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Bogdan Albu, Trinity '03. Bogdan's family moved to the U.S. from Bucharest, Romania, in 1987, and settled in Washington State outside Seattle. While at Duke, Bogdan's academic interests included creative writing and visual art, English and Economics. After graduation, he completed a bike trip throughout the western United States and a cross-country bike trip in Spain. He has recently purchased a condominium in downtown Seattle and is currently working as an Associate Loan Manager with BMC Capital, LP.

Jessica Baker, Trinity '04.  Jesse was born in Canada and has lived in Toronto, Wisconsin, and California before coming to Duke.  She is a voracious reader, especially of Russian and French literature, and is obsessed with art.  Jessica majored in Art History and minored in Cultural Anthropology.

Erin Blevins came to Duke from Charlottesville, Virginia and found time at Duke to pursue her interests in English and history as well as her fascination (and her major) Biology. She was a member of the (fantastic) Arts Theme House and the sometime president of the Duke Poets Society. While at Duke she worked in developmental, cell and marine biology, studying at Duke's marine lab in Beaufort, NC as well as the Bermuda Biostation. In the summer of 2003, she used her University Scholar funds to conduct a behavioral research project at the University of Queensland, Australia, studying the sensory biology of shovelnose rays. (Pictured is an estuarine stingray.)

Errol Bush is a resident of Decatur, GA and graduated from Emory University with a BS in biology.  Interests include medicine, public health,with an emphasis of providing pro bono medical care in underprivileged countries,  EMS, travelling (road trips with friends) and social activities.  He finished his studies at Duke's School of Medicine in 2004 and is staying on at Duke for his residency program in cardiothoracic surgery. "Don't look back, something may be gaining on you" --Satchel Paige.

Lisa Campoli attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning a B.Phil. in political science and history. She also has an M.A. in political science from the Ohio State University. Lisa completed her juris doctor from the Duke School of Law in May 2002. She is now working as an associate at Reed Smith in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Mariana Carrera, Trinity '04.  Mariana is from Wellesley, MA and pursued a double major in Economics and Political Science. Her interests in languages and travel have led her to work and study in Venezuela, Peru, and France. While at Duke, she was involved with Students of the World, an organization that combines documentary work with group trips to foreign communities. After working for a year in Washington, D.C., Mariana is headed off to California to start a Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of California Berkeley.

  Sarah Citrin was a JD/MA candidate in Law and English. At the law school, where she was a Mordecai Scholar, and was active in moot court and the Innocence Project. She was also Executive Editor of the Duke Law Journal. In English, her area of principal interest is Modernism. Sarah grew up in Berkeley, California and Tokyo, Japan. She was an undergrad at Yale, where she captained the women's waterpolo team. Sarah completed her joint degree in Law and English in May 2005.
Devon Coleman

Devon Coleman, Trinity '05, is from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Devon graduated in 2005 with major in Classical Languages and minors in English and History. In summer 2004, she participated in the Duke in Venice program, which allowed her to merge her multiple academic and extracurricular interests. While at Duke, she was an active member of the Arts Theme House and the Duke Choir. She is currently seeking her fortune in Washington, D.C.

