The EGSI Fellowship Program provides tuition and stipends for six undergraduates entering their junior year in a University of Maryland bachelor's degree program. The program focuses on two-year research course designed to introduce students to different counterterrorism research methods and help them develop expertise in specific conflicts.
At first, Rothman was hesitant to apply for the EGSI Fellowship because of the few slots open to students. After some encouragement from her supervisor, Lauren Pinson, Rothman decided to apply. Aside from Pinson's support, Rothman was drawn the EGSI Fellowship's wealth of opportunity.
"By providing intensive seminar research courses oriented towards the homeland security science and technology arena, the EGSI fellowship provides an academic opportunity that would otherwise be impossible to achieve," Rothman said.
She will officially begin the EGSI Fellowship at the start of the fall 2012 semester.
More than a hobby
Aside from her work with START, Rothman fostered her artistic talents over the years. After discovering her talent for painting, she worked to build up her artistic portfolio. The Maryland Institute College of Art admitted Rothman to a pre-college program, Drawing and Painting the Figure: Oil Paint. With this program, she planned, led and set up a gallery of her own work. Rothman also entered competitions and won the Distinguished Achievement in Visual Arts Award in a competition in Howard County, Md. Art is more than just a hobby for Rothman. She hopes to pursue a career in both criminal justice and art. After working with START for the school year, she is dedicating her summer to building up her portfolio.
Rothman's coursework in criminal justice and her work with START provide inspiration for her artwork.
"Primarily, my artwork centers upon psychologically charged portraits that reflect the fringes of human behavior," Rothman said.
Painting continues to be a major influence for Rothman, who claims that when she is not in class or working she is usually painting. She has found a balance between her two interests and sees potential in their intersection. "The unusual intersection of my dual interests - meaning art and criminal justice - enhances my understanding of each, and makes each subject more intriguing."