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Alumni 2000 - 2003

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.

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.

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.
Lesley Hall Trinity '02, is from Kalamazoo, MI.  Her interests include public health and music.  Lesley joined the program in 1999 as an Undergraduate Mentor. She received a B.S. in Economics, an A.B. in Chemistry and a Health Policy Certificate. After leaving Duke, Lesley earned her Masters in Health Services Administration at the University of Michigan in 2004. She is currently employed at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC.
  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.
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.

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.
  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 Walden received her M.B.A. from Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in May 2001. After graduation, Michelle worked as a senior consultant with Scott Madden and Associates in Raleigh. In 2003, Michelle moved with her husband, Kenny, a graduate of Duke's Divinity School, to Novi, Michigan, where she launched Walden Business Solutions, PLLC to help individuals and small businesses with their needs. After a 2004 mission trip with her husband to South Africa, Michelle and Kenny moved to Southern California where Kenny is enrolled as a Ph.D. student at Claremont School of Theology and where Michelle is continuing her work with Walden Business Solutions while also serving as director of financial aid at Claremont.

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.
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.
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.  

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Alumni 2004
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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. After moving to New Orleans shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit, Jessica spent the next year helping to clean up the city. She has returned to North Carolina and will be working with Teach for America in Vance County starting in Fall 2006.

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.

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 headed off to California to start a Ph.D. program in Economics at the University of California Berkeley in Fall 2005.

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 entered the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in fall of 2005.
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 began a Ph.D. program in Physics at California Institute of Technology, where she is working in Hideo Mabuchi's lab for quantum optics.
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.

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.

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. Anshul is currently a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.
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.  Since graduation, Bryan has continued his research in neuroscience first at Carnegie Mellon University and now at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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 started medical school at Columbia University in Fall 2005.

Elliot Ludvig received his Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences in 2004. He received a post-doctoral fellowship 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. He completed his post-doc at Rutgers in 2005 and is now working in the private sector.

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.
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, who also graduated from Fuqua. After graduation, David and Caroline moved to Colorado to work in engineering consulting. They are hoping to start a non-profit to help serve struggling North Koreans.

Christie Phipps Page completed a Master of Divinity at Duke's Divinity School in 2004.  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 (www.slumc.org) 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.

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.

Jessica Thomas Jessica Thomas is in her second year at the Fuqua School of Business. 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.

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.

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.

Alumni 2005
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  Sarah Citrin was a JD/MA candidate in Law and English. At the law school, where she was a Mordecai Scholar, Sarah 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.

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.
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. Check out Kevin's blog on his experiences in Indonesia:
http://www.international.duke.edu/blog/kwf2/ After completing his Fulbright, Kevin is headed to Yale University to begin his Ph.D. in History with a concentration on Southeast Asian studies in Fall 2006.

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.
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 is double-majoring in Math and Computer Science, and is pursuing 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.
Marion Hourdequin is a PhD student in philosophy with interests in ethics and philosophy of biology. Before joining the USP and Duke in fall 2001, she lived in Missoula, Montana where she completed master's degrees in plant ecology and philosophy, worked for the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and taught college field courses for Wild Rockies Field Institute. Marion was a University Scholars Graduate Mentor in 2002-2003. In March 2005, she gave birth to a baby girl, Julia Adele Havlick. Marion defended her dissertation, "Nature and Normativity: Biology, Culture, and the Evolution of Ethical Norms" in August 2005. After a year at Brandeis University as an assistant professor, Marion and her husband, Dave, moved to Colorado where Marion will be a tenure-track assisant professor at Colorado College starting in fall 206.
 

Ming Liao gained his MS in Computer Science from the National Lab of Pattern Recognition, Chinese Academic of Science, Beijing, PR.China.  He is now a PhD student in the Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences.  His research focuses on Bayesian inference and its application for data mining, business intelligence and financial analysis. It is a seriously interdisciplinary field, which is related to the current research in statistics, computer science, market finance, decision science, artificial intelligence, signal processing , software development,  bioinformatics, etc.  Ming's past research has been in video segmentation and presentation, which is relevant for the application of video encoding, indexing (MPEG 4/7), digital libraries, and visual surveillance.

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.
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.
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 has been working in consulting in the field of public health in the D.C. metropolitan area.

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.

 

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.
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 returned to Indiana to do a pastorship in Indianapolis.

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. In summer 2006, Alexis is headed to Japan for two years to teach English.
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.

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.

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 began a Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of California San Diego.

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 started a Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at Harvard in Fall 2005.

Alumni 2006
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Suzanne Bouffard is a Ph.D. student in developmental psychology who joined the University Scholars Program in 2001. She hails from Boston and holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Wesleyan University. Her interests include applications of psychology and human development to public policy, particularly education and youth development. In addition to her work at Duke, she writes for social policy publications, and is a dance teacher and performer. Suzanne defended her dissertation in Psychology, "Virtual " in spring 2006. After graduation, Suzanne will be working with Harvard Family Research Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently planning a September 2006 wedding to her fiancé, Chris.
  Alicia Conrad hails from Florida. She entered Duke's Nursing program in Fall 2003 and completed her Master's in Nursing in December 2005. She has returned to her home state of Florida to continue working as a Registered Nurse.
 

Joyce Coppock of Chicago, is a graduate of The Latin School of Chicago. She is interested in Chinese language and culture, art, and the environment. Joyce has also done independent research on the behavior of Bolivian Gray Titi monkeys and is most interested in biology, engineering and physics. A first-generation college graduate, Joyce decided to pursue a B.S. in Physics with a minor in math while at Duke. With summer funding from the USP, Joyce studied in China after her sophomore year, to continue her work in Chinese. Last summer, she pursued an R.E.U. (Research Experience for Undergraduates) funded through the National Science Foundation, at Penn State. She is excited to be doing another R.E.U. this coming summer in astrophysics at the University of Wisconsin. Joyce conducted her senior thesis in Physics on “Energy in 2D Meteor Impacts” and hopes to publish a paper on her research. She will be returning to Duke in the fall to defend her thesis and to continue her work in physics before heading to graduate school the following year.

Katie Dawson is from Newnan, Georgia. She is a mathematics major at Duke and hopes to squeeze in a minor in Computer science. In summer 2005, Katie indulged her love and talent in visual arts, developing her skills in computer science and continuing independent research in math on number theoretic properties using real-analytic functions in the field of non-standard analysis.

