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Global Scholars Distinction Program (GSDP)


The KUMC Global Scholars Distinction Program (GSDP) recognizes students as engaged leaders who have actively sought extracurricular experiences which interface with culture, health disparities, under-served populations and diverse groups to enhance their classroom academics. These students are genuinely drawn to learning, to leadership and engagement, and it is with great pleasure that we have the opportunity to recognize them. This distinction will be noted on the students' transcripts and official university certificates will be issued to them.

Congratulations to:


  • Alexandra V. Arvanitakis, School of Medicine
  • Joy Fesen, School of Medicine
  • Andrew Garcia, School of Medicine
  • Mariah Johnson, School of Medicine
  • Jacob Lancaster, School of Medicine
  • Anna Watkins, School of Health Professions-Occupational Therapy


  • Michael Arnold, School of Medicine, Master of Public Health
  • Rebecca L. Ferguson, School of Medicine
  • Tanner Greiving, School of Medicine
  • Radha Nagireddy, School of Medicine
  • Chandra Swanson, School of Medicine


  • Audrey Coventry, School of Medicine
  • Emily Downey, School of Nursing
  • Ashlee Jacobson, School of Nursing
  • Katelyn Zimorino, School of Health Professions-Occupational Therapy

Program Goals

  • The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) Global Scholars Distinction Program (GSDP) recognizes students who engage in educational experiences that involve working with a variety of cultures and/or with under-served communities. These experiences can be local, national, and/or global.
  • The goal of the GSDP is to give permanent recognition to students who take the initiative and show a commitment to extra-curricular activities, including but not limited to volunteering in their communities, learning a foreign language, engaging with other cultures, participating in an international educational experience or leading a student-group focused on health disparities.
  • GSDP encourages students to combine classroom learning with experiential learning.

Program Objectives

  • Highlight cultural awareness, knowledge, and skills.
  • Encourage students to articulate connections between courses and extra-curricular experiences.
  • Honor those who demonstrate communication, teaching and leadership skills.
  • Distinguish those who learn or speak a second language.
  • Spotlight student research.
  • Recognize experiential learning.

Download the Global Scholars Distinction Program brochure (PDF).

Last modified: May 10, 2021
Contact information

Maria Alonso Luaces, PhD.
Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Phone: 913-588-1547
Fax: 913-588-8894

University of Kansas Medical Center
KU School of Medicine
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
GO28 Murphy
Mail Stop 4007
Kansas City, KS 66160

Kimberly Connelly, M.A.T.
Senior International Officer
Director, Office of International Programs
Phone: 913-588-1480
Fax: 913-588-1462

University of Kansas Medical Center
Academic Affairs
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
5007 Wescoe
Mail Stop 3033
Kansas City, KS 66160