Commencement 2017: Student Profiles

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Jenny Skerker
School of Engineering

Jenny, a Summer Scholar, studies air pollution around the tunnel system created by Boston's Big Dig.

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Arslan Muradi
Fletcher School

After terrorists targeted Arslan's family in Afghanistan, he turned to his friends at Fletcher for help.

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Marquel Norton
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Marquel shares his skills as an intern at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester while piloting a new educational studies program.

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Cayla Brown
School of Arts and Sciences

Cayla develops resources to help court-involved youth transform their lives for the better.

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Eric John Ricci
School of Dental Medicine

Eric interns at Tufts Dental Facility in Worcester, working with the same populations his great-uncle advocated for 40 years ago.

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Miranda Rogers
School of Medicine

Miranda brings effective healthcare to Orr’s Island, Maine, the lobstering community where she was raised.

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Ian Leaman, Ethan Kopit, and Jon Arbaugh
School of Arts and Sciences

The members of Mimir Insights created a researcher database for the biotech industry and captured the first place prize in the General/High-Tech Ventures track of the $100k New Ventures Competition this year.

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Elizabeth Buechler, Lauren McIsaac, Meredith Reynolds, and Eleanor Wright
School of Engineering

This team of mechanical engineering students designed and built an educational water table to help young children understand electrical concepts.

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Jorge Anton Garcia, Erika Marmol, Jessica Morales, Andre C. Newland, and Terence Tufuor
School of Engineering

The members of Tarsier took top prize in the Healthcare/Life Science track at this year’s Tufts $100K New Ventures Competition this year for their accessible headset that aids in the diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma.

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Tim Nichols
School of Arts and Sciences

Tim won his first national title, the 5,000 meters, at the 2017 NCAA Division III Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships.

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Miranda Willson
School of Arts and Sciences

As a Summer Scholar, Miranda did a study on the closing of a Kraft Heinz plant in Woburn and its impact on the community.

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Emma Schneider
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Emma uses literature to shape the field of environmental humanities and earned a fellowship from the Center for Humanities at Tufts to support her work.

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Alex Borgella
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Alex, a Ph.D. student in social psychology, researches why we laugh and says the main reason is to facilitate social bonds.

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Erin Kado-Fong
School of Arts and Sciences

Erin was awarded the $10,000 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award and writes programs to extract and analyze astronomical data for the new era of 'big data' astronomy.

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Alison Brown
Friedman School of Nutrition

Alison develops visual tools for physicians to use to educate their patients about the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

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Adam Shoelson
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Adam thrives in the fast pace veterinary ER after treating a sick turkey on his first night.

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Peter Sacco
Fletcher School

Peter founded Adelante Shoes, a startup that creates socially responsible footwear with artisans in Guatemala and promises to pay all laborers and craftsmen living wages.

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Ashley Doliber
Fletcher School

After taking a class on leadership with Professor Alnoor Ebrahim, Ashley was driven to launch a career in the media and publishing industry.

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Ammar Karimjee
Fletcher School

Ammar’s experiences outside the classroom helped him decide on a career in technology and economics. He hopes to join a start-up in NYC or Dubai after graduating.

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Dristy Shrestha
Fletcher School

After graduation Dristy will work at BRAC USA, an international development organization in New York, to support them in adapting and expanding their approach all over the world.

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Tantay Tatum
Fletcher School

Tantay chose Fletcher after learning about its cultural nights and diverse student body. She will pursue a career in International Security and International Business Relations in Washington, DC.

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Angga Martha
Fletcher School

After graduation Angga plans to work with the United Nations and US government on the implementation of the 2030 Global Sustainable Development Goals.

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Travis Thomas
School of Dental Medicine

Travis was mentored by Dan Gelber, A82, through the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.

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Caitlin Matthews
Friedman School of Nutrition

Caitlin presented her thesis on Urban and Environmental Planning and ran the Boston Marathon as a member of the Tufts Marathon team three days later.

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E. Marbury Jacobs
Friedman School of Nutrition

E. Marbury, a Nutrition and Public Health master's student, created a garden club for seniors at an assisted living program.

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Orion Kobayashi
Friedman School of Nutrition

Orion spoke to the UN in Rome last year about actions needed to achieve healthy diets and nutrition around the world.

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Undergraduate Honos Civicus Inductees
Tisch College of Civic Life

These students were honored for their important contributions to civic life during their time at Tufts University.

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Bryan Walker and Ali McFarland
School of Medicine

Bryan and Ali will start residencies in family medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland after graduation.

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Mahawa Sam
School of Medicine

Mahawa will begin her residency at Brown University's Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket, RI after graduation.

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Anthony Kulukulualani
School of Medicine

Being a minority made Anthony a stronger person and inspired him to be a doctor.

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Emily Andersen
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Emily started the Cummings School Community Garden where members of the veterinary school community organically farm plots on the Grafton campus.

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Eric Littman
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Eric uses imaging technology to help combat sea star wasting disease which endangers millions of the ocean’s creatures.

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Loren Sri-Jayantha
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Loren developed PetSync, an app that coordinates and tracks veterinary visits and routine pet care.

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