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December 18 2013

Cornell's First George J. Mitchell Scholar

SimonBoehme_photoFrom a national pool of 300 applicants, Simon Boehme, BSILR ’14, was selected as one of 12 George J. Mitchell Scholars for the class of 2015. As Cornell’s first Mitchell Scholar, Boehme will undertake graduate study next year in conflict mediation at the National University Ireland, Maynooth.  

“ILR has provided so many opportunities to me,” said Boehme. “There is a true community of support and intellectual curiosity that fuels my interests in giving back to my community. Through the help of ILR’s International Program’s office, I have been able to travel and expand my horizons, learning how to implement change to impact more people. It has been an exciting journey and I am eager to see what is to come.”

In addition to working as a research assistant at Cornell's Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution, where he has collected data on teacher negotiation agreements of over 600 school districts in the state, Boehme has worked on education projects in Mysore, India and in Johannesburg, South Africa. His honors thesis examines the new Annual Professional Performance Review teacher evaluation system in New York State. On campus, he founded Red Ideas, a student organization that cultivates innovative work toward social change. He is also Co-Founder and Co-President of Cornell Global Law Brigade, which works to empower rural communities in Panama with professional guidance and education to resolve civil and property disputes. Last spring, he received the national Harry S. Truman Scholarship in recognition of his leadership and service. Boehme was recently named to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, a post he will hold for the next six years.

The Mitchell scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. - Ireland Alliance and was created in 2001 in honor of Senator George J. Mitchell, one of the architects of Northern Ireland peace talks. The program, modeled in part on the Rhodes Scholarship and the Marshall Scholarship programs, seeks well-rounded applicants with outstanding academic records, commitment to public service, and a record of leadership. Information on the new Mitchell Scholars is available at http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/content/572/en/Scholarships.

View Simon Boehme's article, Finding a Common Purpose in Education, published in the Huffington Post, February 17, 2014.