College: Macalester College '25 Major: Political Science and Economics
Alex Prathammanon is currently in her second year at Macalester College in St.Paul MN. She is pursuing a double major in Political Science and Economics. Originally from Chicago, IL, Alex's goal is to maybe go to law school and go into financial law. However, she is still exploring different career avenues. She is a first-generation biracial woman who was raised by her single mother. She has no current plans for the summer but hopes to find something not in the Midwest and something cool and fun.
College: Columbia University '25
Major: Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science
College: Columbia University '25 Major: Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science
Anupam (Anu) Bhakta is a sophomore transfer student at Columbia University where he is double majoring in Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science. Although originally an immigrant from India, he has lived over half of his life in Metairie, Louisiana. Anu is also currently doing research in applied statistics and machine learning with professors from Baruch College and MIT to gain experience in these fields. Furthermore, he also aims to use this research experience to aid his decision on whether to attend graduate school for a PhD right after finishing his undergraduate degree or not. As he enjoys the problem-solving involved with mathematics, he plans use this knowledge in a highly quantitative field such as quantitative finance. Outside of school, Anu is an avid collector of skills. Whether it's teaching himself various musical instruments or learning languages, he is always occupied with something. Although he is undecided on whether he wants to pursue the research or industry path first, he knows this fellowship experience will help him with choosing.
College: Grinnell College '25
Major: Mathematics and Economics
College: Grinnell College '25 Major: Mathematics and Economics
Currently a second-year at Grinnell College, Areeha Ilyas is an intended Mathematics and Economics Double Major. Immigrating from Pakistan, Iowa has been her home for the last 14 years. She is a first-generation college student hoping to pursue a career in consulting or actuarial science. Since her first year of college, she has been a part of Matriculate, helping low-income, high-achieving high school seniors apply to their best-fit colleges. She has also participated in Pioneer Weekend, making business pitches for a panel of judges. Recently, she took the role of an Economics Tutor, helping her peers in their courses. In her free time, Areeha loves to spend time with her family and watch all sports, especially Cricket and Formula 1.
College: Columbia University '25
Major: Political Science
College: Columbia University '25 Major: Political Science
Austin Carr is currently a second-year student at Columbia University studying Political Science with a primary subfield in American Politics and a secondary in International Relations. In application of his coursework, he spent his first-year summer assisting in the management of a political campaign. His contributions helped the candidate win a seat in their state legislative body. Austin is originally from the rural Vermont town of Fair Haven. His background has driven his interest in the betterment of rural communities through political action, which is why he chose to study Political Science at Columbia. He is also a first-generation college student and the product of a multi-generational family home. His upbringing has led him to focus most of his time on campus volunteering for Matriculate, a program in which college students mentor high-achieving low-income high school students as they apply for college. In the future, Austin wants to work towards making professional opportunities more accessible to rural communities. His hope is that people from rural low-income backgrounds can be better represented within professional roles and that these communities will be respected in the spirit of corporate responsibility.
College: Boston University '25
Major: Political Science
College: Boston University '25 Major: Political Science
Axusmawe Asmelash is a second-year Political Science student at Boston University College of Arts and Sciences. He was born in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, a suburb of the capital city of Columbus. As a kid, his perspective was molded by his love of government and its impact on the community as a low-income student whose family immigrated from Eastern Africa. In his high school, Axusmawe organized events and made promotional videos in his school's Student Council. He has carried this leadership experience to Boston University as an executive board member of the Black Student Union and in his role in the student government. Axusmawe is driven to participate in the larger conversation on the part of politics in society and hopefully move back to Ohio to better his home state. Axusmawe plans on interning at a financial firm this summer to improve his technical skills and develop his leadership experience.
College: Duke University '25
College: Duke University '25 Major: Sociology
Bianca Ingram is a current second-year student at Duke University studying Sociology with a certificate in Markets and Management. Due to her identity as a first-generation African American woman, she is very interested in diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is involved in numerous organizations on campus like Duke NAACP, Business Oriented Women, and Bull City Scholars a volunteer program with local public schools. Bianca also works as a Visitor Coordinator in the Admissions Office assisting in facilitating tours that are given to hundreds of visitors each year. In her professional career, she hopes to work in a collaborative role that allows her to find solutions to problems while taking into account the diversity of people represented across the nation.
