USC announces U.S. Department of Homeland Security fellow

July 18, 2006

USC announces U.S. Department of Homeland Security fellow

Elizabeth Bakanic, a May graduate of the University of South Carolina, has been named a 2006 U.S. Department of Homeland Security fellow.

Bakanic, the daughter of Edward Bakanic of Surfside Beach and Victoria Gaskill of Clemmons, N.C., will pursue a master's degree in public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is a graduate of West Forsyth High School in Clemmons.

The fellowship provides an annual stipend of $27,600, plus all tuition and fees for up to three years of study. A paid DHS-approved summer internship of 10 weeks is also a part of the fellowship package.

Bakanic earned a degree in political science with minors in business administration and psychology from USC. She was a student in the South Carolina Honors College, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the recipient of a McNair scholarship, the most prestigious out-of-state scholarship for USC undergraduates. She also was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society, and was selected as the Most Outstanding Senior in Political Science at USC in 2005.

An active leader on campus, Bakanic was a member of the Carolina Student Judicial Council and was the group's executive secretary. She was an intern with the National Advocacy Center's National College of District Attorneys, the U.S. House of Representatives and the N.C. General Assembly.

The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program is for students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission. Fields of study that are eligible include the physical sciences, mathematical sciences, computer and information sciences, life sciences, social sciences, psychology, selected humanities and engineering.

Bakanic was assisted in the fellowship application process by the USC Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs. To learn more about this office, visit

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