Commencement 2016: Student Profiles

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STUDENT PROFILES

Mitchell Black, E16

Three-time 800-meter national champion, Black is one of the two national awardees for the NCAA Walter Byers Postgraduate Scholarship. Black graduates this year as a double major in mechanical engineering and astrophysics and will pursue his Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at the University of Michigan.

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Jennifer Hammelman, A16 and Maya Emmons-Bell, A16

Hammelman and Emmons-Bell are listed as first authors of their own studies, an impressive accomplishment for undergraduates. Their research on the performance of artificial neural networks and the development of heads on flatworms could be enormously impactful.

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Xander Landen, A16

As Tufts Podcast Network (TPN) co-founder, Landen used his studies and internship opportunities to enhance his radio journalism skills and grow TPN into a wealth of music, comedy, interviews and student profiles listened to by many in the Tufts community.

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Emily Finnan, N16

Awarded the 2016 Gershoff-Simonian Prize, Finnan is a graduate of the Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition program. Outside of the lab, Finnan works as a dietitian at Franciscan Children’s and will become a pediatric clinical dietitian after graduation.

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Simon Howard, G16

Howard, graduating with a Ph.D. in Psychology, will join the faculty of Marquette University as Assistant Professor of Psychology this fall. In addition to teaching, Howard will continue research on how sociocultural beliefs associated with race influence our interactions.

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Jennie Leikin, D16

Last year Leikin took a year off to research lung cancer and a rare neurological disorder at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Maryland, an opportunity only 10 Tufts dental students have been selected for in the past 15 years.

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Meera Sriram, V16

Sriram took on the controversial issue of raw milk consumption last summer testing milk samples from farms in southern New England and proving that raw milk is a genuine public health concern for consumers and farmers.

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Nida Intarapanich, V16

Inarapanich developed a statistical modeling tool that looks at injury patterns in animals to help veterinarians distinguish between accident and intent. Her model is helping animals get out of violent households and producing evidence to prosecute their abusers.

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Casey Dropkin, V16

Dropkin biked 4,000 miles from Puget Sound, WA to Portland, ME raising funds for Massachusetts Vest-a-Dog which provides bulletproof vest for law-enforcements K-9 programs, in honor of her love of animals and her father, a police officer, firefighter and EMT in New Hampshire.

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Kaitlin Haines, M16

As a member of Lord of the Dance, a 45 member Irish step dancing group, Haines is one of just 4 Americans who performs the groups tightly ordered dances around the eastern United States.

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Audrey Gould, A16

Gould, a double major in Spanish and International Relations, excelled as a member of the Tufts women’s cross-country earning All-New England recognition for four straight seasons and leading her team to a 7th place finish at the NCAA Championships her senior year, the second best in the program’s history.

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Monil Patel, A16

Patel, a biochemistry major and left back for the men’s soccer team, excelled on the field helping his team win the NCAA Division III Championships his junior year. After graduation, Patel plans to attend medical school and become a doctor.

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Jessica Meckler, F16

Meckler is moving to New Delhi, India where she’ll join the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab training partner organizations on the ground as well as developing executive education courses.

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Jeremy Blaney, F16

Blaney, who graduates with a Masters in International Business, will join the Global Human Resources Development Program at Bank of America’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina where he will enable future opportunities for senior HR positions within the company.

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