Meet the Scholars

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  • 2019 Cohort

    Sophie Alegi

    Hometown: East Lansing, MI
    Research: 
    Major: History


     

    Evan Coberly

    Hometown: Rockford, MI
    Research: 
    Major: History Education


     

    Chris Eyke

    Hometown: Williamston, IL
    Research: 
    Major: Economics


     

    Faith Foster

    Hometown: Chantilly, VA 
    Research:
    Major: Psychology

     


     

    Kate Freiden

    Hometown: Northbrook, IL
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology


     

    Sabrina Hall

    Hometown: Fenton, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Political Science


     

    Bella Henneman

    Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology


     

    Macken Keefe

    Hometown: Arrowhead, CA
    Research: 
    Major: Political Science


     

    Carrie Nielsen

    Hometown: Saginaw, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Sociology


     

    Caitlin Patton

    Hometown: Cleveland, OH
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology


     

    Grace Rathburn

    Hometown: Charlotte, NC
    Research: 
    Major: Political Science/Pre-law


     

    Caitlin Sivak

    Hometown: Waterford, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Urban & Regional Planning


     

    Ahmed Tawakol

    Hometown: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    Research: 
    Major: Economics


     

    Nya Todd

    Hometown: Southfield, MI
    Research: 
    Major: James Madison

     


     

    Renee Torres

    Hometown: Northville, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Pscyhology


     

    Kendal Vassar

    Hometown: Atlanta, GA 
    Research:
    Major: Political Science/Pre-law

     


     

    Juan Vazquez

    Hometown: Cleveland, OH
    Research:
    Major: Psychology

     


     

    Ovya Venkat

    Hometown: Canton, MI
    Research:
    Major: Psychology/Environmental Studies & Sustainability


     

    Stella Weinberg

    Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI 
    Research:
    Major: Psychology

  • 2018 Cohort
    Eryka Benson

    Erykah Benson

    Hometown: Grosse Pointe Park, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Global and International Studies


     

    Alex Dean

    Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Pscyhology/Pre-Med

     


     

    Gracie Gonzalez

    Hometown: Chicago, IL
    Research: 
    Major: Political Science, History


     

    Wisdom Henry

    Wisdom Henry

    Hometown: Chicago, IL
    Research: 
    Major: History, Pre-nursing


     

    Tyler Hoguet

    Tyler Hoguet

    Hometown: Chicago, IL
    Research: 
    Major: History, Political Science


     

    Janet Ibarra

    Janet Ibarra

    Hometown: Bangor, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Political Science, Social Relations & Policy


     

    Isabel John

    Isabel John

    Hometown: Rochester, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology


     

    Joseph Kieta

    Hometown: 
    Research: 
    Major: Economics


     

    Mary Laituri

    Mary Laituri

    Hometown: 
    Research: 
    Major: 


     

    Carleigh Lewaniak

    Carleigh Lewaniak

    Hometown: Wheaton, IL
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology


     

    Seth Marvin-Vanderryn

    Seth Marvin-Vanderryn

    Hometown: Durango, CO
    Research: 
    Major: Interdisciplinary Studies


     

    Michael Schiestel

    Hometown: Davison, MI
    Research: 
    Major: History


     

    Ren Mueller

    Ren Mueller

    Hometown: Cleveland, OH
    Research: 
    Major: History, Political Science, Economics

     


     

    Benjamin Raab

    Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
    Research: 
    Major: History


     

    Chloe Redeye

    Hometown: Gross Pointe, MI
    Research:
    Major: Psychology

     


     

    Alex Surkov

    Hometown: Snohomish, WA 
    Research:
    Major: Psychology/Neuroscience


     

    Tanner Thering

    Tanner Thering

    Hometown: Dimondale, MI 
    Research:
    Major: Economics


     

    Leobardo Vallejo

    Hometown: Weslaco, TX
    Research:
    Major: Political Science


     

    Deandra White

    Hometown: Detroit, MI
    Research:
    Major: Political Science

  • 2017 Cohort
    Abigail Carney

    Abigail Carney

    Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Interdisciplinary Studies


     

    Lauren Crymes

    Lauren Crymes

    Hometown: Detroit, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology 

     


     

    Sarah Dec

    Sarah Dec

    Hometown: Lowell, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology 


     

    Madeline Elliott

    Madeline Elliott

    Hometown: Holly, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology 


     

    Haley Hinzmann

    Haley Hinzmann

    Hometown: Southgate, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology


     

    Samyuktha Iyer

    Samyuktha Iyer

    Hometown: Naperville, IL
    Research: 
    Major: Economics

     


     

    Jasmine Jordan

    Jasmine Jordan

    Hometown: Detroit, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Political Science 


     

    Gabby Kindig

    Gabby Kindig

    Hometown: Lansing, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Pscyhology, Political Science 


     

    Jackie Kosmos

    Jackie Kosmos

    Hometown: Grosse Pointe Park, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology


     

    Haley Nash

    Haley Nash

    Hometown: Rockford, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology


     

    Nathaniel Penning

    Nathaniel Penning

    Hometown: Vicksburg, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology 


     

