2014 Johnson Opportunity Grant Winners

Michael Bronstein '15

Michael Bronstein, a member of the class of 2015, is a psychology major from Canton, Mass. He spent the summer as a research assistant helping to design and implement original research in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Specifically, he assisted Dr. Bill Gehring, a leader in the field of clinically relevant electrophysiology research and Bronstein's first choice as a graduate school mentor.

Thomas Bednar '15

Thomas Bednar, a member of the class of 2015 from Chapmansboro, Tenn., will intern at the Bureau of European and Asian Affairs in the Office of Political and Regional Affairs in Washington, D.C. He is an economics and politics double major, with an emphasis in global affairs. The internship will give Bednar firsthand experience of the pressing matters that the United States faces in international affairs and expose him to the workings of the State Department, where he intends to pursue a career in international affairs as a Foreign Service officer. He is a Johnson Scholar, a member of the W&L chapter of College Democrats and a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.

Christina Cheadle '16

Christina Cheadle, a member of the class of 2016 from Escondido, Calif., has been selected through a competitive process to be a U.S. delegate to the 66th Japanese-American Student Conference. She will join 72 other students—36 Americans and 36 Japanese—at the month-long student-led program which will discuss Japanese-American relations. The conference alternates each year between Japanese and U.S. cities. This year it will be held in Des Moines, Iowa; San Francisco, Calif.; New York, New York and Washington, D.C. Cheadle is an anthropology and art history major and her ambition is to become a curator of Japanese art. She is a member of W&L's Japanese Tea Society and event planner for Pi Beta Phi sorority.

Betsy Cribb '15

Betsy Cribb, a member of the class of 2015 from Charleston, S.C., will accompany Melissa Kerin, assistant professor of art history at W&L, to Tibet as her research assistant on the materiality of Tibetan Buddhist shrines. Cribb will collect information about devotees' engagement with the shrines through observations and interviews, analyze the materials used on the shrines and document activities at the shrines. Cribb is an art history and journalism and mass communications double major and a Johnson Scholar. She is a member of Kappa Delta sorority, a peer counselor and member of the Student Recruitment Committee. She also works in W&L's Communications Office as part of a student team that promotes W&L through social media platforms.

Caroline Crichlow-Ball '15

Caroline Crichlow-Ball, a member of the class of 2015, is a double major in psychology and sociology from Austin, Texas. She will intern with Dr. Philip Pate, a forensic psychologist in Winchester, Va., who evaluates sex offenders for trial and conducts capacity interviews of parents whose children have been removed by Social Services. As a forensic assistant, she will conduct background research, review intake forms, observe client interviews ,administer and score psychological tests, review evaluations, write reports and communicate with attorneys and Social Services. She will also accompany Dr. Pate on visits to jails and to court dates. Crichlow-Ball is a Johnson Scholar, a member of Kappa Delta sorority and a peer counselor. She is a member of the Student Recruitment Committee and the Student-Faculty Hearing Board.

Stephanie Do '15

Stephanie Do is a member of the class of 2015 from Hanoi, Vietnam, and a double major in accounting and business administration and East Asian language and literature. She will spend the summer as an intern at one of the world's largest accounting firms in Ho Chi Minh City in South Vietnam. In addition to gaining auditing skills, Do and her fellow interns will attend a pitch competition to propose an original business idea that is useful to the Vietnamese people in their daily lives. She will also have opportunities for community service, such as teaching sex education to young students or organizing fund-raising events to help the poor and orphans. Do is a member of W&L's Student Association for International Learning and the W&L Ladies' Club.

Bailey Ewing '15

Bailey Ewing, a member of the class of 2015 from Dallas, Texas, will spend the summer in Denmark working for Deloitte's Denmark Corporate Social Responsibility team. She is a business administration and accounting major and will research how not-for-profit organizations that receive time and products from corporations can translate those donations into accurate market values on their financial statements. This will enable them to elicit larger sums of state support which is allocated to non-profit organizations that can demonstrate public support. Ewing is standards president and academic excellence chair of Kappa Delta sorority. She is also president of L.I.F.E, promoting a healthy lifestyle among the student body, and a member of the Ministry Leadership Team on campus.