Stephen Fusi hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and split his childhood years between Milwaukee and Cameroon, West Africa. He is a graduate of the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned both bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and was a G.E.M. and Grainger Fellow. While a graduate student, Stephen co-founded a small web design and publishing company focused on delivering educational and entertainment content to the African-American community in Wisconsin. Stephen is pursuing a career in consumer marketing and consulting. Prior to joining the class of 2006 at Fuqua, Stephen was a manager at a Fortune 200 diversified industrial manufacturing company in Charlotte, where he was responsible for enterprise relationships with several key technology partners. Stephen is married with one young son and one large German Shepherd Dog, Maximus. Stephen is a big fan of the "Thief: The Dark Project" series of video games, but does not in any way recommend or endorse the practices of the main character, Garrett (Master Thief). Stephen is returning to his Midwestern roots, working in marketing/brand management for the Personal Health Care business of Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH.
Isaac Karikari joined Duke's School of Medicine in the Fall 2002. Mr. Karikari graduated from Morehouse College at the top of his class. He is a remarkable student who demonstrated tremendous leadership as part of the Medical School's MMEP (Minority Medical Education Program) in summer 2004. Isaac graduated from the School of Medicine in 2006.
  Emily LaDue was born in Vermont, where she still visits often, grew up in Levittown on Long Island, and now goes home to Washington Heights in NYC. At Duke, she was involved with various activist groups; she served as co-president of the Center for Race Relations and Students of the World; wrote for and edited Thread, a progressive publication; and was a DJ at WXDU, the college station. She is especially interested in creating independent media, particularly though the medium of video. She studies film theory, cultural studies, literary theory, theories and effects of globalization, and corresponding resistance movements through her Literature major, Cultural Anthropology minor, and in the Documentary Studies Certificate Program. She has traveled through about half of the European countries, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Cuba, completing documentary projects in the the two latter with Students of the World. In Spring 2005, Emily studied abroad with an International Honors Program called "Cities in the 21st Century," which took her from New York City, to Bangalore, to Auckland, to Beijing, and back to the U.S. She has been a finalist for both the Truman and Mitchell scholarships. Emily used her USP summer funding to study Spanish intensively and creatively through grassroots educational endeavors in Chiapas, Mexico, with the Zapatista community, and subsequently, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with the Autonomista political movement. This experience has provided Emily, who graduated cum laude, with the topical foundations for her senior thesis in Literature, for which she won the Bascom Headen Palmer Prize for the best senior thesis in literary studies for her work on “The Zapatistas and the Weapon of Words.” Emily hopes to continue her work as an activist, combining her skills as a documentarian and literary and cultural critic, to expose and correct injustices, to improve the lives of others.
Yi Li is from Fort Dodge, Iowa. Her interests include genomic technology, scientific journalism, and modern Chinese literature. Yi is the editor of Vertices, Duke's journal of science and technology, and a member of Round Table selective house. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, photography, collecting hotel stationary and fishing. She is double majoring in Biology, with a concentration in Genetics and Asian and African Languages and Literatures, with a concentration on Chinese. Yi has served editor-in-chief of Vertices, Duke’s undergraduate science journal for two years, rush chair for Round Table, a selective living group dedicated to faculty-student interaction and community service. She was named a Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellow for the summer after her freshman year, where she conducted research on molecular genetics with Dr. Huntington Willard. She was also awarded the Sirena WuDunn Memorial Scholarship for students of Asian origin with an interest in East-West relations. With the support of USP summer funding, Yi was able to combine her interest in science and East Asian studies through an independent research project on “The Relationship Between Regional Attitudes and Efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medical Practices in the Treatment of AIDS in China.” In fall 2005, Yi continued her interdisciplinary academic pursuits with an independent study project on literary realism and the representation of disease in May-fourth era Chinese literature. Yi, who graduated summa cum laude, will be entering medical school in 2006 at Harvard University.
Mike McGahan graduated from Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong but has domestic roots in Sheridan, Wyoming. He is majoring in Electrical Engineering and also hopes to complete a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. In 2004, Mike studied abroad in New Zealand and Australia. In summer 2005 Mike worked in Salem, MA, on an internship in electrical engineering with Boston Acoustics. He enjoys the outdoors, from hiking to biking to climbing, as well as more tame leisure activities like reading and photography. After graduation, and travel to England, Greece, and Ireland, Mike will be headed to India to teach Psychology for three years at Mahindra United World College.

Marc Roark hails from Louisiana, where he received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University before obtaining his J.D. at Loyola University School of Law. Marc entered the Divinity School at Duke in Fall 2004. After a year of coursework through the Divinity School, and the birth of his daughter Madison, Marc finished his L.L.M. this year in the Duke School of Law in May 2006. He has been very productive this past year, with 4 articles awaiting publication, and several more in the works. Next year, he will be joining an Atlanta Firm doing Federal Litigation and plans to continue writing. Marc is three chapters into a book on Sovereign Immunity right now and hopes to have the last two chapters done by the year’s end.

Kim Ryall was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She has degrees in English Literature and Botany from the University of British Columbia. Her interests in moss and evolution drew her to the Biology department here, and she studied fungal endophytes of moss. Kim was a University Scholars Graduate Mentor in 2003-2004 and in fall 2005. She is also an avid knitter, pottery-maker, and poi (otherwise known as fire twirling) artist. Kim’s plans for the future include marrying her fiancé, Douglas, in August 2006 in British Columbia, and driving their VW Vanagon all the way down to Argentina using vegetable oil as fuel. After they return from Latin America, Kim plans to continue teaching and writing about science.

Anna Strickland, a North Carolina native and former U.S. Naval Officer, joined the Master’s Program in the School of Nursing in Fall 2004, after practicing as a Registered Nurse for 27 years. She is remaining in the area, where she and her husband recently purchased a new home, to work as a Nurse Practitioner in Adult Oncology. We are delighted that she can still be involved in the USP.

Ilya Voytov is a graduate of the Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C. He has won a gold medal at the USA Ballroom Dancing Championship and a silver medal at the Heritage Classic Dancesport Championship. Ilya dabbled in engineering before deciding upon a double major in Economics (B.S.) and Computer Science (A.B.). In summer 2005, Ilya completed an internship in investment banking with Bank of America in New York City. He graduated with distinction, writing his senior thesis in Economics, "Information Content of Auction Estimates: An Empirical Analysis of Aboriginal Art Sales.” After graduation, Ilya will be launching his new career with JP Morgan in New York City.
Huanjie (Wendy) Wang graduated from LV Berkner High School in Richardson, Texas, after leaving her native country of China at age 17, where she won a silver medal in the National Youth Science Fair of China. Wendy is double majoring with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics, with a minor in Philosophy. She tutored and T.A.'d in both her majors, and received the top undergraduate teaching award, the Distinguished Research Assistantship, in Economics. In summer 2004, she did a business internship with Sara Lee, and worked in China in summer 2005. Wendy graduated with distinction in Economics for her senior honors thesis on "Measuring Capital Mobility in China: Would We Have a Chance to Change It Later?" with advisor Dr. Stephanie Schmitt-Grohe . Wendy will be working next year at UBS Warburg in New York City.
Venis Wilder is a graduate of Western High School in Plantation, Florida. Her academic interests have led her to pursue a double major in Biological Anthropology and Anatomy and in Women's Studies. At Duke, Venis has received distinction for her work in community service for her work with Dukes and Duchesses, an organization whose members serve as Duke’s ambassadors to guests and alumni, and most notably, with the Girls' Club of Duke/Durham, a program which she founded. She studied away at Spelman College in Fall 2004 on the Duke-Spelman exchange program. Venis used her USP funding to pursue an internship with Cross Cultural Solutions in Ghana, enabling her to combine her academic interests in medicine and women’s studies with real world practice. She was awarded the Samuel DuBois Cook undergraduate award for community service last year, and this year, she received the Griffith service award. Next year, in 2006, she will continue to combine her passion for helping others as a medical student at Harvard University.
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Deepak Bastakoty (Pratt) of Kathmandu, Nepal is a graduate of Budhanilkantha School, a government designated National School of Nepal. He is fluent in Nepali, Hindi and English. Deepak is double majoring in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and is pursuing a certificate in Neuroscience. He has been working at the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center and has also been involved in Pratt's SmartHouse project. He was a Howard Hughes Research Fellow in summer 2004, when he researched "Mapping of Odorant C-Fos Activation Patterns in the Mouse Olfactory Bulb." Deepak is continuing his studies at Duke in summer 2005.

