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Christine Curella

College: Macaulay Honors College | Hunter College
Awards: Truman Scholarship, 2007

Taking a Global View

For the third consecutive year, a student from the Macaulay Honors College of The City University of New York was awarded a prestigious 2007 Harry S. Truman scholarship, the latest in a string of CUNY students who have been honored with national awards, including three 2007 Goldwater Scholarships and a 2007 Thurgood Marshall Scholarship.

Christine Curella, who investigated urban planning in China, Argentina, India and New York City as a Macaulay Honors College student at Hunter College, joins 2006 Truman winner Ryan Merola of the University's Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College and 2005 winner Claudio Simpkins of the Macaulay Honors College at City College who is attending Harvard Law School.

CUNY garnered five Truman finalists, including four Macaulay Honors College students, the most of any college or university in the nation. The University of Chicago and West Point placed four finalists apiece; Harvard, Annapolis, Stanford and Northwestern Universities had three apiece; and Yale and Princeton Universities had two.

The 2007 Truman Scholars were elected by 19 independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of "making a difference" in public service. Each Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 for graduate study.

Curella recently returned from a semester-long study abroad program in cities of Argentina, China and India, where she explored the inequities of urban development and the connections between local conditions and the global economy. After a summer-long internship in Africa and completing her senior thesis on environmental justice, she plans to pursue degrees in international affairs and urban planning to create diverse, equitable and inclusive communities around the world.

Curella's public service includes stints as a special assistant in the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, as an assistant to the chairman of the Erie County (N.Y.) Fiscal Stability Authority, at the NYC Department of City Planning as a special assistant in the executive office and with the Institute of International Education as a special assistant to the president. In 2003, she was named a "Rising Star" by Women's Day Magazine in its "Women Who Inspire Us" special edition. She has studied in Germany under the Bridge to Berlin program and in South Korea with Project Bridge to Korea.