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Paul Robeson Centennial Scholars

Jensen Benko
Thesis Title: Unremarkably Queer: Fan Fiction, Identity, and Everyday Life
Thesis Department: Women's and Gender Studies
Student Major: Women's and Gender Studies
Student Minor: Political Science
Favorite Rutgers Moment: My favorite Rutgers moment was being a Plangere writing tutor and helping students develop their voices so they can share their ideas.
Hometown: Sayreville, NJ
Dream/Goal: I dream to one day write and publish a book.
What does it mean to be a Paul Robeson Scholar, especially in this Centennial year of his graduation?: To me, being a Paul Robeson Scholar means developing a deep understanding of the world during my time at Rutgers so that, as I end my time here, I can go forth and generate social change.


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The designation Paul Robeson Scholar is conferred upon School of Arts and Sciences students who have successfully defended a departmental or interdisciplinary senior thesis, as Paul Robeson himself did in 1919. An extraordinary student and Class of 1919 Valedictorian, Paul Robeson went on to become one of Rutgers University’s most distinguished alumni—as a renowned scholar, orator, performer, and human rights advocate. In honor of his legacy and achievements in the face of adversity, the School is proud to honor him each year as these Rutgers graduates follow in his footsteps.


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