Project Summary: I will be taking classes at the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon through PPIA.
Project Summary: The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute is a seven-week program designed to prepare students from diverse backgrounds for graduate study and careers in public policy. The JSI curriculum includes economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues and leadership topics, all designed to sharpen the students’ quantitative, analytic and communication skills. Participants also participate in other extracurricular activities that broaden both their academic and professional horizons. Altogether, the program provides students with skills vital for admission into the top graduate programs in public and international affairs.
Project Summary: The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship covers one semester of tuition and room for up to 10 American students who are interested in the Middle East and Islamic cultures but have not yet had much exposure. While there, I will take 6 classes to pursue a Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies.
Project Summary: This fall (2017), I will travel to England to pursue an MSt in US History at Kellogg College, Oxford. In particular, I hope to study the American Civil War and 19th-century American society and politics. For my dissertation, I will examine regional variations in British public opinion regarding the American Civil War with a particular eye toward British views on American slavery and the Confederacy.
Opportunity: NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship
Project Summary: This scholarship covered tuition and room for a full semester of study at American University in Dubai (AUD). I was at AUD for 16 weeks during their Spring 2017 semester. I completed five classes at AUD: Arabic (for my W&L language requirement), Islamic Studies, and Middle East Business, History and Politics (for my Global Politics major).
Project Summary: I will be teaching English and other subjects as needed to primary and secondary school students (ages 6-12) at the Colegio San Purísima Concepción y Santa Ma Micaela in Logroño, Spain. In addition, I will be hosting group discussions or seminars of current events around the world with faculty and students from the local high school to facilitate civil discourse between Spaniards and Americans.
Opportunity: Fulbright Program for U.S. Students
Project Summary: The Junior Summer Institute offered by the Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) attracts undergraduate students interested and involved in international affairs and public policy, molding them into future global leaders through an intensive seven-week summer experience. The program constructs a curriculum and complementary extracurricular program intended to build vital skills necessary for admission into the nation’s top graduate programs. This curriculum includes coursework in economics, statistics, domestic policy, international policy, and leadership topics. The program maintains a consortium of more than 40 graduate institutions offering degrees in public policy and international affairs. Due to the Graduate School Consortium, PPIA fellows receive benefits such as a minimum one-time scholarship of $5,000 at any PPIA graduate school once admitted, exposure to prestigious and well respected graduate institutions, and fee waivers when applying to schools that are members of the consortium.
Project Summary: I am investigating motor encoding strategies in a nearly complete motor program for hawk moth flight. Hawk moths are capable of robust and complicated flight maneuvers that are controlled by comparatively few muscles. Additionally, there is a one-to-one relationship between their muscle activations and motor neuron firing, which enables me to record a spike-resolved motor program. I am currently investigating whether the number of muscle activations or the precise timing of those activations within a wing stroke is more important for force and torque production during flight. Understanding how the nervous system controls movement with a limited number of actuators can help us understand fundamental principles of motor control.
Project Summary: I am serving as a summer intern within the US Tax Department of Ernst & Young’s Frankfurt office. I have been working on tax filings for businesses and individuals with ties to both the US and Germany.
Opportunity: AmCham US-German Internship Program