HC Student Selected for Prestigious IA Summer Program

Apr. 7, 2020

Honors College senior Zantana Ephrem was selected for the 2020 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program following a highly competitive nationwide selection process. Funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University, the program supports extraordinary undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in international affairs.

Ephrem, an economics major with minors in political science and philosophy, is just one of 15 students selected this year from a diverse pool of more than 1,000 applicants around the country.

“[The 2020 Rangel Scholars] reflect the best and brightest of America and we are excited to welcome them to the Rangel community,” said Deputy Director of the Rangel Program, Bunmi Akinnusotu.

During the six-week intensive program, Ephrem will participate in a variety of programs with leading foreign affairs professionals and attend events at diverse locations around Washington, DC.

In 2018, Ephrem received the Boren Scholarship through the Department of Defense for her yearlong study abroad term in Haifa, Israel where she studied Arabic language and literature as well as Peace and Conflict of the Middle East. As a McNair Scholar at UNLV, she conducted research exploring political assassinations and analyzing terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Yemen.

Ephrem will be the third UNLV student ever to participate in the prestigious Rangel Summer Enrichment Program, following in the footsteps of Daniel Waqar (2015) and Akaisha Cook (2019).