2017 Graduate Public Service Scholars

Jordyn Arndt, 2017 Graduate Scholar

Jordyn Arndt is an M.A. candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she studies American foreign policy and international economics. Originally from Minnesota, Jordyn graduated summa cum laude from St. Catherine University with a B.A. in French, international business, and economics. Prior to graduate school, Jordyn was the government affairs manager at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. She also served as the secretary of a professional women’s association and volunteered for UN Women while in Singapore. This summer, Jordyn will intern for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking where she will promote responsible business and access to fair and safe work. Jordyn aspires to join the Foreign Service upon graduation and dedicate her career to fostering peace and prosperity globally.

Priscilla McCelvey, 2017 Graduate Scholar

Priscilla McCelvey is currently pursuing a M.A. in law and diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, MA. Her studies on human security, gender analysis, and international conflict resolution, particularly in the Pacific-Asia region. Prior to graduate school, Priscilla taught English in South Korea and completed internships with NGOs in Cambodia, the Philippines, and the United States. Her internship in the Philippines with an anti-human trafficking NGO was a catalyst and led to a passion to address issues surrounding human trafficking. This summer, with the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, she will be an intern for the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Priscilla hails from Brookeville, MD and holds a B.A. in psychology from Colby College in Waterville, ME.

Stacy Paull, 2017 Graduate Scholar

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Stacy Paull is currently pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of British Columbia and in 2012 she received a Masters of Research in Human Geography from the University of Glasgow. With a background in developing public library children’s programming, she chaired the teen summer reading committee at the DC Public Library and started Maker Camp, a program which aims to build confidence, engineering, and creative skills in children. Stacy also spent time teaching English in Vietnam, Italy, and Malawi.  She will be interning at the State Department in the American Spaces Program, combining her passions for developing empowering library programs for children and working internationally on cultural and education programs.  Stacy hopes to turn her passions into a career of empowering young people all over the world to realize and reach their potential.

Astrid Quiñones, 2017 Graduate Scholar

Astrid Quiñones is a dual degree student at Syracuse University pursuing a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Public Administration where she is an Editorial Member of Syracuse Law Review and an Associate Member of Moot Court Honor Society.Prior to her graduate studies, Astrid dedicated a year of service to the domestic violence survivors of Los Angeles and recently interned at the Public Defender Services of the District of Columbia. This summer, she will be interning with Legal Aid Society, focusing on domestic violence and family law. She hopes to find a career that bridges her interests in family law, violence against women legislation, non-profit management, and civil rights.

Angelique Talmor, 2017 Graduate Scholar

Angelique Talmor is a M.A. candidate in International Public Management at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs.French-American, she was born in Paris and moved to Florida at age five. Later Angelique attended the University of Florida, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in political science and French. While at the University of Florida, Angelique was an active on-campus leader, having co-directed a student project to send medical supplies to Niger, established a mentorship program for French majors, and served as both president of the French club and vice president UF’s chapter of Amnesty International. In addition to her on campus activities, she has interned for the French Embassy in Washington DC, worked as a communications adviser on a political campaign, and held a summer fellowship in political studies at the Hudson Institute. This summer, she will be returning to the Hudson Institute as an intern focused on transatlantic relations. Angelique plans to pursue a career focused on strengthening transatlantic and French-American ties.

2017 Rudolph Scholar at the Clinton School for Public Service

Amie Alexander, 2017 Rudolph Scholar at the Clinton School for Public Service

Amie Alexander, of Little Rock, Arkansas, is a 2018 candidate for the degree of Master of Public Service at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. In addition to her focus on public service, she is also a concurrent law student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law and will complete her Juris Doctorate in May 2019. Prior to her tenure in the Clinton School and Bowen School of law, Amie attended the University of Arkansas, where she graduated with honors and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences and an emphasis in Agricultural Education.

At the Clinton School, Amie has worked with the Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation to study the residual effects of rural electrification and what lessons can be applied to the current struggle to provide broadband service for rural Arkansans. This summer, she will work with the Foreign Agricultural Service in Tokyo, Japan, where she will assist in developing agricultural commodity trade reports and marketing American agricultural products. Upon the completion of her degrees, Amie plans to use her knowledge of both public service and law to influence rural development policy and promote social change. Amie is passionate about closing the gaps between rural and urban America, specifically in the areas of poverty, education, agricultural literacy, and access to broadband.

