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2017 Scholars

Breauna Franklin, Clemson National Scholars Program

Breauna Franklin

McDonald, PA


Spanish Language and International Health

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

Multicultural and International Engagement Committee (2017-2018), Co-Creator of Minority Mentoring and Advising Through Collaborations in Healthcare (MATCH) (2018-), Experience Clemson Student Panel Representative (2018), Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant Winner (2018), Founder and President of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (2018-)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

Health Disparities Research with Professor Janice Lanham

Peer Dialogue Facilitator - Cohort 8

Study Abroad at Stellenbosch University

Claudia Wong, Clemson National Scholars Program

Claudia Wong

Anchorage, AK



Campus Involvement and Leadership:

Communications Chair for Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, SHPE Jr. Chair for Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, NSP New Scholar Retreat Team, Latinos Unidos at Clemson University, Executive Planning Board for Mentoring And Collaboration Through Collaborations in Healthcare, Dentistry from the Heart Volunteer, Multicultural/International Engagement Committee

Ethan Bensman, Clemson National Scholars Program

Ethan Bensman

Cincinnati, OH


Computer Science, Economics

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

CUhackit (2017-), University Innovation Fellows (2018-), IT Student Advisory Board (2017-), UNICEF (2017-), Intramural Sports (2017-), Indian Cultural Exchange (2017-2018)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

2016 CERN Data Analytics Quarknet Program

Genetics Research in the Lab of Dr. Alex Feltus (2018-)

Jackson Dugger, Clemson National Scholars Program

Jackson Dugger

Dallas, TX


Sports Communication

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

BYX fraternity, Wesley Foundation, Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Beta Upsilon Chi fraternity

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

Clemson Athletic Department intern (data analytics)

Jacob Sargent, Clemson National Scholars Program

Jacob Sargent

Aiken, SC


German & International Trade; Political Science

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

Vice Chair: Governmental Affairs Committee, Treasurer: Clemson College Democrats, President: German Professional Society, Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society, Ratio Christi, Intramural Sports (Soccer, Volleyball, Indoor Soccer, Innertube Water Polo, etc.)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

Software Engineering Intern at Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (2016) Summer Study Abroad at Stellenbosch University (2018) Analyzing Social Media at Scale with Artificial Intelligence (2018-)

Margo Marie McManus, Clemson National Scholars Program

Margo Marie McManus

Fair Play, SC


Pre-Business/Accounting and Economics

Campus Involvement and Leadership:

The Chronicle, SAGA

Nathan Matzko, Clemson National Scholars Program

Nathan Matzko

Irmo, SC



Campus Involvement and Leadership:

The Clemson Pendulum Magazine (2017-); Clemson Engineers for Developing Countries (CEDC) (2017-); NSP Retreat Team Member (2018); Clemson Honors College Peer Mentor (2018-); Clemson Weight Club (2018-); Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) (2018-)

Internship/Research/Learning Experiences:

EUREKA! 2017 Summer Program: researched for 5 weeks in Dr. Michael Sehorn's biochemistry lab on the impact of cancer mutations found in DNA repair genes (Summer 2017).

Directed research in Dr. Michael Sehorn’s biochemistry lab on maintaining eukaryotic genome stability with homologous recombination and DNA double-strand break repair (2017-)

Sylvia Wu, Clemson National Scholars Program

Sylvia Wu

Shanghai, China