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Bio's van Amerikaanse Fulbright Studenten

Hieronder vindt u de bio's van de Amerikaanse Fulbright studenten die graag een bezoek aan uw school brengen.
 
Alissa Albrecht
Hello!  My name is Alissa Albrecht, and I am from a small town on the Atlantic coast of Florida called Sebastian.  My mother is from Germany and I was born there, but I spent most of my life in Florida.  For college, I moved to Arizona and just graduated with my BSE in Civil-Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University.  I will be at TU Delft this year in the Hydraulic Structures and Flood Risk department studying how coastal wetlands like salt marshes can be used to reduce wave energy before waves hit the coast and potentially cause flooding and erosion.  The Dutch have always been at the forefront of flood control methods and with the recent large storms in the US that greatly damaged the northeast, Texas, and Florida, I'm excited to learn from the experts. The way the US approaches risk management and flood prevention is very different, which is partially why coastal areas have been hit hard by these storms.  In my free time I love all kinds of cycling, so I'm very excited to be here in the Netherlands!  Besides my research, I am happy to discuss engineering school, how civil engineering approaches are different in the US compared to the Netherlands, other cultural differences, and anything having to do with cycling.  Feel free to contact me at alissa.m.albrecht@gmail.com.
 
Charlotte Boles
Hi! My name is Charlotte, and I am from Birmingham, Alabama in the United States. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2017 and spent the last year working as a high school debate coach for Birmingham City Schools. I am currently studying for a dual Masters in Public Policy and Human Development at Maastricht University and the United Nations University in Maastricht. I love working with students and would be happy to discuss American politics, the US educational system, social justice and civil rights in the United States, public health, or debate/Model United Nations. Please feel free to contact me at charlotteboles@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
 
Rudy Corona
Hi! My name is Rodolfo (Rudy) Corona, I was born in Mexico City, but moved to Texas when I was 8 years old. I received my bachelors degree in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin, and will be pursuing a PhD at the University of California Berkeley when I return to the US. I am currently doing research in artificial intelligence at the University of Amsterdam, particularly focused on making AI’s more interpretable / explainable so that they may be used in areas where it's crucial that we can trust them (such as healthcare, transportation, or finance to name a few). In my free time I like to read, take leisure bike rides (which living here has been so wonderful for!), go to live music venues, as well as occasionally practice making computer generated art. I would love to talk with students about technology, AI, or US culture (particularly from a Mexican-American perspective). Please feel free to reach out to me! I may be reached at: rud721@gmail.com
 
Roohi Dalal 
Hello! My name is Roohi Dalal and I’m from Phoenix, Arizona. I recently graduated from the California Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics and History. I’m currently researching methods of testing Einstein’s theory of general relativity at cosmological scales at Leiden University. My research involves determining how we can test different theories of gravity (including general relativity) using the distribution of galaxies in the universe. Next year, I will be returning to the US to pursue a PhD in Astrophysics at Princeton University. I’m looking forward to exploring the Netherlands by bike, learning Dutch and getting involved in science outreach programs! I would be happy to discuss astronomy and physics, diversity and inclusion in the sciences, US culture and politics, as well as the American education system. Please contact me at dalal@lorentz.leidenuniv.nl
 
Tiffany Ernst
Hallo! My name is Tiffany and I come from a small town in northern New Jersey just south of New York City. I graduated with bachelors' degrees in Marine Biology and Chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and am now pursuing a masters in Biology with a specialization in adaptive organisms at Radboud University Nijmegen. I am in the second year of this program. My research focuses on the effect of thyroid hormones on bone cell activity in the scales of zebrafish and I have a background in physiological biochemistry, specifically glucose metabolism in cetaceans like the bottlenose dolphin. In conjunction with my studies I have spent the last 2 years serving as a board member for the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), a non-profit organization which promotes experiential learning and honors programming in universities and colleges across the U.S. Beyond my academic life, I am an avid backpacker, hiker, and fisherwoman, which has brought me to a variety of natural landscapes throughout N. America. I would be happy to talk about my research, honors education in the U.S., the great outdoors, slam poetry, fun facts about fish, etc. etc. Please feel free to contact me at tiffanyernst9@gmail.com.
 
