University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Global and Regional Studies Program

Global Studies Scholar Award

Sammie Ibrahim and Luis Vivanco, winners of the Global Studies Scholar and Robert V. Daniels Awards respectively
Sammie Ibrahim and Luis Vivanco, winners of the Global Studies Scholar and Robert V. Daniels Awards respectively

The winner of this year’s award is Sammie Ibrahim. Ms. Ibrahim is a triple major in Global Studies, Geography and Political Science with a minor in Russian. She is currently completing an Honors Thesis on the politics of refugee resettlement in the US and has had a storied career at UVM. She is a past recipient of a Simon Family Public Research Fellowship to carry out work on local mobilities, a nationally competitive Boren Fellowship to conduct intensive language study in Kyrgyzstan, a Critical Language Scholarship to study in Russia, and is currently contemplating choosing from a number of different international options post-graduation including Princeton-in-Africa. She has undertaken several internships including with the UN, SSG Advisors, and several DC-based firms. At UVM she is a past president of Amnesty International, has worked as a research assistant on faculty projects dealing with refugee resettlement as well as campus greening and sustainability efforts, and as a teaching assistant for courses on race and ethnicity in the US as well as on international environmental studies.