Honors student receives recognition for international studies.

Caleb Gallemore, senior international studies major, reads information from European Unions Web site in Spiva Library Nov. 8.

Caleb Gallemore, senior international studies major, reads information from European Union’s Web site in Spiva Library Nov. 8.

By Cynthia PatrickStaff Writer One student has given the honors program reason to celebrate.Caleb Gallemore, senior international studies major, won the London School of Economics 2005 Northedge essay competition. “I was really surprised,” Gallemore said, “because the quality of the paper was not that exceptional and the research was skeptical.”However, some were not so surprised.”Knowing that Caleb won the contest does not surprise me,” said Dr. Jeff Martinek, assistant director of the Honors program. “He represents the best of what the honors program aspires to be. We hope the pride and achievement represents the honors program and the school.” To Martinek, the award meant more than just winning.”I hope it shows that we can be superstars in academic as well as athletics,” Martinek said. “Caleb winning this contest has gained some recognition. Just the other day León called and congratulated us, which means a lot.”He said the award reflects the honors program.The Northedge essay competition is an essay intended for students who are currently pursuing or recently completed a degree in international relations or related fields.Because Gallemore spent a year at Plymouth University in England, he decided to title his winning article “Lords and (Cyber) Serfs: eGovernment and Post Structuralism in a Neomedeival Europe.””I chose my topic from web sites,” Gallemore said. “My professor back at Plymouth suggested that I enter a essay contest. In addition, at that time I had at least five to 10 topics to choose from and find one that interested me.”Gallemore’s article discussed the European Union’s research and development of the eGovernment Lisbon strategy in 2000 – a program which is to increase eGovernment’s technology streamline by 2010.”The topic he chose talked about the changes taking place in Europe government,” Martinek said. “Him choosing this cutting edge topic does not surprise me. It just shows that our students can compete and succeed against top universities.”The Millennium, a journal of international studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, will publish his article in its January 2006 issue.”I feel that me winning this contest will look good on my grad school application,” Gallemore said. “But, also I hope that it will influence people to research the topic of eGovernment even more.”