Brian Coggins originally from central Florida, has been at Duke and in Durham for 6 yrs. He completed an undergraduate B.S. in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Duke, with minors in History and German. His undergraduate thesis studied an important molecular target for developing antibiotics. He is currently in a Ph.D. program, jointly with the Biochemistry Dept. and Structural Biology and Biophysics Program, which he began in 2003. In his graduate thesis, Brian seeks to develop new technology for studying biochemistry and biophysics using magnetic resonance. Specifically, he is working to accelerate magnetic resonance studies of molecules by developing "projection-reconstruction" techniques. Brian hopes to continue on in academia, combining teaching and research, particularly in the magnetic resonance and biophysics fields. Beyond his academic interests, Brian has been a member of the Chapel Choir for six years, studies piano and organ, and is a classical music and jazz aficionado. He also enjoys photography (digital galleries on web: http://becoggins.smugmug.com/ ), hiking, gourmet cooking, and is a die-hard Duke Basketball fan.
Anthony Collins (Trinity) graduated from Rowlett High School in Rowlett, Texas. His family currently lives in Texas, just outside of Dallas, but Anthony considers himself to be from the great state of North Carolina. Anthony is double majoring in Environmental Science and Policy and in Economics, after which he'd love to pursue a career in business, and especially politics. Anthony loves passing on the gift of knowledge through tutoring and his contributions to the community center around this passion. He has actively participated in Duke Student Government and in community tutoring programs and has been a Resident Advisor on East Campus since Fall 2004. In summer 2005, Anthony will be doing an independent research project assessing the impact of the built environment on health, followed by a study abroad program at the London School of Economics.

Ian Davis completed his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University. He joined the Program in 2001 to study for a PhD in the Molecular Biophysics Program.

Laura Driver (Trinity) – A history major from Millington, New Jersey, Laura now loves and appreciates being a part of Duke even more than she did after her first year. During her sophomore year, Laura served on the executive board of Bench & Bar, Duke’s undergraduate pre-law society, and branched out into new territory by joining Duke’s club ping pong team (I practice with them, not exactly up to competing level yet!). In summer 2005 Laura completed an internship in the publicity department at Oxford University Press in Manhattan. She spent fall 2005 at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and then returned to Duke to live (for the third year!) with fellow Uni Brittany Rhodes. Although she is not certain exactly where life after college will lead her, Laura is currently exploring graduate programs in speech pathology, as well as secondary and special education.
Audrey Ellerbee graduated from Princeton in 2001 and spent the following year teaching in Singapore. She joined Duke and the USP in Fall 2002 to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering. She enjoys rugby and salsa and many other things besides. Audrey was a University Scholars Graduate Mentor in 2003-2005 and again in Spring 2007. She has received numerous awards during her graduate career, including Student Leader of the Year for her work as President of the Graduate and Professional Student Council at Duke and the Golden Torch Award for Graduate Student of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers. Audrey was named an AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow for 2007-2008, which she began after completing her dissertation, "Spectral Domain Phase Microscopy: A Novel INvestigative Tool for Cellular Dynamics" in August 2007.

Christine Henzler is from Rochester, NY and graduated from Cornell University.  She is pursuing a PhD in Biology at Duke, and is particularly interested in marine ecology and biology, especially of invertebrates. Christy joined the University Scholars Program in 2000.

Kellyann Jones (Trinity) - Kellyann Jones is a double Biology and Spanish (concentration in Latin American Studies) major from the Bronx, New York. This past summer Kellyann used her summer enrichment funds to conduct biochemistry research at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez with Dr. Joseph Bonaventura, a former Duke professor. This year she is excited to be a resident advisor in Kilgo Quad as well as the co-President for Operation Snowball, an organization that plans and funds an educational weekend retreat for Durham middle schoolers. After graduation, Kellyann hopes to teach either late elementary or middle school in the public education system before pursuing a PhD in microbiology.
Turan Kayagil (Pratt) - Turan Kayagil graduated with an Advanced Studies diploma from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Northern Virginia and was a National Merit Scholarship recipient. He also swam competitively, which he has continued to do since arriving at Duke. Turan is pursuing a major in Biomedical Engineering and minors in Chemistry and Biology, while also completing the premed curriculum. Despite the rigors of his curriculum, Turan was named to the Dean's List or Dean's List with Distinction every semester since he has been at Duke. He was selected to the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and to Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. He has served as a Teaching Assistant for the lab section of BME 153, "Biomedical Electronic Measurements," and was appointed as Student Marshall for the May 2006 Commencement ceremonies. During his summers, he has participated in the Duke Summer Alum Medical Mentorship Program (DSAMMP); served as an intern at the Naval Research Laboratory in the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering in summer 2005; and was chosen as a trainee at the National Institutes of Health for the Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship Program in summer 2006, where he conducted research on neural interfaces. In his senior year, Turan is conducting an independent study on "Brain-Machine Interfaces" with Professor Craig Henriquez. Turan's CV can be viewed at: http://home.att.net/~kayagil/turan/TuranCurriculumVitae1.htm
Victor Kotsev (Trinity) hails from Silistra, Bulgaria where he attended the Foreign Languages High School "Payo Yavorov" with an English major and German minor. Victor has published prose and poetry in Bulgarian, English and German, and reads widely in all three languages in diverse fields from mathematics, to philosophy, to religious literature, to fiction. He worked as webmaster for his school’s English Club and was the founder of the local Youth Parliament, serving as his town’s delegate in the National Youth Parliament. At Duke, Victor is majoring in English and is especially interested in theater and creative writing. He studied abroad in summer 2004 on the Duke in the Mediterranean program and spent Spring 2005 on Duke's Leadership in the Arts in New York program. Victor plans to spend summer 2005 studying abroad on the Duke in Australia program.
Rachel Price Rachel Price graduated from Yale University in 1997 and began her doctoral studies in Duke's Program in Literature in 2001. Hher interests include the literatures of the anglophone and hispanophone Atlantic (US,Spain, Britain, and Latin America) particularly in the early twentieth century and during the early modern period (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries); poetry; philosophy and critical theory. During her graduate career, she published an article "Animal, Magnetism, Tehatricality in Ibsen's The Wild Duck" in the journal New Literary History, and served as co-editor on a digital edition of Walt Whitman's Poemas. Rachel successfully defended her dissertation, "Future Measures in Atlantic Literatures (1868-1968) in August 2007 and began a teaching position at SUNY Stony Brook in September 2007.
Brittany Rhodes (Trinity) is from Sarasota, FL. Brittany graduate cum laude with a double major in Spanish, studying abroad in Madrid, Spain; and in History with a concentration on the history of the U.S. health care system. She also earned the interdisciplinary Health Policy Certificate. While at Duke, Brittany served as a Disciplinary Advisor, working as a student advocate for those appearing before the Undergradaute judicial Board; as President for Dukes and Duchesses, an organization whose members serve as Duke's ambassadors to guest and alumni; and as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She has interned in Sarasota Memorial Hospital and Helath South Rehabilitiation Center; with the Studer Group in Pensacola, FL, a healthcare leadership company; and with the Chula Vista Medical Center in San Diego, CA, the hospital closest to the U.S.-Mexican border. In her senior year, she designed an independent study in conjunction with Duke Hospital in which she worked with the Latino Health Project. Since graduation, Brittany has been working with the Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C., advising health care consulting companies. Looking ahead to the future, she plans to pursue a Masters degree in Health Services Administration to ultimately achieve her goal of becoming a hospital administrator.

