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 be interning at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. A Fulbright Scholar with over five years of experience working in Asia and Africa, Jordyn aspires to join the Foreign Service upon graduation and dedicate her career to fostering greater 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.

Naila Rafique, 2017 Graduate Scholar

Naila Rafique recently graduated from the School of Public Affairs at American University with a Master’s of Public Policy and concentration in international development. While a graduate student, she was a Business Practice Improvement Intern at American University and was a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights International Development Intern at CARE. Prior to graduate school, Naila was a student trainee for a federal bureau, student researcher of international development policies for an international consulting firm, and conducting academic research with faculty at George Mason University. She graduated with honors from George Mason University in May 2015 with a B.A. in Global Affairs. This summer she will intern for Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04). Naila is passionate about the policy process and hopes to bring the world of academia and ‘real-world’ experiences together, focusing in local level, child and family policies.  Naila is Kashmiri-American and resides in Alexandria, VA.

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, 2016 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.

2016 Undergraduate Public Service Scholars

Shivangi Bhatia, 2016 Undergraduate Scholar

Shivangi is a rising junior at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, majoring in Political Science and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. When it comes to sexual violence prevention, Shivangi’s passion for women’s rights has led her to be a pro-active member on campus. Additionally this year, Shivangi created a program to increase menstrual health education in rural areas of India. Shivangi wishes to use the skills and experiences she gains through her internship at EMILY’s List, to launch a career in activism with women and girls living in communities of India. She hopes that by learning how to empower women domestically to get involved in politics, she can do so internationally in an effort to ensure that Indian laws are less oppressive and gendered.

Sana Johnson, 2016 Undergraduate Scholar

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Sana Johnson is a rising senior at Boston University where she studies International Relations with a minor in History. At Boston University, Sana works as a Student Ambassador for the Center for Career Development and Educational Resource Center, where she helps connect her fellow Terriers to the academic and career-related resources they need. This summer, Sana will be working for the Department of Justice in the Strategic Communications Office for the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys. During her internship, she will use her capacity for creative problem-solving and learn about new ways to communicate messages to specific audiences. She looks forward to the summer and is confident that her experience as a B.A. Rudolph Undergraduate Scholar will help her pursue a career in public policy.

Felicitas Reyes, 2016 Undergraduate Scholar

Felicitas Reyes is a junior majoring in American Studies and Ethnicity. Felicitas has held leadership positions in various organizations on and off campus such as becoming the newly elected President of The Roots Foundation that aims to uplift women on Skid Row through mental health and wellness events. She also works as a mentor and tutor for mobilized high school youth at Community Coalition and has become a foster youth advocate through the nonprofit Journey House, where she helps demand legislative change for former foster youth in California. Aside from her extracurriculars, Felicitas also works with the Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives, where she helps implement diverse programming for different student communities on campus. Felicitas holds another position with the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity/Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration where she has carried out administrative duties and puts together different events showcasing the center’s research. Felicitas is currently working on a project that involves Freedom University and the movement for undocumented student’s rights to a college education in Georgia. She has also continued to help with the Spreading Seeds Project, in which she helps analyze best practices to help system-impacted youth who have experienced severe trauma. Felicitas is currently spending her semester abroad in Spain where she is perfecting her Spanish in order to communicate better with people, both abroad and in her work.