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Life Beyond the Limestone


How useful is a Dickinson education? Just ask our students and alums.

Dickinsonians regularly earn prestigious grants and scholarships, conduct research, work around the world and enter esteemed graduate programs. And, at a time of economic uncertainty, our seniors and alums are securing desirable positions on Wall Street, Main Street and beyond. They’re entering the growing fields of environmental science, finance, education, the arts, international business, peace advocacy and more.

Here are just a few of the accomplished Dickinsonians who are earning accolades at Dickinson and beyond.

Scholarships and Other Honors - Graduate and Professional School - Employment and Internships

lauren ashworth

Lauren Ashworth, a chemistry and mathematics double major from Lancaster, Pa., has been accepted at Pennsylvania State University, where she will pursue a master’s degree in food science. Ashworth, who will specialize in food chemistry, received  the  Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioners' Association Graduate Fellowship for Confectionary Research.   She will work in the confectionery industry and research low-calorie chocolate. 

Suhani Arora

Suhani Arora, an international studies major from Kolkata, India, has been accepted at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, where she will pursue a master’s degree in international relations.

Sunil Baidar

Sunil Baidar, a chemistry and mathematics double major from Banepa, Nepal, has been accepted in the University of Colorado, where he will pursue a Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry. Baidar received a graduate fellowship from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Earth System Research Lab and the University of Colorado's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences to attend the program. The award is for four years and includes full tuition, stipend, and research budget.

 

Shumei Chen

Shumei Chen, an East Asian studies and international business & management double major from Chengdu, China, has been accepted at The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she will pursue a master’s degree in international affairs.

Colahan

Madeleine Colahan, a psychology major from Rye, N.Y., has been accepted at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, where she will pursue a master’s degree in early-childhood and childhood education.

Sarah J. Conine

Sarah J. Conine, a chemistry and molecular biology major from Grantham, N.H., has been accepted at the University of Virginia, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in molecular medicine.

DelVecchio

Karen Del Vecchio, a psychology major from Chesapeake, Va., has been accepted at the College of William & Mary, where she will pursue a master’s degree in higher-education leadership. She will coordinate programs at the college’s Reves Center and also will work as point person for all international students and scholars on campus.

eric dichter

Eric Dichter, a biology major from Woodbury, N.J., has been accepted at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Osteopathic medicine, where he will pursue a D.O. in osteopathic medicine.

Rebecca Driesen

Rebecca Driesen, a chemistry major from Brooklyn, N.Y., has been accepted at Appalachian State University, where she will pursue a master’s degree in college student development. Driesen, who plans a career in student affairs, will work as a residence director at Appalachian State, where she will be responsible for developing an inclusive community in one of its first-year residential halls.

Heather Eggert

Heather Eggert, a political-science major from Lebanon, Pa., has been accepted at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she will pursue a graduate degree in international human rights law.

Lauren Emery Lauren Emery, a psychology major from West Chester, Pa., has been accepted at West Chester University, where she will pursue a master’s degree in clinical psychology, then a doctorate in family or clinical psychology.
lindsay emery

Lindsay Emery, a psychology major from West Chester, Pa., has been accepted at Loyola College in Maryland, where she will pursue a master’s degree in clinical psychology. She plans to conduct research in the field of child and developmental psychology. She also plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

Daniel Fallu Daniel Fallu, an archaeology major from Goffstown, N.H., will pursue a Ph.D. in archaeology at Boston University.
Sarah Freund

Sarah Freund, a policy management major from East Canaan, Ct., has been accepted at the Bank Street College of Education in New York, where she will pursue a master’s degree in early childhood education. She also will work as a teaching assistant at the Columbia Greenhouse School in New York.

Serena Gibney

Serena Gibney, a biology major from Orangeville, Pa., has been accepted at Bloomsburg University, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in audiology.

Gillroy

Mark Gilroy, a neuroscience major from Hopkinton, N.H., has been accepted at the University of New England, where he will pursue a doctorate in osteopathic medicine.