Steven Schindler is from a small town in Texas. He earned a B.S. in Engineering from Southern Methodist University, where he was a Presidential Scholar. He began his studies at Duke Law School in Fall 2003 and is pursuing a joint Master's Degree at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy.

Arthur Sevilla is a member of the 2007 class at the Fuqua School of Business. His first introduction to Duke University came in the summer of 1994 when he participated in the LEAD (Leadership Education and Development) program hosted by Fuqua. Arthur went on to graduate from Duke University with a major in Public Policy and a minor in Economics in 1999. Arthur most recently worked for American Express as a Manager within the Global Business Strategy group of Corporate Services. Prior to American Express he worked for several marketing research/consulting firms including Information Resources, Inc. His professional interests include global brand management and the role of technology in identifying consumer preference and more effective marketing. Arthur also enjoys biking, skiing, international travel and dogs.

Jimmy Soni (Trinity) A Chicago native, Jimmy Soni is a rising senior at Duke, where he majors in Ethics, a self-designed interdisciplinary curriculum with emphasis in public policy and philosophy. Jimmy has served as past chair of the University Honor Council and was recently elected Vice-President for Academic Affairs for the Duke Student Government. He has tutored at-risk youth in Durham middle schools and has worked in low-income communities in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, helping to raise awareness about human rights. His academic interests include juvenile justice policy, US-Soviet relations at the end of the Cold War, and education policy, and he has worked as a teaching assistant and research assistant in the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy.
Andrea Strobel hails from Salem, Oregon. She will be in the Accelerated BSN program in Fall 2005 through the School of Nursing. She has a BA (Political Science) from Brown University where she graduated with a 4.0 gpa (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa).

Dean-Lorenz Szumylo joins the Conservation Science & Policy Master of Environmental Management at the Nicholas School. Dean earned his B.S. in Biology at Boston College and studied coyotes in eastern Massachusetts. He says, "My interest in biology stemmed from a fascination with the vast interconnectedness of the natural world, despite my university's best attempts to steer my biology degree relentlessly towards a career in biomedical research." He's interested in community-based approaches to management issues. Since graduation he was an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with the Urban Ecology Institute where he was a field assistant, a research assistant for the Center for Applied Special Technology where he developed and implemented web-based science writing, and the program manager for the Boston College Environmental Studies Program.
Gideon Weinerth (Pratt) attended the Ben Lipson Hillel Community High
School in N. Miami Beach, Florida. Gideon is currently working on patents for for a portable device for releasing antiseptic spray, a frictionless gear system, a new type of airfoil, a dynamic gun silencer, and several other innovations. In his spare time he has built a potato cannon and a small Van De Graff Generator. While at Duke, Gideon is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and History. This has led to his investigation of the Technology Underground, which has been described as a major groundswell of technological art and experimentation fostered by the internet and open source programing concepts.
Gideon indulges in creative writing, as he has held a post as a columnist for the Duke Chronicle, and as a contributer to DukEngineer, The Blindspot, and The Archive, one of the oldest student publications in the U.S. He has also functioned in many diverse campus positions such as CFO and projectionist for Freewater films, chaplain and secretary for Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and is working to establish a Green party influence at Duke. He hopes at the end of his time at Duke to study intellectual property and digital rights at law school. Or, he might go to design school and satisfy his interest in the form and function of tangible items. Last summer, he accompanied the Robertson Scholars to live and volunteer in Vietnam for nine weeks, where he taught English and built a charity house in the Mekong Delta.
Laura Weston-Murray graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC and is now a PhD student in Biochemistry (Structural Biology
and Biochemistry Program). She is studying the backbone conformations of RNA with an eye to facilitating structure determination.
John Wilkins began his medical degree at Duke in Fall 2003. John has been active in community service while at Duke, tutoring for the Crest Street Community.

Lauren F. Winner arrived in Durham in August 2005 with her husband, Griff Gatewood, to pursue a Master's in Divinity at Duke's Divinity School. She is an accomplished author, having penned three books to date, including Girl Meets God, Mudhouse Sabbath, and Real Sex, and numerous essays. Lauren has a degree from Cambridge University and is completing a doctorate in the history of American religion from Columbia University. Her favorite color is cranberry, and she hopes to soon adopt a cat.

Dawn Woodard - Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Dawn completed her Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Computer Science at Stanford University in June 2002. She joined the Department of Statistics and Decision Sciences in Fall 2002 to pursue her doctorate. Dawn successfully defended her dissertation in the newly renamed Department of Statistical Science in September 2007 and is working as a Teaching Assistant at Duke while seeking more permanent employment.
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Aleksandr Andreev is from Centennial, Colorado, where he graduated from an International Baccalaureate High School. He was born in Riga, Latvia, and came to the United States in 1995. At Duke University, Aleksandr is majoring in Economics and Mathematics with a minor in French Studies. His research interests are in post-Communist economic transition and economic demography, focusing on Russia. After graduating from Duke, Aleks hopes to pursue graduate study in Economics. In his spare time, Aleks volunteers as parish council secretary and webmaster for a local-area church and directs a computer programming project.