Etienne Forbes
Greetings! My name is Etienne Forbes and I am from New York City. I grew up in a town near Washington, D.C. So I'm quite familiar with the two most famous cities in the United States. Recently, I completed my Bachelor's of Arts in Applied Psychology at The City College of New York, which has the wonderful distinction of being the most diverse college in the U.S. While attending City College, I studied for two years in the Colin Powel School Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service. The fellowship was multi-disciplinary and both introduced and prepared us all for lives in public service and active citizenship. We were able to experience and witness first-hand, political institutions, the policy-making process, and methods for changing our local and global communities. Here in the Netherlands, I am pursuing a Master's of Science in Culture, Organization, and Management at VU Amsterdam. My research interests include stereotype threat, biases in organizations and its effects, diversity, and inclusion. Prior to returning to college, I worked in many big corporations including UPS, Target, and Verizon. In addition, I served in the US Navy for 4 years. As a student of psychology, nothing would please me more than to engage in conversations concerning psychology, diversity & inclusion, US culture, graduate school, military life or whatever crosses your mind! I can be reached at etienne.forbes@gmail.com.

Rae Herman
Hi! My name is Rae Herman and I am from Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. I’ve recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park near Washington D.C. where I received a bachelor’s degree in cognitive-behavioral neuroscience. Here in the Netherlands, I’m researching the neuroscience of nicotine addiction at the Vrije Universiteit! After my Fulbright year, I will be attending the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia to begin a PhD in neuroscience. Outside of research, I love music (I had a radio show in college!), painting, and reading! I would happy to talk about neuroscience, college in the United States, or anything else your students are curious about. I can be reached at raerae.h1@gmail.com.
 
Jennifer Lawrence
Hallo! My name is Jennifer Lawrence and I am originally from Virginia in The United States, however, I recently graduated from the University of Delaware. My bachelors is a dual degree in both Biological Sciences with a Concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Genetics and in Neuroscience. I am doing a year of independent research in a Neurology laboratory at the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen. The lab’s main topic is Alzheimer’s Disease, but my specific project focuses on creating a working in vitro replica of the blood-brain barrier in order to better understand how toxins from Alzheimer’s Disease build up in the human brain. When I return to the states next year I am going to enter a Neuroscience Ph.D. program at Washington University in St. Louis in Missouri. Although it sounds like I live and breathe neuroscience, I would be more than happy to discuss many different topics such as living abroad, the American college experience, what it’s like to live in the United States, being a woman in a science field, etc. You can reach me at jenniferhlawrence@gmail.com!
 
Anna Litvinenko
Hello! I am Anna Litvinenko, an American cellist of Cuban and Ukrainian heritage, raised in Miami, Florida. Since I graduated high school, my studies have taken me to New York, London, and now The Hague. Though most of my career and studies have been focused on traditional classical music, I have found a lot inspiration in doing interdisciplinary projects, composing, playing early music, and improvising. This year, I decided to follow these passions, and with the tremendous help of the J. William Fulbright grant, I am pursuing a master’s degree in classical and early music, with a focus on improvisation, at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Throughout the years, I have been presented with many solo, chamber, interdisciplinary, and orchestral opportunities throughout the United States and Europe, especially through organizations like YoungArts, From the Top, and Sphinx. Recently, I have also premiered Yuri Boguinia’s Concerto with the Aeon Music Ensemble at Carnegie Hall, toured with the European Union Youth Orchestra, volunteered with the Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Company doing workshops with children refugees, and participated in the 8th Creative Dialogue Symposium, where I worked closely with composers and further explored improvisation under the guidance of Magnus Lindberg, Anssi Karttunen, and John Paul Jones. If you would like to reach me, my email is aml2@juilliard.edu. I would be happy to talk about music, my experience in America and abroad, or whatever else is of interest!

 
Grace Molino
Hallo! My name is Grace Molino, and I am originally from New York. I just finished my B.S. in Geology-Biology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. While there, I worked on projects researching everything from climate change captured in millions of years old ocean sediments to future coastal salt marsh migration in response to sea level rise. Last year, I interned in Washington D.C. at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where I studied climate change resilience planning in the Northeast U.S. and observed the U.S. political process firsthand. I am currently at TU Delft in the Coastal Engineering section where I research the benefits of vegetated foreshores in protecting coastal infrastructure. I am also very interested in how these natural defenses have become widely accepted in the Netherlands, as well as the culture around climate change and water management. When not working, I love reading, traveling, camping, and photography. I would be happy to discuss any of the above in more detail, including university in the U.S., the current political climate, or anything else of interest! You can contact me at gdmolino@gmail.com
 
