"UMBC excels as a public university preparing students to compete with the best.”
President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
Alumnus Ian M. Ralby Receives Prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship
June 25, 2007 - Ian M. Ralby, UMBC's 2002 Valedictorian, has received one of the world's most selective academic awards, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. This fall, he will enter the M.Phil. program in International Relations at Cambridge University with funding provided by the scholarship.
While completing his J.D. at the College of William and Mary in 2005, Ralby was part of a legal team that worked with the U.S. Department of Justice to provide legal research and support for the Iraqi High Tribunal as it prepared its legal case against Saddam Hussein.
At Cambridge, Ralby plans to examine the means of establishing rule of law in post-conflict societies, examining how post-conflict justice processes could be better used to facilitate reconstruction. He intends to continue studying for a Ph.D. in International Relations. Ultimately, Ralby plans to devote his career toward assisting failed states as they attempt to recover from collapse.
"President Hrabowski and UMBC helped me to become a Gates Cambridge Scholar," said Ralby, who graduated with a B.A. in Modern Languages and Linguistics and a M.A. in Intercultural Communication. "UMBC nurtured my intellectual curiosity." Ralby said his work in modern languages and linguistics and intercultural communication at UMBC solidified his passion for international affairs, while his study abroad experience in Switzerland helped him discover the field of international conflict resolution.
Since earning admission to the Virginia state bar, Ralby has served as an associate in the Norfolk, Va., office of Hunton and Williams, an international law firm with offices in New York, Washington, D.C., London, Beijing and Brussels.