Nicholas Arrivo is pursuing a major in Literature with a minor in Women's Studies. His academic interests include 20th century Marxism, radical and progressive politics, queer theory, and ethics. A vegan for several years, Nick is interested in the ethical philosophy of animal rights and has held leadership positions with the Duke Students for the Protection of Animals and the Duke University Debating Society. In summer 2005, he contributed to a Duke-funded research project on the concept and practices of autonomy in alter-globalization movements. Nick received USP funding to pursue an unpaid internship with Verso Press, in London , in summer 2007. He received a Franklin Humanities Institute internship with Duke University Press as a senior and plans to continue in publishing after graduation.

  Elizabeth Bahnson entered the Masters of Divinity Program at the Duke Divinity School in Fall 2003. She grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina on her family's farm in Fairview (near Asheville). A U.S. History major at UNC-CH, she graduated in May 2002 and then toured full time with a bluegrass band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, for a year.
Stephanie Becherer graduated summa cum laude in 2005 with a BSN from the University of Miami. During her time at UM, she completed an undergraduate thesis entitled "Perceptions of Nurse-Physician Collaboration, Nursing Authority, and Powerlessness among Registered Nurses." She has worked as a registered nurse in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Miami Children's Hospital for the past two years since graduation. She completed the Pediatric Acute/Chronic Care program in December 2008. The Master's program provides preparation for both a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Stelphanie is currently working as a nurse in her home state of Florida.

Kathleen Bolcar began her studies in the Nicholas School of the Environment in Fall 2004. Katie graduated from the University of Virginia in 2000 with a Biology degree and a minor in Environmental Science. She is currently working as a subsitute teacher at First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, VA. She also has experience at San Miguel Middle School where she taught 8th grade. In 2000 she worked at Camp Gray as a program specialist where she designed and implemented an Environmental Stewardship Program. Katie is interested in persuing the CSP (Conservation Science and Policy) track area and wishes to pursue a career in which she can work with communities to meet basic needs, both human and environmental.

 

Joseph Crozier PhD student, Clinical Psychology.  Joe attended the U.S. Air Force Academy from 1989 to 1993 where he earned a B.S. in economics and political science.  Upon graduation he entered the public policy program at the University of Maryland and completed an M.P.M. degree in 1995.  From 1995 to 1998, Joe served in the Air Force at a base near Boston, MA.  He left the service as a captain in 1998.  In 1999 he enrolled in the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at Duke, which he expects to finish in 2004.  His research interests include the development of behavior and emotion regulation in children.
Darlene Davis graduated from Harvard and began her studies at the Duke in June 2004. She is pursuing a joint JD/MA degree at Duke Law and the Stanford Institute of Public Policy. In addition to being chosen as a University Scholar, the School of Law named Darlene as a Mordecai Scholar.
Katie Dickinson began a doctoral program at Duke in Fall 2003 in Environmental Economics in the Nicholas School of the Environment. Her research looks at the drivers of households' environmental health decisions in developing countries using household survey data. In particular, she is looking studying demand from latrines in Orissa , India , as well as households' malaria prevention and control behaviors in Tanzania . She is also involved in a malaria control decision analysis project, which is developing tools to help policymakers in East Africa decide among alternative malaria control strategies. Katie is a USP Graduate Mentor for 2007-2008.
Anna Frankel was born in Bankok, Thailand and comes to Duke from Claremont, California to join the Nicholas School of the Environment in 2006. As an undergraduate, Anna attended the University of California at Berkeley receiving a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences. She has recently worked as an Air Quality Analyst at Sonoma Technology where she did air quality data analysis working with clients and agencies on local, state, and federal levels. Prior to that she worked with Americorps as a teacher/mentor to underprivilidged kids in the San Francisco Bay area. She designed environmental science curriculum and presented interactive lab activities for students, focusing on resource management, watersheds, eutrophication, bioremediation, and alternative energies. At Duke, Anna will be pursuing her Master's of Environmental Management degree with a concentration in Energy and the Environment.

Ikee Gardner from Chicago, IL, is pursuing a double major in English (B.A.) and Economics (B.S.). She has been a reporter and Associate Editor for The Chronicle, an Economics Editor for the Duke Journal of Public Affairs, and a Research Assistant at the Fuqua School of Business. She is a member of Cambridge Christian Fellowship. This year, she is the Marketing Director for the Undergraduate Publications Board. You can often find her either writing or performing poetry at open mics around campus. She has displayed poems in the Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, and was honored with the Paul Robeson "Scholar/Artist" Award in Spring 2007. Ikee used her USP Summer Funding to participate in the Duke in New York program and to intern at Random House, Inc. (yay for the USP!).

Makiko Hiromi was born in Basel, Switzerland and attended elementary school in the United States before moving to Japan where she finished secondary school. At Duke, Makiko is a philosophy major focusing on applied ethics, and a political science minor. She is currently also writing a senior thesis on the Ethics and Constitutionality of Reynolds v. US, the landmark polygamy case. Outside of classes, she is active in Alpha Phi Omega Co-ed national community service fraternity and Sabrosura, a Latin dance performance group. She has also worked as a Resident Assistant for 3 years. Makiko hopes to work for a non-profit institution focusing on child welfare before heading to law school.

Jonathan Karp from Valley Stream, NY, pursued a major in Earth and Ocean Sciences and a minor in Chemistry, and graduated in December 2008. Outside of class, he was also involved in many community service projects in the greater Durham area, lately with a focus on Habitat for Humanity. In his spare time, he played all manner of sports, wrotes trivia questions for a campus TV game show, and hosted a bi-weekly event, Dinner at PFJ's, to flex his fledgling culinary muscle. After graduation Jonathan will be working with Teach for America in St. Louis, Missouri.

Erin Gentry Lamb completed her PhD student in English in December 2008. She calls Lincoln, NE home and completed her BA in English and Aging Studies at The University of Iowa and a Postgraduate Diploma in International Cultural Studies at Nottingham Trent University in England. Her intellectual interests include aging and critical gerontology, medicine, science, science-fiction, technology and the body (oh yeah, and 19th and early 20th century American literature). In particular, she is fascinated (and horrified) by our anti-aging culture and the way that aging is commonly perceived of as a disease. Motivated by her uneasiness with the anti-aging sentiments of our contemporary culture, her dissertation traces the creation and circulation of some of our familiar cultural narratives about aging -- such as talking about aging as a disease that science needs to "cure," categorizing the aged as a national "burden," and placing a moral responsibility on people to "take care of themselves" as they age -- back to the turn-of-the-twentieth century. Erin has taught courses on "Global Health and Human Rights" and "Aging, Sex, and Popular Culture," and has co-coordinating the Human Rights Working Group at Duke in 2007 as well as the HASTAC Scholars in 2008-2009. Erin was a USP Graduate Mentor in 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. She is now an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Humanities at Hiram College in Ohio.

