Each year, the College selects a handful of students to represent the University, the College, and their respective academic departments. Students are nominated by department chairs and chosen by the associate dean of the College. Typically seniors, Student Fellows have dynamic backgrounds and stellar academic records. They serve as student ambassadors during the open houses for prospective students, describing their experiences to and answering questions from students and parents. Other responsibilities include meeting with alumni and donors to the College, and representing the College at special events. The Student Fellows program is intended to recognize fine achievement at UNH and provide a way for students to serve the University in their final year of study.
The College of Liberal Arts is pleased to announce the 2014-15 Student Fellows:
- Ben Bertrand, a history major in the Honors Program from Wakefield, Mass. Passionate about history, Ben is particularly interested in Crusade history and the material culture of weapons and armor. Last summer, he received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from UNH to conduct research into depictions of Muslims in illuminated manuscripts. He also works as a research assistant for history professor Lucy Salyer, who is doing research on expatriation laws in the 19th century. Last year, he was awarded the Charles Clark Prize by the Department of History for the best undergraduate research paper. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, martial arts, and theatre.
- Gennifer Davidson, a communication major with a business applications option from Lee, N.H. Gennifer is editor-in-chief of Comm-Entary, the Department of Communication’s undergraduate research journal. She is the business manager of Lambda Pi Eta, a member of the communication honor society, a writer for Her Campus, and has worked as a peer advisor during first-year orientations. Gennifer has interned for New Hampshire Public Television, The Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, The Boston Celtics, and The Boston Bruins. She received the J. Gregg Sanborn Alumni Association Scholarship for her contributions to the UNH community through demonstrated leadership and involvement with campus activities.
- Nadine Maliakkal, an honors psychology major from Rochester, N.Y. Nadine is a member of Dr. Ellen Cohn’s Legal Socialization Lab. She received the Undergraduate Research Conference Award of Excellence in 2013 for her research. She was subsequently awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship to continue research on parental factors and how they influence adolescent engagement in rule-violating behaviors. She is co-author of an article that is currently in preparation for the Journal of Research on Adolescence. In addition, Nadine is a synchronized skater who has not only skated for UNH at the national level, but has also been elected president of UNH’s Synchronized Skating Team for the past two years.
- Daniel S. Roberts, an English teaching major from Sandown, N.H. An avid believer that anyone can be taught and that there is no excuse for failing a student, Daniel plans to earn a master’s degree and teach in inner-city schools. He intends to study and implement innovative pedagogical techniques that will enable him to empower all students to live according to their passions and succeed in any goal they truly wish to accomplish. In his down time, Daniel enjoys surfing the coast, skating the streets, and biking the vast roads that New Hampshire has to offer.
- Hannah Waller, a dual major in political science and international affairs from Spokane, Wash. Hannah is deeply interested in the field of human rights. She has interned at Amnesty International in Washington, D.C., conducted field research on human rights in Bosnia-Herzegovina through a UNH International Research Opportunities Program grant, and studied peace and human rights at Lancaster University in the UK. Throughout her time at UNH, Hannah has been involved in a variety of clubs and held numerous executive positions, including founder and former president of Amnesty International UNH, former president of STAND (United to End Genocide), former secretary of UNH Model United Nations, and member of Buddies Without Borders.