As a child growing up in a military family, Eve Glenn rarely stayed in once place for long. Before starting at Brown this fall, she moved between Japan, Germany, Florida and Colorado, ultimately attending four different high schools.
“I was really lucky to get to experience a lot of different cultures that normally people my age wouldn’t be able to,” Glenn said.
Her childhood exposure to a wide range of communities is part of what drew Glenn to Brown. She said she wanted to be part of a student body that mirrored the diversity of experience that she encountered growing up around the country and world.
“I came to ADOCH, and I was like, these are the people for me,” she said. “Everyone had their own different story, but we were able find ways to connect.”
Despite all the moving around, Glenn was able to delve deeply into her many interests and, in true Brown spirit, combine them toward the betterment of the others. As an award-winning competitive Irish dance stepper, she noticed that the smooth hard-soled shoes traditionally worn by dancers — the ones that make the dance form’s trademark sound — often caused dancers to slip, fall and injure themselves. As a student passionate about science and engineering, she set out to find a solution.
Ultimately, Glenn invented a friction compound that could be applied to the soles of the shoes, reducing falls and improving mobility.
When not competing as a dancer and coming up with inventions, Glenn put in countless hours of volunteer work — everything from tutoring and mentoring younger kids to helping out at her local United Service Organizations chapter — and consistently ranked first in her class.
For her many achievements, she was awarded Operation Homefront’s 2018 Military Child of the Year, given to children in military families who exhibit exceptional scholarship, volunteerism, leadership and extracurricular involvement. Only seven students receive the award each year.
At Brown, Glenn plans to continue to pursue her interests in the sciences and in public policy. And while she’s still undecided as to whether a military career is in her future, she plans to continue giving back to the community that has given her so much by volunteering at the Providence Veterans Administration Hospital.
“I wouldn’t have gotten here without the opportunities that the military gave me,” Glenn said. “Above everything else, I identify first and foremost with being a military child.”