Joslin Award Recipients 2013

Joslin Award Recipients 2013Joslin Award Recipients 2013

Rahel Katharina Dette
Sarah L. Forman
Emily Josmil Gonzalez
Andrew Ikhyun Kim
Gopika R. Krishna
Alexandra Linn
Benjamin Pietro Marcus
Ryan Pollock McDuff
Gladys Amelia Naggita Ndagire
Lindsay Nickel
Rebecca Kilbourn Rast
Evan Mark Schwartz

You may also download a copy of the 2013 Program for the  Jin-Joslin-Joukowsky Awards Ceremony.

Rahel Katharina Dette is from Berlin, Germany and will be receiving an A.B in Political Science and Middle East Studies. Throughout her time at Brown, Rahel has been involved in the International Mentoring Program, first as a mentor and then as a coordinator; President of Common Ground: Justice and Equality in Palestine/Israel; and a volunteer with the Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment program and the Brown University Mediation Project. She also worked with the Middle East Studies department to organize the “Undergraduate Paper Series” and served as a teaching assistant in German and Political Science and a research assistant in Political Science and History. Rahel also played a central role in organizing last year’s Avi Schaefer Conference, a colloquium that brought together students from multiple universities to engage in meaningful dialogue on the prospect of peace in the Middle East. After seven years abroad Rahel will be returning to Germany to work in think tanks or NGO’s focusing on the “triangle” of the U.S., Europe and the Middle East before continuing her education either in Human Rights Law or Political Science.

Sarah L. Forman is from Wellesley, Massachusetts and will be receiving an A.B. in Chemistry and Middle East Studies. At Brown Sarah has served in a couple different official capacities at Hillel, including Vice President for Campus Relations, serving on the student executive board, and supporting multiple, diverse student organizations. She also served as a Woman Peer Counselor; Residential Peer Leader; and Copy Editor, Staff Writer, and Senior Staff Writer for the Brown Daily Herald. During her senior year, Sarah put together a new program called 6,000 Voices that aims to create opportunities for students to get together in diverse groups of peers to talk about some of the core issues embedded in the Brown experience. After Brown Sarah will continue her studies at Cambridge University as the Craig-Cambridge Scholar and will be reading for a M.Phil. in Nuclear Energy.

Emily Josmil Gonzalez is from Bronx, New York and will be receiving an A.B. in Education with a focus on Human Development. At Brown, Emily has served as a Minority Peer Counselor (MPC); MPC Coordinator; MPC Friend; Latino Student Initiative worker; editor for SOMOS Latino Literacy Magazine; First Generation Student Initiative Mentor; and on the Brown-Tougaloo Student Advisory Committee. She was also actively involved in El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlan de Brown; La Federacion de Estudiantes Puertorriquenos; Brown Arts Mentoring; and the Brown-RISD Catholic Community. After graduation, Emily is open to future possibilities and pathways. As an Education concentrator, she hopes to serve within different educational settings in and out of the classroom and continue to deepen her understanding of social change and community organizing. This summer, she will be part of the advising team for Summer@Brown in Spain before hopefully working within college advising and mentoring in New York or Providence. After gaining these experiences, she hopes to pursue graduate studies that combine her interest in education, public policy, and social work.

Andrew Ikhyun Kim is from Seoul, South Korea and will be receiving an A.B. in Human Biology with a focus in International Health. While at Brown, Andrew has served as President and Co-founder of Students for Students: South Sudan (SFS), a student-led nonprofit supporting medical education for South Sudan’s first aspiring physicians; Coordinator for the Interfaith Exchange Fellowship, which brings together high school students of various faith backgrounds every week to implement a yearlong service project and engage in interfaith dialogue together; and President and Co-founder of Cornerstone Magazine, Brown/RISD’s Christian literary and arts magazine. He also served as Men’s Core Group leader for the Branch Christian Fellowship; Teaching Assistant for Investing in Social Change and for  Organic Chemistry; Meiklejohn Peer Advisor; Research Assistant in the Neuroscience Department; and a volunteer at the RI Free Clinic and at RI Hospital. He was also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Brown Scholar conducting research on malignant brain tumors. After Brown Andrew will pursue the Fulbright Scholarship in the UK to pursue a Masters in Spirituality, Theology, and Health. Subsequently, he plans to return to the US to pursue an MD/MBA, focusing on surgery and social entrepreneurship. In the long term, he will devote his life to improving access to quality healthcare around the world.

Gopika R. Krishna is from Scarsdale, New York and will be receiving a Sc.B. in Human Biology with a focus on Race & Gender. Throughout her time at Brown, Gopika has been actively involved at the Third World Center beginning with the Third World Transition Program (TWTP). Her early interest and passion for issues of social justice defined her work with the Minority Peer Counselor (MPC) and MPC Friends programs. She facilitated the Female Sexuality Workshop; was a Sexual Health Awareness Group Peer Educator; Secretary of the Queer Alliance; a DJ for WBRU; and a researcher at the Fausto-Sterling Laboratory. Gopika will continue her education at Brown at the Warren Alpert Medical School.

Alexandra Linn is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and will be receiving an A.B. in History of Science and Medicine. During her time at Brown, Alexandra was the Lead Coordinator for Women in Science and Engineering; Leader and Mentor with the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training program; Meiklejohn Peer Advisor; Teaching Assistant in the Biology Department; dancer with MEZCLA; POST Layout Co-editor; and a tutor with the Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment program. She also received a Royce Fellowship. After Brown, Alexandra will be teaching middle school science with Teach for America in Chicago and then hopes to attend medical school.