Julia Cormano, Trinity '04. Julia grew up in San Diego, California with her loving parents and fabulous younger sister. Although she entered Duke planning to be a lawyer, volunteering in the Duke University Hospital Obstetrics Ward led her to complete the pre-medical requirements with the goal of becoming a physician. She graduated in 2004 from Duke with a major in Economics and a Health Policy Certificate. She took a year off to travel in New Zealand and Australia and will enter the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in fall of 2005.
Kate Cornwell is from Littleton, Colorado, and graduated from the University of Colorado with a BSN. She completed the MSN, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program in December 2002. Kate is now a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse, Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, Department of Neonatology, University of Texas Medical School in Houston, Texas.
Carina Curto graduated from Harvard University in 2000 and is pursuing a PhD in Math at Duke. She entered the University Scholars Program in Fall 2000, and her research focus is on String Theory. Carina completed her dissertation on "Matrix Model Superpotentials and Calbi-Yau Spaces: An A-D-E Classification" in April 2005. She is currently doing a post-doc in Computational Neuroscience at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Nicole Czakon, Trinity '04.  Nicole was born in State College, PA but has also lived in Cologne, Germany and Prague, Czech Republic.  Her interests are broad, but she has a particular passion for languages. At Duke, Nicole double-majored in Math and Physics, with a certificate in Russian. Nicole won a prestigious Fulbright Grant to continue her studies in Physics in Belorusse in 2004 - 2005. In Fall 2005, Nicole will begin a Ph.D. program in Physics.
Eva De La Rosa was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and began as an MBA student at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke in 2003. For over seven years, she has implemented energy efficient projects for commercial and industrial businesses in California and Mexico, and most recently, she launched a small energy consulting group in Guadalajara, Mexico. Passionate about community service, Eva has served on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations and women's advocacy groups. Eva is pursuing a career in brand management and marketing and is interested in consumer research. For fun, she enjoys jogging, practicing yoga, and playing with her Yorkshire Terrier. Eva graduated in May 2005.
Kevin Fogg, Trinity '05, of Richmond, Virginia, double majored in history and Asian and African Languages and Literatures with a dual concentration in Chinese and Arabic. Kevin also minored in Religion and graduated in 2005. He was active in Prism, the multicultural dorm on campus, and has been a performer in the Asian Students Association's Lunar New Year festivals during his time at Duke. Kevin won a Fulbright award to study the role of Islamic institutions on identity formation in Indonesia for 2005-2006.
Cara Forster was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Cara studied studied Environmental Science and 19th century British Poets as an undergraduate at Harvard, where she sang in several choirs and Broadway musicals and didn't think too highly of the weather. After graduating, Cara spent two and a half years doing Peace Corps Nicaragua where she did envrionmental education in elementary schools, a small grant through USAID for trash cans for a town of 10,000 in the central mountains, and ran a 15 woman savings and loan for single mothers. She spent the last year helping an environmental lawyer write a book on the history of litigation to protect places of natural interest along the Texas Coast, spirituality as the basis for activism, and ecotouism as a means of sustainable development. Cara is currently in the Enviromental Managment Masters program studying community based methods of sustainable development with a focus on Latin America. To keep herself sane and balanced, she is editing her Peace Corps journals into a (hopefully) publishable form of short novel.
Anshul Haldipur, Pratt '04.  Anshul was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in India, and now lives in Texas. He is interested in science, geography and economics. A believer in continued human space exploration, he hopes to scientifically contribute to this mission as a future medical professional. At Duke, he majored in Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Chemistry. He enjoys reading and travel.
Lesley Hall Trinity '02, is from Kalamazoo, MI.  Her interests include neuropharmacology, public health, and music.  Lesley joined the program in 1999 as an Undergraduate Mentor, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Health at the University of Michigan.
Sera Harold began her studies at the Nicholas School of the Environment in Fall 2003. She was involved with the Duke chapter of the Coastal Society, an organization of private sector, academic, and government professionals and students dedicated to actively addressing emerging coastal issues by fostering dialogue, forging partnerships, and promoting communication and education. Sera graduated in May 2005.

Shawna M. Henry completed a Master of Science in Nursing program with a major as a neonatal and pediatric nurse practitioner for rural health in the Spring 2004. Currently, Shawna is a neonatal nurse in the intensive care nursery at Duke Hospital.

Bryan Higashikubo, Trinity '04.  Bryan hails from St. Louis, Missouri.  He pursued a major in Psychology, with a special focus on neurosciences. Some of his other academic interests include music, computer graphics, artificial intelligence, philosophy, and physics.  Bryan plans to take up fencing at Duke because he likes the idea of swordfighting during school.
  Nicholas Hollingshead entered Duke in Fall 2001 as a professional school degree student in the Nicholas School of the Environment. He completed his Masters of Environmental Management from the NSOE in 2003, with a focus on using Geographic Information Systems to monitor and manage natural resources.. He is currently an independent environmental consultant in central New York, using GIS to map forest stands, manage wildlife, create buffer areas and define Species Management Zones. Nick served as a Research Fellow in the Landscape Analysis Lab at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN where he assisted with undergraduate instruction and mapped large-scale changes in forest canopy cover on the Cumberland Plateau of Tennessee. He continues to work with the Landscape Analysis Lab, acts as the volunteer GIS Coordinator for the Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Interlaken, New York.
Will Horn is from Littleton, Colorado and graduated in 2005. He grew up in Singapore and learned to speak Mandarin before attending high school. He double majored in Math and Computer Science, and completed a minor in Chinese. Will plans to explore Peru the summer after graduation, after which he will be putting his knowledge to work at CRS, a computer company in Colorado.
Maya Hughes, Trinity '04.  "I am Maya Hughes, coming to Duke by way of the Big Apple.  I was born and raised in New York.  I attended public school and graduated from the Bronx High School of Science.  I am a sports enthusiast; soccer, basketball, long distance running, rock climbing and tae kwon do are my favorite activities.  I also enjoy community service, especially working with children.  For the past four years I have volunteered with an organization that offers social services and organizes therapeutic workshops for catastrophically disabled children.  The experience has been incredible and I hope to continue similiar work in Durham.  My long term vocational goal is to enter the field of biomedical research or pediatric surgery." Maya majored in History and minored in Economics. She was also actively involved in Duke Women's Basketball, serving as the team manager. In 2004-2005, Maya worked at Duke hospital in pediatric oncology. She will be starting medical school at Columbia University in Fall 2005.
Matthew Kim Trinity '03, is from Severna Park, Maryland.  He pursued a biology and economics double major.  Matt has deferred matriculation to medical school at the University of Maryland to work for a at UBS Warburg in New York City. He hopes to combine eventually his interests in medicine, economics, and research.

