Scholarship Winner Recipient

2014 - 2015

Sarah Mohamed : Marshall Scholarship

Sarah Mohamed graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2014. She studied Political Science and Comparative Literature, with particular focus on transitional justice and post- colonial literature. Sarah was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 2013 and is currently the Program Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. She plans to pursue the M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford.

2014 - 2015

Rishi Ahuja : Mitchell Scholarship

Rishi Ahuja is from San Jose, California and is a double major at UC Berkeley studying Economics and Political Science with a minor in Public Policy. Rishi seeks to identify improvements in U.S. financial policy, design a more efficient and equitable system, and create the partnerships necessary to implement his changes. During his internship with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Rishi examined the compliance of banks with consumer protection laws, and reached out to stakeholders in underserved communities. He is a four-time winner of the Cal Alumni Leadership Award, the most prestigious merit-based award at UC Berkeley, and the winner of the Regent’s and Chancellor’s Scholarship. As Student Advocate in the Berkeley Student Government, Rishi led an office of 30 caseworkers to provide direct representation to over 100 students that had disputes with the university. He also served as a loan officer for Berkeley Microfinance, where he approved loans at zero interest for local small business owners. Aspiring to a role in developing financial regulatory policy in the US, Rishi will study Economics at Trinity College Dublin.

2013 - 2014

Zarko Perovic : Rhodes Scholarship

Zarko Perovic grew up in Serbia and graduated from UC Berkeley, among the top five students in his class. His primary passion, which he developed in his childhood, is preventing war crimes. At the UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center, Zarko helped create the Virtual Tribunal—a project that synthesized the court proceedings of the Cambodia Tribunal for the benefit of victims of the Cambodian Genocide. After graduating, he worked at the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the U.S. State Department as a John Gardner Fellow, where he helped with the expansion of a program that provides rewards of up to $5 million for the capture of wanted war criminals. Since then, Zarko has been developing an atrocity documentation system with the Auschwitz Institute of Peace and Reconciliation. Aside from his work with atrocity crimes, he has served as Editor-in-Chief of Caliber Magazine and co-taught a class on journalism. An accomplished classical guitarist, Zarko has played with several music ensembles, including the San Francisco Mandolin Orchestra—a Bay Area music group that has been reviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle and the SF Classical Voice

 

2013 - 2014

Ashley Miller : Strauss Scholarship

Ashley Miller is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Global Education Reform Policy.  She is interested in pursuing a future with domestic and international education issues, believing in early childhood advocacy in the education system to relieve the “cradle to prison” pipeline and to alleviate poverty.  Notably, through her involvement as a Break Leader with the Alternative Breaks program in their New Orleans trip to the Gulf Coast in 2014, Ashley demonstrated a strong background in social justice work in developing a cooperative environment to learn about issues facing people in a post-Hurricane Katrina world.  Ashley’s project for this scholarship, titled Maji Yaje Kwanza: Piped Water and Sanitation in Kaloleni Kenya, will establish water, sanitation, and hygiene curricula and behavioral practices by providing water and sanitation access to public primary schools in Kenya.

 

2014 - 2015

Chun-Man Chow : Goldwater Scholarship

Chun Man Chow is in the class of 2016 at UC Berkeley, majoring in Environmental Engineering Science and Chemical Engineering with a 4.0 GPA.  His career goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering as well as tack issues of water crisis and climate change through scientific research and engineering design.  Chow’s participation in the Cal Energy Corps program in 2013, where he saw first-hand the problem of water contamination through his field-work in India, motivated him to pursue a research career in science and engineering.  His current involvement in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program, where he is working with technology for solar collectors and high energy density flow batteries, will contribute to his pursuit to solve environmental problems he encounters.

2014 - 2015

Charlotte Hull : Beinecke Scholarship

Since her arrival as a transfer student in fall 2013, Charlotte Hull has compiled an outstanding record of academic achievement as a double major in history and English at Berkeley. In addition to her excellent academic record, Charlotte's accomplishments include: a number of scholarly publications, extensive volunteer experience, and an extremely interesting life story. Charlotte plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Colonial History upon the completion of her undergraduate degree.

2014 - 2015

Janet Ying : Boren Scholarship

Janet Ying is a foreign language enthusiast with coursework in Spanish, Mandarin, and Japanese. She is also extremely passionate about the importance of U.S-Japan diplomatic and economic relations, plus Japanese history and culture. With the support of the Boren Scholarship, Janet will delve deeper into these interests at Keio University in Tokyo. Janet is a rising senior majoring in Economics. She aims to work for the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer in the future.

2014 - 2015

Meeri Shin : Fulbright Summer Institute

Meeri Shin is a sophomore double majoring in Media Studies and Political Economy.  She will commence her study through the Fulbright Summer Institute Program at the University of Bristol. She will specifically be studying slavery and the Atlantic trade routes in the 1500s. Commenting on receiving the place, Meeri said, “I feel incredibly honored and blessed to be a part of this program. I not only look forward to the academic experiences but also the cultural ones as I embark for my first time to the UK.”

2014 - 2015

Margaret Comer : Gates Cambridge Scholarship Recipient

Margaret graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2012 with a B.A. in Anthropology. She then went on to study for an MPhil at Cambridge and has been recently awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, to pursue a Ph.D. In her own words, "As a child of archaeologists, I was surrounded by material culture and immaterial pasts, but I was also fascinated by politics from an early age. While studying abroad in Moscow and Copenhagen, I became intrigued by uses (and abuses) of the material past in the service of nationalism, which led to my undergraduate thesis on politically motivated displays of human remains in national museums. However, while pursuing my MPhil, I was drawn to studying the heritage of repression, especially as such traumatic legacies are publicly and privately expressed or silenced before and after major regime changes. My dissertation focused on changing interpretations of repression before and after 1991 in the Solovetsky Islands, Russia, the site of the gulag system’s first labor camp. In my doctoral research, I hope to study patterns of change over time in interpretation and expression of memory at a wider array of sites related to Soviet-era repression and, further, connect these patterns of change in memorialization and commemoration to concurrent changes in political regimes and wider attitudes towards identity and civil or human rights. Interests: Dark heritage, dissonant pasts, museums, the ethics of display and interpretation, Slavic languages, walking, wandering, the ocean, the Olympics, pubs, adorable small animals."

