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May 24, 2002

Boram Lee '04 Wins International Public Policy Fellowship


Photo: Fred LeBlanc

Boran Lee '04 on duty at Blanchard's information desk

On April 1, Boram Lee '04 of Kenmore, Washington, opened a letter announcing that she had been awarded a prestigious Institute for International Public Policy (IIPP) Fellowship. The first person she called was her mother. Says Lee, whose friends call her Bo, "I didn't think I'd get it because it's really competitive, but my mom was not surprised for some reason."

Evidently, Bo's mom knows Bo.
The IIPP Fellowship is "a very valuable package," according to Katya King, MHC's assistant director of fellowships and scholarships. It consists of a five-year sequence of summer policy institutes, study abroad, language training, internships, and graduate study. As well as enjoying the opportunity to study in a foreign country and learn on the job, Lee values the networking possibilities offered by the award. "One of the things about this fellowship that's really helpful," says Lee, "is that you end up making a lot of contacts with people who are involved in international affairs."

From Lee's post behind the information desk at Blanchard Hall, where she works eight hours a week, the politics major described her future. This summer she will study international affairs at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia. Then Lee jets off to Paris, where she will spend her junior year studying at France's famous Sciences Po, L'Institut d'études politique de Paris, the finishing school for French bureaucrats, including President Jacques Chirac.

Following Lee's year in Paris, she will set up an internship with the help of the IIPP before returning for her swan song at Mount Holyoke. Lee may complete another internship through IIPP after graduation, or she may go directly to graduate school, for which the fellowship will provide $15,000 in funding as well as assistance in securing a matching grant. She says she is thinking about law school.

Atlanta, Paris, law school, and beyond: none of it is likely to surprise Lee's mom, nor will it come as a shock to her adviser Stephen Ellenburg, professor of politics, who says, "Boram has a nimble intellect and is wonderfully adventuresome… she is a conscientious contributor to our commonweal." Ellenburg also points out proudly that Lee is responsible for the resuscitation of Mount Holyoke's water polo team.

Lee, who was born in Korea and came to the United States at the age of two, doesn't yet know what life beyond graduate school will hold. She speculates, "I think it would be interesting to work in development. There are a lot of Third World countries that are extremely tied to international organizations like the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. I might look more critically at their policies and how the policies affect these countries."

The IIPP Fellowship program prepares students for careers in international affairs. Students, who apply as sophomores, have shown a strong interest in international affairs and are members of "underrepresented minorities." IIPP scholars are selected by panels of United States ambassadors, deans of schools of international affairs, graduate school admission directors, foundation executives, and IIPP alumni.

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