Students receive funding for work, research experiences
With opportunities ranging from biology to business, in locations from Boston to Barcelona, 77 Wheaton students and four recent graduates will spend this summer working and learning with the help of Wheaton fellowships.
The Filene Center for Academic Advising and Career Services has announced the 2014 recipients of the Davis International, Porter Cleveland, Robert College and Wheaton fellowships, with a total of about $250,000 in funding for work and study experiences. In addition, four graduating seniors have received the Adams Professional Development Fellowship for internships during the summer after college.
Davis International Fellows
Established by Diana Davis Spencer '60 with funds from the Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation, the Davis International Fellows Program helps students have meaningful international experiences that connect directly to their academic or career interests. The fellowship provides students with a $5,000 stipend to cover the costs of an unpaid, international internship, volunteer opportunity or independent research project.
• Benjamin Altneu ’15, a psychology major from Orleans, Mass., will work alongside doctors and medical students at the Patandi District Hospital, located near the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
• Ana Brenes-Coto ’15, a sociology major from Costa Rica, will design interviews and census reports for Wola Nani, a nonprofit organization in Cape Town, South Africa that promotes awareness of HIV and AIDS and provides career and educational services for people living with these diseases.
• Kyle Duval ’16, from Bow, N.H., a double major in Hispanic studies and history, will teach English to students at the Green Valley School in Atenas, Costa Rica and participate in courses on Costa Rican culture through the World Endeavors program.
• Courtney Gilman ’15, from Mount Vernon, Maine, a double major in women’s studies and international relations, will be working in Regensburg, Germany supporting the efforts of Frauenhaus, an agency that provides counseling, legal help and shelter for victims of domestic violence.
• Faye Haley ’16, a biology major from Marblehead, Mass., will study porpoises, whales and dolphins at the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute in Galicia, Spain.
• Thao Hoang ’15, from Vietnam, a double major in economics and French, will volunteer with Artisans du Monde, a network of local fair trade associations in Montpellier, France.
• Cecilia Kruger ’15, an anthropology major from Kingston, N.H., will study public and global health issues in Sweden, working mainly with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
• McKenzie Kuhn ’15, an environmental science major from Glenwood Springs, Colo., will be conducting environmental research in Siberia for the Polaris Project, a collaborative effort funded by the National Science Foundation and Woods Hole Research Center.
• Courtney Leach ’16, a neuroscience major from Gilford, N.H., will job shadow physical therapists at a hospital in Atenas, Costa Rica through the World Endeavors program.
• Jeffrey Paer ’15, a biology major from Montvale, N.J., will shadow and support health professionals at Mt. Meru Regional Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania.
• Anna Viragh ’15, an anthropology major from Columbus, Ohio, will conduct field research on protest art in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa.
• Olivia Wilkins ’16, from Portland, Maine, a double major in biology and Hispanic studies, will shadow and support physicians at four clinical sites in Quito, Ecuador through Child Family Health International.
Porter Cleveland Fellows
Established in 2005 in honor of Nancy Lyon Porter ’43, the Porter Cleveland Fellows Program provides funding for community-based summer internship and volunteer experiences in Cleveland, Ohio. Students receive a $3,500 stipend plus paid housing at Case Western Reserve University.
• Alfonso Francois ’15, a film and new media studies major from Brooklyn, N.Y., will work with modern dance organization DANCECleveland.
• Rebekah Howland ’15, from Keene, N.H., a double major in sociology and women’s studies, will work with the Cleveland Leadership Center, which offers civic leadership programs.
• Cara Morris ’15, a philosophy major from Irvington, N.Y., will work with Youth Opportunities Unlimited, an organization that supports youth workforce development.
• Khaled Sharafaddin ’16, from Yemen, a double major in computer science and German, will work with NewBridge Center for Arts and Technology, which provides vocational training for adults and after-school arts programs for high school students.
Robert College Fellows
Since 1992, Wheaton has sent students to Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey, where they work in the college’s English language summer day camp program for middle school-aged children. Students receive a $3,000 stipend funded jointly by the two colleges and free room and board on the Robert College campus.