2013 - 2014

Hanna Morris : Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

Hanna Morris is an incoming senior majoring in Society & Communications and minoring in History with a focus on Global Environmental Politics. She is interested in pursuing graduate school for International Relations and Media & Communications with a research focus on Global Environmental Communications. Hanna has received numerous scholarships in the past, including the Santander Scholarship awarded by the University of Oxford, the IARU Global Summer Scholarship, and the Rogers Family Scholarship. In fall 2014, she designed and taught a student-led course, "Communicating Sustainably". She was also the Environmental Blogger and Blog Manager for Caliber Magazine, and has enjoyed translating her passion for the environment into fiction and non-fiction writing.

2013 - 2014

Nicole Schauser : Goldwater Scholarship

Nicole Schauser is an incoming senior studying Materials Science Engineering. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in this field with a research focus on materials for renewable energy technologies. Her career goal is to perform industry-based research on photovoltaics or energy storage devices to help mitigate climate change. She has been involved in two research groups at UC Berkeley, studying 3D laser scanning techniques and also dendrite grown in lithium solid polymer electrolyte batteries. Nicole was a Summer Intern for Next Energy Technologies, where she researched efficient methods for depositing the back metal electrodes onto devices. During her active involvement in CalSol, the UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team, Nicole had the opportunity to drive a solar car she helped design and build across the Australian outback in a 3000 km race. 

2013 - 2014

Shengkai (Alwin) Mao : Goldwater Scholarship

Alwin is majoring in Astrophysics and will be a senior in fall 2015. He hopes to attain a Ph.D. in Astrophysics and perform research and teach at the university level. He has made the Dean's Honors list twice. Alwin has been a research assistant with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, studying tidal disruption in dwarf spheroidal galaxies around the Milky Way, and with North Carolina State University, where he adapted VH-1 to simulate and evolve models of 1.4 solar mass Type la Supernovae and developed a code to determine a geometric center of the supernova remnant and how spherical the supernova was. He is passionate about studying the cusps and cores of dark matter, and hopes to continue research to either defend or redefine current understandings of dark matter.

2013 - 2014

Marie Lefebvre : Boren Scholarship

Marie Lefebvre double-majored in Portuguese Language & Literature and Geography. She is fluent in French and Spanish and has travelled extensively in France and the Phillippines. She studied in Portugal for two months, and with the Boren Scholarship, she headed to Brazil to study at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro to study Portuguese. Through this opportunity, Marie immersed herself in Brazilian culture, society, and politics and worked to positively impact U.S-Brazil relations.

2013 - 2014

Rebecca Peters : Luce Scholars, University Medalist, Marshall, Truman, Udall, Strauss

Rebecca Peters graduated in May 2014 as a University Medalist with a B.Sc in Society and Environment, and a B.A in International Development/Global Poverty. Rebecca was awarded the Marshall Scholarship in 2014 to obtain her MSc at the University of Manchester, and will be completing her second year at the London School of Economics. In 2013, Rebecca received the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship for her commitment to the human right of access to clean water. In addition to her many sustainability and human rights focused academic achievements and goals, Rebecca enjoys marathon running, mountain climbing, blogging on Latin American politics, learning Quechua, travelling, and landscape photography. 

2013 - 2014

Ritankar Das : University Medalist, Gates-Cambridge, Goldwater Scholarship

Ritankar Das graduated as the University Medalist in 2013, with a double-major in Bioengineering and Chemical Biology. Ritankar received an MSc in biomedical enginnering is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry at Cambridges as a Gates Scholar. He plans to perform bio-molecular research to find new energy sources at a national research lab after complete the degree. In addition to winning the 2013 Gates-Cambridge Scholarship and Goldwater Scholarship, Ritankar has received numerous other honors including the National Science Foundation GCI Award, the American Chemical Society National Meeting Award, and the President Obama National Award for Community Service. As an undergraduate, he researched alternative energy at the British Petroleum Energy & Bio-Sciences Institute, authoring five publications and presentations. He also performed independent research at the Institute of Chemistry at Academia Sinica in Taipei and at the U.S Department of Energy. He is the Founder and Chairman of See Your Future, a non-profit organization that teaches underserved K-12 students about sustainability, founded and served as the Editor-In-Chief of the Berkeley Chemical Review, and founded the Undergraduate Chemistry Tutoring Program at UC Berkeley.

Alexandra Brown
2015 - 2016

Alexandra Brown : Goldwater Scholarship

Alexandra Brown, is a junior majoring in chemistry at U.C. Berkeley. She works as an undergraduate researcher with the Arnold Group pursuing study of inorganic and organometallic aluminum complexes. Alexandra has been a peer advisor for the Chemistry department, is president of the Women’s Rugby Club, and is a leader in the LGBTQ science community. After completing her undergraduate degree, Alexandra will pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry. She hopes to conduct research in inorganic chemistry upon completion of her graduate studies and teach at the university level.

Andrew Boyce
2015 - 2016

Andrew Boyce : Yenching Scholars Program

"Andrew is an athlete, lawyer, entrepreneur and aspiring policy-maker. He studied politics at the University of California, Berkeley where he was a member of the Division 1 Varsity Water Polo Team.  He also studied law at Cambridge University where he was awarded a "Blue" - the one of the University's most prestigious sporting awards. He was born in New Zealand and grew up in Hong Kong where he attended the Chinese International School.  Andrew has represented Hong Kong as a swimmer and water polo player, and has played in the China National Games and Asian Championships.  He currently lives in London where he is training as a lawyer.  He has previously worked at the World Bank, and co-founded a startup that focuses on using technology to support legal aid and access to justice issues in South East Asia.  Andrew hopes to conduct research on Chinese law and society, in particular, by examining the impact of law and policy on development outcomes."

Eva Malis
2015 - 2016

Eva Malis : Udall Scholarship

Eva Malis is a junior majoring in environmental science. Eva is very active environmental and conservation activities at U.C. Berkeley. She co-founded the Students of Color Environmental Collective, worked as the blog editor of the California Student Sustainability Coalition, and serves as a council member for the ECO Environmental Coalition, among her vast other involvements. Eva, has also trained as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar and has been described by program administrators as “one of the most remarkable environmental leaders in the making.” Eva plans to pursue graduate study in environmental design or urban ecology and hopes that she will one day be able to play an active role in the restructuring of how environmentalism is portrayed and communicated.

