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Rachel Williams Receives Boren Award for International Study

by Prof. Brian Johnson

University of Oklahoma senior Rachel Williams has been named a recipient of the prestigious Boren Award for International Study, sponsored by the National Security Education Program. Forty-eight OU students have received the award since the program began in 1994.

Boren Awards are named for David L. Boren, OU’s 13th president, former Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator, who helped establish the National Security Education Program. The program focuses on geographic areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. The awards provide up to $20,000 in funding to undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad and develop language proficiency.

Rachel Williams portrait photo
Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams is a senior pursuing degrees in International Affairs and Arabic with a minor in Spanish, and holds a 3.98 grade-point average. Her upcoming study abroad experience will take place in Morocco, with language acquisition courses through the Arabic Overseas Flagship Program.

Williams is a research associate for OU’s Cyber Governance and Policy Center. Previously, she has served as an Arabic tutor in The University of Oklahoma Arabic Flagship Program and as a student intern for Al-Hadaf, which provides legal assistance to Iraqi refugees. In 2020, she was a consultant for The Oklahoma Group and was a member of OU’s Arabic Flagship Program from 2017 until 2020. From 2016 until 2020, Williams was a member of OU’s NCAA Division I Rowing team.

Previously, Williams has studied in Jordan, Guatemala, and the United Kingdom. She earned a Critical Languages Scholarship in 2020 and was named the recipient of Big XII Conference Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award in 2019.

From DeForest, Wisconsin, Rachel is the daughter of Mark and Kathy Williams.