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Iowa Doctoral Student Wins Boren Award for International Study

Ms. Maya Ramaswamy, a doctoral student in the University of Iowa Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, has been selected to receive a prestigious Boren Award for International Study to study in India during the 2016-17 academic year.


[Photo: Ms. Maya Ramaswamy]

The Boren program, sponsored by the National Security Education Program, funds U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Ms. Ramaswamy will study Tamil at VIT University in Tamil Nadu, India. In addition to her language studies, she will also conduct a research project aimed at reducing health problems in agricultural workers, specifically developing policies to improve health in tea harvesting workers in Valparai, India.

Read about Ramaswamy’s preliminary research conducted on an Indian tea plantation in 2015.

Boren scholars represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Award recipients commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

The Boren program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. The program employs a broad definition of national security, recognizing  the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.