2017 STEM Scholars

Vasiliki Chioti, 2017 STEM Scholar

Vasiliki hails from Greece, but currently lives in the Philadelphia area, where she studies at Haverford College. She fell in love with science the summer before her senior year at high school, when she flew to Louisiana to investigate the enigmatic resistance of alligators to pathogenic microorganisms. Four years later, Vasiliki is a rising senior majoring in chemistry with a biochemistry concentration. Her interest in medicinal chemistry grew after working in the Witze lab at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied aberrant epidermal growth factor receptor signaling in breast cancer. This summer, she is researching protein interactions in natural product biosynthetic pathways under the supervision of Dr. Louise Charkoudian. At the same time, she will be annotating biosynthetic gene clusters for the Minimum Information about a Biosynthetic Gene cluster (MIBiG) data standard, which aims at facilitating research on natural products.

Ellie Lefkovich, 2017 STEM Scholar

Ellie Lefkovich grew up in Southington, Connecticut and is currently a student at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York where she is a biomedical engineering major a pre-medical track. In her free time, she helps plan tutoring and special events for young children in need through the Pre-medical Student Association, worked on a 3D printed prosthetic arm design for the e-NABLE program, and is a member of the Baja SAE race team. With the support of the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Ellie will be spending this summer interning for the Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. At Walter Reed, she will assist in clinical studies and patient care for veterans with lower limb prosthetics. After graduating she plans to attend medical school and specialize in the field of prosthetics and orthotics.

Priya Shukla, 2017 STEM Scholar

Priya Shukla is from Germantown, Maryland and currently a biological sciences major at the University of Maryland, with a concentration in physiology and neurobiology. Priya is also one of the founding members of Phi Delta Epsilon International Medical Fraternity’s Maryland Beta chapter, where she works on the committee of finance to fundraise for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For the past few summers, Priya interned at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Department of Neurology where she studies neuroimmunology, specifically how infections impact the central nervous system. This summer, Priya will be learning more about the Zika virus and its impact on the brain. Her plans for the future include attending medical school and pursuing a career as a neurologist.

Bridget Smith, 2017 STEM Scholar

Originally from Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania, Bridget is a senior exercise science major at the University of Mount Union. Bridget spends her free time serving as the treasurer of the university’s inter-science research club and in her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. She is also passionate research: she has published a handful of scientific abstracts, including one based on research done while an intern at the NASA Johnson Space Center. Combining her love of clinical work and helping people, this summer Bridget will help patients recover from heart complications through exercise and nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic in the Cardiac Rehabilitation facility. Bridget looks forward to beginning a Masters degree at Lincoln Memorial University this fall and hopes to continue her education after that to receive a combined MD-PhD degree.

2017 Undergraduate Public Service Scholars

Katie Deutsch, 2017 Undergraduate Scholar

Katie Deutsch recently graduated from Wichita State University with a B.B.A in Economics and a B.A. in political science with minors in women’s studies and law and public policy. While a student, Katie served as chief of staff for the student government association, founded a student advisory group to promote best Title IX practices across campus, and served as a student ambassador. Off campus, Katie serves as an advocate for the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, supporting survivors of sexual assault during crisis hotline calls and forensic sexual assault examinations. This summer, Katie will intern in the Office of the General Counsel at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., providing research and analytic services for ongoing sex discrimination cases. Katie aspires to obtain her Juris Doctor with a focus in labor law and civil rights, with the intention of entering public service to further equity among marginalized groups within the labor market.

Katia Domingues, 2017 Undergraduate Scholar

Originally from New Bedford, Massachusetts, Katia Domingues is a first-generation, recent college graduate from Tufts University with a B.A. in community health. At Tufts, Katia was a BLAST scholar, a Tisch College Summer Fellow, president of Tufts Gospel Choir, and an Honos Civicus member. She studied abroad in Athens, Greece and worked with a non-profit organization to create art therapy lessons for mental health wellness of refugees. This summer, she will be working at ThriveDC, a non-profit focused on social service for the D.C. community. Eventually, Katia intends to pursue degrees in law and public health and plans use her education to defend the rights of communities of color who are most vulnerable to the healthcare inequities in American society.

Sabrina Fields, 2017 Undergraduate Scholar

Sabrina Fields is a rising senior in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Originally from San Antonio, TX, Sabrina transferred to Georgetown her sophomore year to study science, technology, and international affairs with a concentration in security and a minor in Arabic. In her time on campus, Sabrina served as an undergraduate research scholar in the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, researching the impact of U.S. military cultural training on service members during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Sabrina previously served as an intern in the Executive Office of the President under the Obama Administration. This summer, she will be interning in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation at the State Department.

