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See below for recent news and achievements from Gallatin students, faculty, and alumni. Over the last decade, the Gallatin community has been honored with major international awards and prizes. A full list of student academic awardees, including Fulbright, Marshall, and Rhodes Scholars, can be found on this Fellowship page. Awards for faculty and alumni include the Academy Award, Tony Awards, MacArthur "Genius" Grants, Guggenheim Fellowships, a Pulitzer Prize Finalist, and more.

October 2021


Oct 25, 2021

Jack Byrne (BA ’23) Produced and Filmed SidetalkNYC

Gallatin student Jack Byrne (BA ’23) is half of the duo behind SidetalkNYC, a series of one-minute Instagram stories that feature New Yorkers talking about New York. Byrne is producer and cameraman for the series, which caught Knicks fans in a moment of joy when the team beat the Celtics in the NBA season opener. Byrne was interviewed in Forbes and showcased in the New York Post.

September 2021


Sep 21, 2021

Amogh Thakkar (BA ’25) Named Breakthrough Junior Challenge Finalist

Amogh Thakkar (BA ’25) was named a Breakthrough Junior Challenge finalist for “You Are Part Virus: Human Endogenous Retroviruses.” The Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science.


Sep 20, 2021

Dakota Fordham (BA ’25) won Regional Tennis Championship Single

Dakota Fordham (BA ’25; pictured left) and Carol Plakk (BA ’25; pictured right) won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional Championships in Geneva, New York. The duo won the doubles title and Fordham defeated Plakk in the singles final.

July 2021


Jul 15, 2021

2021 NYU Summer Launchpad

Brandon Lee (BA ’22) and George Li’s Middlemen, an online authentication and handling service for safely swapping sneakers online, participated in the 2021 NYU Summer Launchpad and in the NYU-Yale Pitchoff, held on July 15.

May 2021


May 1, 2021

Stalled Release

With funds from a Dean's Award for Graduating Seniors, Gallatin students Lia Hagen (BA ’19) and Anika Hussen (BA '21) created Stalled, a five-episode comedy series about 19-year-old nonbinary person that featues a cast of Gallatin students. Gallatin faculty Cynthia Allen served as executive producer.  

March 2021


Mar 29, 2021

Sabrina Choudhary (BA ’22) Appointed WSN Editor

Sabrina Choudhary (BA ’22) was appointed as the Deputy Culture Editor at Washington Square News, NYU's official student newspaper. 

January 2021


Jan 8, 2021

2021 Gallatin Global Fellows in Urban Practice Announced

Each year, the Urban Democracy Lab selects students for the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Urban Practice (GGFUP). The program provides funding of up to $5,000 and support for six to ten advanced BA and MA students to pursue extended, community-engaged, practice-based research projects in partnership with urban social justice organizations.

Based on a vision of sharing resources, producing practical scholarly research, and self-reflexively critiquing systems of power and privilege, the fellowship is built upon established long-term partnerships with community-based organizations. Each research project is co-designed by the host organization with faculty mentors and GGFUP fellows. Fellows prepare for their research project by taking a two credit seminar in the spring semester.

The 2021 Urban Practice Fellows and their community partner organizations are as follows:

Najah Aldridge (CAS BA) - The Clemente
Lau Guzmán (Gallatin BA) - The Loisaida Center
Nosheen Hossain (Gallatin BA) - WHEDco
Xixi Jiang (Gallatin BA) - Right To The City Alliance
Maggie Moss (Wagner MUP) - ALIGN
Ama Sarpomaa (Gallatin BA) - African Communities Together
Mira Silveira (Gallatin BA) - Pratt Center for Community Development
Costanza Tremante (Wagner MUP) - Paisaje Transversal

The bios of the fellows can be found on the GGFUP website.


December 2020


Dec 16, 2020

2021 Gallatin Global Human Rights Fellows Announced

Each year, NYU Gallatin sponsors the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights, which is supported and advised by a group of distinguished leaders in the field of international human rights. The program awards fellowships to select undergraduate and graduate students from across New York University in the amount of $5,000 each to support extended summer projects and internships with international and domestic human rights organizations.

Since 2011, Gallatin has sponsored more than 100 Global Fellows. This year’s applicant pool was strong again, with 12 Human Rights Fellows selected to work with organizations around the globe during Summer 2021. Organization locations include France, Palestine, Paraguay, Senegal, Spain, and the United States.

The 2021 Human Rights Fellows and their partner organizations are as follows:
Allison Argueta (Gallatin BA) - Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project - USA
Graciela Blandon (Gallatin BA) - Association for Human Rights of Andalusia - Spain
Alicja Borzyszkowska (NYU Abu Dhabi BA) - Human Rights Watch - France
Madeline Cohodes (Gallatin/Global Public Health BA/MPH) – Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture - USA
Lucas McKinnon (Global Public Health MPH) - United Nations Development Programme -Paraguay
Diya Moushahwar (Gallatin BA) - Mada al-Carmel Arab Center for Applied Social Research -Palestine
Alya O (NYU Abu Dhabi BA) - Arab Reform Initiative - France
Ian Partman (Liberal Studies BA) - Project NIA & Survived and Punished - USA
Mahima Sharda (Wagner MPA) - International Crisis Group - USA
Matthew Solomon (Gallatin MA) - OutRight Action International - USA
Tabara Sy (CAS BA) – Tostan - Senegal
Leonard Zhu (CAS BA) -Upstate/Downstate Housing Alliance - USA

During the spring semester before the summer work, the fellows participate in a two-credit human rights seminar and complete an independent study. Over the summer, the fellows conduct independent research or pursue internships with international and domestic human rights organizations to gain experience in the human rights field in ways that complement their academic trajectories at NYU. In the fall, the fellows present at the annual Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights Symposium, giving an overview of their fellowship work and their findings while working in the field.