Llamilet Gutierrez

Llamilet Gutierrez, a law and policy major from Los Angeles, has been accepted at Lewis & Clark Law School, where she will pursue a juris doctorate degree. “It is a new city and a new adventure,” she said. “More than anything I am excited that on May 17 [Dickinson College’s commencement date] I will be the first in my family to finish college.”

Henry

Alexis Henry, an American-studies major from the Bronx, N.Y., has been accepted at Brown University, where she will pursue a master’s degree in urban-education policy. The program is focused on education reform and is partnered with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. "I hope to pursue an internship with the Institute," she said. "Right now my interest in education reform is varied but I would like to focus on providing better learning environments for students of color."

Read about Alexis' employment plans on the Employment page.

Jeffress

Elizabeth Jeffress, a neuroscience major from  Manakin-Sabot, Va., has been accepted at Georgia State University, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in neurobiology. Jeffress will examine how the aging process affects pain and analgesia.

Johnson

Alec Johnson, a political-science major from Watertown, N.Y., has been accepted at Columbia University, where he will pursue a master’s degree in journalism.

Kostrubiak Adrian Kostrubiak, a computer-science major from Monkton, Md., has been accepted at Dartmouth College, where he will pursue a master’s degree in computer science.
laRue

Kelly LaRue, a biochemistry and molecular-biology double major from Columbus, N.J., has been accepted at Princeton University, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology. She received a stipend and full tuition for up to six years.

"The program will consist of coursework and laboratory rotations for the first two years. [Then I'll] work in a thesis lab for the remaining years," she said. "I am very excited to continue my education at our sister institution."

Emily LaSota

Emily LaSota, a biology major from Washington, Pa., has been accepted at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she will pursue a Doctor of Medicine degree.

Lyons

Laura Lyons, a history major from  Hatfield, Pa., has been accepted at Columbia University’s Teachers College, where she will pursue a master’s degree in applied behavioral analysis while working full-time at a school for children with emotional disorders.

David Majors

David Majors, a political science and history double major from Arlington, Va., has been accepted at the University of Virginia Law School, where he will pursue a juris doctorate degree.

Teresa Matthews

Teresa Matthews, a law and policy major from Old Chatham, N.Y., has been accepted at American University, where she will pursue a master’s degree in public policy.

McDonald

Darcy McDonald, a psychology and sociology major from Lititz, Pa., has been accepted at the College of William and Mary, where she will pursue a master’s degree and educational specialist degree in school psychology.

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller, an anthropology and history double major from Pasadena, Ca., has been accepted at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad program in Copenhagen, where she will work as a librarian assistant.

aimy ngo

Aimy Ngo, an international business & management major from Pensacola, Fla., has been accepted at King’s College in London, where she will pursue a master’s degree in philosophy.

Ritwik Niyogi

Ritwik Niyogi, a mathematics, neuroscience and physics  major from Calcutta, India, has been accepted at Princeton University’s Center for the Study of Brain, Mind and Behavior, where he will work in a research assistantship this summer, and the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit in London, where he will pursue a Ph.D. in theoretical neuroscience.

Michael O’Brien

Michael O’Brien, a political science major from Manchester, N.H., has been accepted at Indiana University, where he will pursue a Ph.D. in political science.

Plotkin

Elyssa Plotkin, a music major from Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., has been accepted for a summer internship at Lincoln Center's New York City Opera. In the fall, she will pursue a master’s degree in performing-arts administration at New York University. Plotkin, who plays the clarinet, said she hopes to one day manage her own small ensemble.

Pooja Pokhrel

Pooja Pokhrel, an economics major from Kathmandu, Nepal, has been accepted at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, where she will pursue a master’s degree in international affairs.

Abigail Prang

Abigail Prang, an English major from Lexington, Ky., has been accepted at the University of Maine, where she will pursue a master’s degree in English and work as a teaching assistant.

Elizabeth Price

Elizabeth Price, a psychology and sociology double major from Martinsburg, W. Va., has been accepted at West Virginia University, where she will pursue a master’s degree in clinical psychology. After 18 months of study, she will participate in a full-time internship at an inpatient psychiatric facility and then seek a position as a  licensed psychological counselor in her home state.

