academic record.

The 15 students come from a wide range of disciplines across the university. They were selected for their demonstrated interest in global and international studies, plans for studying abroad, and potential for high academic achievement and leadership. The students are as follows:

  • Margo Bogassian, a sophomore in journalism and Spanish literature, from Boise, Idaho.
  • Hannah Duff, a sophomore in environmental studies and global and international studies, from Manhattan.
  • Jamie Fuller, a sophomore in anthropology and English, from Wichita.
  • Maslyn Locke, a sophomore in behavioral neuroscience, from Los Alamos, N.M.
  • Ethan Lovell, a sophomore in English and journalism, from Overland Park.
  • Susan McClannahan, a sophomore in global and international studies and East Asian languages and cultures, from Prairie Village.
  • Jon Nelson, a sophomore in sociology, from Smolan.
  • Phúc Nguyen, a sophomore in chemical physics, from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
  • Brenna Paxton, a sophomore in visual communications and graphics, from Stillwater, Okla.
  • Sydney Rayl, a sophomore in English and French, from Salina.
  • Allen Schaidle, a sophomore in education and American studies, from Metamora, Ill.
  • Nina Scheibe, a sophomore in music performance, from Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  • Miles Simpson, a sophomore in Chinese and economics, from Lake Quivira.
  • Tim Turkalo, a sophomore in cell biology and microbiology, from Topeka.
  • Jerrica Washburn, a sophomore in chemical engineering and pre-medicine, from Wichita.


Each student will participate in a three-hour seminar, “Imperialism in a Modern World,” taught by Associate Professor Megan Greene. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor with similar interests for the remainder of their undergraduate studies and present research on global and international studies during the spring semester of their senior year. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward a KU-approved study abroad program.

“The selection process for this second cohort of Global Scholars was highly competitive, with a large increase in applications. Through interdisciplinary coursework, mentorship, student networks and a research experience in global studies, Global Scholars have an abundance of opportunities to develop their intellectual capabilities and research interests vital to participating in the dynamic global society they will encounter following their KU undergraduate careers,” Steele said.