Murray 1693 Scholar
Charlottesville, VA (Woodberry Forest School)
Self-designed interdisciplinary major: "Neuroscience in the humanities" (combination of philosophy, linguistics, psychology and primatology)
- Studied rhesus macaques in Puerto Rico for three months
- Primary research was in Professor Stefanucci's visual perception laboratory
- Also worked in research projects on Alzheimer's disease in rats and attention and memory as they relate to schizophrenia
Favorite W&M classes
Future Energy Choices, Human Nature, and Evolutionary Biology
- President, Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), especially involved in the ongoing campaign to make William & Mary a carbon neutral institution
- Helped to found a new social fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, with the goal of providing non-stereotypical Greek organization to the William & Mary social scene
Studied philosophy at Oxford University during my junior year
It was all about the Murray Scholars Program for me! The program offered me access to classes and research opportunities across a huge variety of academic disciplines. I was able to design my own major. I got lots of great advice for all four years, not just as a freshman and not just on what classes to take. I wouldn't trade my experience at William & Mary for the world.
Where am I now?
After graduating William & Mary, I joined Teach For America, spending two years teaching kindergarten in a school just outside of Washington, DC. I moved out of the classroom to work on the Growth Strategy and Development team at Teach For All, a network of independent organizations using the Teach For America model to expand educational opportunity globally. I am currently a graduate student at Duke University, pursuing a dual masters degrees in business and public policy (MPP/MBA). I'm looking to get back into the energy and sustainability world. I just completed a summer internship at the Treasury Department where I worked on designing the Green Climate Fund.