Alessandra Gonzalez, 2017 Undergraduate Scholar

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Alessandra Gonzalez is a senior studying psychology, social behavior and criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine. On campus, Alessandra works as a peer educator with the Campus Assault Resources and Education Office, where she educates the university community through workshops that tackle issues such as sexual assault awareness, consent, safe dating, and building healthy relationships. Serving local community in Orange County, Alessandra volunteers as a sexual assault victim’s counselor – working the Orange County sexual assault hotline and providing resources and support to victims. This summer she will be interning at Girls, Inc. where she will support the College-Bound Girls Program for middle-school girls that aims to promote and foster academic, emotional, and social well-being by focusing on health, sexuality, leadership development, and advocacy. Alessandra aspires to further victim’s rights through a career in law and strives to end gender-based violence across communities and social institutions.

Viviana Gonzalez, 2017 Undergraduate Scholar

Viviana Gonzalez is a senior at New York University studying politics, and social and cultural analysis. On campus, Viviana does advocacy work through her university’s DREAM Team, an organization that promotes and expands campus policies that protect undocumented students. In addition to immigration reform, Viviana is also dedicated to criminal justice reform and women’s equality and health care promotion. A native ofIllinois, Viviana is looking forward to working on behalf of her home state as an intern in both Senator Tammy Duckworth’s (D-IL) and Senator Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) offices this summer. She has previously worked as a finance Intern for Senator Duckworth’s campaign. While Viviana plans to eventually go to law school, she plans to first work hard on the 2018 midterm Congressional campaigns.

Mannal Haddad, 2017 Undergraduate Scholar

Originally from Redondo Beach, California, Mannal is a senior at University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) where she studies political science and communication. On campus, she is involved in the co-ed pre-law undergraduate fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, and through that organization she helped create and run UCSB’s Professional Fraternity Council. Previously, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland as an intern in the Scottish Parliament. While there, she worked closely with a Member of the Scottish Parliament to research and write legislation. That experience motivated her to stay involved in local and national politics upon her return and she currently interns for the Santa Barbara City Hall to promote civic and community engagement and support important resources for Santa Barbara youth. This summer she will be interning in the Office of Representative Salud Carbajal. She plans to work in public policy after her internship and eventually run for public office.

Neeja Patel, 2017 Undergraduate Scholar

Neeja Patel is a biology major and humanities minor at the University of California San Diego, entering her last year as an undergraduate. During the school year, she serves as one of the university health and wellness advocates and currently works in a lab in the VA San Diego to study diabetes in mice. Neeja is also a teaching assistant for first year biology classes and works in the Writing Center as an undergraduate peer mentor, mainly working with English language learner students. This summer she will be a state and local policy intern for the Forum on Youth Investment. After finishing her degree, she intends to pursue a career as a physician, attending medical school at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. She hopes to combine her interests in health policy and clinical practice throughout the course of her career.

Hannah Sweeney, 2017 Undergraduate Scholar

Originally from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, Hannah is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania. She is pursuing a major in political science and minors in religious studies and gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. On campus, Hannah works for the Penn Women’s Center and is an active member of Penn Anti-Violence Educators, which allows her to facilitate dialogue in regard to pressing issues of interpersonal violence and women’s rights. Hannah has also served on the Penn Undergraduate Assembly, where she advocated for resources for low-income and first generation college students. Hannah will be spending the summer interning with the U.S. Department of State’s Department  of International Religious Freedom. During her internship, she will further study the intersection of religion and politics, while learning public policy applications.

Maia Tarnas, 2017 Undergraduate Scholar

Originally from the Big Island of Hawaii, Maia is a student at Tufts University studying community health, Middle Eastern studies, and Arabic. She is an alumna of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Program, where she studied Arabic in Amman, Jordan. On campus, Maia is a rower on the women’s Crew Team, a costume designer for a campus theatre club, and a Synaptic Scholar through the Tufts Institute for Global Leadership. This summer, she will be interning at the Centers for Disease Control’s D.C. Office, where Maia will put her passion for infectious disease control and prevention into action. She hopes to use these skills in the future by working in infectious disease control in refugee populations and in zones of crisis.