Alyse Beauchemin '21
Global Studies and History double major Alyse Beauchemin ’21 is pursuing her Master of Arts in International Science and Technology Policy at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Her time at Bryant, she says, helped her prepare to study at one of the most prestigious graduate schools in the world – and demonstrate what she is capable of.
An aspiring space diplomat and member of the Space Generation policy and law research group, Beauchemin aims to one day work for NASA or the United Nations. Bryant’s focus on international study and travel has aided her in gaining, and understanding, new perspectives that will help her in her future career working with people all over the world.
A global anthropology course with Professor of English and Cultural Studies Alex Perullo, Ph.D., Beauchemin says, exemplifies the value of that expanded perspective. “I loved that class because it taught me so much about different cultures, who I am as a global citizen, and what I can do for the world.”
Beauchemin combined Global Studies with History to gain a deeper understanding of the world. She added a minor in Management to translate that knowledge into results. “What I love about studying Management is that you can apply it to basically any field. Whether it’s leading a group project or leading a policy proposal, I know I’ll be using it in the future,” she says.
Through Bryant’s Summer Virtual Research and Innovation Village, Beauchemin created a space policy resource with Trustee Professor of Management Michael Roberto, D.B.A., the author of a key case study on the Columbia space shuttle disaster, as her advisor. Her Senior Capstone Project allowed her to spend a year studying the history of space flight and the political trends and historical motivators that have shaped it.
“I really wanted to make my graduate school application stand out and I thought this would be a great way to do that,” says Beauchemin, who is now a big step closer to her perfect-fit career. “I was able to show that I'm able to do the research and that I was ready for grad school.”
The world is already starting to take notice of her efforts. This fall Beauchemin will be working a paid internship at NASA Headquarters where she’ll be documenting and researching programs and facilities important to planetary astronomy and defense.
Real World Experience
Bryant University Summer Virtual Research and Innovation Village
• Created a space law and policy resource covering US space policy and resources, space law and international space treaties and information about the commercial/private space industry
Global Studies Research Assistant
• Assisted Global Studies professor Alex Perullo, Ph.D., with researching the history of music in Africa.
Policy Intern, Rhode Island State Government
• Researched state-funded Rhode Island Police budgets and ways in which unnecessary funds could be reallocated to better serve society.
• Drafted the Rhode Island Reallocation Initiative (RIRI) policy proposal and presented it to the RI Senate and House policy offices.
Bryant Women's Rowing
• Trained and competed with the rowing team
Sophomore International Experience
• Traveled to Singapore and Malaysia to learn about industry and culture
Bryant Senior Advisory Council (BSAC)
• Discussed current issues and future improvements on campus with other student leaders and the University President, Provost, and other Cabinet members
Member, Space Generation Advisory Council Space Law and Policy Project Group
• Networked with young space professionals from across the globe to discuss space law and policy.
A Connected Community
Bryant's purposeful student life delivers co-curricular immersion with an inspiring, collegial community. Students forge deep connections that last a lifetime.
A diverse education gave a multi-talented student the skills to tackle a wide range of challenges and explore new frontiers.
“One of our tasks as educators is to challenge [students], encourage them and nurture them so that they graduate as individuals ready to do something positive.”