Claire Lauterbach was raised in sub-Saharan Africa before coming to Duke as a political science and history double major. Her recent projects include an interview-based study of civilian casualty counts in Iraq, pending publication by International Studies Perspectives, and an ongoing study of girls' education in Kenya. Claire is a Baldwin Scholar, a student pastor for the Wesley Fellowship, and co-director for research for the Women's Institute for Secondary Education and Research, a boarding school initiative in Nyanza, Kenya. She has conducted research on the Taliban for the National Security Archive (D.C.) and on HIV for Humanity in Action (Warsaw). She is currently in The Hague and central Africa working for the Institute for Justice Sector Development on judicial reform in post-conflict situations. Claire hopes to get a PhD and someday be paid to think, preferably in a way that benefits society. Claire is trying (ineffectively) to learn Dutch, practices Tae Kwon Do, and recently rediscovered the joy of biking. Luckily for Claire, the Netherlands is mostly flat.

Christopher Lester was born in New Jersey but was raised in the South where he attended high school in Marietta , Georgia . At Duke, Chris is double-majoring in Physics and German, and is pursuing a minor in Philosophy. He has also been active with the Duke Honor Council since his freshman year, and is Treasurer in his final year at Duke. He is also the co-creator of “The Fresh Hour” at Cable 13, Duke's cable television channel, with fellow University Scholar Jon Karp. Chris has been conducting physics research since his freshman year, working at Chicago's Fermilab during his summers, and continuing his research there in experimental high energy physics, as well as participating in physics workshops and internships around the world with the help of USP funding in summer 2007. Next year, Chris plans to begin doctoral studies in Physics.

Jana Mathews grew up in Los Angeles and is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder.  She is working on a PhD in English at Duke, and is particularly interested in Scottish and English medieval history and literature and in political and legal theory.  She has pursued her research in England and Austria.  In her spare time she loves to fish, play racquetball, and run.

Amanda Mbuvi was raised in Columbia, Maryland. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Literary Theory at Bryn Mawr College in May 1998. She then received a Masters in Biblical Studies at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. Amanda joined the Department of Religion to pursue her doctorate in Hebrew Bible studies, and successfully defended her dissertation in June 2008. Amanda, her husband, and son Elijah are moving to Greensboro, NC.

Laurinda Rainey grew up in Cleveland, Arkansas where she was very active in the arts (singing, dancing, and acting). In 1999, she moved to North Carolina to attend Duke University. While there, she was very active in United in Praise Gospel Choir while gaining her B.A. in Psychology and Markets & Management Certificate related to business studies. Following her graduation in 2003, Laurinda spent three years in a general management rotational program at CIGNA Healthcare. In the Fall of 2006, Laurinda returned to Duke at The Fuqua School of Business to pursue her MBA.
Grant Reeves grew up on his family's farm near the town of Rushville, Indiana. He is a graduate of The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and of the University of Michigan with dual M.S. degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. At Michigan, Grant studied orthopaedic biomechanics in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories. He began a joint J.D./MA in Law and Economics at Duke in June 2005. Grant enjoys searching out the finest artery-clogging dining establishments wherever he goes (only the best grease will do) and spending time with his wife, Anna.
Julie Mason Sharrer graduated in Summer 2008 with a degree in the Masters of Health Sciences Physician Certificate Program with plans to continue her work of medical missions in Africa and South America where she previously worked providing health care, vaccines, and health/hygiene education. Within the Durham community she also led the Burton Elementary Project which educated 3 rd graders on the importance of their health. After graduation she plans to become more involved in disease prevention and providing accessible health care to developing nations while exploring the use of art to spur public awareness of cultural differences and the global health crisis.

Rachel Stroumsa - Born in Jerusalem, Israel, Ms. Stroumsa received her Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in December 2001. She is pursuing a doctoral program in Classical Studies, with special emphasis on the Classical tradition in the Ancient Middle East. In May 2005, Rachel gave birth to a son, Yotam Allan Cook.

 

Gunjan Verma - completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University, where he triple majored in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Economics. He began his Ph.D. studies at the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at Duke in Fall 2004. Gunjan plans to trace genetic markers for Alzheimer's, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Huntington's disease, and sickle-cell to identify interventions to rectify damaged genes or counter genetic damage through gene-based therapeutics.

Alumni 2009
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Marion Adeney - defended her Ph.D. in Ecology in May 2009. Before arriving in Durham, Marion completed a Master's in biology at Columbia University, examining bird community composition along a gradient of fire severity in a lowland tropical forest in Sumatra, Indonesia. At Duke, she is continuing her study of the effects of fire in the Brazilian Amazon and is particularly interested in how bird communities are affected by gradients of disturbance and how this changes over different scales.
Kadji Amin - graduated New College of Florida in 2002 and, after a stint as an English teaching assistant in Montpellier, France, joined the Duke doctoral program in Romance Studies. Kadji completed her disseration in December 2009 with a focus on questions of gender and nation in 20th century France. She is teaching in the Women's Studies program in spring 2010.
Sarah Keeton Campbell graduated from the University of Tennessee, where she was a Baker Scholar at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy in 2003-2004. Sarah graduated in 2004, but stayed on at the university to serve as program coordinator for the Baker Center. In 2005, Sarah matriculated at Duke University for graduate work in public policy, and joined her husband, Scott Campbell, who teaches high school history and civics, in Durham. Sarah began her studies in Law in Fall 2006, and joined the University Scholars Program as a dual degree candidate, with a J.D./M.P.P. in Law and Public Policy. Sarah completed her dual degrees in May 2009.

Kimberly Trabbic-Carlson completed her Master's in Divinity at the Duke Divinity School in Spring 2009. Before coming to Duke, she earned a BS in Engineering from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Washington. She joined Duke's department of Biomedical Engineering as an Assistant Research Professor and has co-authored numerous articles on protein purification while pursuing post-doctoral research in Professor Ashutosh Chilkoti's research lab. Kim is interested in the intersection of science and religion with particular emphasis on end-of-life and grief pastoral care. After completing final coursework at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 2008-2009, Kim

Jane Chong of Elk Grove, Illinois attended the James B. Conant High School. Jane was the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the president of the National Honor Society, and the captain of the speech team. She hopes to continue her interests in these areas by joining The Chronicle, Duke's campus paper, the Duke debate team, and Duke Student Government. She has also been involved in the Korean community, both at home and in Korea, where she has taught English during the summer. Jane is interested in studying political science, journalism, economics, and East Asian studies during her undergraduate career. Her long-term goals include publishing a Newbery Medal-winning novel in college and becoming a criminal prosecutor or CNN anchorwoman.

Ian Dick was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2007 with degrees in biology and psychology. He has experience as an EMT and a combat medic, and has done relief work in New Orleans. He joined Duke in 2007 and completed his degree in the Physician Assistant Studies program in summer 2009. Ian will be staying in the area working as a physician assistant.

Edwin Figueroa went to school in Uniondale, NY. His academic interests include anthropology and literature, which bring together his particular interests in music, film, and popular culture. Eddie took several years off from Duke, working as a vegan chef in New York. He returned in Spring 2009 to finish his A.B. in Cultural Anthropology with a certificate through the Film/ Digital/Video program to graduate in 2009.

