University Innovation Fellow Ben Hinkel is a junior undergraduate student at York College of Pennsylvania (YCP). He is currently pursuing a major in International Relations with a minor in Intelligence Analysis. Born in the rural area of Ashland, Pennsylvania, his interest in International Relations was peaked through a student exchange program he participated in with his school's sister school in Bremerhaven, Germany.
Ben is very involved at YCP. He is a member of the Graham Scholars Program which focuses on innovation on York's campus. Furthermore, he is a member of the track team, where he and his teammates hold a school record in the 4x800. While on campus, Ben is also a Resident Assistant and First Year Seminar Fellow, where he aids freshmen with their transition to college. Finally, Ben is also a member of Alpha Chi, a national organization that recognizes academic excellence, as well as editor-in-chief of a student based journal providing commentary on national and international events.
Drawing from a diverse array of interests, Ben enjoys making connections with people to help them solve their problems. He is devoted to solving world-wide problems, with his passion only growing with each new country he visits, especially with his most recent trip to Japan. In the future, Ben plans to work for the United Nations, helping to create solutions to the world's most pressing issues.