Shelby Flores '15

Shelby Flores, a member of the class of 2015 from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is a double major in economics and Spanish with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies. She had a 10-week summer internship at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico, through the U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program. Her duties were primarily research-based, including reviewing and analyzing the effect of Mexican tourism on the United States, compiling data on E-visas and mapping the interagency coordination procedures in Mexico City to create a summary of best practices.

Liam Gaziano '16

Liam Gaziano, a member of the class of 2016 from Dedham, Mass., has been accepted as a visiting student at the Stroke Prevention Research Unit, Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, England. The unit is regarded as one of the most productive stroke research groups in the world. Gaziano is a bio-chemistry major and plans to become a doctor. He will work on a number of research projects, including a large-scale study of the feasibility, safety and effectiveness of Bluetooth home telemetric blood pressure monitoring after stroke. He will be involved in cleaning and collating study data and will help generate initial analyses and results. Gaziano is a member of W&L's men's soccer team and Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Lindsay George '16

Lindsay George, a member of the class of 2016 from York, Pa., and a double major in English and art history with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean studies, will spend the summer in Costa Rica at the Academia de Español in Nicoya, a Spanish language immersion school. Nicoya is a small village located close to the Guatemalan border and offers minimal interaction with tourists. She will take intensive language instruction in the mornings and in the afternoon will intern at different businesses in town. She will also work as a teacher's assistant in a local elementary school. At W&L, George is a tutor in Spanish and French for Languages for Rockbridge in local elementary schools and a peer tutor in French. She is a student-to-student mentor and a Panhellenic delegate for Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

Ellen Gleason '15

Ellen Gleason, a member of the class of 2015 from Santa Barbara, Calif., and a double major in politics and economics, will intern in the finance department of the Democratic National Committee. Day-to-day work will include organizing and planning large-scale fundraising events, maintaining the DNC's database of donors, and promoting and staffing events. She will also attend weekly "brown bag" events with senior staff members to learn about various positions available in politics. Gleason is a Johnson Scholar and co-president of W&L's Habitat for Humanity fundraising board. She is a member of Washington and Lee Student Consulting and chief marketing officer of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.

Adele Irwin '15

Adele Irwin, a member of the class of 2015 from Essex Fells, N.J., is a biology major with a creative writing minor. She will join Lisa Greer, associate professor of geology at W&L, who will lead a consortium of faculty and geology students to collect live samples of endangered corals in Belize for analysis and carbon dating to determine the exact age of the reef. The aim is to determine why endangered corals are thriving at the research site while they are declining at most other reefs in the Caribbean. Irwin is a member of W&L's women's varsity lacrosse team, the Washington and Lee Outing Club and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.

Phil Kong '15

Phil Kong, a member of the class of 2015 from Downey, Calif., and a native of South Korea, is a double major in geology and biochemistry. He will explore the geochemistry of volcanic samples from the Cascade Mountain Range on the west coast of the United States. Kong will then send the samples to Washington State University's geo-analytical laboratory for X-ray fluorescence analysis to provide accurate data to characterize the lavas in the volcanoes. Kong is a Johnson scholar, a member of the American Chemical Society and president of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He is also head garden manager of W&L's Campus Gardens and co-founder and vice president of Washington and Lee Culinary Club.

Kiril Krendov '16

Kiril Krendov, a member of the class of 2016 from Sofia, Bulgaria, will intern at Pearl Consulting in Zhuhai, China, through the program "InternChina." He is a double major in business administration and East Asian languages (Chinese concentration). During his three-month stay he will learn about different aspects of finance including mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, share listings of Chinese companies in the United States, foreign currency exchange rates, financial forecasting and financial modeling. In addition to one-on-one Chinese language classes, Krendov will stay with a local family and immerse himself in Chinese culture. He also plans to visit Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou. He is a member of W&L's Williams Investment Society and is on the marketing and lending committees of W&L's Community Financial Freedom.

