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2013-2014 Fellows

Hannah Boes '14

Hi, my name is Hannah! I am a senior Psychology and English major at William & Mary. This year, I am pursuing a thesis in both majors; my Psychology thesis is focused on emotion socialization and my English thesis is in creative writing. On campus, I am involved with Greek life, the healthy relationships branch of Health Outreach Peer Educators (HOPE), and I also lead a Girl Scout troop in Williamsburg. I plan to attend graduate school for Clinical Psychology and Education with a specialization in human sexuality, but I am interested in any future that is full of helping people, being around loved ones, and delicious food! 

Alex Cooper '13

Meredith Boulos is a senior with a self-designed major in environmental toxicology and a passion for public health. My undergraduate career has been defined by my extracurricular involvement with Spima, an organization that works in Fodome Ahor, Ghana, and seeks to redefine international service work through genuine partnership and by catalyzing long term ownership of health-focused community development projects that start from within, targeting community-defined goals. I am currently carrying out research on maternal caretaking practices in Fodome Ahor, specifically breastfeeding and water and sanitation health of children. I coach an elementary school soccer team through Virginia Legacy Soccer Club, a non-profit organization that offers the fun, opportunity, and character development of a club soccer experience to local youth inclusive of all backgrounds and financial means. I am a 1693 Murray Scholar and a member of Mortar Board. Other interests include healthful living through wholesome eating and fitness, alternative rock, hiking, kayaking, yoga and photography. After William and Mary, I hope to integrate my passion for public health and sustainable community development with a medical career. 

Rachel Brooks '14

Rachel Brooks, a William and Mary senior, Public Policy major, and native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, serves as this year’s Sharpe Fellows Director. Excited for her second year in the position, she hopes to help the scholars and fellows have a great year. In addition to Sharpe, Rachel is working on her honors thesis, serves as a substitute teacher, co-founded W&M’s chapter of Virginia21, and judges debate and forensics tournaments. She has worked for the School of Education’s Center for Gifted Education, interned in the General Assembly, and served as a research assistant on a National Science Foundation grant. As a charter member of Pi Kappa Delta forensics honor society, member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, and Student Assembly Elections Commissioner, Rachel likes to integrate language, service, and government. Rachel hopes to work in education policy, and you can contact her at rebrooks@email.wm.edu

Jessica Cowing Graduate Assistant

Jessica Cowing is a first year student in the American Studies PhD program at William and Mary and the current GA for the Sharpe Community Scholars Program. She received a master's degree in English from California State University Long Beach in 2012, and her academic interests include U.S. ethnic fiction and disability studies. Jessica also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine from 2006-2008, and she maintains a strong interest in community development work, volunteerism, and English language education. Jessica aspires to teach at the college level and continue working in higher education.

Katherine DeFazio '14

My name is Katherine DeFazio and I am a senior. I am double majoring in linguistics and elementary education. I was a Sharpe Scholar as a freshman and am very excited to be one of the fellows this year! I am a fellow for African American English, which was my Sharpe seminar in Fall 2010. My research freshman year focused on higher education and providing access to higher education for all students. Sophomore and junior year, I researched technology integration into speech therapy. This year, I am studying dialect acquisition. I love to run and I love trying new recipes! I am applying to graduate school for speech language pathology for next year. 

Sharon Hartzell '14

Sharon Hartzell is a senior majoring in Chemistry and Environmental Science. During her time at William & Mary, she has been involved with the Student Environmental Action Coalition, the Committee on Sustainability, Branch Out, The Dog Street Journal, the Chemistry Club, and undergraduate research in environmental science and chemistry. She enjoys writing (both fiction and nonfiction), running and hiking, and campfires with good friends and good conversations. She is interested in the connections between environmental degradation, human health, and social injustice, and hopes to one day work at the interface of science and policy. 

Maureen Howard '14 

Maureen Howard is a senior at the College pursuing a double major in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. She is passionate about helping people and tries to do this in many aspects of her life. She is involved in Greek life and works with special needs adults of the Arc of Williamsburg and has been a fellow for the Disabilities in Society seminar for 2 years. She looks forward to continuing working with and helping people in her career as either a special education teacher or social worker. In her free time, she loves photography and has even been able to make it a job!

Veronica Junghahn '14

My name is Veronica Junghahn, a senior at the College and a Kinesiology/Health Sciences major and Public Health minor. I am a Student Researcher for the Healthy Beginnings project, run by Professor Dallaire, a Sharpe program professor. This project has fueled my interest in the public health field and has motivated me to aim towards a Master in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health. I hope to combine this academic interest with my love for travel and helping others by working in the public health field somewhere in South America.

In my free time I enjoy running and taking classes at the Rec Center, going on long bike rides to the beach, making homemade pizza, and hanging out with friends.  

Emily Mahoney '15

Emily Mahoney '15 is a junior at the College, double majoring in Economics and Public Health. She has been involved with the Sharpe Community Scholars program for the past two years, as both a freshman scholar and a teaching Fellow. As such, Sharpe's practices of community engagement and sustainable partnership have permeated Emily's academic and extra-curricular life. Through a Sharpe research grant, Emily traveled to Ecuador the summer after her freshman year to research the efficacy of micro-finance programs and their impact on rural women. This experience prompted her involvement in both a small-scale community development project called Medical Aid Nicaragua: Outreach Scholarship (MANOS) and the large-scale international development effort, AidData. Additionally, Emily works as a research assistant in the Kinesiology Department and is a member of Reformed University Fellowship. Emily is excited to begin another year with Sharpe and to help the current scholars explore all the community engagement opportunities that W&M has to offer!

Max Nikoolkan '14

Max Nikoolkan is a senior at the College of William and Mary majoring in Linguistics. He is the Teaching Fellow for the Fall 2013 CMST 250/LING464: African American Vernacular English course. His research interests include Asian-American studies, sociolinguistics, and linguistic theory. During his free time he plays video games, learns foreign languages, teaches foreign languages, travels, and wins grant money. His future plans include graduate school in Educational Linguistics after either Peace Corps in Thailand or a Fulbright ETA in Thailand or South Korea.

Samantha Robbins '15

Samantha Robbins is a junior from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, with a double major in History and business. I participated in the Sharpe program my freshman year, and I am really excited about returning to the Disability in Society class as a fellow. On campus, I am a part of Students Helping Honduras, the equestrian club, and RUF. In addition to my position as a Sharpe Fellow, I work in the Career Center as a Career Center ambassador.  My love for community service prompted my initial application for the Sharpe Program, and I participate in community service both on and off campus. I know the Sharpe Program made my freshman year a memorable one, and I look forward to getting to know the Sharpe students better and helping them with their community engagement projects. 

 

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