Holly Suzanne Lieder received her M.S. in Nursing on December 30, 2000, and a certificate in neonatal pediatric care on May 31, 2001. Holly was honored with the Thelma Ingles Award at graduation. Holly returned to Durham in fall 2004 and is now teaching at the School of Nursing at Duke as an Assistant Clinical Professor.

Elliot Ludvig received his Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences in 2004. He started a post-doc in computational neuroscience at Rutgers University in the fall of 2003. He hails from Montreal, Canada where he completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Concordia University. His main research focus has been on learning in animals. He has related interests in the philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence. Elliot was a University Scholars Graduate Mentor in 2002-2003 and 2002-2003.

Karla Malloy, Trinity '03, hails from Richmond, Virginia. Born in Baltimore, MD but reared in Tappahannock,VA, Williamsport, PA,  and Richmond, VA, she is a twin and the fifth child of her family.  Her hobbies/interests include traveling, running, basketball, volunteerism, research, and relaxing with family and friends.  Karla majored in Chemistry, with a focus on pharmacology, and completed a second major in African and African-American Studies. In Fall 2003, Karla began medical school at the University of California San Diego.
Chris Martin, Trinity '05, is from Fredericksburg, Virginia and is a certified scuba diver as well as a sculptor of metals. Chris completed a Bachelor or Science in Biology, graduating in 2005. He studied abroad on Duke programs in Costa Rica, Bermuda, and Beaufort, NC. In summer 2004, Chris conducted independent research on tropical fish deep in the Amazonian rain forests of Peru. After graduation, Chris will be pursuing a Fulbright grant to study the role of African cichlids in Lake Malawi in the control of schistosomiasis.
Robert McDonald hails from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He completed his dissertation, "Forest fragmentation in the North Carolina Piedmont" in the Program in Ecology at Duke University in Spring 2004.  Rob is now a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Forest, studying the effects of forest harvesting on biodiversity and the spread of invasive species in New England.
Adrienne McFadden is pursuing a joint MD/JD degree at the Duke School of Medicine and the School of Law, where she has also been named a Mordecai Scholar. Adrienne has been active in community service while at Duke, tutoring for the Crest Street Community. In 2003-2004, Adrienne served as Co-President of the Black Graduate and Professional School Student Association. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and aspires to be US Secretary of Health and Human Services. After graduating in May 2005, Adrienne returns to Maryland to do a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
  Bonnie Millar received her Masters of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment.  Her particular concentration is resource ecology.  Before coming to Duke, Bonnie lived in Washington, DC and is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina.

Michelle Mitchell received her M.B.A. from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in May 2001.

