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Wofford students gaining experience through internships

Research, exploration, jobs and more fill students’ summer
India internship
Four Wofford students are interning with The Manipal Group in India this summer, a program in which Wofford students participate each year. This year's interns are, from left, Donovan Hicks of Spartanburg, S.C.; Anna Currin of Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Joseph Nelson of Columbia, S.C.; and Michelle Green of Johnson City, Tenn.
2014-06-16

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – From as close as Wofford College’s admission office to as far away as India, China and England, with assignments as diverse as scientific, robotics and medical research to sports arena operations, banking, sales and marketing to volunteer services and caring for primates, more than 75 Wofford students and recent graduates are gaining valuable experience this summer through a variety of internships.

One group of four students is working in India with The Manipal Group, a conglomerate of financial and industrial companies headquartered in Manipal with corporate offices in Bangalore. Another group is performing different functions at the prestigious Aspen Institute in Aspen, Colo.

Still others are doing independent research and work in their home towns and other locations far and wide.

Here is a listing of these students, their hometowns, class years, majors and their summer internships and locations:

Polly Alexander of Charlotte, N.C. (28211) (2014, humanities and Spanish) – volunteer services coordinator, Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, N.C.

Saif Alimohamed of Spartanburg, S.C. (29301) (2015, biology and mathematics, emphasis in computational science) – develop and parameterize a mathematical model describing the intracellular dynamics of the Wnt signaling pathway, grounded in data, Oxford University, England

Connell Anderson of Greer, S.C. (29650) (2015, finance, minor in sociology) – Office Services Department, Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colo.

Emily Bacher of Summerville, S.C. (29485) (2015, chemistry and mathematics) – chemistry department, Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind.

Matt Beasley of Clinton, S.C. (29325) (2015, computer science and mathematics) – Blue Waters Internship with Wofford professor Dr. Angela Shiflet, high-performance computing computational models, Spartanburg, S.C.

Jordan Beaver of Mount Pleasant, S.C. (29464) (2015, chemistry) – analytical chemistry of Organohalogens, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Berwaldt of Lexington, S.C. (29072) (2016, biology, concentration in neuroscience) – marine biological research, Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, Georgetown, S.C.

Victoria Biggers of Clover, S.C. (29710) (2017, business economics) – Admission Office, Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C.

Nicole Carpenter of Marietta, Ga. (30062) (2016, sociology and business economics) – A-Line Interactive/Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Spartanburg, S.C.

Jialu (Lulu) Chen of Henan Province, China (2015, finance, minor in Chinese studies) – Internal Auditing Services, Greenville (S.C.) County Schools, Greenville, S.C.

Kaitlyn Cockcroft of Moncks Corner, S.C. (29461) (2015, Chinese studies and accounting) – SIB Development and Consulting, Charleston, S.C.

Annie Currin of Hermosa Beach, Calif. (90254) (2015, finance, minor in Chinese studies) – The Manipal Group, India

Victoria DaSilva of East Greenwich, R.I. (02818) (2015, finance and mathematics, emphasis in information management and applied mathematics) – summer financial analyst, Wells Fargo Financial Sponsors Group in Corporate Banking, Charlotte, N.C.

Mia Dilworth of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. (37350) (2015, art history and Spanish) – working with Peggy Townsend, public art director, learning the business aspects of the art world working with individual projects for Townsend Atelier and Chattanooga Public Art, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Carlos Dominquez-Gonzalez of Aguascalientes, Mexico (2015, biology) – assisting with studies on genetics of diabetes and its complications, Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, Mass.

Katherine Donzella of Granville, S.C. (29615) (2015, accounting and economics) – accounts payable department, Sealed Air/Cryovac Corp., Duncan, S.C.

Maureen Downs of Hunt Valley, Md. (21030) (2016, psychology, minor in history) – psychiatry and behavioral science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

Catherine Eason of Summerville, S.C. (29483) (2016, biology, emphasis in computational science) – CSURE REU 214 Summer Program, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.

Ellen Edwards of Irmo, S.C. (29863) (2016, humanities, minor in business, concentrations in English, religion and history) – client and project work for GOoDWorks, a Christian nonprofit in Chapin, S.C.

