About Past Scholars
2018-2019 USJ Scholars
Manisha Sunil
Manisha Sunil

Manisha Sunil is a second year Government and Politics major with a concentration in International Relations. On campus, she is Vice President and co-founder of IGNITE at Maryland, a Community Advocate and Executive Board member for the University Student Judiciary, a member of the Honors College, and works part-time at the Clarice. In the past, she has had the opportunity to intern with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender and the Maryland General Assembly. Manisha hopes to attend law school and work in public service, with a specific focus working with underrepresented and minority communities.


Katherine Taylor
Julia Mikolajczak

I am a rising junior in the Aerospace Engineering department. Outside of the University Student Judiciary, I am apart of the University Honors Program. I am also a member of the University Band where I play both flute and piccolo.I was the team lead and liaison to NASA for a group project for my ENAE100 class. Our team had the opportunity to present and to test our project in Houston, Texas at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Tank in summer 2017.This summer I will intern at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in the Balloon Research and Development Lab. In the future I hope to work for NASA to enhance safety protocol for missions.


Julia Mikolajczak
Julia Mikolajczak

I am a second-year Criminal Justice major with minors in Global Poverty and Public Leadership from Niagara Falls, NY. I am also in the University Honors and Beyond the Classroom programs. I intend to graduate a year early from UMD in Spring 2019, so I consider myself to be a junior. I currently serve as Chair of the Appellate Board in the University Student Judiciary, and I was selected to join USJ’s Executive Board as Selections Co-Chair for 2018-2019 year. I am also finishing my second semester as a Team Leader for the educational advocacy organization Partners in Print, which is based out of STAMP and part of the America Reads/America Counts program. Additionally, I founded a new club at UMD last semester, the Out-of-State Student Association, in order to create a supportive environment to help out-of-state students like myself make friends on campus and explore the local area. As president, I have been working extremely hard this semester to recruit more members and get it off the ground. I am a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Phi Sigma honor societies, and I served on the APS Executive Board last semester. I have also been named to the BSOS Distinguished Dean’s List for Outstanding Students every semester that I have attended UMD. After graduation, I hope to attend law school so I can practice criminal law as a prosecutor.


2017-2018 USJ Scholar
Anna Bieganowska
Anna Bieganowska

Anna Bieganowska is a current sophomore at the University of Maryland pursuing a dual-degree in Criminal Justice & Criminology and Psychology. This is supplemented with a minor in Spanish and independent study of Polish. She is currently drafting a research paper on the modern democratic crisis in Poland for her honors citation, which was inspired by her background as a Polish immigrant. Currently, she is proud to represent Maryland in the marching band, to gain an interdisciplinary study of the world through the Honors Humanities program, and to maintain student rights alongside fostering campus safety through serving on a board in the University Student Judiciary. Looking forward, she hopes to utilize all she learns at Maryland to become an intelligence analyst for the FBI, assisting in its mission of advancing justice in the United States.


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