Counterterrorism lesson #1: Talk the talk
Kathryn Gellatly (’09) has had a single goal for quite some time: to become an FBI special agent. As she worked toward that goal, her picture of what that means has grown. As an honors intern with the FBI’s Critical Incident Response Group in Quantico, Va., “it became clear to me just how vital knowledge of a critical language is,” she said.
Following that internship, Gellatly committed herself to learning Arabic and joining the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts. When Professor of Psychology Mary Beth Ahlum heard this, she told her about the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship.
She applied and won. The CLS will send Gellatly to Cairo, Egypt, where she will study Arabic—a language she will use to combat terrorism. “Without Dr. Ahlum, I would have never even known about this opportunity,” Gellatly said.