Chun Man Chow
2015 - 2016

Chun Man Chow : Churchill Scholarship; Goldwater Scholarship

Chun Man Chow is a senior double majoring in chemical engineering and environmental engineering science. He will commence a Master’s degree program in Advanced Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge in fall 2016.  Chun Man is a UC Berkeley Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar, a Cal Alumni Leadership Scholar, a Society of Chemical Industry Scholar, and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, among other honors.  He served as a research assistant in the Gadgil Lab for Energy and Water, a research intern through the Cal Energy Corps Program, and as an Undergraduate Research Apprentice with the Pallud Lab in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Building on his undergraduate work, Chun Man seeks to expand his understanding of chemical engineering and integrate it with environmental engineering so that he can develop effective water treatment systems in the future.  

Jesse Bowens
2015 - 2016

Jesse Bowens : Yenching Scholars Program

Jesse Bowens is a transfer student to U.C. Berkeley from Las Positas College. She will receive her degree in May 2016 as a Business Administration major from the UC Haas School of Business. Upon graduation, she will attend Peking University to earn a Master’s in Chinese Studies with an emphasis in Economics and Management. She currently serve as Scholarships coordinator for the Berkeley Student Foundation, a Cohort Leader for the Haas Cohort Program, and was selected as a CalCPA Emerging Accounting Scholar.

Mistyne Hall
2015 - 2016

Mistyne Hall : Strauss Scholarship

Mistyne Hall is a junior majoring in Native American Studies at U.C. Berkeley. She successfully made the often arduous transition as a re-entry, transfer student from College of the Desert, in Palm Desert, CA, to one the most academically challenging institutions in the country.  Additionally, Mistyne has not only already become deeply involved on campus, but has also ascended to a position of leadership on campus from nearly day one. Seeing a need, she founded the Prosilient Natives of Diverse Nations to support Native American students on campus. She is participating in designing a new Constitution for the Blackfeet Nation in her native Montana. Mistyne is also a McNair Scholar and PPIA Fellow. After completing her B.A., Mistyne plans to pursue a graduate degree in Public Policy and a J.D. with intentions to pursue a career in Native advocacy.

Matthew Chang
2015 - 2016

Matthew Chang : Strauss Scholarship

Matthew Chang is a junior majoring in political science. He has been deeply involved with the ASUC since transferring to U.C. Berkeley from university of Nevada, Reno. He has volunteered with the ASUC Legal Clinic and has been nominated to the ASUC Judicial Council as a justice that deals with arbitration cases within the student government. Matthew’s Strauss projects organizes student volunteers to assist undocumented students apply for DACA status and those seeking to immigrate to the United States. After graduating from Berkeley, Matthew hopes to attend law school.

Cecelia Dimino : Strauss Scholarship

Cecelia transferred to U.C. Berkeley in 2016 as a major in linguistics. She taught English in Turkey and the U.S. and has a passion for teaching that has developed into her public service project, Chords for Progression. The project aims to fuse math with musicianship for high school students. Cecelia will initiate Chords for Progession at Castlemont High School. in Oakland, California.

Ariana Pemberton : Critical Language Scholarship

 

In May 2017 Ariana will graduate with a major in Art History and South Asian Studies. She has a deep interest in the Western Himalayan region from the ancient period. As a CLS participant she will study Hindi in Jaipur, India. After the CLS program, I Ariana plans to stay in Jaipur for an additional semester and continue school through the host university AIIS.  She hopes to become fluent in Hindi, and eventually move on to learning Sanskrit in graduate school.

 

Alexander Kim : Gates Cambridge Scholarship

 

Alex will graduate in May 2017 as double major in Molecular and Cell Biology & Public Health. Outside of classes, he has been involved in research (clinical, public health, and wet-lab), IM and club sports, writing and editing for a biomedical publication called Morning Sign Out, and leading a professional pre-medical fraternity on campus called Phi Delta Epsilon. At Cambridge, he will be completing an Alex will graduate in May 2017 as double major in Molecular and Cell Biology & Public Health. Outside of classes, he has been involved in research (clinical, public health, and wet-lab), IM and club sports, writing and editing for a biomedical publication called Morning Sign Out, and leading a professional pre-medical fraternity on campus called Phi Delta Epsilon. At Cambridge, he will be completing an M.Phil. in Medical Science in the De La Roche Group, a cancer immunology research group. Alex will study the Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway, which is abnormally activated in a number of cancers and has been shown to play a key role in immune responses to cancer. In the future, he hopes to enroll in an M.D./Ph.D. program to continue to conduct basic research to inform patient-centered therapies and also investigate how therapies can be better distributed to improve patient outcomes around the world. Aside from science, Alex's interests include music, travel, golf, running, and writing.

 

John Dethlefsen : Critical Language Scholarship

John Is a third year double major in Peace  and Conflict Studies and Russian Language and Literatiure . He arrived at berkeley intending to stdudy both Spanish and German, but after taking one Russian course, he was hooked. Since then , he has immersed himself in cross-cultural studies with hopes to contribute to policy advisement toward Russia at either teh state or private level.

2018 - 2019

Tanay Jaeel : Schwarzman Scholars Program

Tanay Jaeel graduated from Berkeley where he majored in Business Administration. During his time here, he went deep into social impact initiatives through his coursework and extracurricular, including projects for the California State Government, rural districts in South India, and various nonprofits. After graduation, Tanay worked in Product Strategy at LinkedIn, building out the platform’s job seeking experience to help millions of members find their next career opportunity. His interest in Asia and China sparked during a 6-month rotation with LinkedIn in Singapore where he focused on driving consumer, product, and monetization growth in the region. Tanay is joining the Schwarzman Scholars program to study how the tech industry and public sector can partner to create and scale technology for social good.

2018 - 2019

Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton : Marshall Scholarship

Nathaniel graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2016 with a B.S. in Conservation and Resources Studies with Highest Distinction and Honors. Nathaniel transferred to Berkeley from Wesleyan University intending to major in Chinese Studies. However once he arrived on campus, he found that the courses that interested him the most were in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. His love of Chinese still remained and as a part of the research for his senior thesis, he focused on environmental and political history of South China the through the lens of the Chinese nature poet Li Zongyuan. The Marshall scholarship will enable Nathaniel to study at Cambridge where he will pursue an MPhil in Geographical Research with a focus in Political Ecology.