    Emily Saxon

    Emily Saxon

    Hometown: Chesterfield, MO
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology 

     


     

    Maysa Sitar

    Maysa Sitar

    Hometown: Newberry, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Political Science


     

    Chris Wentworth

    Chris Wentworth

    Hometown: Buchanan, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Economics


     

    Billy Wetzel

    Billy Wetzel

    Hometown: Hudson, IL
    Research: 
    Major: History


     

    Lockie Woods

    Lockie Woods

    Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
    Research: 
    Major: History, Criminal Justice

  • 2016 Cohort
    Brett Binkowski

    Brett Binkowski

    Hometown: Romeo, MI
    Research: "An Assessment of Theories of Nationalism: The Case of Eritrea"
    Major: History


     

    Charlie Booher

    Charlie Booher

    Hometown: Middleton, WI
    Research: "Imposing Nature in Nothern Tanzania: How Colonial Settlements Shaped the Socioeconomic Landscape of the Maasailand"
    Major: Public Policy, Fisheries & Wildlife


     

    Nicole Jedding

    Nicole Jedding

    Hometown: St. Louis, MO
    Research: "Computer-Assisted Self-Interviews in Healthcare"
    Major: Psychology 


     

    Kyle Jones

    Kyle Jones

    Hometown: Swartz Creek, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology 

     


     

    Alex Lafler

    Alex Lafler

    Hometown: Centreville, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Geography, Global & International Studies


     

    Alex Lindamood

    Alex Lindamood

    Hometown: Buchanan, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Political Science

     


     

    Najma Muhammad

    Najma Muhammad

    Hometown: Detroit, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Economics, Horticulture


     

    Allie Pail

    Allie Pail

    Hometown: Williamston, MI
    Research: "Voodoo" Macbeth and Hamilton: Reclaiming Live THeatre from White Dominance"
    Major: Political Science


     

    Hannah Roll

    Hannah Roll

    Hometown: Troy, MI
    Research: 
    Major: Psychology 

     


     

    Astley Siwela

    Astley Siwela

    Hometown: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
    Research: 
    Major: Political Science, Economics


     

    Mary West

    Mary West

    Hometown: Homer Glen, IL
    Research: "The Immigrant Health Advantage: Real of Artefactual"
    Major: Economics

Manny Alalouf

Manny Alalouf

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Clarkston, MI
Research: "Clinical Trial Registries as a Solution to Structural Problems in Pharmaceutical Research"
Major: Political Science
Current title: Headhunter, Movement Search & Delivery (Royal Oak)


 

Amber Anderson

Amber Anderson

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Constantine, MI
Major: Pyschology
Current title: Law student, University of Michigan 


 

Greg Anderson

Emily Anderson

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Scottville, MI
Major: Psychology 


 

Skylar Austell

Skylar Austell

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: South Haven, MI
Major: Psychology
Current title: Employee at EF English First Summarecon (Beskasi, Indonesia)


 

Teresa Azzam

Teresa Azzam

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Rochester, MI
Research: "Can Perceptions of Refugees be Changed?"
Major: Political Science Pre-Law
Current title: Law Student, Case Western Reserve University


 

Yena Berhane

Yena Berhane

Cohort: 2016
Hometown: Grosse Point Woods, MI
Major: Social Work
Current placement: After School Programs Coordinator at Mercy Home for Boys & Girls (Chicago, IL)


 

Annie Brandicourt

Annie Brandicourt

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Research: "The Comparative Availability and Efficacy of Mental Health Services at the Big Ten Universities"
Major: Social Work 
Current title: Master of Social Work student at Michigan State University, Direct Care Worker at Gateway Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter (Lansing, MI)


 

Rylee Brower

Rylee Brower

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Holland, MI
Research: "Stress of Families of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Major: Psychology
Current title: Graduate Clinical Psychology student, Northwestern University 


 

Zach Brown

Zach Brown

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Dearborn, MI
Research: "An Overview of Limitations to the Success of the African American Pursuit of Civil Rights"
Major: Criminal Justice 
Current title: Research Analyst, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (Kalamazoo, MI)


 

Harris Bunker

Harris Bunker

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Gross Pointe Woods, MI
Research: "The Economic Implications of Capital Taxation"
Major: Economics
Current title: Graduate Economics student, University of California 


 

Gabby Burchette

Gabby Burchette

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
Research: "The Influence of the Religious Right on the Treatment of the Maternal-Fetal Relationship"
Major: Anthropology 
Current title: Senior Research Analyst, Ipsos (Chicago, IL)


 

Kristen Gennety

Kristen Gennety

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: New Baltimore, MI
Research: "Can Perceptions of Refugees be Changed?"
Major: Social Work 
Current title: Master of Social Work student at Michigan State University 


 

Grace Hough

Grace Hough

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Gladstone, MI
Research: "Evaluating the Use of Randomized Control Trials in Development Economics"
Major: Economic Geography
Current title: Graduate Economics student at Duke University


 

