Outstanding Undergraduate Award 2018, Emma Browning

The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs has awarded IAML Senior Emma Browning the 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Award to recognize her impressive academic performance and excellent service to the community. Emma has taken full advantage of Georgia Tech’s academic opportunities throughout her undergraduate career, and has displayed impressive leadership skills and a genuine desire to serve.

Emma’s leadership and commitment to academic excellence has a profound impact on those around her; a professor of hers describes her as “precisely the type of student leader for which the award was designed… Emma has a deep and sincere interest in sustainability and in supporting at-risk communities (e.g., refugees, LGBT, etc.).  While many students get involved in service projects to pad their resumes, Emma does so out of a genuine desire to make the world a more habitable and sustainable place… Emma Browning is bright, motivated, hard-working, articulate, responsible, goal-oriented, and multi-talented.  She is a good writer and orator, grasps new information with ease, and thinks clearly on her feet.  And she is endowed with a pleasant personality strong leadership traits, and a genuine desire to make the world a better place.”

Emma will graduate this May with a B.S. in International Affairs and Modern Languages – Japanese. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA while earning a Minor in Global Development and a Certificate in Psychology. She is a recipient of the Ivan Allen College Dean’s Scholarship and has been on the Faculty Honors list every semester she has attended Georgia Tech. She is involved in a variety of on- and off-campus activities, including Model UN, Academic Quiz Bowl, The Trevor Project, Planned Parenthood Defender Program, International Rescue Committee, and the Tanzanian Development Fund. Emma was a Global Ambassador with the Center for Serve-Learn Sustain, and she participated on the 2017 Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development, where she created a photo-blog detailing some aspect of the program. She has held internships at The Carter Center and through US Department of State Virtual Student Federal Service Internship program, and is anticipating doing a second Virtual Service Internship this summer focused on the U.S. POW/Japan Reconciliation Program.

Emma plans to enroll in the 5-year BS/MS International Affairs program this fall, and to later take the Foreign Service Examination to qualify for a career in the diplomatic service. Her ultimate goal is to create her own NGO to nurture sustainable development in at-risk nations.

The Nunn School sincerely congratulates Emma Browning for being selected as the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. We are proud to honor her commitment to leading and serving at Georgia Tech and her involvements in the Nunn School. Congratulations, Emma!

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