Kiersten Ellsworth of Mills River, N.C. (28759) (2015, chemistry, minor in business) – summer leadership project in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and San Diego, Calif., Campus Outreach of Greenville, S.C.

Brittany Flemming of Columbia, S.C. (29209) (2015, psychology and biology) – medical research internship sponsored by Aetna Health, University of Connecticut Health Center, Storrs, Conn.

Jonathan Franklin of Columbia, S.C. (29223) (2016, English and humanities, concentration in African American studies) – College Accessibility and Communications Office, National Bonner Foundation, Princeton, N.J.

Sara Futch of Lawrenceville, Ga. (30046) (2016, psychology) – caring for and researching primates, Georgia Zoo, Atlanta, Ga.; and Language Research Center, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Ga.

Robert Coker Galloway of Greenville, S.C. (29650) (2015, economics, minor in business) – arena operations, Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte, N.C.

Jon Gault of Union, S.C. (29379) (2015, chemistry, minor in government) – U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., Washington, D.C.

Casey Geiger of Greenville, S.C. (29609) (2016, Spanish and mathematics) – Project Transformation, an AmeriCorps-affiliated, United Methodist-sponsored educational enrichment program for at-risk children and youth, Dallas, Texas

Michelle Green of Johnson City, Tenn. (37604) (2015, English and environmental studies) – The Manipal Group, India

Aristide Gumyusenge of Rwanda (2015, chemistry) – chemistry program, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Francesca Hagood of John’s Island, S.C. (29455) (2015, Spanish and biology) – otolaryngology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.

Ferdinand Harerimana of Rwanda (2015, mathematics and physics, minor in computational science and applied mathematics) – Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering Program (SURGE), School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

Walker Heffron of Charleston, S.C. (29492) (2015, biology, and computer science, emphasis in computational science) – development of an X-ray irradiation port for biomedical samples at the CUEBIT, Palmetto Academy, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

Samantha Hemleben of Columbus, Ohio (43221) (2015, mathematics, minor in finance, emphasis in computational science) – REU in robotics, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore.

Donovan Hicks of Spartanburg, S.C. (29303) (2016, finance, minor in government) – The Manipal Group, India

Pauline Howell of Hodges, S.C. (29653) (2015, chemistry, minor in English) – Astro American Chemical, Fountain Inn, S.C.

Bria Johnson of McDonough, Ga. (30252) (2015, business economics) – Development Events Summer Intern, Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colo.

Sarah Grace Keaveny of Charleston, S.C. (29403) (2015, biology, concentration in medical humanities) – College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.

Mary Katherine Keiser of Gastonia, N.C. (28052) (2015, art history) – curatorial internship, High Museum, Atlanta, Ga.

Emily Kubal of Dacula, Ga. (30019) (2014, English) – Medical Distribution Solutions Inc., a leading publishing and content company that supplies information, communication and educational services to providers, manufacturers and distributors involved in health care, Lawrenceville, Ga.

Tucker Lawson of Campobello, S.C. (29322) (2016, government and history, concentration in world politics) – Spartanburg County Democratic Party, Spartanburg, S.C.

Graham Lenes of Mount Pleasant, S.C. (29464) (2015, computer science, minors in mathematics and accounting, emphasis in computational science) – REU, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

Laura Levy of Montgomery, Ala. (36101) (2014, art history and French) – curatorial internship, High Museum, Atlanta, Ga.

Andrea Liberatore of Gastonia, N.C. (28056) (2016, biology, concentration in medical humanities) – Project Transformation, an AmeriCorps-affiliated, United Methodist-sponsored educational enrichment program for at-risk children and youth, Dallas, Texas

Breanne Lillie of Charlotte, N.C. (28214) (2017, French and English) – Samaritan’s Feet, Charlotte, N.C.

Amanda Liguori of Jacksonville, Fla. (32202) (2014, art history) – Gibbes Museum, Charleston, S.C.

Nico Limogiannis of Greer, S.C. (29650) (2015, biology, computer science, emphasis in computational science) – bioinformatics research, Spartanburg Medical Center, Spartanburg, S.C.

Savannah Mack of Coniter, Colo. (80433) (2015, biology) – research, College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Miss.