2018 - 2019

Rishi Ahuja : Luce Scholars Program

Rishi Ahuja graduated from Berkeley as a double major at UC Berkeley studying Economics and Political Science with a minor in Public Policy. Rishi’s professional goals include seeking to identify improvements in U.S. financial policy, design a more efficient and equitable system, and create the partnerships necessary to implement his changes. During his time at Berkeley, Rishi served as a Student Advocate, he also served as a loan officer for Berkeley Microfinance, and he participated in an internship with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He is a four-time winner of the Cal Alumni Leadership Award, the most prestigious merit-based award at UC Berkeley, winner of the Regent’s and Chancellor’s Scholarship, and recipient of the George Mitchell Scholarship where he completed a M.Sc. in Economics at Trinity College Dublin. He is currently working for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where he is focusing on technology and innovation, product development, and data science. As a Luce Scholars Rishi hopes to evaluate the role that technology can play in broadening access to credit through methods like alternative data and the overall question of who is winning and losing from these seismic shifts in Asia’s financial system.

2018 - 2019

Nitisha Baronia : Knight-Hennessey Scholars Program

Nitisha Baronia graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Political Science, and will be pursuing a JD at Stanford. During her time at UC Berkeley, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Political Review and as the Chief of Staff at the ASUC Student Advocate’s Office. Nitisha was a four time winner of the Cal Alumni Leadership Award and is a recipient of the Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship, the highest academic honor at UC Berkeley. She is also the winner of the 2016 Travers Scholarship in Ethics and Politics. Since graduating with highest honors in Political Science and receiving the Haas Business School Department Citation, Nitisha has been working as a researcher with the Sexual Violence Program at the Boalt Law School Human Rights Center and has continued to serve as a speech and debate coach. She is passionate about gender equality and international human rights law, and hopes to give a legal voice to those who may often be denied one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 - 2019

Freja Ekman : Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Freja Ekman will graduate from U.C. Berkeley in spring 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Biology. Growing up with a close friend with autism, Freja witnessed firsthand the bullying that many people with disabilities experience. This sparked her passion for both genome engineering research and disability advocacy. During her undergraduate studies at  Berkeley, her interests further grew as she helped develop CRISPR-Cas9-based gene therapy to treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in vivo. However, there currently exists a large disconnect between the development of novel gene therapies in academic research labs and their feasibility in clinical applications. The treatment of genetic disorders is plagued by off-target effects and autoimmune responses, the long-term effects of which are often neglected. During her time in the translational biomedical research program at Cambridge, Freja hopes to gain the necessary skills to help bridge the gap between genome engineering and the pathophysiology seen in the clinic. Additionally, she hopes to continue to foster and advocate for a more inclusive environment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Outside of her studies, Freja enjoys long distance running, teaching, and exploring the outdoors. Freja is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the Gates Cambridge community and look forward to upholding its ideals and values.

2018 - 2019

Brighton Skeel : Goldwater Scholarship

Brighton Skeel is a junior majoring in Chemistry at U.C. Berkeley. Brighton will pursue a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry in graduate school. He hopes to one day teach Chemistry at the university level and conduct research in the field of Inorganic Chemistry. The will allow Brighton to the opportunity to both teach and mentor the next generation of chemists and lead a team of researchers in pursuit of new catalytic systems.

2018 - 2019

Vineet Nair : Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Vineet will graduate from UC Berkeley in Spring 2018 with simultaneous degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Economics and a minor in Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences. Although born in India, he spent most of his life in Bahrain and Dubai. This made him aware of the inequalities between oil-rich regions like the Middle East and resource-constrained developing nations, in energy security and access to clean technologies. Thus, he developed a passion for solving complex, multifaceted issues surrounding energy and environmental sustainability. By engaging in diverse activities ranging from honors research to environmental consulting, he gained exposure and worked on technologies including (1) Organic solar cells (2) Low-cost home energy monitors for smart, efficient grids and (3) Novel energy storage solutions such as printed batteries and high-capacity Lithium-ion cells. During his MPhil in Energy Technologies at Cambridge, Vineet hopes to gain more in-depth technical insight into various energy systems and strategies to combat climate change, ranging from carbon capture and abatement to renewable power sources. As part of his thesis, he also plans to specifically research how optimization principles and control theory might be applied to energy harvesting, storage, and distribution. Outside of school, Vineet enjoys hiking, playing tennis, traveling, and volunteering. Vineet is honored to be a Gates-Cambridge scholar and grateful for this opportunity to contribute towards making sustainable energy more efficient, affordable, and globally accessible.

2018 - 2019

Ahaana Singh : Strauss Scholarship

Ahaana Singh is a junior majoring in Public Health. Her proposed project, the Refugee Health Literacy Initiative, will focus on assessing and implementing adequate resources for refugee populations. This initiative will be supported by Pedi-Ed, the non-profit founded by Ahaana. The goal is to use educational resources to improve health literacy and empower refugees to engage in their own healthcare and well-being. In addition to her involvement with her Strauss project, Ahaana has served as a health advocate, and serves as Executive Director of Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE) which is a mentorship program for low-income middle school girls.

2018 - 2019

Van Sam : Strauss Scholarship

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2019 - 2020

Justin Kong : Schwarzman Scholars Program

Justin Kong is a health advocate with a University of California, Berkeley degree in Public Health and extensive professional experience. He has held leadership roles at a healthcare consulting firm, in the United Nations’ Medical Services Division, and in student government as Executive Vice President. Now working on a regional malaria elimination program for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, Justin engages private sector providers in Southeast Asia in partnership with national governments. He hopes to expand healthcare accessibility in emerging economies by strengthening health systems and leading discussions on universal healthcare coverage. Justin is 25 years old and from the United States.

2019 - 2020

Toure Owen : Schwarzman Scholars Program

Toure Owen is a 2016 graduate of the University of California Berkeley where he majored in Political Science. Prior to joining Schwarzman Scholars, Toure was supporting Small and Medium Size business development for Sub-Saharan Africa. After a year at Schwarzman College, Toure will pursue his MBA at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. Toure is 25 years old and from the United States.

2019 - 2020

Jieying Shi : Schwarzman Scholars Program

Jieying Shi graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a double major in Economics and Geography. Currently, she works at Zhonghe Capital covering cross-border mergers and acquisitions and product strategies with a focus on exchangeable bonds and private placements. She also plays a key role in US dollar fundraising; she has led and compiled fund strategy and terms, and built close relationships with endowment funds and sovereign funds, including IFC and Brunei’s Retirement Fund. Jieying is passionate about green technology and aspires to be among the catalysts that will bring value in economic, social and environmental disciplines. She has also worked at Glencore and Airbnb. Jieying is 27 years old and from China.