Grace Lee '15

Grace Lee, a member of the class of 2015 from Boca Raton, Fla., will travel to Cameroon to serve as a volunteer in three different medical placements, arranged by the nonprofit organization "Love Volunteers." Lee is a biochemistry major with a minor in poverty and human capability studies and plans to pursue a medical degree and work with non-profit organizations. In addition to taking part in hospital activities such as taking blood pressure, assisting during rounds and observing surgical procedures, she may also have the opportunity to accompany medical personnel into rural communities for outreach programs to educate local people about sanitation, hygiene, nutrition and to provide first aid for small injuries. Lee is a Johnson scholar and a member of the Shepherd Student Faculty Board. She is a head honor advocate for undergraduates, chemistry chair of W&L's Women in Technology and Science and health and disabled chair of the Nabors Service League.

Brittany Lloyd '15

Brittany Lloyd, a member of the class of 2015 from Abington, Pa., will undertake a summer internship with the Native American Land Conservancy in Southern California, which aims to protect endangered Native American sites. An English and sociology/anthropology double major, Lloyd will continue her research on place names in Native American cultures and how land and language relate to one another. She also hopes to begin original research on different linguistic aspects of local Native American sacred sites and work with the Learning and Healing Landscapes program to promote understanding about sacred Native American sites. Lloyd is a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and writes for the Washington and Lee student-run blog.

Daphine Mugayo '15

Daphine Mugayo, a member of the class of 2015 from Kampala, Uganda, is a pre-med student majoring in biochemistry and economics with a minor in poverty and human capability studies. She will spend the summer conducting research in molecular genetics under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Goldstein '62, Nobel Prize-winner in medicine and chairman of the department of molecular genetics at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Mugayo is a member of the Student Recruitment Committee.

Alejandro Paniagua '16

Alejandro Paniagua is a member of the class of 2016 from San José, Costa Rica. He is a double major in business administration and environmental studies and plans to spend the summer doing research in northeastern Australia and northern New Zealand. He will be comparing and contrasting the forests in these countries as they share a similar Gondwanan history but have undergone different changes due to human activity. He is a tutor with W&L's English as a Second Language, a university peer tutor, a member of the International Education Committee, W&L's Student Consulting, the Biological Honor Society and Sigma Nu fraternity. He is also a resident of the Global Service House, a member of the Multicultural Student Association, Student Environmental Action League, committee chair and delegate for the Model United Nations and president of the Student Association for International Learning.

Austin Pierce '15

Austin Pierce, a member of the class of 2015 from Yorktown, Va., will attend Leiden University's prestigious summer linguistics program. Pierce is a triple major in economics, philosophy and East Asian languages and literature and intends to pursue a degree in law and global affairs. During the program he will study Old English, the Caucasian language Avar and two Indo-Iranian languages—Ossetic and Old Persian. He is a Johnson scholar, a peer tutor in Chinese and a founding member of the Spanish literary magazine "Pluma." He is one of the general co-chairs of the First-Year Orientation Committee and founding president of Providing Lively Amusement for Young Adults. He is also vice-president of the Shakespeare Society, a dance instructor for the African Society and a member of both W&L's University Singers and the acapella singing group General Admission.

Joy Putney '16

Joy Putney, a member of the class of 2016 from Fairfax, Va., conducted research at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in New Zealand on effective signal processing and modeling of gastrointestinal (GI) electrical activity. Putney is a double major in physics/engineering and biology. Her specific project involved understanding the physiological basis behind the propagation of spike waves—a type of GI activity that occurs in the small intestine. She is a member of the General's Christian Fellowship, Engineers Without Borders, Model United Nations and Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.