Benjamin Pietro Marcus is from Prospect Heights, Illinois and will be receiving an A.B. in Religious Studies. Throughout his time at Brown, Benjamin has worked to improve religious literacy at Brown and beyond. He founded and facilitated the Brown Religious Literacy Project; co-led the Multi-Faith Council and the Religious Studies Departmental Undergraduate Group; was an intern with the Interfaith Youth Core in Chicago; Faith in Dialogue founder and coordinator while studying at the University of Cambridge; served as the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme Summer School trips and activities coordinator; and was a student worker in the Office of Chaplains and Religious Life. Ben also served on the Campus Accessibility Advisory Committee; as a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor; and as a member of the Student Advisory Board for the TWC Director Search Committee. He was a member of the Brown Wind Symphony and the University of Cambridge Trinity Hall Jazz Band. He received an International UTRA Award for an archaeological dig at Marj Rabba (Israel) and a Team UTRA for an archaeological dig at l’Abbaye Notre Dame d’Ourscamp (France). After
Brown Ben will be attending Harvard Divinity School as a Presidential Scholar. He hopes to one day earn a Ph.D., but before then, he plans to gain experience about the intersection of religion and politics through work as a civil servant.

Ryan Pollock McDuff is from Plano, Texas and will be receiving an A.B. in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO) with a focus on Organizational Studies. At Brown Ryan was Captain of the Brown Men’s Soccer team for two years; Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; Head Teaching Assistant for Barrett Hazeltine’s ENGN9 and ENGN90 classes; a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor; a Student-Athlete Tutor;  Director of Business Operations for Brown Sports Business, a volunteer at the Vartan Gregorian Elementary School and Project GOAL; Committee Member of the Campus Life Advisory Board’s Subcommittees on Athletics and on Alcohol and Other Drugs; and an intern for the Brown University Sports Foundation. After graduating Ryan is starting as a strategy and mergers & acquisitions consultant for Ernst & Young’s Commercial Advisory Services group in Chicago. This summer he will be a youth camp counselor back home in Texas.

Gladys A. Ndagire is from Kampala, Uganda and will be receiving an A.B. in Engineering and Anthropology. Throughout her time at Brown, Gladys has devoted herself to community building and academic enrichment. She has been very active in the residential peer leader community, African Students Association, and the National Society of Black Engineers. She served as a member of the Campus Life Advisory Board’s Subcommittee on Alcohol and Other Drugs and worked with Alumni Relations in the planning and organization of student involvement in Reunion Weekend and 120 Years of Women at Brown. After interning at J.P. Morgan, Gladys leveraged her  network there to start a group independent study project (GISP) on impact investing that resulted in the launch of a $50M impact fund at the SEEED 2013 Summit. As part of her involvement in Brown’s entrepreneurship community, Gladys was also a 2013 finalist for the Clinton Global Initiative’s Hult Prize to mitigate hunger in urban slums. After graduation, Gladys will work at J.P. Morgan’s Advice Lab, eventually returning to school to pursue an MBA or Masters in Strategic Design and Management.

Lindsay Nickel is from Los Altos, California and will be receiving an A.B in Community Health with honors. During her time at Brown, Lindsay has been
a member of the Brown Women’s Basketball team, serving as Team Captain for the 2012–2013 season; Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; a member of the Campus Life Advisory Board’s Subcommittees on Athletics and on Alcohol and Other Drugs; a member of the Brown Sports Business Club
and Senior Class Gift Committee. She received a Royce Fellowship for Sport
and Society to investigate basketball as a means for delivering HIV prevention and health education to local youth in the township community of Gugulethu, South Africa and an UTRA to investigate the drinking behaviors of varsity collegiate student athletes. She was Co-Organizer of the Brown University Grassroots Soccer Tournament to help fight the AIDS epidemic through sports; wrote an honors thesis entitled “Student-Athlete Alcohol Use: What role does leadership play?”; and was the keynote speaker at a Brown University conference on Title IX. After Brown Lindsay will head back home to California for the summer but hopes to be in D.C. or Boston working in healthcare in the fall.

Rebecca Kilbourn Rast is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and will be receiving an A.B. in Environmental Studies. At Brown Rebecca has been actively engaged in issues related to economic justice, workers’ rights, and the environment through the Student Labor Alliance, RI Student Climate Coalition, Brown for Providence, emPOWER, Direct Action for Rights and Equality, and English for Action. She has been a driving force behind the Brown Divest Coal Campaign, an intern and board member at Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, and a summer instructor with the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island. She was also actively involved in organizing the Brown Folk Festival. After graduation Rebecca will be moving to Berkeley, California to continue doing political organizing around climate and economic justice issues.

Evan Mark Schwartz is from New York, New York and will be receiving an
A.B. in an independent concentration in Political Economy and Education.
While at Brown, Evan founded the Brown Conversation, a group committed to inspiring dialogue at Brown about Brown. Through the Brown Conversation, Evan was instrumental in creating a “re-orientation” weekend for first-year and sophomore students before the start of the spring semester. He also served as an undergraduate representative on the University Resources Committee and Brown’s Strategic Planning Committee on Reimagining the Brown Campus and Community. He served as the coordinator for Independent Concentrations and Independent Studies Programs at the Curricular Resource Center. After Brown Evan will be moving to San Francisco to try his hand in the tech startup world.