2019 - 2020

Ausjia Perlow : Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Ausjia Perlow, from Merced, California, is pursuing a JD at Stanford Law School. She will graduate from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Ausjia aspires to improve the criminal justice system and help make law more accessible to the under-resourced and the underrepresented through appellate litigation. During her undergraduate career, she served as a lead program logistics coordinator within UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity and Inclusion, promoting community-driven retention of black students. She founded and served as president of the Black Pre-Law Association at Berkeley in order to increase access to the legal profession and connect students with networks and professional development resources. She was selected to serve on the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Commission on Free Speech and currently volunteers for Fight for a Cure for Multiple Sclerosis. She is a Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award recipient, a Level Bar Scholar, and a Sidley Prelaw Scholar.

2019 - 2020

Tyler Chen : Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

Tyler Chen, from Carlsbad, California, is pursuing a PhD in bioengineering at Stanford School of Engineering. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) with a bachelor’s degree in materials science and bioengineering. Tyler aspires to improve the quality of human life by building technologies to tackle genetic disease and disability. He has designed microfluidic devices for single-cell genomics at UC Berkeley’s Streets Lab, and was a genomics intern at iGenomX and The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego. Tyler also co-founded and led Berkeley Hyperloop to design and build one of the first prototype vehicles for the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition. He is a third-degree black belt in Songahm Taekwondo and a martial arts “tricker.” He is a recipient of the UC Berkeley Regents’ and Chancellor’s Research Fellowship and the Cal Alumni Leadership Award.

2019 - 2020

Anthony Benjamin : Boren Scholarship

"Anthony Benjamin, from Woodstock, IL, is a sophomore midshipman studying Chemistry and Russian at the University of California, Berkeley.  As a future naval officer, Anthony is committed to developing a diverse professional and educational background to serve the United States’ dynamic national security needs.  As a chemist, Anthony believes if one cannot effectively communicate or understand the implications of their work, then their expertise is useless and potentially dangerous to the world.

 

Anthony is an intern for UC Berkeley’s Nuclear Policy Work Group under Dr. Bethany Goldblum where he leads collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts to publish policy-relevant articles on nuclear security and the strategic effects of emerging technology.  Under Prof. Richard Saykally, Anthony is investigating first-generation star formation mechanisms. In an effort to reduce trends towards individualized research and to present an alternate undergraduate learning experience, Anthony cofounded Arceaux Research, a lab-orientated think tank with weekly literature presentations.  Current Arceaux work is focused on developing gene-edited plants capable of heavy metal detection with differentiation for uranium."

2019 - 2020

Nicholas Shafer : Boren Scholarship

2019 - 2020

Anika Kumar : Strauss Scholarship

Anika Kumar, from San Jose, CA, is a senior studying Molecular and Cell Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry Public Health. Anika created a nonprofit organization that aimed to bridge the gap between young citizens and senior citizens. The 'Forget Me Not' organization is designed to reduce instances and feelings of social isolation, loneliness, and depression among older adults. Forget Me Not partners teenage high school volunteers with isolated older adults in their communities in weekly social companionship phone calls. 

2019 - 2020

Thomas Mangloña II : Truman Scholarship

Thomas is Berkeley's first Truman Scholar since 2015. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar and undergraduate majoring in media studies. A native of the Northern Mariana Islands, Thomas started writing news reports on his blog for his island in middle school. Since then, his passion for journalism has flourished, leading him to work for several print publications and the regional Pacific News Center as an on-camera correspondent covering government, education, and community. Thomas is the executive director of Berkeley’s CalTV and a former news intern at ABC7 News in SF. He is passionate about diversity and representation in the media.

2019 - 2020

Maggie Li : Critical Language Scholarship

2019 - 2020

Tina Kremzner-Hsing : Critical Language Scholarship

2019 - 2020

Brendon Ng : Critical Language Scholarship

2019 - 2020

Bhavish Dinakar : Goldwater Scholarship

Bhavish dinaker, from Stanford, CA, is a senior studying Chemical Engineering with a triple minor in Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science at the University of california, Berkeley. Bhavish is passionate about protecting the earth from climate change. He is invovlved in the UC Berkeley Biofuels Technology Club, which is a student organization whose goal is to convert waste cooking oil into biodiesel to power campus transit. Additonally, Bhavish is involved in two UC Berkeley research labs. Bhavish hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineerng in his future. 

2020 - 2021

Namrata Ramesh : Rhodes Scholarship

Namrata is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, pursuing a Physics (Honors) degree. Her senior thesis, supervised by Professor Naomi Ginsberg, involves understanding the dynamics of self assembly of gold nanocrystal superlattices using optical and x-ray scattering techniques. She has also worked on studying the trajectories of electrons in manganese doped halide perovskites using Monte Carlo simulations. At Oxford, she hopes to continue investigating the origins of intriguing phenomena in promising photovoltaic materials by being at the interface of experimental and computational physics. Namrata is also very passionate about diversity in STEM fields and multimedia storytelling, and has combined both interests by starting “The STEMinist Chronicles” (www.steministchronicles.com), an organization that currently uses photoessays to tell the stories of women in STEM.

2020 - 2021

Clio Smith : Critical Language Scholarship

Clio is a first-year intended Computer Science student. She enjoys learning foreign languages and traveling to new countries to understand different cultures. She has previously studied abroad in Japan for the summer and Germany for ten months. This summer, She will study Hindi in Jaipur, India! Since there is a strong Indian presence in the United States, she wants to learn more about India while immersed among locals in the daily life and culture. Also, She is interested in working internationally in business and tech. Since India is an emerging tech country, speaking Hindi would enable her stronger business connections. 
2020 - 2021

Madhumitha Krishnan : Critical Language Scholarship

Madhumitha Krishnan is a junior studying political science and history, with specializations in comparative politics and the history of law and government. She is interested in studying democratization and the role of judicial institutions in strengthening or weakening democracies. She is also generally passionate about migrant rights and creating systemic political and social change by empowering minority communities to utilize established political and legal processes. She will be studying Russian in the Kyrgyz Republic and chose to study Russian for the interesting questions the post-Soviet space raises about the democratization and treatment of minority ethnic groups. 

