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)
Project Manager, Baby Books 2 Intervention Study, University of Maryland

Jessica Allen

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

John Allums

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

Kate Baxter

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

Jessica Bolton

Psychology & Neuroscience '15
Maternal Nutrition and the Developing Brain (2014-2015)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Pediatrics, University of California-Irvine

Nadia Brashier

Psychology & Neuroscience '18
Aging and Heuristics: Do Older Adults Use Different Cues to Evaluate Information? (2015-2016)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Harvard University

Samuel Bursten

Travis Byrum

Statistical Science T'13
Public Access to Government Information (2013-2014)
Data Scientist, Morning Consult

April Christensen

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

Kristen Collar

Physics '17
Energy Efficiency in Industry: High-tech Glass Manufacturing at Corning Inc. (2016-2017)
Senior National Security Analyst, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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)
Reliability Engineer at Florida Power & Light Company

Ali Daraeepour

Environment '18
Modeling Tools for Energy Systems Analysis (MOTESA) (2016-2017)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment, Princeton University

Allison Donnelly

Environmental Sciences T'14
U.S. Climate Policy Options: Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Petroleum Refineries and Steel (2013-2014)
Project Consultant, Energy and Resource Solutions

Chelsea Ducille

Women's Studies T'15
Chlorhexidine for Umbilical Cord Care (2014-2015)
Master’s Student in Public Health, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Leena El-Sadek

Cultural Anthropology and Global Health T'15
Displacement, Resettlement and Global Mental Health (2013-2014)
J.D. Candidate at the University of Chicago Law School

Noura Elsayed

Psychology T'16
Responding to the Educational and Psychological Needs of Children and Families in Durham's Transitional Housing (2015-2016)
Research Technician II, Translational Center for Stress Related Disorders, Duke University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Yumeng Fang

Neuroscience T'13
Education and the Changing Brain (2013-2014)
Graduate Student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Isa Ferrall

Mechanical Engineering P'15
Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2014-2015)
MS/PhD Student in the Energy and Resources Group of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab, University of California-Berkeley

Jonathon Free

History '16
Regulatory Disaster Scene Investigation (2014-2015)
Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University Energy Initiative

Nitish Garg

Environmental Management '17
Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2016-2017)
Project Advisor, Nikola Power

John Gitau

Civil & Environmental Engineering P'15
Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2014-2015)
Commercial Leadership Program, General Electric

Emily Hadley

Public Policy Studies and Statistical Science T'15
Education, Poverty and Economic Inequality in Rural Appalachia (2013-2014)
M.S. Candidate in Analytics at North Carolina State University

Garrett Harmsen

Economics and Mechanical Engineering T'15
Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2014-2015)
Design Engineer, Black Diamond Equipment

Jordan Hashemi

Electrical & Computer Engineering '18
Information, Child Mental Health and Society (2014-2015)
Postdoctoral Scholar, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

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