Kaja Sachdev 
Hello! My name is Kajal Sachdev. Although my family is originally from India, I was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. Peoria is a small city three hours south of Chicago, where I did my bachelors. I completed a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Biology and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). While at UIC, I was heavily involved in the Honors College and completed my Honors thesis research in the field of legal psychology. After completing my bachelors, I worked as a clinical research coordinator on a medicolegal project in emergency medicine and child abuse pediatrics at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Now, I am pursuing a master’s degree in Legal Psychology at Maastricht University in Maastricht, Netherlands. My research interests are child maltreatment, interviewing techniques, and children’s testimonies. After I finish my master’s degree, I will be moving back to the United States to begin medical school. I am extremely passionate about combining the fields of psychology, law, and medicine to improve how child abuse and maltreatment cases are handled. Outside of my academic interests, I love to read (mostly fiction and psychological thrillers), lift weights, and dance. I would be happy to talk about interdisciplinary collaboration, healthcare careers, extracurricular involvement in education, cultural influences in personal and professional growth, and any other topics you find relevant! Please feel free to contact me at kajal.k.sachdev@gmail.com. Thank you so much for your interest!
 
 
Drake Stoughton 
A native of Northern Virginia, USA, Drake Stoughton is currently an Artist Certificate student at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in Den Haag. His passion for teaching music is evident through work in both the private studio and classroom settings. During the summer of 2016 he was the woodwind instructor at the NOVA Music Center in Manassas, VA where he had the opportunity to teach both saxophone and clarinet students on a weekly basis. Stoughton was also the leader and coach of two saxophone quartets at Shenandoah Conservatory where he mentored many of the younger students in the saxophone studio.
Along with his teaching endeavors, Stoughton keeps an active performing schedule, often competing in various competitions and playing in masterclasses with some of the world's most renowned saxophonists. He was a a finalist in the 2018 MTNA Young Artist Woodwinds Competition in Orlando, Florida and a semi-finalist in the 2016 NASA Soloist Competition. In 2014 he received 3rd prize in the National Glen Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship Competition and has performed in masterclasses with artists such as Claude Delangle, Raaf Hekkema, and Vincent David. In his spare time, Stoughton often enjoys composing and arranging music for various large and chamber ensembles. He is also an avid skier, making sure to hit the slopes at least once every season. You can reach him via drkstoughton@gmail.com.
 
Brynn Sundberg
Hello! My name is Brynn Sundberg, and I am originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, where I completed my undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology. I have completed a year of my Master's degree in chemistry at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania before starting this Fulbright grant. My research with the University of Amsterdam takes place at the Ateliergebouw Rijksmuseum, where art conservators and scientists work together to study the history, chemistry, and preservation of artworks and art materials. My project will work to separate out and identify the dyes and pigments in historic samples. I especially love to talk about the science of art, and I can be reached at brynnsundberg@gmail.com
 
Teresa Turco
Hello! My name is Teresa and I’m from Wisconsin, in the Midwest of the United States. I recently graduated with bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Psychology and Economics with a math emphasis. I will be doing a master’s in Behavioral Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and I’m thrilled to be continuing my studies here in the Netherlands. I would love to talk to you all about my life in the US, our culture, and how our individualistic culture and values have shaped our economy. You can contact me at tlturco5@gmail.com; I’d love to hear from you!
 
Mackenzie Niness
Hello all! My name is Mackenzie Niness and I grew up in Upton, Massachusetts. I graduated from Villanova University in 2018, where I studied Sociology and Criminology, as well as Peace and Justice. During my four years at Villanova I swam on the varsity team, volunteered in my local community, and tutored student athletes.I am an English Teaching Assistant and I work at ROC van Amsterdam at MBO College Centrum. I chose to come to Amsterdam because I wanted to explore a new environment, to learn how to become a better teacher, and to learn about the Dutch culture and education system. While in the Netherlands, I will also study a multilingual program at College Centrum which is situated in a work based learning environment. Personally, I am very interested in the criminal justice system in both the United States and the Netherlands. The US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, whereas the Netherlands has one of the lowest. I am comfortable talking about education, cultural differences, social justice, politics, and college in the United States, among other topics. You can reach me at mniness@gmail.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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