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Arabic Studies Major Named UMD’s First James C. Gaither Junior Fellow

By Maryland Today Staff

A senior majoring in Arabic studies has been named the University of Maryland’s first James C. Gaither Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Jacqueline Stomski was one of 12 fellows selected from a pool of seniors and recent graduates nominated by hundreds of participating colleges and universities from across the nation. Junior Fellows work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars for one year. Stomski, a member of UMD’s Arabic Flagship Program, will conduct research for the Middle East Program.

“Her example makes clear what students passionate about international affairs can accomplish at our university,” said Francis DuVinage, director of UMD’s National Scholarship Office.

Stomski recently returned from Morocco on a Boren Scholarship and has worked with language partners outside the classroom, exploring dialects such as Egyptian, Syrian, Iraqi, Yemeni, and Moroccan. She also participated in the Global Fellows in Washington, D.C., program and interned with the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the Department of State and with the International Organization for Migration in Cairo.

Stomski aims to build on her Arabic and research skills, coursework, and internship experiences to understand how U.S. policy impacts refugees, migrants and their movements.

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