Sarah M. Gagnon, '12
ID major: Political Science and Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Awards and Achievements:
Dean’s List (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11)
Union College Presidential Scholar
Horatio G. Warner (1826) Prize (2012) (to a student of high personal character who has the highest scholastic standing in the Bachelor of Arts program)
Oswald-Heck (1924)- Irwin Steingut Prize (2012) (to the student majoring in the Division of Social Sciences who has consistently done the best work in political science)
Phi Beta Kappa (elected in 2012)
David S. Kaplan (1982) Memorial Prize (2011)
Zeta Upsilon chapter, Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society)
Winter 2010 Buenos Aires, Argentina Mini-term
Winter 2011 Term Abroad Buenos Aires, Argentina
U.S. Deptartment of Commerce Export Assistance Center Internship (Summer 2011)
Recipient of Minerva Fellowship to Estero de Plátano, Ecuador (2012-2013)
Accepted into the Master's in Latin American Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Club or Student Organizations:
Founding member and Secretary of Union College’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter
ID Thesis Political Science/LACS: "The Politics of RSFs: The Antidote to Reversing the Resource Curse in Latin America? / Las políticas de los FERs: ¿el antídoto para cambiar "la desgracia de los recursos naturales" en Latinoamérica?"
Statement: "With the increasing globalization and trans-border connections throughout the world, language and communication become ever more important. I began studying Spanish at Union with the goal of eventually becoming bilingual because I want to be able to communicate with a variety of people around the globe. When a rare opportunity to combine a mini-term with a full term abroad in Argentina presented itself, I jumped at the chance to study in Buenos Aires for four months in order to greatly improve my Spanish-speaking skills. My experience there was fantastically life-changing but it would have been much more difficult, especially the time between the two terms by myself, without the support and education I had received from the Spanish and Political Science professors here at Union. Earning this recognition is a true honor, but would have never been possible without my professors. I plan on using my continuously developing Spanish with a future career in International Studies and Relations."