Eric Schwen '15

Eric Schwen, a member of the class of 2015 from Cottage Grove, Minn., is a physics major and will attend two international physics conferences this summer. The Condensed Matter Conference in Paris is jointly organized by the French Physical Society and the European Physical Society and covers a wide range of topics in condensed matter physics. The International Conference on Mathematical Modeling in Physical Sciences will take place in Madrid and focuses specifically on scientific applications of mathematical modeling. Each conference has a wide selection of invited speakers representing some of the most respected researchers in condensed matter and statistical physics. Schwen is a Johnson scholar and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He is a teaching assistant in W&L's physics laboratory, an academic peer tutor in introductory physics and calculus and a member of W&L's Outing Club.

Scott Sugden '15

Scott Sugden, a member of the class of 2015 from Circle Pines, Minn., and a double major in English and biology, will conduct independent primary research of William Wordsworth's papers held by The Wordsworth Trust in England's Lake District. The trust is an independent charity that houses Wordsworth's manuscripts donated to the trust by his descendants in 1935. They include the published and unpublished versions of Wordsworth's poetry with revisions in his own hand, which will allow Sugden to examine revisions that Wordsworth made to some of his works and analyze how they were revised. Sugden is a Johnson scholar, a tutor in French at Rockbridge County High School and a W&L peer tutor in introductory chemistry. He is a member of the University Bluegrass Ensemble, the University Jazz Ensemble and the University Wind Ensemble. He is music editor of The Muse literary/arts magazine, a member of inGeneral student magazine and the Student Environmental Action league.

Anh Ta '16

Anh Ta, a member of the class of 2016 from Hanoi, Vietnam, will spend two months in Shanghai, China, as an intern with FTI Consulting, a global business consultancy firm, through the Shanghai Summer Internship program of CIEE, a non-profit organization. Ta is a double major in accounting and economics and plans to launch her future career in Shanghai. The program also offers an advanced course in Chinese language and participants are required to speak Chinese as much as possible. Ta is co-chair of the international student alliance committee of the Student Association for International Learning and a member of the University's women's choir Cantrici, the Pan-Asian Association for Cultural Exchange and the Multicultural Student Association.

Katherine Uhlir '16

Katherine Uhlir, a member of the class of 2016 from Boulder, Colo., will extend her Spring Term course, Shakespeare in Performance, with a three-week extension as research assistant to Holly Pickett, associate professor of English at W&L. Uhlir will assist with research into sensual perception of idolatry in early modern English drama, focusing on archival research and the study of relics in the context of early modern drama. They will conduct the research at The Globe Theatre, the archives of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum in London as well as at Campion Hall in Oxford and Stonyhurst College in Lancashire. Uhlir is a resident of W&L's Leadership House, which focuses on involvement, leadership development, school spirit and community.

Andrew Watson '15

Andrew Watson, a member of the class of 2015 from Great Falls, Va., will undertake a 500-mile journey on foot along the traditional pilgrimage route Camino de Santiago, which winds through France and northern Spain. It was first popularized by medieval pilgrims traveling to visit the tomb of St. James in Santiago. Hiking approximately 25 to 30 kilometers a day and staying in pilgrim hostels, Watson will maintain a journal to document the influence of cultural and historic elements on the identity of Camino today. He is a Johnson scholar and a biology major with a minor in Classics. He is rider with W&L's polo club and a member of the College Libertarians.

Tierney Wolgemuth '16

Tierney Wolgemuth, a member of the Class of 2016 from Lancaster, Pa., volunteered at a health clinic in Cordoba, Argentina during Spring Term. She is a biochemistry major with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and assisted doctors in giving personal care and vaccines. She is a Johnson Scholar, a member of Chi Omega fraternity, Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and the W&L Outing Club. Her other activities include tutoring other students in chemistry, volunteering at Rockbridge Regional Health Center and tutoring Hispanic girls as a member of English Speakers of Other Languages.