Wei Gan was born in Nanjing, China and came to the U.S. at age 9. After moving from Nebraska to Louisiana, Wei graduated from Lafayette High School's Gifted Program. In high school, Wei was president of the Science Olympiad team, the Math Club, and the Writers' Club, and traveled to Russia to participate in the International Space Olympics. She also performed with the Lafayette Community String Orchestra. Wei is fascinated by the nature of consciousness, the meaning of life, black holes, and the space-time continuum. She plans to study neuroscience, genetics, biology, psychology, and philosophy.

David Graham hails from Akron, Ohio, where he graduated from the Firestone High School for International Baccalaureate Visual and Performing Arts. He has researched and written about the role of Umar Ibn Hafsun in the Spanish rebellions during the 7th and 8th centuries. David is interested in advancing his education in History, Spanish, Islamic Studies, and International Relations at Duke. David is also deeply passionate about music, singing in a men's choir and playing guitar for school theater productions, for the choir, and in the Primitive Groove Quintet, a jazz group that he founded. After graduation, David has an internship with the Wall Street Journal during summer 2009. He hopes that his internship experience will lead to gainful employment in journalism. If that does not work out, there's always the the foreign service or academia.
Yeney Hernandez was born in Batabano, Cuba and came to the U.S. at age 8. Her family settled in Florida, where she graduated from Barbara Goleman High School in Hialeah, FL. In high school, Yeney was president of Mu Alpha Theta and the Criminal Justice Club and served as Petitions Coordinator for Amnesty International. She is interested in a range of issues, from globalization, to human rights, to the environment and to the ethics of cloning and stem cell research. Yeney completed a double major in Psychology and English at Duke, finishing a senior thesis in Psychology on the role of narcissism in relationships. After graduation from Duke, Yeney will be beginning law school at Yale University. Eventually, she hopes to become a criminal prosecutor and to be elected Criminal Court Judge.
Michal Koszycki is a native of Warsaw, Poland. He attended high school at Gymnasium No. 34 and St. Staszic XIV Secondary School in Warsaw through 2003. He left Poland to complete the International Baccalaureate program at Red Cross United World College in Flekke, Norway. At UWC, Michal worked with mentally challenged children teaching them how to play soccer. He participates and teaches Karate Shotokan and is a member of the Polish Karate Federation. He is also active in other sports, such as climbing, cross-country running, and biking. Michal is an avid student of art, mathematics, and philosophy and plans to study these fields and the vastly complex field of inter-human relations while at Duke.
Andrea Marston is from Alberta, Canada and graduated from Atlantic United World College in Llantwit Major, Wales in the United Kingdom. She is active in Highland Dancing, running, and yoga. Her fluency in French has allowed her to teach that language to area schoolchildren in Wales. An avid volunteer, Andrea has worked at soup kitchens, food banks, a toys for children program, and a safe-sex awareness camp in Canada. She participated in WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology), a competitive 6-week summer program before heading to Wales. While at UWC, she has been involved in a number of activities concerning the environment and global justice. She is passionate about Environmental Science and Art and plans to complement her studies in those fields with coursework in biochemistry and international studies while at Duke.
Drew McConville begins his graduate studies at the Nicholas School of the Environment in the fall of 2007 with a planned focus in policy and economics. Graduating from Dartmouth in 2003 with majors in Environmental Studies and English and scars from an ultimate frisbee career, Drew moved to Washington, DC to advocate for smarter environmental policy. He served as a communications associate for the Wilderness Society for three years, primarily working with the coalition to defend the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He then spent a year in Peru, volunteering at an orphanage and a development organization in Lima, assisting with his fiance's urban planning research, and traveling. More recently, he worked for a non-profit in Hartford, CT, promoting residential and community purchases of clean energy.
Oindri Mitra hails from Jamshedpur, India where she graduated from the Loyola School. She served as president of the Environmental Board and of the Interact community service club, the co-chair of the Dramatics Club, creative editor of the school paper, and vice-chair of the Debating Club. She was also district champion and state runner up in badminton. She has merged her interests in the environment, community service, and drama while serving as a volunteer for Bhalopahar, an ecological and cultural restoration project. She has wide-ranging intellectual interests, including economics, development studies, environmental studies, film/theatre studies, philosophy, mathematics, astrophysics, and Latin American studies.

Kylie Prymus is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz.  He is a PhD student in Philosophy, and is particularly interested in feminist theory, and problems of moral and virtue philosophy. Kylie was a Graduate Mentor in the program for 2001-2002. He completed his studies in Philosophy with a focus on ethics in 2009 and has joined his wife, Renee, in Pittsburgh, PA.

Loren Robinson Hailing from Buffalo, NY, Loren joins the Duke community in Fall 2005 as a first year medical student. After graduating in May 2003 from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, Loren spent the last two years doing HIV/AIDS research in Boston, MA. Her interests include foreign languages (French, Spanish, and Chinese) and international women’s and children’s health. She is also interested in issues of public health, especially health disparities and inequities in underserved populations. At Duke, Loren plans to continue her exploration of health as a universal concept in terms of anthropological, sociological, and cultural contexts.

Gretchen Scheidler graduated magna cum laude from the University of Dayton with a degree in pre-medicine. She complemented her undergraduate study with a second bachelors degree in nursing from John Hopkins University. Having gained valuable experience volunteering in the health sector in Zambia, South Africa, and Malawi, Gretchen is looking forward to studying social entrepreneurship at Duke at the Fuqua School of Business starting in Fall 2007. The MBA will allow Gretchen to transition into management consulting and pursue her long-term goal of working in the nonprofit sector with a focus on international health care.

Leanne Stanley entered Duke’s School of Medicine in Fall 2004. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina – Pembroke, double majoring in biology and chemistry both with a biomedical emphasis. Leanne grew up mostly in the Raleigh, NC, area and in Richmond, VA. She is married to a Sergeant-First Class in the US Army Special Forces and has three beautiful children named Brandon, Kiera, and True. She plans to go into neurology when she completes her training. Her main hobby outside of family and school is riding and training horses.

Maria Wojakowski of Brooklyn, NY, graduated from Townsend Harris High School. While in high school, Maria conducted extensive scientific research, interning at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge studying the nesting patterns of diamondback terrapins. At Duke, Maria pursued an Interdepartmental Major in Biology and Mathematics. Her studies in biology and math allowed her to take an interdisciplinary approach to her continued research on turtles during an internship in Baja, Mexico on sea turtle conservation efforts. After graduating Duke in May 2009, Maria returned to Baja to continue her work for the summer before heading to Seattle as a Duke Marine Lab Fellow for a six month internship. Ultimately, Maria plans to earn a Ph.D. in marine biology.

