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2014-15 GO-MAP Fellows

GO-MAP fellows are UW graduate students receiving funding from various fellowships administered through GO-MAP.  The majority of GO-MAP fellowships are recruitment awards based on departmental nominations made the spring before students enter their first year of graduate studies at UW. 

For more information on how to be nominated by your department for GO-MAP funding, please visit thefunding page

 

Frances Aunon

Frances Aunon

Grad Major: Psychology

Undergrad Major & Institution: Cultural Anthropology, Duke University

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Work with a mentor whose interest align with your own but also find an environment where you can be yourself."

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Marcel Baugh

Marcel Baugh

Grad Major: Public Affairs

Undergrad Major & Institution: Africana Studies, College of Wooster

Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"I will let them know once I've evaluated my graduate experience at UW."

Award: Posse Graduate Fellowship


Ivette Bayo Urban

Ivette Bayo Urban

Grad Major: Information

Undergrad Major & Institution: Business, Florida International University

Hometown: Miami, FL

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Get connected. Put yourself out there and don't be afraid of reaching out for support."

Award: GO-MAP Dissertation Award


Clarissa Becerra

Clarissa Becerra

Grad Major: Philosophy

Undergrad Major & Institution: Philosophy, University of Arizona

Hometown: Chandler, AZ

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Get in contact with those that can help you advance... professors, advisors, other outlets at your university.  Look for opportunities during the summer in your field."

Award: Endowed Fellowship for Native Americans in Humanities and Social Sciences


Lily Berger

Lily Berger

Grad Major: Material Science & Engineering

Undergrad Major & Institution: Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"The best way to prepare for grad school in science or engineering is to do research as an undergrad.  This allows you to gain experience in laboratory research, learn what fields interest you, and determine whether grad school is the right path for you."

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Cheri Brown

Cheri Brown

Grad Major: Communication

Undergrad Major & Institution: Communication and Psychology, Trinity Western University

Hometown: Langley, British Columbia

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Research programs thoroughly and connect with potential academic advisors.  You need to be a good research match with faculty members who will need to know you a little and have a compelling reason to remember you amidst a sea of hundreds of applications."

Award: Presidential Graduate Fellowship


Eric Octavio Campos

Eric Octavio Campos

Grad Major: Biology

Undergrad Major & Institution: Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley

Hometown: Pittburg, CA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Get involved with research opportunities as early as possible in your undergraduate career and make sure that the research is of genuine interest to you."

Award: Bank of America Endowed Minority Fellowship (Dissertation)


Patricia Carroll

Patricia Carroll

Grad Major: Astronomy

Undergrad Major & Institution:

Hometown:

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:

 

Award: Bank of America Endowed Minority Fellowship (Dissertation)


Jessica Chen

Jessica Chen

Grad Major: Psychology

Undergrad Major & Institution: Psychology, Columbia University

Hometown: Saratoga, CA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Trust yourself and believe in your capabilities."

Award: GO-MAP Dissertation Award


Lily Berger

Monica Cortes Viharo

Grad Major: Drama

Undergrad Major & Institution:

Hometown:

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:

Award: Ronald E. McNair Fellowship


Sumayyah Daud

Sumayyah Daud

Grad Major: English

Undergrad Major & Institution: English, George Washington University

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Don't give up.  That seems silly, but perseverance will help you overcome a lot of obstacles that are just emotionally draining and slow you down."

Award: Presidential Graduate Fellowship


Natalie Gasca

Natalie Gasca

Grad Major: Biostatistics

Undergrad Major & Institution: Mathematics, Cal Poly Pomona

Hometown: Fallbrook, CA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Veronica Guajardo

Veronica Guajardo

Grad Major: Information

Undergrad Major & Institution: Literature, UC Santa Cruz

Hometown: Modesto, CA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Don't do grad school until you are good and ready and know you are really going to commit to it because it can feel lonely, heavy and dark, yet no one does it alone... Find your support network, stock up on Top Ramen, put your big girl panties on, y dale gas!"

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Lydia Heberling

Lydia Heberling

Grad Major: English

Undergrad Major & Institution: Literature, Point Loma Nazarene University

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"I think it's important to know that you WANT to be in graduate school.  It's also important to be shamelessly proactive about what you need during your studies."

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Sheri Imsdahl

Sheri Imsdahl

Grad Major: Mechanical Engineering

Undergrad Major & Institution: Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"It is never too early to get involved with research!  I had a limited exposure to lab environments while I was an undergrad and I wish I had done more.  Most graduate students are happy to act as mentors for undergrads and it is a good way to determine whether you have a passion for research and make connections in your field."

Award: Presidential Graduate Fellowship (Dissertation)


Lily Berger

Hideru Inoue

Grad Major: Nursing

Undergrad Major & Institution:

Hometown:

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Brian Jackson

Brian Jackson

Grad Major: Psychology

Undergrad Major & Institution: Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

Hometown: Largo, MD

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Build connections with someone who has already gone to graduate school.  They can help you with the application process and answer questions you have about graduate school in general."

Award: Presidential Graduate Fellowship


Elizabeth Julian

Elizabeth Julian

Grad Major: Social Work

Undergrad Major & Institution:

Hometown:

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:

Award: Latino/a Scholars Graduate School Fellowship


Linnea Lassiter

Linnea Lassiter

Grad Major: Public Affairs

Undergrad Major & Institution: Political Science and Public Policy, George Washington University

Hometown: Seattle, WA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Go to your professor's office hours!  It's the memorable people that get recommendation letters and graduate funding."

Award: GO-MAP Graduate Staff Assistantship


Jillian Lyles

Jillian Lyles

Grad Major: Marine Affairs

Undergrad Major & Institution: Science of Earth Systems, Cornell University

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Enter graduate school with the right frame of mind and commit to it for the right reasons.  I definitely recommend taking some time off between grad school and undergrad to allow yourself to learn more about the world and how you fit into it."

