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2006 Recipient

Becker and Reppy Photo

The Peace Studies Program awarded the 2006 Harrop and Ruth Freeman Prize to Cornell graduating senior Elisabeth Becker (shown below receiving the award from Judith Reppy, the Acting Director of the Peace Studies Program).

Elisabeth Becker was a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences. She was a College Scholar with a major in sociology. Her activities while a student at Cornell are impressive. She ws a member of the executive board of STARS, a genocide awareness group; was a member of the Darfur Action Group; was a founding member of the Caceres Neuffer International Affairs Society, which brought human-itarian specialists to Cornell to dialogue with students; was the publicist for Engineers for a Sustainable World; was the president for two years of Cornell’s chapter of GlamourGals, an organization providing makeovers and support to elderly women; was a mentor in the REACH program of the Beverly J. Martin school in Ithaca; and was the founder of Pottery for Potters, an annual fundraiser providing support to potters in western Costa Rica. She spent two summers in Kosovo and her research there on migrants was the focus of her senior thesis. She also worked for the International Rescue Committee, where she served as a teacher and mentor to refugee children.

Elisabeth was awarded the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship in 2005 for her dedication to public service. She intended to pursue a career in conflict resolution and work with refugees and planned to work for the couple of years following graduation and then return to law school or pursue a PhD in international relations and conflict studies.