For more information on the Gallatin Global Fellowship in Human Rights, please contact NYU Gallatin's Office of Global Programs at

November 2020


Nov 20, 2020

Ali Writing Award

Azeki Ali (BA ’23) was awarded first place in the Undergraduate Writing Prize Competition from The Grey Art Gallery for his poem written in response to the exhibition Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s, which was on view at the Grey from January 14 to March 13, 2020.  

August 2020


Aug 19, 2020

Mariah Film

Renata Romain (MA ’22) released a short film, Mariah, for the 2020 Easterseals Disability Film Challenge.  


Aug 19, 2020

Gilman Awardees

Zoriah Carter (BA ’22) and Cassandra Quayson (BA ’23) have been selected for Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, a program of the Department of State that funds a semester or year of study away.


Aug 19, 2020

Do Look Down

Kwans Kim (BA ’24) worked on the proposed art installation “Do Look Down,” which won the Van Alen Instiute’s competition Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge in the Young Adult category.  

January 2020


Jan 1, 2020

Echo Chen Speaks with President Hamilton

The latest episode of President Andy Hamilton's podcast, Conversations, included a discussion between Hamilton and SeaStraws co-founder and Creative Director Echo Chen (BA '20) and CEO and Co-founder Antonio DiMeglio (Stern '20).

December 2019


Dec 12, 2019

Vgontzas Writes for The Nation

For The Nation, Doctoral Fellow in Urban Practice Nantina Vgontzas co-wrote the December 2019 piece "Amazon's Bullshit Environmentalism."

May 2019


May 1, 2019

Student Service Awards

NYU's Annual Service Awards winners included New Major Records for Student Leadership and Campus Programming, for service on campus; Maame Boatemaa for Community Service and Civic Engagement, for service in the wider community; Jakiyah Bradley for Student Leadership and Campus Programming, for service on campus; Iris Carbonel for Student Leadership and Campus Programming, for service on campus; Louise Crawford for Student Leadership and Campus Programming, for service on campus; Jonathan Ji for Community Service and Civic Engagement, for service in the wider community; Sophie Khan for Student Leadership and Campus Programming, for service on campus; Keyli Peralta for Student Leadership and Campus Programming, for service on campus; and Brian Ruiz for Community Service and Civic Engagement, for service in the wider community.


May 1, 2019

Donaldson Wins Scholarship

Kevin Donaldson (BA ’22) will participate in the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program in Advanced Mandarin for the 2019-2020 school year. The CLS Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion experience.


May 1, 2019

Fulbright Awardees

Bojana Coklyat (MA ’19) will travel to Prague, Czech Republic, on a 2019 Fulbright and Jillian Castoro (BA ’19) and Hannah Williams (BA ’19) are 2019 Fulbright Grant Recipients to Indonesia and Laos, respectively. KD Harbeck (BA ’19) is a 2019 Fulbright Grant alternate to Hong Kong.

March 2019


Mar 1, 2019

Jones Launches Trail Mix

Gallatin student Sophie Jones, along with George Danias, launched Trail Mix, a podcast about sustainability.


Mar 1, 2019

Scarlett Curtis Edits Feminist Essays

Hailed as “brilliant, hysterical, truthful and real” by actress Reese Witherspoon and edited by Gallatin student Scarlett Curtis, Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies: Amazing Women on What the F Word Means to Th (Penguin, 2018) is a collection of essays written by women all over the globe on their definitions of feminism.

January 2019


Jan 29, 2019

2019 YMA-FSF Case Study Competition Winner

Gallatin student Benjamin Weinger was named a 2019 YMA-FSF Case Study Competition Winner.  


Jan 29, 2019

NYU 2018 Influencers: Worawongwasu and Facchini

The NYU 2018 Influencers list includes Gallatin students Aree Worawongwasu and Kat Facchini.

December 2017


Dec 1, 2017

Timothée Chalamet Receives Multiple Awards for His Role in Call Me By Your Name

Since the release of the 2017 film Call Me By Your Name, actor and Gallatin student Timothée Chalamet has been honored with Best Actor Awards from the New York Film Critics Circle, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, and the National Board of Review, among many other accolades. Chalamet was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor.

November 2017


Nov 1, 2017

Gallatin Sophomore Rebecca Karpen Elected to Democratic County Committee Board

Gallatin sophomore Rebecca Karpen was elected to Democratic County Committee Board to represent Election District 64, which covers part of the West Village, including the historic Stonewall Inn.