College: Northwestern University '25
Major: Physics and Economics
College: Northwestern University '25 Major: Physics and Economics
Originally from Fontana, California, David Aguilar is a second-year student at Northwestern University studying physics and economics. David’s love for the application of mathematics is why he choose to pursue the two fields, but he hopes to use his analytical skills to create a positive change in the world. Outside of academics, David pursues a variety of interests and activities. He plays the trombone in Northwestern’s Philharmonia. He serves as a project lead for Global Research Consulting, a consulting club dedicated to helping non-profits. He mentors first-generation, low-income students as they navigate their first year through the Compass mentorship program. He also served as Weinberg Senator in the student government. David is a proud son of two Mexican immigrants and hopes to inspire those around him to pursue the impossible. David hopes to use his analytical and quantitative skills to pursue a career in public service where he can make a difference in the communities that make up our world.
College: Emory University '25
Major: Finance and Quantitative Sciences
College: Emory University '25 Major: Finance and Quantitative Sciences
Krystyn Muiruri is a second year at Emory University studying Finance with a double major in Quantitative Sciences. Originally from Columbia, Maryland, Krystyn has spent most of her time outside of the classroom working with organizations that serve marginalized students. Beginning with volunteer work in high school, Krystyn found a love for community service that she has continued while at Emory. In school, Krystyn serves on the Scholarship committee for the Emory chapter of the Questbridge Scholars Network, while also working as a volunteer for various faith based organizations on campus. In addition, during the Fall of 2022, Krystyn began work at the Emory University dining services office where she helps organize the university's weekly sustainability farmer's market. This semester, Krystyn has worked on new campus initiatives (like the upkeep of a university wide community fridge), to help those who struggle with food insecurity. In the future, Krystyn sees herself in a role where she can use business and technology practices to help uplift underrepresented communities. During the summer of 2023, Krystyn will work in Washington, D.C as a PwC intern.
College: Williams College '25
College: Williams College '25 Major: Mathematics
Leah Shvedova is a 2nd year at Williams College, studying Math with a concentration in Jewish Studies. At Williams, Leah is active in Jewish Life and is a Matriculate Advising Fellow. Leah is originally from Arlington, Virginia and spends most of her free time exploring the great outdoors. Leah is also an avid pianist and crafter. In the future, Leah wants to collaborate with others to further human-centered innovation.
College: Northwestern University '25
Major: Communication Studies and Economics
College: Northwestern University '25 Major: Communication Studies and Economics
Lucia Koo is a current sophomore at Northwestern University majoring in Communication Studies and Economics, with a potential minor in Data Science. Hailing from New York City, she decided to pursue this path, because she loves meeting new people, in addition to analyzing how specific factors influence the economic decisions individuals make. This summer, Lucia worked as a Communications intern at the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services. She hopes to utilize her new skills and experiences and apply them to a more technical, data-based role this upcoming summer. In school, Lucia is currently working as a Research Assistant at Northwestern's Network for Nonprofits and Social Impact, as well as serving as a Research Aide who writes literature reviews for research papers. She is also a member of the Global Research and Consulting Club, as well as a part of ASG's Policy Research and Finance Committees. Lucia hopes to pursue a career path that focuses on analyzing economic research and data, in order to bring greater awareness to current social issues like wealth and income inequity.
College: Claremont McKenna College '25
Major: Government and Chicane/Latine Studies
College: Claremont McKenna College '25 Major: Government and Chicane/Latine Studies
Luis Mendoza is a second-year student studying Government and Chicane/Latine Studies with a Human Rights minor at Claremont McKenna College (CMC). Luis is from North Carolina and decided to move to Sunny Southern California to experience a liberal arts education. After undergrad, he plans to pursue law school to explore contract law for technology and human rights law, especially immigration. After dedicating most of his career life to ensuring the legal system is inclusive to all communities, he hopes to retire and move to Mexico and teach critical race theory. Luis is excited about the summer because of the possibility of joining programs abroad that work to educate and mentor younger generations through politics or philosophy. He also sees himself working with legislators to research feasible and equitable solutions to the ongoing violations of asylum seekers from Latin America rights. On campus, Luis is a part of Claremont McKenna's Model UN team, Vice-President of his CMC QuestBridge Chapter, Co-President of the immigration and refugee task force, CARE Fellow, and a First-Generation Mentor.