Award: Graduate Opportunities Program Research Assistant Award


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Ayanda Masilela

Grad Major: Geography

Undergrad Major & Institution: Geography and Asian Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Hometown: Indiana, PA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Plan ahead and establish a close network of mentors and advisors while at the undergraduate level."

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Aileen Mata

Aileen Mata

Grad Major: Education

Undergrad Major & Institution:

Hometown:

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:

Award: Latino/a Scholars Graduate School Fellowship


Exu Anton Mates

Exu Anton Mates

Grad Major: Psychology

Undergrad Major & Institution: Mathematics and Physics, UC Berkeley

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Build your relationship with potential advisors before you apply!"

Award: Bank of America Endowed Minority Fellowship (Dissertation)


Riddhi Mehta-Neugebauer

Riddhi Mehta-Neugebauer

Grad Major: Political Science

Undergrad Major: Urban Studies, UC Berkeley

Hometown: Guerneville, CA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"1) Get to know your professors.  They are incredible resources. 2) Take a course you know absolutely nothing about.  Not only will you meet new people, but it could launch a new avenue of exploration. 3) Get involved in a variety of student groups, especially those that encourage community partnerships; and 4) Travel.  There's nothing better than learning from the field."

Award: Presidential Graduate Fellowship


Oteri Oghoghomeh

Oteri Oghoghomeh

Grad Major: Environmental & Occupational Health

Undergrad Major & Institution: Biology, Rutgers University

Hometown: Neptune, NJ

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Do your homework and don't be afraid to call into graduate departments to speak with students, advisors and faculty."

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Reimi Patterson-Davidson

Reimi Patterson-Davidson

Grad Major: History

Undergrad Major & Institution: Religion, University of Hawai'i

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Take a good, hard look at what your career goals are.  Talk to advisors and people who work in your proposed fields.  Don't rush into it."

Award: Presidential Graduate Fellowship


LomaJohn Pendergraft

LomaJohn Pendergraft

Grad Major: Environmental & Forest Sciences

Undergrad Major & Institution: Wildlife Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University

Hometown: Tulsa, OK

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Don't apply to graduate school just because 'it's the next thing'; you need to be genuinely interested and committed to your area of student.  Don't be afraid to take a few years off of academia.  Getting experience within your field will provide you with additional insight while simultaneously keeping you competitive."

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Raymonda Reese

Raymonda Reese

Grad Major: Social Work

Undergrad Major & Institution: African American Studies, Carlton College

Hometown: Chicago, IL

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"I would advise students to spend time thinking critically about WHY they would like to pursue grad school and HOW it connects to their overall vision for their life."

Award: Posse Graduate Fellowship


Tashina Robinson

Tashina Robinson

Grad Major: Epidemiology

Undergrad Major & Institution: Biology, Allegheny College

Hometown: Wooster, OH

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Everyone is going to tell you to work hard, and of course, that is very important.  But not only should you work hard, you should never stop loving what you do - never stop being curious and hungry to learn more.  If you don't feel that way about your field, switch fields!"

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Noralis Rodriguez

Noralis Rodriguez

Grad Major: Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Undergrad Major & Institution: Business Administration, University of Puerto Rico, Humacao

Hometown: San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"It is important to know that you can create a community and identify allies that will support you emotionally and professionally during your journey through graduate school."

Award: Stroum Endowed Minority Fellowship (Dissertation)


Irene Sanchez

Irene Sanchez

Grad Major: Education

Undergrad Major & Institution: Sociology and Latin American Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Hometown: Riverside, CA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Pursue your passion.  Follow your dreams and find people and community that will help you get there."

Award: GO-MAP Dissertation Award


Jessica Ullrich

Jessica Ullrich

Grad Major: Social Work

Undergrad Major & Institution: Psychology and Philosophy, Gonzaga University

Hometown: Anchorage, AK

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"We all want to do what we are called to do.  Graduate school gives us the tools that allow our limited goals to expand."

Award: Presidential Graduate Fellowship


Kristin Villas

Kristin Villas

Grad Major: Public Affairs

Undergrad Major & Institution:

Hometown:

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:

Award: Sinegal UW Graduate and Professional Fellowship


Shanece Washington

Shanece Washington

Grad Major: Audiology

Undergrad Major & Institution: Audiology and Speech Language Sciences, University of Northern Colorado

Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Make sure that you are passionate regarding your area of interest/study!"

Award: GO-MAP Graduate Staff Assistantship


Christopher Whidbey

Christopher Whidbey

Grad Major: Pathobiology

Undergrad Major & Institution: Philosophy, Biology and Chemistry, Seattle University

Hometown: Ellensburg, WA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Think long and hard about why you want to go to.  Grad school can be very difficult at times, but if you can remember your overal goals and passions it can also be very rewarding."

Award: Presidential Graduate Fellowship (Dissertation)


Nile Wilson

Nile Wilson

Grad Major: Bioengineering

Undergrad Major & Institution: Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia

Hometown: Stafford, VA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"Try to gain as many experiences as you can.  Apply for any internship, research experience, or program that seems interesting to you.  Be brave and true to yourself.  Every once in a while, ask yourself what makes you happy and what keeps you motivated."

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award


Caitlin Wubbena

Caitlin Wubbena

Grad Major: Education

Undergrad Major & Institution: Philosophy, Villanova University

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

What advice would you give to undergrads looking to pursue a graduate education?:
"As early as possible, find a faculty mentor (or two) whom you trust, and make sure you are absolutely in love with what you're studying."

Award: Graduate Opportunity Program Research Assistant Award



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