David S. Moon started the MBA program at the Fuqua School of Business in the fall of 2001. He was born in South Korea, grew up in Memphis, TN, and earned his Bachelor's of Electrical Engineering and Master's of Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He worked for Ford Racing and Ford Motor Company and has also served on the staff of campus ministries in Ann Arbor and Atlanta. He is an avid fly fisher and automotive performance enthusiast. He is pictured here with his wife, Caroline.
Khalia Mounsey grew up in Maryland and graduated in 2005. An avid musician, she plays the flute and piano, and has performed with United in Praise Gospel Choir while at Duke. Khalia completed a double major with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduation, she plans to work in consulting in the field of public health in the D.C. metropolitan area.
Vicki Ng, Trinity '03. Vicki is from San Francisco, California. She completed a double major in Biology and English, as well as a minor in Psychology. Her two years of research of alternative oxidase, a cell membrane protein, culminated in an honors thesis. She graduated with Distinction in Biology. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated magna cum laude. Vicki currently attends medical school at the University of California, San Diego. (Vicki is pictured with fellow University Scholar and classmate Matt Kim at the Graduation High Tea.)
Mary Paden is from Baltimore, MD. and is a Masters of Nursing student in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program at Duke.  She has worked as a travelling nurse in New York, New Hampshire, Texas, Indiana, and Maryland. Mary Paden wed fellow University Scholar Joe Crozier in May 2002 in St. Thomas. Mary received her M.S. in pediatric nursing in December 2001 and a certificate in pediatric acute care in May 2002. She worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, Virginia, before returning to Duke as the Genetics Interdisciplinary Faculty Training (GIFT) Program Program Coordinator.

Christie Phipps Page completed a Master of Divinity at Duke's Divinity School.  She grew up in Kansas, and has travelled extensively.  She is interested in questions of materialism and contemporary religious life as well as questions of national identity. Christie was married in the summer of 2002. She is currently an Associate Pastor at St. Luke's United Methodist Church ( in Hickory, NC. She lives in Harmony, NC with her husband, Shane, who is the Senior Pastor at Harmony United Methodist Church.

Laura Petelle is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and is a joint degree candidate for a JD (Law) and Master of Theological Studies.  As an undergrad, Laura studied political science and theology. She became interested in journalism as an undergrad and has carried that interest over into law school. She is also a musician, an avid reader, and a member of the Embroiderer's Guild of America. Laura was married in summer 2002. She completed her Law and Divinity School joint degrees in 2004, for which she conducted independent research combining her expertise in both fields, culminating in "A Guide to the Law for Pastors." Presently, Laura is working as a solo attorney in general practice and is the founder of St. Thomas More Consulting, providing educational opportunities to ministers, pastors, and religious organizations to learn about the law.

Francesca Pignataro, Trinity '05, grew up in Plainview, NY. She double majored in Biological Anthropology and International Comparative Studies. Francesca was able to combine her interests in both fields during an independent research project in Balti Rossi, Italy, during the summer 2004, where she studied microfossile remains of flora and fauna from the Cretaceous period in the mountainous region between Italy and France. Francesca was named a Faculty Scholar, the highest accolade an undergraduate can receive from Duke.

David Plylar graduated from Duke in 2001. From Phoenix, AZ, David pursued a major of his own design in music composition.  He is a composer and a pianist who won the ASCAP Young Composers Award in 2000 for his piece "Fantasy-Variations on Thematic Material from Liszt's Faust Symphony."  David's composition had its premiere performance at the University Scholars symposium in Spring 2000, "From Faust to the Future: the Costs and Rewards of [too much?] Knowledge." The first recipient of the Grawemeyer Fellowship in Music Composition, David completed his M.M. in Music Theory and Composition at the University of Louisville in May 2003. Currently, David is a fellowship student in the doctoral program at the Eastman School of Music.  


Dennis Rasmussen graduated from Michigan State University and began a PhD in Poltical Science at Duke in 2000.  His interests are in contintental political philosophy and American political thought. While at Duke, Dennis was a Kenan Colloquium Fellow in Ethics and was a Graduate Fellow in the Program on Values and Ethics in the Marketplace in 2003-2004. He completed his dissertation, "The Problems and Promise of Commercial Society: Adam Smith’s Response to Rousseau" in spring 2005. Click here for an abstract of his dissertation.

Vanessa Rousso finished her undergraduate career at Duke in two and a half years, graduating in December 2003. She majored in Economics with a minor in Political Science. She is currently studying Law at the University of Miami, where she was awarded the first ever Chaplin Scholarship, which covers her tuition for three years. Vanessa's long-term goals include economic policy-making in Washington.
Lisa Schubert hails from Indianapolis, IN. Lisa began her pursuit of a Master of Divinity degree in 2003. She received a B.A. in journalism and French from Indiana University, and eventually she plans to return to Indiana to pastor a local United Methodist church. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, playing piano and guitar, jogging, doing water sports, and traveling. Lisa graduated in May 2005 and is returning to Indiana to do a pastorship in Indianapolis.

