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Graduate Student Success Stories

Student from the Department of Library and Information Science named ProQuest Scholar

Babak Zarin, a student in the Department of Library and Information Science, had a paper, entitled "The Very Model of a Modern Major-Librarian: The Collaborators of Today’s Blogging Libraries," published in the American Library Association-New Member's Roundtable Journal.

To read the paper, you can click here.

Babak also was awarded the American Library Association's Spectrum Scholarship and designated a ProQuest Scholar. The Spectrum Scholarship seeks to help diversify the library profession and is awarded based on an applicant's commitment to equity and inclusion, demonstrated community outreach, commitment to the library profession, academic achievements and leadership potential.

Congratulations, Babak!

Student from The Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art Performing in The Magic Flute

Emily Casey, a current graduate student in the Vocal Performance division of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, made her role debut in Mozart's The Magi Flute September 2017. The performances took place at the D.C. Scottish Rite Temple in Washington, D.C.

Check out Emily's website as well ( to listern to previous performances, and to stay updated on her appearances in the Washington area.

Semitics Ph.D. Student Named Tantur Fellow

Ryann Craig, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, has been awarded a doctoral fellowship at the Tantur Ecumenical Centre for Theological Studies in Jerusalem. 

She was previously featured as a CUA Success Story in February 2014 for her work on the Iraqi Jewish Archive project through the National Archives.

Ryann is currently working on the dissertation project "The Qur?anic Cross and the Lost Substitute: Tracing the use of the qur'anic crucifixion account and the substitution legend in early Muslim-Christian polemics."

Announcement of the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellow for International Affairs

Lauren Werling, a graduate student in the International Affairs program of the Department of Politics, has been appointed the Woodrow Wilson Graduate Fellow for International Affairs in the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.

Lauren previously served as a student assistant in the Department of Politics, and was the Vice President of the Student Government Association for the 2016-2017 academic year.

As the Wilson Graduate Fellow, Lauren's responsibilities include tracking undergraduate and graduate recruitment efforts, social media outreach and communications, such as maintaining the office's Facebook pageTwitter feed, as well as the pages for Graduate Admissions on Facebook and Twitter.

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