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2015 Scholars

Aditya Aswani, Clemson National Scholars Program

Aditya Aswani

Clemson, SC

Major:

Political Science

Minor:

Sociology & Economics

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • National Science Foundation-Correlates of War Project (Research Assistant)
  • The Pendulum Foreign Affairs Magazine (Editor of Online Publications)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Intern at the Office of the Assistant Democratic Leader Congressman James Clyburn (Summer 2017)
  • Learning Sustainable Community Engagement Program at Stellenbosch University in South Africa (Study Abroad/Summer 2016)
  • EUREKA! Research under Dr. Jorge Rodriguez and Grad Student Kayla G. Wilson on Low-Cost Microfluidic Diagnostic Chips (Summer 2015)

MJ Carpenter, Clemson National Scholars Program

MJ Carpenter

Charlotte, NC

Major:

Industrial Engineering

Minor:

Business Administration

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • Delta Delta Delta sorority
  • Panhellenic Recruitment Counselor (Summer 2017)
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Take Note (A capella group)
  • IPTAY Student Advisory Board
  • Clemson University Guide Association
  • Calhoun Honors College Mentor
  • Greek InterVarsity

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Genesis Intern at Livingston & Haven Summer 2016: conducted testing to improve the company's line of solar products to be utilized specifically in developing countries
  • EUREKA! 2015 Summer Program: researched for 5 weeks with Dr. Christopher Kitchens on gold nanoparticles for drug delivery applications
  • Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries Fall 2015: researched ways to power refrigerators through solar energy to prevent the spoiling of medicines

Jason Erno, Clemson National Scholars Program

Jason Erno

Columbia, SC

Major:

Biochemistry

Minor:

Psychology

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • Seniors Advising Sophomores in Honors Advisor (2018-2019)
  • Academic Success Center Tutor (2017-2019) and Tutor Mentor (2018-2019)
  • GHS RAPPERS (2017)
  • Clemson Student Government Judicial Branch (2016-2019) and Assistant Attorney General of Training (2017-2018)
  • Clemson Student Government Supreme Court (2016-2017)
  • Clemson Student Government Student Organizations Board (2017)
  • College of Science Student Advisory Board Biochemistry Rep (2017-2019)
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society President (2017-2018) and Vice President (2016-2017)
  • National Scholars Program Retreat Team (2016)
  • American Medical Student Association Co-Director of Oncology (2017-2018)
  • Habitat for Humanity (2015-2019)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa (2016-2019)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (2017-2019)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Directed research under Dr. Michael Sehorn on maintaining genome stability with homologous recombination and DNA double-strand break repair in eukaryotes (2015-)
  • Independent research under Dr. June Pilcher on the effects of dangerous autonomous driving on various physiological indicators of stress using a driving simulation (2016-)
  • Independent research under Dr. June Pilcher on the effects of risky autonomous driving on various physiological indicators of stress using a high-fidelity driving simulation (2016-2017)
  • Internship with Creative Inquiry as STEM Writer for the Decipher Magazine (2016-2017)
  • Internship with Dr. Shaun Olsen at the Medical University of South Carolina on researching a biochemical framework for testing the mechanism of E2 enzymes involved in lysine-48 linked polyubiquitin chain formation in the ubiquitin pathway (2018)
  • Medical Missions in Costa Rica Service Trip (2017)
  • Health Services Trip to La Merced, Peru with the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (2015)

Mansi Joglekar, Clemson National Scholars Program

Mansi Joglekar

Anderson, SC

Major:

Biological Sciences

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • Association for India's Development (2015-16)
  • Honors Student Advisory Board (Fall 2016)
  • HerCampus Women's Magazine - Clemson chapter, writer (2016-)
  • Clemson Dholna (2015-present, Social Chair 2016-)
  • American Medical Student Association (2015-)
  • Indian Cultural Exchange, (co-President 2017)
  • Clemson Honors College Mentor (2016)
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society (2017)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Creative Inquiry analyzing the physical and chemical properties of electronegative compounds with the potential ability to stop cellular respiration under Dr. Shiou-Jyh Hwu (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016)
  • Creative Inquiry studying the genome of cichlid fish to find genes related to and controlling cranio-facial development under Dr. Kara Powder (Fall 2017)
  • Study abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa (Summer 2016)

Rami Major, Clemson National Scholars Program

Rami Major

Orchard Park, NY

Major:

Genetics

Minor:

Spanish

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • College of Science Student Advisory Board (Genetics Dept. Rep; Treasurer)
  • Clemson College Democrats (President 2017-2018; Treasurer 2016-2017)
  • Clemson Honors College Wellness Ambassador
  • NSP New Scholar Retreat team (2016; 2017 leader)
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honors Society
  • Honors Community Service Group
  • Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Creative Inquiry in marine conservation and genetics with Dr. Antonio Baeza (2015-)
  • Dixon Global Policy Scholars enrichment experience in Berlin and Paris (Summer 2016)
  • Study abroad at Stellenbosch University, South Africa (Summer 2016)
  • Study abroad at la Universidad de Alicante, Spain (Summer 2017)
  • Directed research under Dr. Michael Sehorn (present)

