Featured BAIS Students & Their Achievements

Students in the BAIS program are active on and off campus. This page displays some of their recent achievements and activities. Take a look and let us know what you are doing - you could be our next feature!

May 2013
The following BAIS students were honored at the Eighteenth Annual Division of Student Life Leadership Awards Ceremony, which was held on Wednesday, May 15th. For a full list of recipients, please go here.

Taylor and EvanSenior Leadership Award
This award will be given to graduating seniors who have consistently worked and succeeded in enriching and impacting student life and is committed to the values of Student Life throughout their career at USF: “Providing experiences that challenge students to develop spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, physically, socially, culturally and morally in order to prepare them to contribute to the University community.”
Taylor Holmes & Evan Vaughan


Shereen Kajouee with Prof Annick WibbenCongratulations Shereen Kajouee, winner of the of the 2013 Ralph Lane Peace & Justice Essay Competition! Her honors thesis, The Case Against Attacking Iran: A Disservice to U.S. Foreign Policy Goals in the Middle East "defines foreign policy goals of the United States towards the Middle East as purportedly supporting democratization, and peace and stability in the region. With constant talk in the media about a potential war with Iran, this thesis reviews the literature surrounding the consequences and implications of violence versus strategic nonviolence, and then analyzes how the two types of strategies may impact foreign policy goals in the region. Exploring the benefits and repercussions of a violent intervention in the case of Iran, the report concludes that a strike against Iran would ultimately go against the achievement of these goals of democratization, and peace and stability in Iran and the greater Middle East."

In honor of Ralph Lane (USF Professor Emeritus and Founder of the Catholic Social Thought Project), the USF Politics Department, Peace & Justice Studies Program, and Peace Review will bestow an award and prize for the best essay written this academic year on a peace studies theme, including issues such as human rights, nonviolence, development and economic justice, conflict resolution, environmental protection, peace and human rights activists and movements. Essays must incorporate both research and original thought, and must be at least 10 pages long (preferably less than 25 pgs), double-­‐spaced. The prize carries a $300 cash award as well. Winning essay(s) will also be considered for publication in Peace Review, an international journal of social justice edited at USF.