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American Resource Center Announces the ARC Scholarship 2009 Recipient

February 3, 2010
Tuomas Koskenniemi, ARC Grant 2009 recipient (State Dept.)

Tuomas Koskenniemi, ARC Grant 2009 recipient (State Dept.)

Mr. Tuomas Koskenniemi  from the University of Helsinki has been selected as the winner of the 2009 ARC Scholarship with his Master’s thesis entitled “We Are All Georgians, Aren’t We? The Neoconservative Reaction to the Russia-Georgia War.”

The American Resource Center announced the competition in September 2009 and a total of 18 applications were submitted for the 2009 ARC grant of 1000 Euros.  The Jury praised the excellence of the submissions and noted that the academic quality and originality made it very difficult to select one winner from the entire group.  Jurors noted that this year’s applications came from throughout Finland and covered such diverse subject areas as theology, political science, automation and systems technology, history, the English language, sociology, North American studies, international relations, and communications. 

The jury members, Ms. Nicole Conn, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs (U.S. Embassy), Mr. Michael Butler, Deputy Chief of Mission (U.S. Embassy), and Ms. Terhi Mölsä, Executive Director, Fulbright Center, selected Tuomas Koskenniemi as this year’s winner.  Mr. Koskenniemi presented his research plan profoundly and clearly, and he convinced the jury about his capability to conduct this truly interesting and challenging research project.