Scripps students gain global knowledge through the EU Center at Scripps

This April, the European Union Center of California, headquartered at Scripps College, hosted the 6th annual Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference. This year’s conference brought 42 undergraduate students from across the United States and throughout the world to campus. In addition to students from Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Pomona, and Pitzer Colleges, the institutions represented included Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Berkeley, UCLA, and the University of Rome.

The conference, inaugurated in 2003, is jointly sponsored by the EU Center and the University of California and is designed to improve undergraduates’ understanding of the European Union and EU-European relations. Each student at the conference presents a paper containing their original research on some aspect of the European Union. Faculty members from across Claremont then judge the papers, and the best are selected for inclusion in the EU Center’s annual conference publication.

This year, 11 of the 42 papers presented at the conference were selected for publication. Two of those eleven papers were written by Scripps students, Elizabeth DeGori ’10 and Lauren Sims ’09.

Elizabeth and Lauren are among four Scripps students studying EU aff airs in Europe this summer with the support of the EU Center. Elizabeth’s plans take her to the University of Washington’s program on the EU held in Brussels, Belgium; Lauren was awarded an internship at the Institute for European Aff airs in Dublin, Ireland.

They will be joined in Europe by Amanda Smith ’08, who, like Elizabeth, will be interning at the Institute for European Aff airs in Dublin, as well as by Kendra Amick ’08, who will attend the University of Rome-Tor Vergata’s program in Rome and Sienna. All four Scripps students are supported by scholarships from the EU Center that will fully cover their travel and local expenses.

The EU Center of California was established at Scripps in 1998 as part of a network of 10 EU Centers across the United States. The Center seeks to advance public understanding of European integration through education, research, and outreach eff orts. Undergraduate education is the Center’s top priority, which it promotes by sponsoring a curriculum on European Union studies, providing students opportunities to study and intern abroad, and hosting lecturers and conferences at Scripps. David Andrews, professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at Scripps, is the Center’s founding director.


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