Posted on June 21, 2015 by Christopher Thrall

2015 Augustana Medal Winner Stacey Haugen was offered a full scholarship to the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

By Brittany Johnson

Dean Allen Bergen congratulates Stacey Haugen at Convocation.

Dean Allen Bergen congratulates Stacey Haugen at Convocation.

Stacey Haugen (BA ’15) has made waves at Augustana. Many of her professors were unsurprised when the focused student stepped forward to receive the 2015 Augustana Medal for the highest overall grade point average in the Faculty. However, they couldn’t wait to share the news that followed!

Haugen was offered a full entrance scholarship and an internship position at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. The school collaborates with the Center for International Governance Innovation, the University of Waterloo, and Wilfred Laurier University on a one year Master of Arts program and four-month internship. “I chose to study at the Balsillie School because the program fits well with my interests,” Stacey says, “and has a number of internship opportunities.”

Beyond the entrance scholarship itself, Stacey was offered a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Master’s Program Scholarship as well as the prestigious Sir James Lougheed Award from the Government of Alberta. There are only seven Lougheed Awards granted each year.

“My research will involve examining International Relations (IR) with regard to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) through a gendered lens which is influenced by the work of IR feminists,” Stacey explains.

Stacey Haugen (R) with her family at the Medal Winners Luncheon.

Stacey Haugen (R) with her family at the Medal Winners Luncheon.

Her desire is to integrate academic literature with “on the ground” work in order to discover ways to improve conditions for women and their families. She states that there is a need to better theorize gender in the context of IR, and that her research will look at ways to improve the outcomes for women in conflict/post-conflict zones.

The Augustana community played a key role in her success. Haugen applauded the expertise and mentorship of Dr. Sandra Rein and Dr. Shauna Wilton, whom she worked under as a research assistant during her undergraduate degree, for helping her to improve her academic and research skills.

“The skills I learned in the classroom,” Stacey says, “and the mentorship and guidance that I received at Augustana played a large role in me being accepted into my graduate school of choice.”


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