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In exchange for fellowship funding, all Boren Fellows must agree to the National Security Education Program (NSEP) Service Requirement as detailed in the required essays.
Boren Fellowship awards are made for a minimum of 12 weeks and maximum of one year overseas. Boren-funded programs can begin no earlier than June 1 and no later than March 1. See the website for specifics.
Boren Fellowships promote long-term linguistic and cultural immersion. Therefore, preference will be given to applicants proposing overseas programs of 6 months or longer. However, applicants proposing overseas programs of 3-6 months, especially those in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields are encouraged to apply.
Some important dates to remember for the 2022 Boren Fellowship Competition:
UCLA Department: Chemistry
Boren Country & Language: Ghana, studying Twi
Regional Flagship Language Initiative: Yes, AFLI
Samantha Theresa Mensah is a 5th year PhD candidate in Materials Chemistry at UCLA. Samantha’s academic passions include introducing others to the excitement of scientific discovery, dismantling obstacles that discourage diversity in STEM fields, and advocating for students struggling with mental illness. Samantha has a long track record of community and policy leadership and served as co-President of UCLA’s Organization for Cultural Diversity in Science, a division-wide coalition advocating for increasing diversity and inclusion efforts in the sciences. Samantha also previously served as Governmental Relations co-chair for the UCLA Science Policy Group. She is the President of BlackInChem, a minority-serving 501(c)(3) organization.
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