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2015 Scholars


Aditya Aswani
Clemson, SC
Major: Political Science
Minors: Sociology & Economics

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

CURRENT: National Science Foundation-Correlates of War Project (Research Assistant); The Pendulum Foreign Affairs Magazine (Editor of Online Publications); PAST: Clemson UNICEF (co-founder and current co-president); Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (project manager)

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)


M.J. 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
Columbia, SC 
Major: Biochemistry
Minor: Psychology

Campus Involvement and Leadership: 

Clemson Crew (2015-); Clemson Undergraduate Student Government Judicial Branch (present); Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society (2016-), Vice President (present); Tigers on Call Student Guide (present); Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (2015-); National Scholars Program Retreat Team (2016); American Medical Student Association (2015-); The Clemson Pendulum Magazine (2015-2016); Honors Community Service Group (2015); Habitat for Humanity (2015-)

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-)

Internship: STEM Writer for the Decipher Magazine (present)


Mansi Joglekar
Anderson, SC
MajorBiological 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
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
The Woodlands, TX
Major: Industrial Engineering

Campus Involvement and Leadership: 

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Clemson 3D Printing Club (C3D), The Tiger (Photography), Clemson Dholna, Habitat for Humanity, Community Council (Senator)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences

Research with Dr. Martinez-Duarte on forming metallic carbides by heat-treating cellulose papers infused with nanoparticles


Sam Michelich
Frisco, TX
Major: Chemical Engineering

Campus Involvement and Leadership: CU Club Rowing Team Treasurer (2016-2017)


Kevin Rabinovich
Columbia, SC

Major: Architecture
Minor: Digital Production Arts, Music

Campus Involvement and Leadership: 

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

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences: 

Curator & Mentor, TEDxYouth@Columbia (Fall 2011–present)

Web Design Intern at truematter (Summer 2014)

iOS design intern at 52inc (Summer 2014, Summer 2015)

Student Programs Developer at IT-oLogy (Summer 2014)

National Youth Science Camp South Carolina delegate (Summer 2015)

Study Abroad: Stellenbosch University (Summer 2016); Creative Inquiry

Creative Play with Lego (Fall 2015)

Creative Inquiry: How to Start a Startup Creative Inquiry (Fall 2015)


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

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


Jonathan 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