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First Recipient of the Walter Roberts Student Award: Akash Suri

Akash Suri, a graduating Global Communications M.A. student, was named the recipient of the inaugural (2011) Walter Roberts Award for the Study of Public Diplomacy, an honor co-sponsored by IPDGC and the Walter Roberts Endowment Board. This award carries a $1,000 prize and recognizes the graduate student who performed at a high level in and out of the classroom in public diplomacy-related work, and who has an interest in pursuing a career in public diplomacy. Among his many accomplishments, Suri has worked at the U.S. State Department as an online community specialist and Regional Affairs intern. Suri also previously worked at the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the U.S. Embassy to India, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. “We had a strong field of applicants for this award, but Akash really stood out even among such a talented group,” said IPDGC Director Sean Aday. “Akash is a terrific student, very bright and original in his thinking about public diplomacy, and already has an impressive public diplomacy resume.”

Akash Suri, the first recipient of the Walter Roberts Public Diplomacy Studies award with Dr. Walter Roberts, 2011.

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