2020 - 2021

Victoria Haworth : Critical Language Scholarship

Victoria is a senior Urban Studies and Economics major from Washington D.C. and will be studying Bahasa Indonesian in Malang, Indonesia through CLS. She is interested in questions of urban governance, resiliency planning, and community development, and hopes to use her Indonesian to learn more about urban planning in Indonesia.

 

 

2020 - 2021

Ramil Mercado : Critical Language Scholarship

Ramil Mercado is a senior in the College of Letters and Science and is majoring in Political Science and Asian Studies-China with a minor in Southeast Asian Studies. He is incredibly interested in Southeast Asian culture and politics, specifically in Insular Southeast Asia, and he is studying Bahasa Indonesia in Indonesia in order to learn one of the most important languages of the region, to prepare himself for graduate studies in the revolving around the region, and to be able to effectively communicate and connect with people across Indonesia, as well as with people who speak Bahasa Melayu in Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore. He is so grateful and honored to participate in CLS this summer!

 

2020 - 2021

Mariel Aquino : Critical Language Scholarship

Mariel Aquino is a fourth-year Data Science major with a concentration in Linguistics. She has always enjoyed traveling and studying foreign languages and will combine this with her interests in natural language processing, machine learning, and machine translation as a full-time NLP engineer next year. Her past three semesters of linguistics research in Ndengeleko, an endangered Bantu language spoken in Tanzania, developed her interest in East African languages. As businesses expand to areas such as Southeast Asia and East Africa, Mariel plans to take what she's learned in the program to inform the technical product design process with greater linguistic and cultural awareness in emerging markets. 
2020 - 2021

Eliza Hollingsworth : Critical Language Scholarship

Eliza Hollingsworth is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Global Studies and completing minors in Public Health and in Public Policy. She hopes to alleviate the public health repercussions of conflict, displacement, and migration through impactful research and direct services. This summer, she will be participating in the Critical Language Scholarship's Urdu program in Lucknow, India. Eliza is drawn to Urdu because she hopes to work with communities in South Asia that are affected by conflict and public health disparities, and because of Urdu's rich poetic and literary history. 

2020 - 2021

Briana Mullen : Knight-Hennessy

In 2015 Briana Mullen graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a major in history. Briana was an ASUC Senator who championed the issues of student parents, foster youth, and other independent students. She also served on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Mental Health where she was the sole undergraduate representative working towards mental health care reforms on campus. Since graduation, Briana has worked for the California Department of Education where she served as both a Special Assistant and Policy Advisor to the State Superintendent. She currently works for the California School Boards Association as a Policy Manual Consultant. As Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford, Briana will pursue a Master’s degree in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies.

 

2020 - 2021

Darion Wallace : Knight-Hennessy

Darion Wallace graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2018 as a double major in rhetoric and African American Studies. During his time at Berkeley, Darion was selected as a Mellon Mays Fellow, a program that targets students with exceptional academic promise and potential for academic careers that will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity in the academy. He also Resident Assistant for Summer Bridge and the Theme Program Advisor for the UCB Residential Student Services Program. Beyond the campus community, Darion was an education organizer for SEIU-UHW as well as a program coordinator for Brothers’ on the Rise. Currently, Darion is working on a Master’s degree in International Education Policy  Analysis at Stanford University. As Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford, Darion will pursue a Ph. D. in Education in order “to gain an interdisciplinary, human-centered understanding of how schooling has shaped Black identity ad outcomes.

2020 - 2021

Nicholas Pingitore : Critical Language Scholarship

Nicholas Pingitore is a senior history student focusing on political and religious history in early modern and modern Europe. He is particularly interested in the role of religion in international affairs, and ways in which religious beliefs influence political organization. Nicholas has spent the past two years researching the history of US–Russia diplomacy, as well as more broadly the history of the Cold War, and the collapse of the Warsaw Pact. In his third year, Nicholas undertook a research expedition to Havana, Cuba to study the changes in the nation’s political system since the collapse of the USSR. Since then, he has expanded his focus, beginning his Russian studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies before returning to UC Berkeley. He will be continuing his language learning at Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod in Nizhny Novgorod.

2020 - 2021

Issac Levine : Yenching Scholars Program

Isaac graduated from UC Berkeley in 2019 with a BA in Political Economy. He also studied Chinese language throughout his time at Berkeley and was awarded the Huang Scholarship, through which he studied with Princeton-in-Beijing and interned at a small music and media company in Shanghai. He is excited to continue his studies in political economy and Chinese language at the Yenching Academy, where he will concentrate on Law & Society and research youth social and political movements, arts and cultural production, and urban studies in China. He is also excited to participate in the city's arts and music scene and contribute written pieces for local and university publications. He would also like to extend his deepest gratitude for all of the faculty and friends who supported him at Berkeley.

2020 - 2021

Casey Mogilevsky : Goldwater

Casey Mogilevsky is a junior majoring in Chemistry. His work has helped lead to two submitted manuscripts involving protein-protein bioconjugates and CRISPR.  He has also been working on a project which involves sequential site-selective bioconjugation reactions. Casey has been a volunteer and trainer of volunteers at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Additionally, he has served as Director of Tutoring with PEACE A campus organization with the mission to combat the hyper-competitive environment of college. After graduation from Cal, Casey will pursue an MD/Ph.D. dual degree in medicine and biochemistry. In the future, Casey plans to conduct both basic science and translational research and teach at the university and medical school level.

2019 - 2020

Connor Tou : Goldwater

Connor J. Tou is a major in bioengineering at UC Berkeley. A Goldwater scholar and a Rose Hills fellow, he was a key player in pioneering a CRISPR-based genetic diversifier termed EvolvR, which forms the platform biotechnology of a Berkeley-based startup. He has published in the prestigious journal Nature and is currently driving EvolvR’s translation to eukaryotic organisms. He is first author of an upcoming manuscript. As a CPRIT-CURE scholar at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Connor discovered novel chemical inhibitors of a cancer-linked dealkylase and a dengue virus nuclease – work which will also result in an upcoming publication. Outside the lab, Connor founded Ulman Foundation’s Cancer to 5K program in the bay area, expanding the program coast to coast, and serves as its head coach. He also helps organize the nation’s largest bioengineering high school competition, BioEHSC, during which he mentors high school students. He seeks to be at the frontlines of genome engineering technology development and its applications as well as heritable editing governance and policy. 

