Research Spotlight

Borghesani Memorial Prize Recipients (2023)


Saffiyah Coker (International Relations): In Absence of Governmental Support, How do Kayayei in Madina Market, Accra, Ghana Support Each Other Economically and Socially

Julie Francois (SMFA BFA): Haiti’s History Through Art and the Diaspora

Annie Li (Biology, Community Health, Studio Art): Pilot Testing Health Passport: a Longitudinal Health Education Strategy to Improve Oral Hygiene and other Health Conditions in Rural and Hard-to-reach Communities in Rwanda

Rebecca Moriarty (Biology, Studio Art): Six Weeks Studying in Talloires: A Collection of Video Shorts Exploring French Culture & Community

Dan Nguyen (Biology, Community Health, Internatioanl Relations): Addressing Neglected Tropical Diseases, Malnutrition, and Health Promoting Schools in Rural Rwanda

Previous winners


Senior Honors Thesis (2023)

The Senior Honors Thesis enables students to pursue independent research in a specific subject area supervised by an IR Core Faculty thesis advisor. Completion of the year-long project fulfills the IR major capstone requirement. 
2022-2023 IR Senior Honors Thesis Writers:
Emma Christman
Owen Cougar Hansen

Lauren Soherr
Tommy Sullivan


John S. Gibson Award (2023)


The John S. Gibson Award is named after the founding director of the International
Relations Program at Tufts University. It is given annually to International Relations
majors who have produced particularly noteworthy examples of academic scholarship.
The award is given in two categories: Outstanding Seminar Paper and Outstanding
Senior Honors Thesis.

The 2023 John S. Gibson Award Recipients:

Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis:
Emma Christman (TC4): "The Divided Kingdom: Analyzing Brexit's Impacts on the
Scottish Independence Movement"
Connor Giersch (TC4): "The Mid-Qing Underworld and Rebel Connections, A Social

Outstanding Seminar Paper:
Sofia Leyva-Castro (TC5): "Challenging the Myth of U.S. Control: A Historical
Analysis of Operation Contor," written for Professor Kelly M. Greenhill's course,
"Better Than the Truth: Extra-factual Information in International Politics"