Qi Huang

Qi Huang

Cohort: 2016
Hometown: ChongQing, China
Research: "Artificial Intelligence in Medicine"
Major: Psychology 
Current title: Behavior Technician, MSU Early Learning Institute 


 

Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Bel Air, MD
Research: "The American Paradox: Why Do So Many Americans Appear to Hold Opinions About Taxation that Conflict with Their Financial Interests?"
Major: Political Science
Current title: Law student at George Washington University


 

Megan Jursch

Megan Jursch

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Gladstone, MI
Research: "Can Perceptions of Refugees be Changed?"
Major: Psychology
Current title: Graduate HRLR student at Michigan State University


 

Crystal King

Crystal King

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Major: Geography
Current title: Financial Coach, Southwest Economic Solutions (Detroit, MI)


 

Trent Koch

Trent Koch

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: West Chester, OH
Research: "Words Shot Fourth Like a Bomb: Newswriting and Bias in American Newspapers in the Early Twentieth Century"
Major: History 


 

Elias Kokaly

Elias Kokaly

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Flint, MI
Research: "Implicit Versus Explicit Rationing: An Evaluation"
Major: Political Science 
Current title: Compliance Analyst at Bittrex (Washington, D.C.)


 

Madge MacLean

Madge MacLean

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Holland, MI
Research: "What Makes a Mass Shooting Newsworthy?"
Major: Criminal Justice
Current title: Operational Intelligence Analyst, U.S. Air Force (Las Vegas, Nevada)

 


 

Michael Marchiori

Michael Marchiori

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
Research: "The Comparative Availability and Efficacy of Mental Health Services at the Big Ten Universities"
Major: Psychology
Current title: CEO at Giving Pack (Detroit, MI)

 


 

Rachel McIlvaine

Rachel McIlvaine

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Northville, MI
Research: "Working Women: The Feminist Movement and Female Employment in the United States"
Major: Urban Planning
Current title: Economic Development Specialist at LEAP (Lansing, MI)


 

Calla Michalak

Calla Michalak

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Collierville, TN
Research: "The Influence of the Religious Right on the Treatment of the Maternal-Fetal Relationship"
Major: Psychology
Current title: Registered Nurse at Passport Health, Family Nurse Practitioner Student at Emory University


 

Jennifer O’Connor

Jennifer O’Connor

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Lambertville, MI
Major: Psychology
Current title: Master of Social Work student at Michigan State University


 

Ryan Panczak

Ryan Panczak

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Grosse Pointe, MI
Research: "The Economic Implications of Capital Taxation"
Major: Economics
Current title: Incoming Investment Banking Analyst at Barclays (East Lansing, MI)


 

Samantha Perry

Samantha Perry

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: New Baltimore, MI
Research: "Sexual Healing?: Hysterical History and The Technology of Orgasm"
Major: Political Science 
Current title: Law student at Wayne State University


 

Suhana Posani

Suhana Posani

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Bloomfield Hills, MI
Research: "Can Perceptions of Refugees be Changed?"
Major: Sociology 


 

Iris Robare

Iris Robare

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Gladstone, MI
Major: Political Science 
Current title: Officer, U.S. Marine Corps


 

Shay Robison

Shay Robison

Cohort: 2016
Hometown: Easton Rapids, MI
Research: "The Immigrant Helath Advantage: Real or Artefactual"
Major: Psychology
Current title: Research Assistant at Michigan Medicine (Ann Arbor, MI)


 

Andrew Rocket

Andrew Rocket

Cohort: 2016
Hometown: West Bloomfield, MI
Research: "Uganda in World War II: The End of a Protectorate"
Major: History
Current title: Law student, University of Michigan


 

Erik Rose

Erik Rose

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Derby, KY
Research: "Slavery as the Fundamental CAuse of the African-American Health Inequity"
Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
Current title: Content Developer at H-Net (East Lansing, MI)


 

Emily Scheitz

Emily Scheitz

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Wyandotte, MI
Research: "Explaining the Increase in Prevalence Rates of Anorexia Nervosa"
Major: Psychology
Current title: Graduate Social Work student at University of Michigan


 

Elizabeth Schondelmayer

Elizabeth Schondelmayer

Cohort: 2015
Hometown: Burnips, MI
Research: "You're Here, You're Queer, and We've (Suddenly) Gotten Used to It: An Analysis of the Rapid Changes in American Acceptance of the LGBTQ Community"
Major: Political Science 
Current title: Communications Coordinator at MSU College of Social Science


 

Julie Vernon

Julie Vernon

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Canton, MI
Research: "African Ameircans and the Era of Mass Incarceration"
Major: Sociology
Current title: Law student, University of Wisconsin-Madison


 

Tristyn Walton

Tristyn Walton

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Research: "African Ameircans and the Era of Mass Incarceration"
Major: Interdiscplinary Studies
Current title: Community Relations Coordinator at Detroit Lions Charities (Detroit, MI)


 

Mark Zuccaro

Mark Zuccaro

Cohort: 2014
Hometown: Warren, MI
Research: "Implicit Versus Explicit Rationing: An Evaluation"
Major: Political Science
Current title: Law student at Michigan State University