Ernest Ricci

Ernest Ricci, a political-science major from McKees Rocks, Pa., has been accepted at the Ava Maria School of Law in Naples, Fla., where he will pursue a Juris Doctorate.

Rosenberg

Zak  Rosenberg, a political-science major from Millersville, Pa., has been accepted at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, where he will  pursue a juris doctorate.

Chandan Sapkota

Chandan Sapkota, an economics major from Nepal, has been selected by the prestigious Junior Fellows Program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C., where, beginning in August, he will serve for a year as a research assistant in the trade, equity and development field. Sapkota will pursue a Ph.D. in economics in 2010, after he completes the Carnegie program. Sapkota also received the Outstanding Student Award from the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the Financial Executives International.

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Benjamin Sedlins

Benjamin Sedlins, an international studies major from Lovettsville, Va., has been accepted into the fellowship program at the Piedmont Environmental Council in Warrenton, Va.

Yurina Shim

Yurina Shim, a chemistry and education major from Seoul, South Korea, has been accepted at Northwestern University, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith received a $10,000 grant from the Kathryn Wasserman Davis Projects for Peace program to fund a five-week peace project in Northern Ireland in late June and July. Smith, a law and policy major from Wallingford, Ct., will research why color plays a large role in the segregation of youth. She spent last fall in Ireland participating in a Peace and Conflict Studies program at the School for International Training.

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Brendan Stuart

Brendan Stuart, a history and political-science major from Haddonfield, N.J., has been accepted at the University of Pennsylvania, where he will pursue a graduate degree in international or constitutional law.

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Shannon Sullivan

Shannon Sullivan, a French and women's and gender studies major from White Hall, Md., has been accepted at Drew Theological School, where she will pursue a master of divinity degree.

Aaron Swinderman

Aaron Swinderman, a political science major from Lewisburg, Pa., has been accepted at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, where he will pursue a juris doctorate degree.

Amanda Trimble Amanda Trimble, a biology major from Baltimore, has been accepted at the University of Glasgow: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Glasgow, Scotland, where she will pursue a B.V.M.S. degree in veterinary medicine. She will focus on equine medicine.
Amanda Waugh

Amanda Waugh, an English and philosophy double major from Greensburg, Pa., has been accepted at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), where she will pursue a Ph.D in English.

Jennifer C. Welsh Jennifer C. Welsh, an English and Spanish major from West Dennis, Mass., will pursue a master’s degree in secondary education at Johns Hopkins University while working at Teach for America in Baltimore. She will be teaching English at a Baltimore public school starting this fall. "I am really looking forward to working with students on speaking, writing and reading skills," she said. "All students deserve a strong education, and I am hoping to be a solid addition to the education system."
williams

Aaron Williams, a double major in political-science and economics from McKees Rocks, Pa., has been accepted at the University of Virginia School of Law.

J Williams

Joanne Williams, a history major from Shermans Dale, Pa., has been accepted at Yale Law School, where she will study American Indian law. “I hope to become an attorney specializing in defending tribal rights and eventually transition into teaching Indian Law after spending some time working in the field,” she said.

Megan Wummer

Megan Wummer, a Spanish major from Denver, Pa., has been accepted at Universidad de Málaga in Málaga, Spain, where she will pursue a master’s degree in Estudios Superiores de la Lengua Española

Harry Zhou

Ke “Harry” Zhou, an economics and computer-science major from the Futian District in Shenzhen, China, has been accepted at Harvard Law School, where he will pursue a juris doctorate. He plans to become an intellectual property attorney.

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Spencer Bailey

Spencer Bailey ’08 has been accepted to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he will pursue a master's degree in journalism. Bailey, who majored in English at Dickinson, lives in New York City, where he is studying fiction and writing with Gordon Lish at the Mercantile Library Center for Fiction. From January through May, he was an editorial intern at Esquire magazine.

emily bailin '07

Emily Bailin ’07 has enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in the science of education. “After achieving my masters I hope to work with adolescents, educating them about media literacy, peer-to-peer leadership and creating an awareness and dialogue about culture and society's constantly changing landscape,” Bailin said. Before enrolling in the master’s program, she completed an internship at Time Out New York magazine.

