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Back to Back Borens

Back to Back Borens

Lauren McChesney, ’13, and Sarah Paulsworth, ’13, pictured here, study extensively and travel far for their Boren Fellowships.  Read the full story here.

Law students often find themselves dreaming of fellowship opportunities that will broaden their experiences and enhance their career opportunities.  Typically, the list of requirements to make the cut is exhaustive.  The number of slots available is small enough to be intimidating.

David L. Boren Fellowships are no different.   Having one Pitt Law student receive this award is impressive.  Have two Pitt Law students succeed in Boren Fellowships in consecutive years is a major accomplishment.  That is what Pitt Law students Lauren McChesney and Sarah Pauslworth did.

Sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the Boren Fellowship is part of a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Fellowships support on-site language study and experience by U.S. graduate students in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation.

Sarah Paulsworth, ‘13, returned for the fall 2012 semester from the Republic of Kazakhstan, after completed her fellowship supporting diplomatic efforts by the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, working within a legal framework that protects refugees.

At the same time, Lauren McChesney, ‘13, has left Pitt Law to spend the 2012-13 academic year contributing to a Peruvian NGO - Nexos Voluntarios, or "NeVo" – and various development projects within Urubamba, Peru, dedicated to the development needs of Peruvian communities.

Both McChesney and Paulsworth credit Pitt Law’s interdisciplinary approach to legal education, as well as the strong academic, emotional, and financial support that CILE provided. According to CILE Director, Ronald Brand, the accomplishment of back-to-back Boren Fellowships “confirm the importance of combining language and disciplinary training, something we have worked hard to facilitate here at Pitt Law.”

“Never in our history has it been more important for America's future leaders to have a deep understanding of the rest of the world,” says David Boren, who, as a U.S. Senator, was the principal author of the legislation that created the Fellowships that bear his name. “As we seek to lead through partnerships, respect for and understanding of other cultures and languages is absolutely essential.”

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