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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Marie Vastola

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Marie Vastola was a STEM scholar in 2015, when she did molecular biology research in the laboratory of Dr. Irv Weissman at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford University. Where are you from? Northern California. I grew up in the Bay Area and then moved to Pacific Grove. Where did you go to school? What did you study?…

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Women & Being Like Gwen

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by Amy Walter When I was invited me to speak at the Pathways to Public Service event, I assumed that I’d be discussing the recent election: What it meant to have the first female nominee – and maybe even the first female president. It was going to be a reflection on what it meant for the legions of women who…

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The B. A. Rudolph Foundation Launches Five Year Report & White Paper

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On November 18, 2016, The B. A. Rudolph Foundation hosted the third annual Pathways to Public Service event. In addition to celebrating its five year anniversary, the Foundation published two reports: “Five Years of Impact” and “Leveling the Playing Field”. The B.A. Rudolph Foundation’s “Five Years of Impact” report describes its accomplishments since its founding in 2011 and demonstrates how the organization has…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Juliette Rando

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Juliette Rando was a STEM Scholar in 2015 when she interned for the human genetics lab of Dr. Sarah Tishkoff (University of Pennsylvania).  Where are you from? Sharon, Massachusetts. Where did you go to school? What did you study? I studied at Haverford College, where I majored in biology and minored in neuroscience. What was the best part of your internship? During my internship, I was…

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Women & Climate Change

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by Jess McDonald The tension in the air was palpable. The seats in front of me quickly filled up as the clock ticked down. The carefully placed aisles running through the plenary hall were full of delegates running to their seats. A few minutes later, the president of the United Nations climate conference addressed the crowd, held a green gavel…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Ivana Djukic

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Ivana Djukic was a Graduate Scholar in 2015 when she interned for the Save the Children. Where are you from? Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Where did you go to school? What did you study? I received my M.A. in International Affairs with a focus in conflict and conflict resolution from the Elliott School at the George Washington University What was the best…

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Women & Refugees

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by Ryan Corbett I sat in a hot basement room of an old church in Cairo in the middle of August last year. I was working for a refugee legal aid organization during the summer after my first year in law school. A woman from South Sudan sat across from me bouncing a tiny baby on her knee to keep…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Eleanor Krause

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Eleanor Krause was a Graduate Scholar in 2015 when she interned for the World Resources Institute’s (WRI) U.S. Climate Program. Where are you from? Bloomington, Indiana. Where did you go to school? What did you study? I was an undergraduate at the University of Vermont, receiving a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Environmental Studies. When I was a Foundation scholar, I…

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Women & the Internet

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by Mary Ellen Dingley The very first thing I did on the internet was go on Ask Jeeves and search the Loch Ness Monster. (I know, I’m a nerd.) I was maybe 11 years old and I was fascinated by the reams of information I had at my fingertips. I’ve loved the internet ever since. I use the internet to find…

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Catching Up with Past Scholars: Lexii Carrillo

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Alejandra (Lexii) Carrillo was an Undergraduate Scholar in 2014 when she interned for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs. Where are you from? Dearborn, Michigan. Where did you go to school? What did you study? I majored in classics and sociology, minored in philosophy, and had a concentration in legal studies at Macalester College. What was the best part…

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