Selina Carter '06

Selina Carter '06 will pursue a dual master's degree in Public Administration and International Relations, with a focus in international development administration, at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

Carter was awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies Scholarship, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Turkish language, covering her tuition and living expenses for the first year.

"I plan to study in Geneva next summer and in Turkey for the following semester," Carter said. "My goals are to gain experience in the inter-governmental and non-profit sectors, and eventually start and run my own NGO with a development focus.

Carter, who majored in international studies and Spanish at Dickinson, participated in the college's study-abroad opportunities in Cuba, Spain and Mexico. After graduating, she joined the Peace Corps and served 27 months, living in a semi-urban banana plantation community on the coast of Ecuador.

"My proudest accomplishment was starting a cultural center  project, which began a music education program for low-income children and teens, and also brought computers and Internet to my community's public library," Carter said. She also helped form leadership camps for adolescent women, sports for girls and HIV/AIDS awareness programs.

As a Fulbright English teaching assistant at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2008-09, she started a theater-in-English group, composed of members from more than 10 countries. The group is scheduled to perform a play on American stereotypes as seen on television.

"I owe my enthusiasm for international affairs to Dickinson, which has helped me grow professionally and personally through its multiple study abroad and internship programs, high-quality and demanding coursework, as well as professors and administrators who have acted as mentors to me," Carter said.

danielle goonan

Danielle Goonan '07, a Fulbright scholar from Brooklyn, N.Y., has received a Humanity in Action summer fellowship in New York City. The fellowship is a five-week program that brings American and European students together to examine minority issues, promote human rights and meet with leaders of human-rights organizations, politicians, diplomats, philanthropists, journalists, scholars, artists and authors.

Goonan used her Fulbright to research the appropriation of American hip-hop culture by Moroccan and Tunisian immigrants living in Bologna, Italy. She hopes her research will lead to better insight into the needs of this new immigrant community living and working in Italy. She has been accepted in the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she will pursue a master’s degree in international relations. She will continue to research opportunities for intercultural dialogue and integration methods within hip-hop culture.

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McClellan

Kathryn McClellan '07 is in her first year of medical school at Stanford University. She plans to pursue a career in public-health education as an obstetrician-gynecologist. Last year, McClellan studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, thanks to a scholarship she received while at Dickinson.

“Dickinson’s science faculty prepared me incredibly well, but the women’s-studies classes and the sociology classes prepared me perhaps even more,” McClellan said in the Spring 2009 issue of Dickinson Magazine. “Though you can get a lot of scientific education in medical school, you can't get the ability to think about all the other factors that contribute to health. Understanding the psychological, social and cultural factors needed to have a well-rounded understanding of who your patients are beyond their illness or symptoms is invaluable, and that’s what I think I really got out of my Dickinson education.”

McClellan, who majored in biology at Dickinson, was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship during her senior year. She used the scholarship to finance her tuition in London.

Last year, McClellan took time out from her studies to thank guests at a Dickinson First in America campaign reception in London, where she talked about the connection between the campaign and student achievement. Noting that she could not have attended Dickinson without the help of the Inge Paul ’58 and John R. Stafford ’59 Scholarship for Bioinformatics, she thanked the audience for their gifts to the college.

“None of these important and exciting opportunities could have been possible without the overwhelming generosity of Dickinson alumni and friends,” she said.

Jonathan Roberts ’08

Jonathan Roberts ’08 is pursuing a master’s degree in Intelligence & International Security at King's College, London, where he and two other students recently completed an open-source intelligence assessment of the Afghan War. Roberts, who majored in political science at Dickinson, is doing his graduate thesis on a comparison of American and British intelligence coordination. He recently was awarded a $5,000 scholarship for intelligence studies from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association