About Past Scholars
2019-2020 USJ Scholars
Guarika Mester
Guarika Mester

I am a junior Biology major on a Pre-Med track. Sophomore year, I added a minor in Public Leadership. I participate in clinical research at University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center as well as volunteer in the Trauma Resuscitation Unit. I have been an active member of the University Student Judiciary and recently was trained to become a Presiding Officer. I am also a member of the Finance Committee for the Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. I enjoy being involved in the University of Maryland community. Go terps!


Erin Farley
Erin Farley

Erin Farley is a sophomore Criminology and Criminal Justice major with a double minor in Cybersecurity (ACES) and Global Terrorism Studies. Striving to create change around campus and in the residence halls is a major goal of hers. On campus, she has been involved in several student organizations such as the University Student Judiciary, Student Success Leadership Council, Residence Hall Association, National Residence Hall Honorary, and Do Better Community-Improvement Inc. Executive Board. She is employed part-time under the Division of IT working in McKeldin’s Terrapin Tech Store as a Tech Consultant. Erin is also joining UMD Resident Life and becoming a Resident Assistant (RA) for the 2019-2020 school year. These activities have exposed her to opportunities to improve her personal integrity, critical thinking skills, and passion for the wellness of the community; things that are all important in the law enforcement field. Being a part of the CCJS community has inspired her to add her two minors and narrow in on what type of career she wants to pursue. She plans on graduating in Spring 2021 and finding a career in a federal agency focused on national security, intelligence, or counterterrorism.


Kaylee Towey
Kaylee Towey

My name is Kaylee Towey. I am a sophomore finance and communications double degree student. I am on the Student Honor Council and the treasurer for the University Student Judiciary. I am also a facilitator for MLEAD conferences. Additionally, I spend a lot of time volunteering with my community Relay for Life event. I am also in the Public Leadership scholars program and intern for a local non-profit. After graduation, I am planning to get my MBA and I hope to work in financial relations and public affairs.


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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