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Mark Rafferty, A13

Recipient: Martin/Bacow Term Scholarship

For Mark Rafferty, A13, sometimes the Hill just isn’t high enough; on a sunny day, you can usually spot the international relations major perched in the comfiest campus trees, where he often camps out to study, chat with fellow climbers, hum a tune from Anchord a cappella rehearsal, or literally, just hang. Since moving from a small town in Pennsylvania to Medford, Rafferty’s found a niche in making a place for himself in exotic locations.

In only three years, Rafferty’s taken an independent research trip to Bangladesh to study poverty alleviation, participated in an Iraqi Parliament co-sponsored trip to Kurdistan, and spent a semester abroad in Jordan. “Political science is my passion,” says the avid cellist who’s now proficient in Arabic. “I want to pursue diplomacy in the Middle East, because I really want to be involved in the most constructive way. And I’m really grateful to Tufts for these hand-on experiences.”

Says Kathleen Devigne, assistant director of international relations, “The first time I met Mark I was struck by his energy and enthusiasm for life and learning. That was three years ago and he continues to amaze me. Not only does he enroll in the most rigorous courses here at Tufts, he has made the world his classroom.”