Alumni

Many Duke alumni continue working on issues they began tackling through Bass Connections. In some cases, Bass Connections projects have affirmed or inspired future plans. The following are just a few examples of former students who are pursuing further studies or working in a field related to their Bass Connections projects.

The information below each name includes major/program, school (Trinity is indicated by T and Pratt by P), graduation year, Bass Connections project and current position.

Jennifer Acosta.

Global Cultural Studies and Psychology T'17
Schooling and Parenting: Implications for Students' Academic Identity (2016-2017)
Survey Research Associate III, Human Services Unit, Mathematica Policy Research

For the past year and a half, I have worked as a Project Manager for an NIH-funded early literacy longitudinal intervention study called Baby Books 2 in the Family Involvement Lab at the University of... read more »

Jessica Allen

Mechanical Engineering P'15
Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2014-2015)
Project Engineer, Duke Energy Corporation

John Allums, M.A.T.

Education T'15
Creating Online Education for K-12 Teachers of the Probability and Statistics Common Core (2014-2015)
Mathematics Specialist, Wake Technical Community College

Felicia Arriaga, Ph.D.

Sociology T'18
Story+ (2017)
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Appalachian State University

Arun Augustine.

Biology and Global Health T'18
Global Mental Health Program (2017-2018)
Global Mental Health-Integrative Training Program (2016-2017)
Project Manager, Epic System Corporation

More than 50% of the U.S. population receives care from a healthcare organization that uses Epic as its Electronic Health Records system (including Duke and UNC). I partner directly with healthcare organizations installing Epic as a project manager and guide their IT staff and clinical staff in... read more »

Katherine Baxter

History T'17
Reviewing Retrospective Regulatory Review (2015-2016)
Analyst, BNP Paribas Consulting Americas Strategy

John Benhart

Computer Science T'19
Animal Waste Management and Global Health (2016-2017)
Kenan Refugee Project Fellow, The Kenan Institute for Ethics

Ashley Blawas

Biomedical Engineering P'18
History and Future of Ocean Energy (2016-2017)
Marine Science and Conservation PhD Student, Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment

Jessica Bolton, Ph.D.

Psychology & Neuroscience T'15
Maternal Nutrition and the Developing Brain (2014-2015)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Pediatrics, University of California-Irvine

Kirsten Bonawitz

Neuroscience T'17
Brain-immune Interactions in Neurodegenerative Disease (2015-2016)
Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Michigan

After graduating from Duke, I worked for a year with the Global Public Service Academies, where I assisted a rural health clinic in Guatemala with the development of community health projects. Bass Connections played a large role in my decision to pursue this opportunity by challenging me to tackle... read more »
Nadia Brashier.
Mini Wheats improve kids’ attentiveness by 20%. Walking in New Balance toning shoes burns extra calories. Luminosity is like a personal trainer for your brain. Why do these deceptive advertisements sound credible? I supervised two Bass Connections teams focused on the heuristics that consumers use... read more »

Lauren Bunch, Ph.D.

Philosophy T'19
Transforming Alzheimer's Disease Care through Integrating Caregivers (2018-2019)
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Ethics, Albany Medical College

Samuel Bursten

Travis Byrum

Statistical Science T'13
Public Access to Government Information (2013-2014)
Software Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton

Karmel Choi, Ph.D.

Psychology & Neuroscience M'17
North Carolina Latino Health Project (2013-2014)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Psychiatric Genetics, Massachusetts General Hospital and T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University

April Christensen, M.E.M.

Environmental Management N'16
The Effects of Unconventional Shale Gas Development on Rural Communities (2015-2016)
Business Development Senior Associate, Invenergy

Rachel Tanja Clark

Cultural Anthropology and Global Health and Sociology T'17
Patients' Journey to Medication Adherence (2017-2018)
Data Analyst, Cricket Health

Kristen Collar.

Physics T'17
Energy Efficiency in Industry: High-tech Glass Manufacturing at Corning Inc. (2016-2017)
Senior National Security Analyst, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

The Corning team members were fantastic mentors. With weekly calls from our Corning sponsor, we were able to learn quickly and adjust our solutions as we went along. It was great working with Corning on a project where it was made clear that they were actively interested in the outcome of our work... read more »

Clara Colombatto

Neuroscience and Philosophy T'15
Trauma and Timing (2013-2014)
PhD Student in Psychology and Philosophy, Yale University

Danielle Colson

Mechanical Engineering P'15
Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2014-2015)
MBA Student, Harvard Business School

Ali Daraeepour, Ph.D.

Environment N'18
Modeling Tools for Energy Systems Analysis (MOTESA) (2014-2015)
Modeling Tools for Energy Systems Analysis (MOTESA) (2013-2014)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment, Princeton University

Kendall Delyser.

Environmental Management N'18
Turning the Mid-Century Decarbonization Strategy into Concrete Policy for U.S. Forests and Agriculture (2017-2018)
Forests and Climate Manager, American Forests

I am currently working as the Forests and Climate Manager for American Forests, a small forest-focused nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. In my position, I am helping lead the organization’s thinking on forests and climate change, including how to protect forests from future climate impacts and... read more »

Monika Dharia

Civil & Environmental Engineering P'19
History and Future of Ocean Energy (2016-2017)
Incoming Associate Consultant, Bain & Company; Founder and CEO, GreenGear

Allison Donnelly

Environmental Sciences T'14
U.S. Climate Policy Options: Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Petroleum Refineries and Steel (2013-2014)
Electric Vehicles & Emerging Technologies Senior Project Lead, Austin Energy

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