The 2017 Dr. JÃ¡nos RadvÃ¡nyi Memorial Scholarship recipient is Mississippi State graduate student Christina Gusella.
While currently pursuing her masterâs of European history at MSU, Gusella was selected for her passion for political diplomacy and cultural ideology in twentieth-century Russia/Soviet Union, embodying the essence of what Dr. RadvÃ¡nyi strived for and accomplished in the global arena. She received a $1,500 award to be used towards her ten-week Russian language study abroad program during the Summer 2017 term. This program provided Gusella the opportunity to immerse herself in the Russian language and culture in the beautiful city of Moscow.
Throughout her study abroad journey in Russia, Gusella, as part of her scholarship project, documented her experiences during the ten-week program through social media.
âGiven the (often) complex U.S.-Russian relations, I hope that the research knowledge and experiences that I bring back will encourage those around me at MSU to appreciate diversity and foster cultural awareness.â
This competitive scholarship, awarded by the International Instituteâs Office of Study Abroad, was established in honor of Dr. JÃ¡nos RadvÃ¡nyi, an accomplished international security and strategic studies innovator. In order to be selected for the memorial scholarship, students must demonstrate dedication to further understanding and appreciating global issues surrounding politics, cultural relations, economic development, environmental policy, and/or international security. The deadline for the 2018 Dr. JÃ¡nos RadvÃ¡nyi Memorial Scholarship application is March 1, 2018.
RadvÃ¡nyi, with his passion for delving into complex international security issues and skill at diplomacy, was appointed in 1962 as the Head of the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C. After breaking ties with the Hungarian government in 1967 for political reasons, RadvÃ¡nyi was granted political asylum to the United States.
Upon his arrival into the states, RadvÃ¡nyi pursed and completed his doctorate After completing his doctoral degree at Stanford University. He then joined the MSU history faculty in 1972. During his tenure at MSU, RadvÃ¡nyi published extensively in his field and organized multinational events to promote economic and social development. In 1996, he founded the Center for International Security and Strategic Studies and was named the first chair holder for the International Security and Strategic Studies chair.
RadvÃ¡nyiâs accomplishments continued to grow, his enthusiasm for his work never fading. He was honored with the Guy Tozzoli Peace through Trade Distinguished Leadership Award in 2002 by the Mississippi World Trade Center. Following in 2009, the Mississippi Senate passed a resolution recognizing his service to the state and named him an âHonorary Ambassador of the State of Mississippi.â
For more information on MSUâs International Institute or the JÃ¡nos RadvÃ¡nyi Memorial Scholarship, visit www.international.msstate.edu.