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Isabelle Melton

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Personal Summary

Isabelle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Montana Davidson Honors College (DHC) in May 2022 with a double major in political science and multidisciplinary studies and double certificates (micro degrees) in global leadership and world competencies. As an undergraduate student, Isabelle was very active at UM, serving as the leader of the Mansfield Center Student Advisory Council, an Ambassador for the Davidson Honors College, an international conversation partner through the Global Engagement Office, the vice-president of the IDS Club, president of Mortar Board, and a performer with the Zootown Cabaret.  She was also a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha honor society, and the Alpha Phi sorority and worked at the Mansfield Center as an International Affairs Research Intern.


University of Montana, Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, Class of 2022

Capital High School, Helena, Montana, Class of 2019

Courses Taught

Montana-Vietnam Environmental Exchange, Spring 2021

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant for GBLD 194 (Global Diplomacy), Fall 2020

Teaching Assistant for HONR 391 (Literature and Medicine), Spring 2022

Research Interests

University of Montana Conference on Undergraduate Research: selected on juried basis. Presented on Local, State, and Federal Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Historical Perspective. April 2021


University of Montana Conference on Undergraduate Research: Presented senior capstone project Web-Based Resource to Aid Newcomer Integration in the Missoula Community. April 2022


Graduate of the Montana NEW Leadership Program, June 2020

Facilitated session on Montana-Egypt Cross-Cultural Exchange, University of Montana, DiverseU Forum for Civil Discourse, October 2020

Attended the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) 2020 National Conference: New Frontiers in Diplomacy and National Security, November 2020

Presented on Global Engagement Opportunities and International Virtual Exchange Programs, University of Montana World Languages Day I and II, March 2021 and March 2022

Presented on The Honors College Experience, Davidson Honors College Faculty Advisory Committee. March 2021

Presented at the Western Regional Honors Conference 2021. Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, April 2021, and at the Western Regional Honors Conference 2022. University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, April 2022

Facilitated session on Tackling Global Challenges, University of Montana, DiverseU Forum for Civil Discourse. Facilitated Session, November 2021

UM's Delegate to the 72nd Annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs. Co-presented Policy Options to Counter Russian Aggression Using Disruptive Technologies. U.S Military Academy, West Point, New York. November 2021

Professional Experience

Teaching Assistant and Intern with the Mansfield Center, Fall 2020 to present

Legislative Intern with Strategies 360, Fall 2020 to Spring 2021

Programs and Marketing Intern for Montana World Affairs Council, Fall 2020 to Spring 2021

Congressional Intern through the Baucus Leader Program, Summer 2020 and Summer 2021

Intern at Goodrich & Reely PLLC, Fall 2019

Founder and Program Director of Montana Soccer Soles, 2015 to present

International Experience

Global PALS Program, a virtual exchange with students from Southeast Asia

International Conversation Partner through UM's Global Engagement Office

Toyo University Model United Nations International Conference, Tokyo, Japan: sole participant selected from the United States; commended for outstanding performance, March 2021

Honors / Awards

University of Montana Presidential Leadership Scholar

President's List (4.0 GPA)

Mortar Board President (national honor society), Pi Sigma Alpha (national political science honor society), and Phi Kappa Phi (national all-discipline honor society)

Baucus Leader, 2020

Capital High School Class Valedictorian, 2019

AP Scholar with Distinction (score of 5 on every AP exam taken)