International House Inaugural Kamyar Jabbari Graduate Fellowship Announced
International House is pleased to announce the establishment of the Kamyar Jabbari Fellowship Fund. The fund provides fellowships at International House for academically-qualified graduate students studying at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. The fellowship award honors former resident of International House and former member of the International House board of governors, Kamyar Jabbari, MBA’79 who died on April 8, 2019. This fellowship has been made possible by the generous support of a group of fellow International House and UChicago alumni including William Bartholomay, MBA’79, Mazin Safar, MBA’77, Stephan Schoess, MBA’78, PhD’82, and Theo Vermaelen, MBA’76, PhD’80. The fellowship celebrates the life of Kamyar Jabbari and the life-long friendships begun when they were resident members in the 1970s.
The 2020-2021 Kamyar Jabbari Fellowship has been awarded to Gulin Tuzcuoglu, a PhD student at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Gulin is the Co-Founder of the Girls in STEM Initiative at Bilkent University in Turkey, an initiative that aims to bridge the gender gap and articulate the barriers women face across STEM fields. A world-traveler, art enthusiast, novice cook, and author among many other things, Gulin believes in the power of volunteering and spends her time serving underprivileged communities. Gulin has been an active contributor to the Global Mentorship Network at International House for the past two years, first being a mentee and later a mentor, and has also participated in many other events through our Graduate Commons Program. Additionally, Gulin believes International House “will serve me as a great community where I will contribute to people’s perspectives and gain new perspectives, broaden my horizons, inspire and get inspired, and build new bridges through cross-cultural experience.”
Each year, International House offers some 75 fellowships and internships to students from around the world. Within International House, undergraduate Metcalf Interns have the unique opportunity to assist with various aspects of the Global Voices Performing Arts and Lecture Series including program coordination, public relations and marketing and providing logistical support. Graduate Fellowships allow graduate students and post-doctoral researchers to be fully engaged in the multi-faceted life of the House. In addition, GRAD Global Impact Interns arrange activities which promote interpersonal and intercultural understanding and friendship among the UChicago graduate student community. During the 2019-2020 year, International House fellows and interns came from 25 countries and studied in all areas of the University including the undergraduate College. Our goal is to significantly increase the number of fellowship and internship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to help ensure the exceptional geographic, cultural, and economic diversity that is central to the mission of I-House.