Simon Zaleski (Music) graduated from the Johns Hopkins Peabody Conservatory, earning a BA in Piano in 2006 at age 19, a BA in Composition in 2007, and an MA in musicology and harpsichord performance in 2008. While at Peabody , Simon conducted research on double-reeds in 17 th and 18 th century French court music, including the oboe-like instrument “cromornes.” He also created musical compositions for student-made musical instruments in the Johns Hopkins School of Engineering and Arts & Sciences. At Duke, he is interested in opportunities to study early music performance and historical performance practice in the field of Musicology. Simon completed his graduate studies in musicology in 2009.

Alumni 2010
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AnnMarie Earnhardt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She did her honors project on "Lifetime Experiences of Domestic Violence: Why Past Year Assessment Is Not Enough." After graduation, she worked at UNC Hospitals as a registered nurse in gynecology and gynecological oncology. AnnMarie started at Duke's School of Nursing in the MSN program (Clinical Research Management) in fall 2006. 

Spencer Eldred from Palm Desert, California, is pursuing a double major in Environmental Science and Policy and in Political Science, and has a strong interest in development, human rights and environmental sustainability. Spencer interned after his sophomore year with a development NGO in India and interned after his junior year with the US State Department in Greece . He has studied away in Russia, the Duke Marine Lab and Spain. Outside the classroom, Spencer is active in Duke Student Government, where he is Vice President of Student Affairs. He has helped found several clubs and organizations while at Duke, and is President of Duke's American Civil Liberties Union, National Organization for Women, Slavic and Eurasian Studies Association, and Native American Student Alliance. Spencer is also heavily involved with the Duke Political Union, Relay for Life and Alpha Phi Omega. In his free time, he enjoys writing, community service, cooking and tenting for Duke Basketball. After graduation, Spencer is considering law school, master's programs in development or gainful employment.

Kristin Klebanov (Fuqua School of Business) Kristin graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 as a Johnston Scholar and earned a BSBA degree in business, with highest distinction.  Throughout her undergraduate years and post-college, Kristin has shown a keen interest in foreign cultures, business, and community service.   After working in the areas of international aid, advertising, and strategy consulting, Kristin came to Duke's Fuqua School of Business to gain expertise in marketing, and has become an active cabinet member in the school's Marketing Club.

Michal Koszycki is a native of Warsaw, Poland. At Duke Michal created an independent program of study entitled "Designs Shaping the World." His self-designed curriculum aims at an interdisciplinary study of design. Under three titles of Visual Design, Ideological Design, and the Science of Design, Michal attempts to come to terms with many of the conventional academic disciplines from a designer's perspective. In accordance with his program's intention, Michal's time at Duke has been a challenging and rewarding intellectual experience. He hopes to continue his exploration at a Master's of Architecture program next year. During his time at Duke, Michal has also taken the opportunity to travel and approach the career of an architect. This summer, the Visual Arts Fellowship, the University Scholars Program Summer Research Scholarship and the Benenson Award in The Arts allowed him to participate in a Career Discovery Program at Harvard, as well as to travel to Italy for an architectural, historical reconstruction project. Michal has recently been accepted to the Phi Beta Kappa society in recognition of his academic performance.

Anne Llewellyn is an English and Medieval/Renaissance Studies
double-major from Montgomery, Alabama. She hopes to pursue a PhD in
English, specializing in medieval literature of the fourteenth
century. She also plans on utilizing an interdisciplinary approach in
her studies, integrating social, political, and economic history;
linguistics; theology; philosophy; and dramatic and visual arts into
the study of literature. She used her USP summer funding to
participate in the 2008 Duke in London program, where she studied
drama. She currently serves as Senior Warden on the Vestry of the the
Episcopal Center at Duke and enjoys horseback riding at a nearby farm in Hillsborough.

Lisa Ma (Trinity '10) is studying political science as an American government concentration. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society, and she also has a minor in Chinese language and literature. She has served a year-long term as the Editorial Page Editor for The Chronicle, Duke's independent student daily, and is also involved as a disciplinary advisor for the Undergraduate Office of Student Conduct. In the past, Lisa has interned with Public Defender Service, Ascend Media, Smith Barney, and the Los Angeles Superior Court. She hopes to pursue a career in criminal law as a public defender. In her spare time, she enjoys eating breakfast foods.

Emily Moran is Ph.D. student in the Biology department with a concentration in Ecology. She was born in Bloomington, Indiana, and graduated from the University of Michigan. At Duke, she is studying patterns of dispersal and seedling establishment in forest trees using a combination of demographic data, genetic markers, and statistical models.

Niti Parthasarathy was born in Raleigh, NC, and grew up in Greer, South Carolina. She attended Southside High School in Greenville, SC for two years before completing her high school education at the South Carolina Governor's School of Arts and Humanities. At both schools, she was involved in numerous extracurricular activities. She earned 11th place in the Debate Nationals, served as Student Body President, Junior Marshal and AP Scholar, and on the executive council of the community service club CATS. Niti, whose parents are from India, was also active in the Indian Youth Association. She is fluent in Tamil and Hindi, and would like to add Russian to the list. In addition to multiple awards in Debate, Niti has also won numerous honors and awards for Piano. Although she did not play varsity tennis in high school, Niti is a huge fan of the sport, and hopes to enhance her skills in college. At Duke, she plans to study International Relations, Economics, History, and International Studies, and to continue her musical training in piano.

Baris Piyade (Electrical and Computer Engineering) hails from Turkey and graduated from Tufts University in 2008 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He is interested in the work being done at the VLSI Research and Design Center at Duke; including high-speed sigma-delta A/D converters and techniques that can improve resolution, dynamic range, and keep the monotonicity of converters. He is also interested in research on CMOS technology RF circuits as well as nanotech applications that provide alternatives to chip technologies undermined by limits of Moore 's Law.

Jacob Remes (B.A. Yale 2002, M.A. Duke 2006) Jacob Remes defended his dissertation, "Cities of Comrades:  Urban Disasters and the Formation of the North American Progressive State," in August.  His dissertation explores which institutions--including formal organizations like unions and fraternal societies as well as informal groups like families and neighborhoods--were most relevant and useful to working-class survivors of a conflagration in Salem, Mass., in 1914, and a major explosion in Halifax, N.S., in 1917.  In September, Jacob started a one-year American Council of Learned Societies/Mellon Foundation postdoc at Concordia University.

Chinika Reynolds proudly joined Duke University's Physicians Assistant program in the fall of 2008. This Colorado native received her B.S. degree in
Kinesiological Sciences from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2002. As an undergraduate she served as a student leader in her role as Resident Office manager for the Tonopah dormitory. She was also involved in the Golden Key National Honor Society, the Ronald E. Mcnair Scholars Institute and in 2000 she was selected as UNLVs African American student of the year. After graduating she worked at National Jewish Medical Research center for 5 years in both sleep and pulmonary function testing. Chinika has diverse interests that include mentoring young girls, politics, sports, reading and traveling.

Ryan Scofield completed his undergraduate studies in Government and Economics at the College of William and Mary. After graduation, he interned in the law office of Judge Charles E. Poston and worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at William and Mary. Ryan begins his studies at the Duke School of Law in Fall 2007.

 


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