Recipients of the 2014 Robert College Fellowship include: Taylor Matook ’16, a political science major from Exeter, R.I.; Kyle McNicoll ’17, a business and management major from New York, N.Y.; Pearl Sanchez ’15, a mathematics major from Salem, Mass.; and Joe Verran ’16, a double major in international relations and economics from Acton, Mass.
The Wheaton Fellows Program is made possible by gifts from a number of benefactors and helps undergraduates pursue meaningful experiences both domestic and abroad that connect back to their academic or career interests. Students receive a $3,000 stipend for experiences that run from six to eight weeks over the summer.
• Avi Anshika ’16, a psychology major from India, will survey and help care for women and children in the outpatient department at an Employees’ State Insurance dispensary in Faridabad, India.
• Marcel Apple ’15, a psychology major from Miami, Fla., will assist case managers at the Criminal Mental Health Project in downtown Miami, a program that works to provide treatment and support for criminals with several mental illnesses or substance abuse disorders.
• Rebecca Arnone ’16, a psychology major from Litchfield, N.H., will support teachers in the child care program at Easter Seals Disability Services of New Hampshire, in Manchester.
• Kelsey Babcock ’16, a neuroscience major from Exeter, N.H., will work as a research assistant at the University of New Hampshire, assisting a psychology professor with his research on memory control.
• Caitlin Barrette ’17, a classical civilization major from Acton, Mass., will serve as an on-site supervisor for an archaeological excavation in Idalion, Cyprus conducted by Lycoming College.
• Rosetta Berger ’15, an English major from Belchertown, Mass., will work as a linguistics research assistant in the Historical and Pama-Nyungen Lab at Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
• Pauline Bickford-Duane ’15, from Orrington, Maine, a double major in English and French studies, will be working as an office assistant and conducting interviews for biological projects at the Orrington Historical Society in her hometown.
• Jose Pablo Brenes Coto ’16, an environmental science major from Costa Rica, will conduct independent research and work with scientists at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Crested Butte, Colo.
• Bridget Brennan ’15, a biology major from Sturbridge, Mass., will spend her second summer interning at the International Fund for Animal Welfare as part of the Marine Mammal Research and Rescue crew in Yarmouth Port, Mass.
• Griffin Burrows ’15, a psychology major from Essex, Conn., will work as a research assistant in the psychology department at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, focusing on autism research.
• Lawrence Chan ’15, a psychology major from Lincoln, R.I., will work as a research assistant at the Rhode Island Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, helping with a study on the effectiveness of a drinking intervention program in decreasing the risk of sexual assault among college men.
• Alinafe Chanza ’17, an international relations major from Malawi, will support the efforts of The Rising Sun Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Blantyre, Malawi that helps educate young women from impoverished backgrounds.
• Jessica Chung ’17, an undecided major from Lake, N.J., will observe and assist physicians and nurses at the Mary Mother of the Church Health Center in Sanya Juu, Tanzania.
• Erin Cody ’17, an undecided major from Southport, Conn., will work on event planning, marketing and other administrative tasks through the Center for International Studies Intern Abroad program in Barcelona, Spain.
• Gavriel Cohn ’17, an undecided major from West Hartford, Conn., will observe and report on how staff, patients and families at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn. adhere to the hospital’s hygiene protocol in an effort to reduce acquired infections.
• Geoffrey Cook ’16, a film and new media studies major from Andover, Mass., will write and produce a documentary about the Treble Chorus of New England group My Own Voice, a choir made up of students with varying special needs.
• Pablo Cuate ’16, a biochemistry major from Corona, N.Y., will be assisting Wheaton College Assistant Professor of Biology Laura Ekstrom in her research on the movement of cane toads.
• Danielle Dickinson ’17, a women’s and gender studies major from Wolcott, Conn., will work on public policy projects, serve in the food pantry and teach technology classes at Rosie’s Place in Boston, a nonprofit organization that provides meals, shelter and other resources to homeless and low income women in the area.
• Victoria Domagalski ’17, an undecided major from Attleboro, Mass., will assist with volunteer recruitment and organization in the Boston office of The Humane League, part of a national nonprofit that works to eliminate animal abuse through education and advocacy.