 
 
2020 - 2021

Eden McEwen : Goldwater

Eden McEwen is a junior majoring in physics and astronomy. She hopes to be on the forefront of the intersection of technological advancement and scientific discovery. Eden wants to help answer questions on exoplanet composition, black hole populations, and stellar dust disks by developing a new generation of more sensitive ground and space-based observatories. Eden has been active in the Society of Physics Student where she has served as Secretary as well as the publication STEMinist Chronicles, where she served as Treasurer and photographer. After graduating Eden wants to pursue a Ph.D. in Astrophysics. Her hope is to conduct research into applications of emerging computational techniques for astronomical instrumentation, as a PI at university or national lab.

2020 - 2021

Rahul Sahay : Goldwater

Rahul Sahay is a junior majoring in physics and mathematics at UC Berkeley. have been involved with two research groups:  Kam-Biu Luk’s high energy experiment group where his research is centered around the optimization of a detector in the internationally collaborative DUNE experiment. In 2019 Rahul joined Norman Yao’s condensed matter theory and atomic experiment group. Rahul serves as the vice president of the UC Berkeley of Physics Students where he created the first undergraduate seminar series for the Department of Physics. He was also the recipient of the Isadore Pomerantz Award given to Berkeley undergraduates who demonstrate a strong academic record. Rahul plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics. His professional goal is to be a professor at atop university, developing experimentally realizable theories at the interface of condensed matter physics and high energy physics.

2020 - 2021

Mira Cheng : Strauss

Mira Cheng a junior majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology. Mira’s Strauss scholarship project, Friends of All Ages, is an after school arts program dedicated to fostering safe, creative, and genuine relationship building between generations. The program will emphasize intergenerational dialogue, mutual respect, and creative storytelling through a variety of multimedia activities. The goal is to create a welcoming space where all generations can grow, learn, and share collectively. Mira is a Find intern with UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital International Clinic, a Patient Support Corps Intern and Marketing Director at UCSF, a CARES intern, with the BEST lab, and a caseworker and instructor with the Suitcase Clinic. She is also a  Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar and a recipient of the Cal Alumni Leadership Scholarship.

2020 - 2021

Miyako Iwata : Strauss

Miyako Iwata is a junior majoring in political science at U.C Berkeley. Miyako is ardent about getting students excited about voting. Her Strauss scholarship project, the Pac-12 Voting Challenge uses the healthy rivalries between colleges to get young people civically and politically engaged. As Miyako states, “my end goal is one and the same: to make our democracy better.” Miyako is a Newman Civic Fellow, a Lead Vote Everywhere Ambassador, and a Voter Registration Manager for the ASUC.  She is also a Cal Alumni Leadership Scholarship recipient. 

2020 - 2021

Saul Ramirez : Soros Fellowship

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2020 - 2021

Maribel Patino : Soros Fellowship

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2021 - 2022

Blue Fay : Yenching Scholars Program

Blue Fay graduated from UC Berkeley in December 2020 with a BA in Legal Studies and a minor in Chinese. While learning Mandarin, he developed a deep interest in Redology — the study of Cao Xue-qin’s The Dream of the Red Chamber. In the Spring of 2020, he was awarded the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures’ inaugural YR Chao Prize for an essay titled, “The Thirteenth Beauty of Jinling: Suppression and Ephemerality in The Dream of the Red Chamber.” Blue’s love of creative writing was nurtured by the four years he spent reporting for the arts department at The Daily Californian. He looks forward to combining his interests in Chinese literature, arts journalism, and Redology as he continues his studies abroad. 

2021 - 2022

Nicholas Shafer : Marshall Scholarship

Nicholas Shafer is a recent 2020 UCB grad in Anthropology & Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (Arabic). He was a 2019 recipient of the Boren Scholarship, a Fulbright Grant recipient, and a 2020 John Gardner Public Service Fellow. He is one of 44 Marshall Scholars that will begin study in the United Kingdom in fall 2021 and will pursue study at the University of Oxford and the University of Sussex.

2021 - 2022

Gurchit Chatha : Schwarzman Scholarship

Gurchit Chatha graduated from UCB in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a concentration in Quantitative Methods. He’s passionate about problem-solving and hopes to spend his Schwarzman year exploring Chinese technological innovation in the wake of rapid urbanization and power transition theory.                                                                                                                                                

 

2021 - 2022

Wan Fang Chiu : Schwarzman Scholarship

Wan Fang Chiu studied Computer Science and Molecular & Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received the computer science department citation in 2017. As an MD candidate in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology, Wan Fung conducted AI and pathology research in collaboration with PathAI and leads the HMS chapter of One For The World. 

2021 - 2022

Xinyi (Michelle) Fang : Schwarzman Scholarship

Xinyi (Michelle) Fang graduated from UCB in 2019 with a degree in Media Studies. At Cal, she worked closely with female-led and Asian-led philanthropies such as the Malala Fund and the AAPI Bone Marrow Donor Program. In 2017, she was part of the team that launched the inaugural Future Forum Beijing, a non-profit organization that aims to promote fundamental science research and innovation.

2021 - 2022

Tafadzwa Marombedza : Schwarzman Scholarship

Tafadzwa Marombedza studied Political Economy at UC Berkeley as a MasterCard Scholar from Zimbabwe and served as the President of the Organization of African Students. Currently, he is an Emerging Markets Analyst at Deutsche Bank in New York. He is passionate about the African growth story and envisions a world where global capital can be redirected to finance capital projects in Africa. He hopes to build long-lasting relationships in China and understand the drive behind the success of Africa’s largest trading partner.  

2021 - 2022

Alexander Zhao : Schwarzman Scholarship

Alexander Zhao will graduate in spring 2021 with a B.A. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Alexander published research on biased algorithms and recommender systems and currently serves as an editor for the data projects team for The Daily Californian. Alexander hopes to improve our ability to assess fairness in algorithms through his experiences in graduate school.         

2021 - 2022

Naveen Durvasula : Goldwater Scholarship

Naveen Durvasula is a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Business Administration through the Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology program at UCB. He's interested in problems at the intersection of computational learning theory, economics, and machine learning. After graduation, he intends to get a PhD in computer science and (one day) start a company. 

2021 - 2022

Justin Hogenauer : Boren Scholarship

Justin Hogenauer is a junior pursuing simultaneous degrees in Society & Environment and Business Administration at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to studying Thai, he serves as a squadron commander in Air Force ROTC and as an undergraduate academic peer advisor for the Rausser College of Natural Resources. Justin is the Student Director for the Cal Alumni Association Board of Directors and is a recipient of the Achievement Award and two Leadership Awards. As a Boren Scholar, Justin plans to take Thai language courses and study global affairs at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand. With career aspirations to be an Air Force pilot, he looks forward to using his multidisciplinary education and foreign language experience to bring a more diverse perspective into the U.S. military.