Upendo Makali of Mauldin, S.C. (29662) (2014, English) – Project Transformation, an AmeriCorps-affiliated, United Methodist-sponsored educational enrichment program for at-risk children and youth, Dallas, Texas

Te’Joria Mayes of Greenville, S.C. (29605) (2015, accounting, concentration in medical humanities) – business operations, Pelham Medical Center, Greenville, S.C.

Shelby McKeown of Columbia, S.C. (29209) (2015, economics and finance) – Global Commercial Banking, Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C.

Jie (Jerome) Min of China (2015, finance, minor in business economics, emphasis in information management) – Citibank, Shanghai, China

Mariya Mohammed of Spartanburg, S.C. (29301) (2015, biology ) – CPRIT Cancer Biology Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar Program, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

Ashlee Moody of LaGrange, Ga. (30240) (2015, English and Spanish) – marketing, Tiger Marketing Group, Atlanta, Ga.

Neelam Mulji of Spartanburg, S.C. (29301) (2015, chemistry, minor in accounting, concentration in medical humanities) – surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.

Joseph Nelson of Columbia, S.C. (29206) (2016, finance and German) – The Manipal Group, India

Dana Nobles of Belmont, N.C. (28012) (2015, English and sociology) – marketing, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Charleston, S.C.

Faith Peters of Spartanburg, S.C. (29301) (2016, undeclared) – Project Transformation, an AmeriCorps-affiliated, United Methodist-sponsored educational enrichment program for at-risk children and youth, Dallas, Texas

Grace Putney of Roanoke, Va. (24014) (2015, English, minor in economics) – Event planning, video compilation, marketing and communications, social media management for Prodigy Launch, Salem, Va.; and WSLS Channel 10, NBC affiliate, news desk, Roanoke, Va.

Michelle Ruse of Charlotte, N.C. (28216) (2015, biology) – maxillofacial prosthodonitics, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.

Carol Sadek of Mount Pleasant, S.C. (29466) (2015, mathematics, emphasis in computational science and applied mathematics) – REU, N.C. State University, Raleigh, N.C.

Chad Sauvola of Greer, S.C. (29651) (2015, biology) – McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT, Cambridge, Mass.

Sarah Schultz of York, S.C. (29745) (2016, finance, minor in religion) – sales, operations, office, Vision Metering, York, S.C.

Jennifer Sellers of Greenwood, S.C. (29649) (2014, psychology, minor in creative writing) – RISE, Eliada Homes, Asheville, N.C.

Sally Sheppard of Mount Pleasant, S.C. (29464) (2015, business economics and French) – Obviouslee Marketing, Charleston, S.C.

Tyler Slonecki of Mount Pleasant, S.C. (29464) (2015, biology and mathematics, emphasis in computational science and applied mathematics) – REU, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

Jared Snider of Inman, S.C. (29349) (2015, computer science, minors in economics and finance) – IT, Tindall Concrete Corp., Spartanburg, S.C.

Maggie Stroud of Chapin, SC () (2015, biology, minor in business) – Conference Services Department, Aspen Institute, Aspen, Colo.

Cody Watson of Libertyville, Ill. (60048) (2015, biology, emphasis in computational science) – Breast Cancer Research Laboratory at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

Meggie Watson of Tampa, Fla. (33618) (2014, French and humanities, minor in theatre) – production management internship, Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle, Wash.

Justin Whitaker of Alpharetta, Ga. (30004) (2015, physics, minor in computer science, emphasis in computational science) – REU in Climate Science, Department of Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa.

Alissa Williams of Kentwood, Mich. (49512) (2015, biology, minor in mathematics, emphasis in computational science) – European Bioinformatics Institute, Cambridge, England

Caroline Winn of Carlisle, Pa. (17013) (2016, Spanish and business economics, minor in art history) – marketing and communications, National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

William Wolfe of Chapin, S.C. (29036) (2016, chemistry) – U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.,Washington, D.C.

William (Jake) Wright of Belton, S.C. (29627) (2015, biology) – University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ky.

Flora Yazigi of France (2016, chemistry) – Department of Pathology, reviewing educational case files, materials and study sets as well as helping with manuscript preparation process, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Haiwen Zhang of China (2016, biology and chemistry, minor in economics ) – participating in training in craniofacial and oral health research Summer Undergraduate Research Program, College of Dental Medicine, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, S.C.


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