Joslin Award Recipients 2010

Samuel H. Byker
Joshua R. Curhan
Kenneth M. Estrellas
Molly A. Jacobson
Winifred B. Jumbo
Kathryn E. Lamb
Amelia S. Plant
Julie A. Pridham
Sumbul Siddiqui
Anthony D. Staehelin

Samuel H. Byker is a double concentrator in Economics and American History from Los Angeles. Sam has served as a mentor, manager and leader with the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) Program and has organized and designed new events and programs to foster a sense of community within the BOLT program. Sam has served as a senior staff writer at the Brown Daily Herald and interned in Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Providence office. Sam founded and led the Brown Socially Responsible Investment Fund through which students manage $30,000 of the University’s endowment. He also served as an undergraduate member of the Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility and Investment Policy. Sam will spend most of the summer on a cross-country road trip then start work in September as an associate with the Boston Consulting Group in Chicago.

Joshua R. Curhan is from Lincoln, Massachusetts and will be receiving his degree in Education Studies. Joshua started out in his freshman year working in the news department for WBRU Radio with an emphasis on education in Rhode Island and beyond. For the past three years, Joshua has coordinated and volunteered with the Swearer Classroom Program at the Swearer Center for Public Service which is a community service program that provides mentoring and tutoring for elementary-aged children in Providence. Last spring Joshua founded an afterschool reading program focused on strengthening the literacy skills of elementary school students. Beginning this summer, Joshua will be pursuing a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Teaching at Columbia University with the goal of achieving dual certification in Elementary Inclusive Education and Teaching Students with Disabilities.

Kenneth M. Estrellas is from Piscataway, New Jersey and will be receiving his degree in Biology with Honors. Ken has been a member of the Bruin Club working on, among other programs, A Day on College Hill and Third World Weekend. He has been a passionate and energetic leader within the Third World community, including co-chair of the Filipino Alliance. He has been active in the dance community at Brown, co-directing the imPulse Dance Company, helping to establish and strengthen the popular Dancing with the Profs event, and establishing free hip hop dance workshops open to the Providence community. Ken has been a videographer for the Third World Center and several groups at Brown, including archiving Fusion Dance shows from 1984 to the present. Ken’s future plans are to get a Masters in Medical Science in the Artificial Organs, Biomaterials and Cellular Technology Program here at Brown.

Molly A. Jacobson is from Harvard, Massachusetts and will receive her degree in Economics with Honors. Molly was a residential counselor in her sophomore year, coordinated the planning of a Day on College Hill, and has been a Meiklejohn advisor for the past three years. This past year, she founded and coordinated the Matched Advising Program for Sophomores. She participated in the Urban Education Semester and then served as its co-coordinator. Molly has volunteered every year in the Providence public school system and has worked at the Curricular Resource Center, the Annual Fund, Maddock Alumni Center, and the Swearer Center for Public Service. Molly will teach this summer at Phillips Andover and begin work as an associate at the Boston Consulting Group in Boston in the fall.

Winifred B. Jumbo is from the Navajo Nation and grew up in Two Grey Hill, New Mexico and is graduating with honors in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies. Winnie is a member of Native Americans at Brown (NAB) and has served as the Native American Heritage Series programmer. This year, Winnie’s leadership enabled NAB to overcome obstacles to finally bring the annual All Ivy Native Council Conference back to Brown in addition to hosting the 9th annual Brown University Spring Thaw Pow Wow. After interning for the National Science Foundation under the Documenting Endangered Languages Program, Winnie was inspired to write her senior honors thesis on the Navajo language, specifically generational shifts and social stigmas. She will be returning to work for the Navajo Nation government after graduation and intends to pursue her education either in the field of linguistics or law.

Kathryn E. Lamb is from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and is graduating with honors in Classics and Comparative Literature. Katie has been involved in the Queer Alliance since arriving on campus, taking on various leadership roles over time and serving as head chair. One of her most significant contributions to the Queer Alliance was her involvement in the planning and implementation of the QA dances. Katie inherited the difficult task of taking on Pride Month coordinator mid-year, managing to put on one of the most successful Pride Months ever. She also took on leadership roles as social chair and pledge master in Zeta Delta Xi, served on the steering committee for the Brown University Activities Council, was a board member of the Students for Sexual Health Education and Empowerment Council, and served on the Gender Neutral Housing Committee. Katie will be entering a graduate program which combines Classics with Gender and Sexualtiy Studies at the University of Toronto.

Amelia S. Plant is from Charlestown, Rhode Island and will be receiving her degree in International Relations. Amelia has been a leader in Brown Model United Nations all four years, serving in several capacities and having primary responsibility for organizing one of the most complicated events held at Brown – a multi-day conference for over 700 high school students. The manual and process she developed set the campus standard for documentation and organization of successful transition from one leadership team to the next. Amelia has been actively involved in Students for Choice and a valuable contributor to the Sexual Assault Task Force. Over her time here she has grown and matured as a leader as evidenced by being one of only four students selected by her peers to serve on the recent University-wide organizational review process. She took being a student representative very seriously while at the same time managing her existing commitments. Additionally, Amelia worked in University Events for the last three years, helping to plan major events. Amelia was recently accepted into the Peace Corps.

Julie A. Pridham is from New Castle, New Hampshire and will be receiving her degree in Egyptology. Julie has been one of the strongest forces behind the Meiklejohn Peer Advising Program since she joined the Meiklejohn Leadership Council as a sophomore. Though Julie is one of twelve student leaders on the Council, she is considered to be the leader; the one to take on major program events as well as the more mundane tasks. Julie was one of the founders of the First Generation Mentoring Program and has been a leading figure in the Egyptology Department Undergraduate Group. Julie has served on several prominent committees at Brown, including the Campus life Advisory Board, the Library Advisory Board, and the selection committee for the Karen T. Romer Prize for Undergraduate Advising and Mentoring. She had volunteered for Colleges Against Cancer, Brown Relay for Life, and Habitat for Humanity. Julie plans to take a year off before pursuing a Ph.D. in Egyptology.

Sumbul Siddiqui is from Cambridge, Massachusetts and will graduate with Honors in Public Policy and American Institutions. Sumbul has been a Meiklejohn Advisor for the past three years, vice president of the Pakistani Students Association, community outreach chair of the South Asian Students Association, and a University-community partnership advisor at the Swearer Center for Public Service. She has served as a mentor for three years to over sixty students in Providence public schools and has worked to promote civic engagement in the schools by serving as a facilitator for both the District Wide Student Government and Generation Citizen. Sumbul is also the recipient of a White Internship Award, through which she pursued policy work in New York City. Following graduation, Sumbul will be working and attending law school in the future.

Anthony D. Staehelin is from Geneva, Switzerland and is receiving his degree in Political Science. Anthony has been involved in the Bruin Club for the past four years, participating in tours, high school networking and being vice president in his junior year. While coordinating A Day on College Hill (ADOCH), he launched a number of completely new programs and events and a computerized ADOCH registration system. For the past three years Anthony has dedicated himself to the Janus Forum, first as assistant director and, most recently, as executive director. Through the Janus Forum, Anthony has been instrumental in elevating the level of political discourse on campus by exposing students to different political perspectives and ideologies. Anthony has been a TA in the Economics Department for the last two years, was a columnist for the Brown Daily Herald, was treasurer of Sigma Chi, and has been involved in Brown theatre throughout his four years. Starting in August, Anthony will be a strategy analyst in Capital One’s Internal Consulting Group in McLean, Virginia.