2021 - 2022

Anthony Neil Tan : Strauss Scholarship

Anthony is a budding bioengineer and a maker education advocate. As a second-year Bioengineering undergraduate at UC Berkeley, he's pursuing his passion for agricultural technologies through NASA's Growing Beyond Earth contest and exploring his interest in alternative protein through interning at New Age Meats. In his free time, he leads Maker Hub Club, a nonprofit program focused on supporting communities of student makers in secondary schools across the U.S. Maker Hub Club is the program Anthony wishes he had in high school. In May 2019, the program received the Honors GradU "Design A Better Future" grant, which funded various maker workshops and countless student projects over the past two years. With the Strauss award, Anthony aims to expand the program so it can reach many more students from underserved locations. Anthony attributes the program's success to the collective progress made by the team, especially amidst the pandemic. He enjoys chatting with others and encourages anyone interested in his work to reach out on LinkedIn.

2021 - 2022

Robson Swift : Strauss Scholarship

Robson is a second-year political science major at UC Berkeley. He has a passion for politics, social justice and education justice, and equity. At Cal, Robson works for the Daily Californian and is a member of an education advocacy group on campus. Robson has spent much of his free time as a community organizer in Richmond, California organizing campaigns in his local school district (West Contra Costa Unified School District [WCCUSD]) for multiple causes. Through these endeavors, Robson has strived to increase student voices and participation in school district decisions. He hopes to continue this advocacy with the Strauss Scholarship by implementing student-run organizations called Student Rights Centers (SRCs) that will advocate for student's interests at each WCCUSD high school campus. SRCs will run "know your rights" campaigns, help students file complaints, and give recommendations to school administration on how they can address students' interests. Robson hopes these SRCs will revolutionize student and administration relations in a way that benefits and empowers students.

2021 - 2022

Blue Fay : Critical Language Scholarship

Blue Fay graduated from UC Berkeley in December 2020 with a BA in Legal Studies and a minor in Chinese. While learning Mandarin, he developed a deep interest in Redology — the study of Cao Xue-qin’s The Dream of the Red Chamber. In the Spring of 2020, he was awarded the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures’ inaugural YR Chao Prize for an essay titled, “The Thirteenth Beauty of Jinling: Suppression and Ephemerality in The Dream of the Red Chamber.” Blue’s love of creative writing was nurtured by the four years he spent reporting for the arts department at The Daily Californian. He looks forward to combining his interests in Chinese literature, arts journalism, and Redology as he continues his studies abroad. 

2021 - 2022

Aurora Lopez : Critical Language Scholarship

Aurora Lopez is a senior studying Political Science with a specialization in International Relations. In preparation for a career in foreign relations, she has taken courses outside her major to gain a better understanding of international cooperation, such as Gulf States, Spanish, and Arabic courses. She also interned for the British Consulate General, where she worked with international personnel in San Francisco. Currently, she's interning with the Department of State, assisting Foreign Service Officers who wish to promote U.S. diplomacy around the globe. Overall, Aurora is interested in understanding the deeper nuances of diplomacy, particularly in the Middle East. She will be studying Arabic (remotely) in Tangier, Morocco. Already a Spanish speaker, Aurora understands how speaking a shared language creates unparalleled trust; thus, she hopes she can initiate these same genuine relationships in the Middle East with Arabic. 

2021 - 2022

Charlotte McClelland : Critical Language Scholarship

 
Charlotte is a third year undergraduate double majoring in Economics as well as Arabic Language and Literature. She is particularly interested in development economics and hopes to combine her knowledge of Arabic and economics in future careers. She also loves language learning and the ability it gives her to build relationships with others from diverse backgrounds. This summer she will be studying Arabic in Ibri, Oman (virtually) through the Critical Language Scholarship.  
2021 - 2022

Cyara Pinkos : Critical Language Scholarship

Cyara will be graduating from UC Berkeley in Spring 2021 with a B.A. in Political Economy with a concentration on Development and the Environment in the Middle East. After graduation, she plans to focus her interest in sustainable development and passion for learning languages on pursuing a career in international development. This summer she will be studying Arabic in Meknes, Morocco (virtually) through the Critical Language Scholarship.
 
2021 - 2022

Ramil Mercado : Critical Language Scholarship

Ramil graduated from UC Berkeley in December 2019 with a BA in Political Science and Asian Studies, and a minor in Southeast Asian studies. He is passionate about Southeast Asian culture and politics, specifically Maritime Southeast Asia. He is learning Indonesian in order to effectively communicate and connect with people across Indonesia and Timor-Leste, as well as with those who speak Malay in Malaysia, Brunei, and Singapore. He hopes to use the language skills that he will gain this summer in his graduate studies as well as within the realm of diplomacy in the future. This summer he will be studying Indonesian in Malang, Indonesia (virtually) through the Critical Language Scholarship. 

Ramil has been chosen to be an Alumni Ambassador for CLS this year. See his profile here

2021 - 2022

Freja Ekman : Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

Freja Ekman, from San Diego, California, is pursuing an MD at Stanford School of Medicine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in translational biomedical research from the University of Cambridge. Freja aspires to address the inequities experienced by the neurodiverse community through both the development of personalized therapies and disability advocacy. She has developed both DNA and RNA gene therapy strategies with Professor Schaffer at UC Berkeley and Professor Lever at Cambridge. She also worked at D.E. Shaw Research where she used molecular dynamics simulations to better understand underlying disease mechanisms. Throughout her studies, and since her graduation from Cambridge, Freja has worked with non-profit organizations focused on supporting individuals with disabilities pursue their goal of independent living. She is a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and recipient of UC Berkeley’s 2018 University Medal.

2021 - 2022

Kayla Brown : Gates Cambridge

Kayla Brown earned her B.A. in Media Studies from UC Berkeley in 2020. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant at Berkeley Law's Human Rights Center and the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity. She now works for Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a global business network and non-profit consultancy, on projects related to technology, ethics, and human rights. Kayla will earn an MPhil in Sociology at the University of Cambridge funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust, building upon her work experience as a consultant to research human rights and corporate social responsibility in the technology sector.