Where are They Now? Updates from Past Student Authors


  • Heidi Boutros
  • Brian Hoyer
  • Kevin C. McAdam
  • Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer
  • Amy R. Walter




Undergraduate research, Undergraduate research abroad, Study abroad, Education abroad


This article presents an update about some of the student authors whose research appeared in the first two Undergraduate Research Special Issues. These updates serve as testimony to the ongoing impact of the study abroad experience and to value the distinctiveness of study abroad learning.


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Author Biographies

Heidi Boutros

Heidi Boutros, a Dallas native, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Government and Liberal Arts. As an undergraduate, she participated in human rights fieldwork and research in several countries including Russia, India, and South Africa. Additionally, she spent a summer in The Hague, clerking for the presiding judge in Milosevic’s trial at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Heidi currently resides in the Washington, D.C. area where she works for the US Department of Justice.

Brian Hoyer

Brian Hoyer graduated with Honors from Middlebury College in February 2004, with a degree in International Studies (African Studies, Anthropology and the language of Kiswahili). In 2002, Brian participated in the School for International Training’s Development Studies Program at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He created and was director of the Middlebury Refugee Camp Simulation. In his final year at Middlebury, he served as an Undergraduate Research Associate at the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs. Brian has worked extensively with refugee camps and reseetlement agencies: near his hometown of Denver, Colorado, in Uganda and Tanzania. Brian currently is an International Associate and Associate of Emergency Response at an international humanitarian relief agency based in New York, where he has managed a medical assistance program to Northern Uganda, and coordinated medical aid to Southeast Asia after the Tsunami and, most recently, to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

Kevin C. McAdam

Kevin C. McAdam, of Denver, CO, graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Boston College’s Honors Program in May, 2004. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, was awarded the Scholar of the College designation for his undergraduate thesis, and received the William J. Kenealy award for distinguished academic work and social concern. He was awarded a Faculty/Undergraduate Research Fellowship following his semester abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, he is pursuing a graduate degree in Poverty and Development Studies under the auspices of a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship at Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile.

Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer

Michael Stambolis-Ruhstorfer grew up in Baltimore. A member of the class of 2004 of Dickinson College, he graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors in French. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He studied abroad in Toulouse, France and returned there after graduation. After completion of a certificate of political studies at the Institut d’Études Politiques and working as an assistant at the Dickinson Center in Toulouse, he now teaches English and American civilization at the Université de Toulouse: Le Mirail.

Amy R. Walter

Amy R. Walter graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2004 with a B.A. in Spanish and Government. Since that time she has worked at the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, cataloguing and indexing Spanish-language interviews of Holocaust survivors who fled to Latin America to escape Nazi persecution. Along with studying for a semester in Chile, Amy received academic travel fellowships to intern and conduct research in Spain, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Her parents, sisters, and wheaten terrier live in the Chicago area.


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How to Cite

Boutros, H., Hoyer, B., McAdam, K. C., Stambolis-Ruhstorfer, M., & Walter, A. R. (2007). Where are They Now? Updates from Past Student Authors. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 14(1), 193–195. https://doi.org/10.36366/frontiers.v14i1.211