Haley Meier, Clemson National Scholars Program

Haley Meier

The Woodlands, TX

Major:

Industrial Engineering

Minor:

Business Administration

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • Clemson Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (CUFSAE)
  • Industrial Engineering Mentorship Program
  • Clemson Makerspace 3D Printing Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Disney Industrial Engineering Intern (Su19)
  • BMW Manufacturing Assembly Planning Change and Launch Co-op
  • Campbell's Soup Process Improvement Intern
  • BMW Manufacturing Quality Co-op
  • Human Factors Display Design Reseach with Dr. S. Riggs
  • Human Performance Engineering Tennis Research with Dr. D. Shvorin, Origami Inspired Manufacturing Process Research with Dr. R. Martinez-Duarte

Sam Michelich, Clemson National Scholars Program

Sam Michelich

Frisco, TX

Major:

Chemical Engineering

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • Clemson Club Crew President
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Member

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Summer Intern in Adhesives Technology-Eastman Chemical, Kingsport, TN

Kevin Rabinovich, Clemson National Scholars Program

Kevin Rabinovich

Columbia, SC

Major:

Architecture

Minor:

Philosophy & Digital Production Arts

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • CUhackit (Producer & Creative Director, Fall 2017 - present)
  • Dixon Fellows (Junior Fellow, Fall 2015 - present)
  • Honors Student Advisory Board (Member, Fall 2015 - present)
  • American Institute for Architecture Students (Member, Fall 2015 - present)
  • Clemson UNICEF (Co-president & Creative Director, Fall 2015 - Spring 2017)
  • TEDxClemsonU (Assistant Director, Fall 2015 - Fall 2016)
  • The Pendulum International Relations Magazine (Web Editor, Fall 2016 - Fall 2017)
  • Jazz Ensemble (Pianist, Fall 2015, Fall 2016)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Founder & Curator, TEDxYouth@Columbia (Fall 2011 - present)
  • Community Leadership Corps Fellow, Obama Foundation (Summer 2018 - present)
  • Partnerships Intern, Youth Service America (Summer 2018)
  • Producer, Masters in Branding program, School of Visual Arts (Summer 2017)
  • Design & Production Intern, RadicalMedia (Summer 2017)
  • Design Intern, truematter (Summer 2014)
  • Founder & Regional Manager, CodeDay Columbia (Fall 2014 - Fall 2015)
  • Educational Programming Intern, IT-oLogy (Summer 2014)
  • Delegate, National Youth Science Camp (Summer 2015)
  • Undergraduate Researcher, Creative Play with Lego (Fall 2015)

Lindsey Richardson, Clemson National Scholars Program

Lindsey Richardson

Little Mountain, SC

Major:

Biological Sciences

Minor:

Psychology

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)
  • Clemson Tigervision
  • National Scholars Program Retreat Team

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Research under Dr. Yuquing Dong (2017): studying the effects of alcohol on lifespan, aging process, and maintaining proteostasis in C. elegans
  • Study abroad (Summer 2016): studying at Stellenbosch University in South Africa
  • Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (2015): developing a solar powered refrigerator to keep vaccines cold in Haiti

Michael Summers, Clemson National Scholars Program

Michael Summers

Simpsonville, SC

Major:

Biochemistry

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • Undergraduate Student Senate University Services Chairman
  • ITSAB Student Advisory Board Chairman
  • Southern Poverty Law Center on Campus Events Coordinator
  • Undergraduate Researcher in the lab of Dr. Alex Feltus
  • Founder and co-director of the Clemson Food Summit

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Research Assistant to Dr. James Tam at Nanyang Technological University
  • Dixon Global Policy Scholars Program

Jon Vogel, Clemson National Scholars Program

Jon Vogel

Tucson, AZ

Major:

Mechanical Engineering

Minor:

Business Administration

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

  • Clemson Formula SAE team suspension division leader
  • Clemson sports car club
  • Advanced jazz combo gig band
  • Running club

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

  • Research with Dr. Srikanth Pilla at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research designing automotive composites with superior stiffness, strength and toughness
  • Study abroad at Stellenbosch University (Stellenbosch, South Africa) summer of 2016
  • Research with Dr. Srikanth Pilla implementing carbon fiber suspension components on a Formula SAE race car
  • Project Gateway member re-purposing existing automobiles from Cuba for use in the new open region of tourism in Cuba
  • Summer 2017 student intern for Palatov Motorsport (Portland, OR)
  • Palatov Motorsport crew member for 2017 Pike's Peak International Hillclimb