Roxanne Smith grew up in Jamaica before moving to Wisconsin at the age of 8.  She graduated from the University of Chicago in June 2000 with a B.A. in Biological Sciences, and is now in the School of Medicine at Duke.  Her main interests lie in the fields of family medicine, public health, and preventive medicine in low-income areas.  Her favorite quote: "I have to live with myself and so, I want to be fit for myself to know, I want to be able as days go by, always to look myself straight in the eye." Roxanne earned her M.D. in Spring 2004, along with a Masters in Public Health from UNC-Chapel Hill. She was married in the summer of 2004.

Alexis Taylor, Trinity '05, plays blues-punk guitar and listens to indie music. She has taught herself Lakota over the Internet, and has studied Spanish and Japanese. At Duke, Alexis double majored in Cultural Anthropology and Asian and African Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Japanese. Her double major and skills in several languages allowed her to explore her interest in the tension between globalization and traditional cultures.

Jessica Thomas Jessica Thomas began an M.B.A. program at the Fuqua School of Business in 2002. Prior to attending Fuqua, Jessica founded High Tide Consulting where she worked as a Product Development Consultant for educational toy companies and a Business Development Consultant for small enterprises in Africa. Jessica has a BS in Product Design from Stanford University. At Fuqua, she is Co-Chair of the student arm of the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) and Co-Captain of the Women's Rugby Team. She is an avid runner and is currently working on her first novel. She graduated in 2004.

Emily Trueblood graduated from Trinity College in 2000 and was a University Scholars Undergraduate Mentor in her senior year.  She compled a BA with a major in Program II, Duke's self-designed interdisciplinary curriculum.  Emily's work focused on the structure of the body, through anthropological, medical, and social perspectives.  She is now living in Missouri.
Stephanie Vanterpool is a graduate of Baylor College and is from the British Virgin Islands. She began her medical degree at Duke in Fall 2001. While at Duke, Stephanie has been active in the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association and the Student National Medical Association. Stephanie completed her M.D. in May 2005 and is doing her residency in Anesthesiology at UNC Chapel Hill.

Jasmine Victoria, Trinity '04.  Jaz has lived all her life in New York City, mostly in Manhattan but also Brooklyn and the Bronx.  She is interested in business and all things related to culture, especially foreign languages.  She majored in Comparative Area Studies, and pursued a certificate in Markets and Management. She is currently working for Goldmann-Sachs in New York City.

Jessica Ward, Trinity '05, hails from Idaho Falls, Idaho. She double majored in Biology and Biological Anthropology, earning a Bachelor of Science in both fields. She was also the captain of Duke's dance team, the Dancing Devils. In her spare time, she taught monkeys how to count at a rhesus macaque numerical cognition laboratory and served as a peer tutor in Organic Chemistry and Physics. Before continuing with her studies in veterinary school, Jessica will be pursuing a Fulbright award to study lions in Botswana in southern Africa.

Billy Watson, Pratt School of Engineering '03. Billy is from Tacoma,Washington. He majored in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering with a minor in psychology. He enjoys playing recreational sports and hanging out with his friends. In 2003-2004, Billy completed a Masters in Engineering Management at Duke.

Andrew Waugh, Trinity '05, comes from Virginia Beach, VA. He studied philosophy, political science, and psychology, double majoring in Political Science and Psychology. Andrew was also the president of the Debate Team at Duke, restoring the team's prestige after a coup ousted the former coach. After working in Washington, D.C. the summer after graduating in May 2005, Andrew will begin a Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of California San Diego.


Felecia Williams received her M.B.A. with a concentration in health sector management from Duke's Fuqua School of Business in May 2002. She is now working as an associate administrator at HCA in San Antonio, Texas.

Peter Woodson received his Masters of Environmental Management from Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment in coastal environmental management and his M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business. He is now working for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products as the manager of business development in Burlington, Vermont.

Wei Wu (Wendy) is from Shanghai in the People's Republic of China.  She completed her M.A. in both Cultural Anthropology and in Public Policy at Duke, specializing in questions of mass media, pop culture, and the Internet. She is particularly interested in the role of the Internet in contemporary public life. Wendy graduated in 2004.

Yi (Joey) Zhou, Pratt '05, grew up in Virginia. His interests include philosophy, cognitive science, chemistry, math, and literature. Joey graduated with a triple major in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Philosophy. He spent a year studying philosophy abroad at Oxford College in England. Joey won a Hertz Fellowship for study in physical sciences at the graduate level. He will be starting a Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at Harvard in Fall 2005.



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