• Marguerite Dooley ’16, a political science major from Brattleboro, Vt., will serve in the food program office of the AIDS Project of Southern Vermont.
• Tatiana Eaton ’15, a psychology major from Ayer, Mass., will shadow and support social workers and therapists at the Merrimack Special Education Collaborative in Tyngsboro, Mass.
• Kevin Gil ’16, an English major from Pawtucket, R.I., will design a blog for and publish stories about successful alumni of Project Goal (A Great Opportunity for Athletes to Learn), a Providence-based nonprofit that provides after-school tutoring and soccer programs for disadvantaged youth.
• Max Glick ’15, a classical civilization major from Sudbury, Mass., will assist in an archeological dig with the Gournia Excavation Project on the Greek island of Crete.
• Xue Gong ’15, from Boston, Mass., a double major in neuroscience and French studies, will conduct experiments and analyze data on visual attention and cognition in the Vision Attention Lab at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge.
• Rachel Hawes ’17, an undecided major from Eliot, Maine, will work on the campaign committee for Republican State Senator Kevin Raye, of Maine’s Second Congressional District, who is running for U.S. Congress.
• Yunpeng Hou ’17, a double major in economics and mathematics from China, will assist the program manager of the Investment Banking Department of Coal Primary Sub-branch, China Construction Bank, one of China’s four largest state banks.
• Claudine Humure ’17, an intended biology major from Rwanda, will support the needs of 15 low-income families in Boston as an advocate for Health Leads.
• Adam Kilduff ’16, a political science major from New York, N.Y., will help organize press events and rallies for New York City Council Member Margaret Chin, in Manhattan’s District 1.
• Jonathan Korns ’15, from Potomac, Md., a double major in English and religion, will travel to libraries and museums around the country researching the work and lives of LGBT writers such as James Baldwin, Adrienne Rich, Truman Capote and Langston Hughes.
• Noah Kossoff ’16, from New York, N.Y., a double major in economics and business, will prepare marketing presentations, conduct research and provide other support to The Besen Group, a real estate investment, management and brokerage firm in New York City.
• Rachel Kowalski ’17, an undecided major from Durham, Conn., will work with families and patients in the Child Life Department at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.
• Leana Laraque ’17, a neuroscience major from Brooklyn, N.Y., will teach English and work at a health clinic in Lerang’wa Tanzania.
• Melissa McCann ’15, a neuroscience major from Vernon, Conn., will volunteer as a camp counselor at Victory Junction in Randleman, N.C., a program for children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses.
• Mary McGinley ’16, a sociology major from Madison, Conn., will assist staff at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Conn. with a study on how enhanced communication may improve the delivery of transitional care for patients.
• Rayne McGlamery ’15, a psychology major from Hartford, Conn., will shadow an attorney and provide help line assistance and other support at the Children’s Law Center in Hartford, Conn., which assists low income children whose families are involved in court cases and chronic conflict.
• Laura McIntyre ’17, an intended sociology major from New York, N.Y., will work in the creative department of LLNS, a New York City-based ad agency that specializes in healthcare.
• Matthew McVety ’15, a Hispanic studies major from Otisfield, Maine, will travel to India to support the efforts of The MINDS Foundation, a Boston-based organization that provides educational, medical and moral support for people with mental illness and their families.
• Jade Ormrod-Leven ’15, a neuroscience major from Cavendish, Vt., will provide life-skills and English language lessons to migrant farm workers in Windham, Windsor and Bennington counties through the Vermont Migrant Education Program.
• Sean Perley ’16, an environmental science major from Glen, N.H., will conduct field research on a threatened species of turtle for the Cape Cod Diamondback Terrapin Research Program on the Cape Cod National Seashore in Wellfleet, Mass.
• Michael Ratliff ’16, from Nashville, Tenn., a double major in economics and political science, will recruit and train volunteers to collect signatures for anti-corruption ballot initiatives through United Republic, a nonprofit organization based in Florence, Mass.
• Dimitri Rodrigo ’15, an economics major from Singapore, will conduct market and consumer research and work in the business office of Samuel French Inc., a theater publishing company, in New York City.
