Jasmine Carter is a rising senior working toward a Public Administration undergraduate degree along with a minor in Legal Studies. Enrolling in the Fall 2009 semester, she is on track to graduate one year earlier than her class. Currently, she maintains a 3.93 G.P.A. and has earned Dean’s List recognition every semester since inception. She is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. As a commuter student, Jasmine has successfully combined work obligations with school priorities, working part-time during fall and spring semesters and designating summer semesters for internships and studies. In summer 2010, she interned for Democratic Majority Leader of the House, Steny H. Hoyer at his Greenbelt District Office in Maryland while taking summer courses at GMU. In summer 2011, she interned at the Special Operations Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia while also taking summer courses. Intending to further her academic career after graduation, Jasmine is preparing to apply for the Accelerated Masters of Public Administration program. Highly interested in the Department’s Master’s International program, she would like to pursue a two year stint in the Peace Corps while working towards her Master’s degree.
Leslie Cook is a senior majoring in Government and International Politics, with a concentration in International and Comparative Politics and a minor in Political Philosophy. Leslie has been on the Dean’s List throughout her enrollment at Mason and recently did directed readings/research on public deliberation, an experience which led her to apply to the department’s Honors Program. She has also participated in a direct exchange program with the University of Leicester in Leicester, England, where she spent a semester studying European Union Politics and International Security.
In addition to academia, Leslie has interned in the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, where she assisted with policy research, media outreach, and the Secretary of State’s press events. She remains connected to the State Department by serving as a Foreign Affairs Campus Coordinator at Mason. She has also served as the Secretary of Government and Academic Affairs in the Executive Cabinet of Student Government, and has recently been reappointed to this position for the 2011-2012 academic year. Some of her initiatives include: lobbying days (to secure state funding for higher education and to pass the Dream Act in Congress), academic advising, course evaluations, and global education opportunities.
This summer, Leslie is interning with the Africa Programs team at the National Endowment for Democracy, where she is assisting with their programs and conferences. She is also studying for the Law School Admission Test and hopes to attend law school after graduation. Until then, she is looking forward to a busy but great senior year at Mason!
Laura D’Agostino is a senior majoring in Government and International Politics, with a concentration in Political Theory and Law, and a minor in both Business and Philosophy. Laura has been on the Dean’s List numerous times during her enrollment at Mason. Additionally, she has been involved with Mason’s Model UN team as well as Student Government and Lead Scholars. Due to her scholastic achievements, Laura is also a member of Phi Alpha Delta (International Law Fraternity), Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society), National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Alpha Lambda Delta (National Honor Society). Amidst this schedule, she also works full time at her father’s restaurant, Ciro Ristorante. Currently, she is interning for the Attorney General’s Office for the District of Columbia. Laura has recently taken her LSAT and hopes to attend law school after graduation. She is very excited for the upcoming academic year and hopes to make it the best one yet!
Siobhan Fabio is a senior pursuing a major in government and international politics and a minor in economics. Siobhan has been named to the Dean’s List every semester and currently maintains a 3.95 GPA. She is a member of numerous honor societies, including Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, in which she served as Vice President, and Golden Key International Honour Society, for which she will be serving as Vice President of Volunteerism this year. Siobhan studied abroad in Beijing, China in the summer of 2010 where she studied Chinese. She currently interns in the Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration where she assists the Office of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing. She also volunteers as a consultant for Social Venture Consulting, a student organization which works with non-profits to develop organizational and marketing strategies.
Sophia Graesser is a senior at George Mason University. She is majoring in Government and International Politics with a double minor in German and Legal Studies. Her future goal is to attend law school. While studying at George Mason, Sophia has been on the Dean’s List numerous times. She has also been successful in the pool. As the captain of the swim team, she has received the CAA Academic Commissioners Award for the past three years. Currently, Sophia serves as an officer for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and is an active member of the Alpha Lambda Delta chapter here at Mason.
Marygrace Jay is a senior at George Mason University majoring in Government and International Politics with a concentration in International Affairs and a minor in Psychology. A transfer student, Marygrace has been on the deans list since her enrollment at George Mason University, maintained a GPA of 3.9 and has been inducted in to the Tau Sigma National Honor Society for transfer students. Marygrace will spend her summer in London working in an internship provided by George Mason University.
Joshua Semat is a senior majoring in Government and International Politics. He has made the Dean’s list for five semesters since coming to George Mason University, and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is very active on campus, working as a Resident Advisor for the Office of Housing and Residence Life, supporting upper-classmen living areas and ensuring a continued focus on personal and academic achievement for students throughout their time at Mason. He also works as a technician’s assistant at Fairfax Classroom and Lab Technologies, keeping himself abreast of all the latest developments in general instructional technology on campus. He labors at both of these positions while taking a full course-load and maintaining a 3.7 GPA, as well as being an active member (and for 2 semesters, Vice President) of the Game Analysis and Design Interest Group. As Summer Research Assistant to Dr. Timothy Conlan of the Department of Public and International Affairs, he is helping to gather and analyze data on the methods various states have used to support and augment their education systems via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. After earning his bachelor’s degree he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political science, earn his black belt, and come up with a good pseudonym to publish novels under.