• Chloe Sarapas ’15, a psychology major from Yarmouth, Maine, will observe and assist with group therapy, treatment meetings and crisis stabilization at Broadway Crossings, a mental health clinic for adults experiencing acute mental health crisis, in South Portland, Maine.
• Nathan Sheridan ’15, an international relations major from Sante Fe, N.M., will intern with the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark.
• Galina Smith ’16, a neuroscience major from Groton, Conn., will study the neurological effects of methylmercury exposure in mice in the research lab of Wheaton Associate Professor of Psychology Meg Kirkpatrick.
• Daniel Spencer ’16, a neuroscience major from North Yarmouth, Maine, will observe patient treatment and work as an office assistant at Energy Workshop Physical Therapy in Portland, Maine.
• Audrey Spina ’17, an art history major from Old Lyme, Conn., will assist with summer camps and work on marketing and development for the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London, Conn.
• Rike Sterrett ’15, a biology major from Tiverton, R.I., will help expand the reach of Premama, a small start-up company in Providence that provides powdered prenatal vitamins to women.
• Victoria Stosse ’15, a creative writing major from Essex, Conn., will organize arts shows, contact bands and run and promote events at Allaboutrecords, a nonprofit arts center in Taunton, Mass.
• William Sweet ’17, from Sharon, Mass., a double major in biology and political science, will raise awareness and support for the Martha Coakley for Governor campaign in Somerville, Mass.
• Christian Tinory ’16, an economics major from Attleboro, Mass., will work in the business office of the Attleboro YMCA, assisting with accounting, payroll administration, human resource data entry and other duties.
• Elena Umland ’17, an undecided major from Quaker Hill, Conn., will intern with Flock Theatre, a nonprofit organization that specializes in site-specific and classical theater, puppetry and educational programming, in New London, Conn.
• Ryan Ward ’15, a psychology major from Gray, Mass., will shadow social workers and assist staff at Sweetser, a behavioral healthcare organization that aids adults, children and families, at their outpatient therapy offices in Lewiston, Maine.
• Ruiqi Wen ’15, a psychology major from China, will intern at Peer Experience Exchange Rostrum (PEER), a Beijing-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing educational equality to rural students in China.
• Linnea Wilhjelm ’15, a sociology major from Morrisville, Vt., will manage the box office and assist with marketing, advertising, clerical work and summer camp preparation for Barre Opera House in Barre, Vt.
• Taylor Wilson ’16, an anthropology major from Bellingham, Mass., will intern in the Boston office of the American Islamic Congress, a nonprofit, non-religious organization that works to facilitate peace between Muslims and non-Muslims, helping to develop Project Nur chapters on college campuses in the Northeast.
• Dominic Ziolek ’15, a history major from Londonderry, N.H., will conduct research on the men of Barney’s Flotilla in the War of 1812 and support other projects at the Naval History and Heritage Command/National Museum of the U.S. Navy in Washington, D.C.
Adams Professional Development Fellows
The Adams Professional Development Fellowship is awarded to graduating seniors to help cover the costs of an unpaid internship, volunteer opportunity or artistic apprenticeship during the summer following Commencement. The grants, $3,500 each, are designed to help recent graduates gain practical experience and take the first step toward building their post-Wheaton careers.
• Jorge de Leon Miranda ’14, an economics major from Guatemala, will intern at the National Competitiveness Program (Pronacom) in Guatemala City, Guatemala. The agency oversees the Inter-American Development Bank, which provides financing for poverty-alleviating projects in Latin America. He recently won a $10,000 award from Projects for Peace to distribute water filters in el Coyol, Guatemala.
• Cameron Hanlon ’14, from Hanson, Mass., a double major in economics and business management, will work in ticket sales for the Boston Cannons Major League Lacrosse team.
• Elizabeth Meyer ’14, a biology major from Milton, Mass., will work in the editorial department of AMC Outdoors, the member magazine of the Appalachian Mountain Club.
• Natasha Piirainen ’14, from Mechanic Falls, Maine, a double major in English and philosophy, will intern with Great Falls Coffee in Lewiston, Maine, helping to select roasting and flavor profiles, working in community education and assisting with marketing.