College: Brown University '25
Major: Public Policy and Business Economics
College: Brown University '25 Major: Public Policy and Business Economics
Marcos Montoya Andrade is in his second year at Brown University studying Public Policy and Business Economics. Originally from Guatemala, Marcos immigrated to Virginia in 2009 where he found his passion for finance and policy. As a previous intern at the Chamber of Commerce, Marcos learned the impact policy advocacy has on the advancement of small businesses and in general for the progression of people. Currently, Marcos holds various leadership positions to engage with the Brown student body. He is the out-of-house liaison for the Latinx House, the treasurer for La Alianza Hispanic Pre-Law Society, the underclassmen representative for the Latinx Students in Business and Leadership, and the Community Engagement Chair Brown QuestBridge Chapter. Marcos is also a proud analyst for the Brown Consulting Club where he currently serves as a project member focusing on HR policy. Outside of the classroom and extracurriculars, Marcos is an avid reader and loves politics. In the future, Marcos seeks to find a career in the intersection of law and finance, always remembering to be community-focused and create a lasting impact.
College: University of Pennsylvania '25
College: University of Pennsylvania '25 Major: Economics
Mohammed Fahim is currently in his second year at the University of Pennsylvania, studying Finance and Management at the Wharton School with a minor in South Asian Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences. Originally from Atlanta, Mohammed aspires to break into Finance in order to help fund and manage companies that will make valuable impacts to society. This past summer Mohammed interned abroad in Singapore for 8 weeks in the Business Development Team for a tech start-up called Knovo. On campus, Mohammed is involved with the Wharton Management Club, Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club, and the Wharton Marketing Undergraduate Student Establishment. He is also active with the QuestBridge community at Penn. Outside of campus, he is currently working virtually for Raymond James, a middle market investment bank, as a Fall Intern for the Metrics and Reporting team.
College: Brown University '25
Major: Economics and International Affairs
College: Brown University '25 Major: Economics and International Affairs
TyKerius (T.K.) Monford is currently in his second year at Brown University from Athens, Georgia. TyKerius studies Economics and International Affairs and is deeply passionate about traveling the world and exploring other cultures. Beginning with his first trip abroad in college, he found a love for traveling and has since traveled to 4 other countries including Colombia, Jamaica, Panama, and Switzerland. Growing up in a single parent, low-income household has nurtured a strong interest in studying and combating educational inequalities, growing financial literacy in minority communities, and tackling the lack of diversity and representation in the finance and business industry. At Brown, TK serves as the Co-President of Black In Business at Brown, Is a member of the Brown University Cheerleading Team, Chief Diversity Officer for the Brown Healthcare Investment club, and a dancer in Brown's Latin Dance Company. Outside of school, he is involved in his community and has worked closely with elected officials in his hometown, as well as in New England. In the future, TK sees himself in a role where he can combine his love for working with people, traveling, and creating positive impact on those around him. This summer, TK completed two internships with a focus on community development and campaign fundraising. TK worked as a fundraising intern for Reservoir Strategies and as a community development intern for a non-profit organization called Jewish Free Loan Chicago.
College: Pomona College '25
Major: Computer Science
College: Pomona College '25 Major: Computer Science
Verrels Eugeneo is a third-year student at Pomona College intending to major in Computer Science. Originally born in Jakarta, Indonesia and raised in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, Verrels aspires to be a data scientist, software engineer, or product manager. On campus, he serves as the board member and social media coordinator of IDEAS, a student-run organization mentoring Undocumented/DACA students. Being part of IDEAS has developed his interests in advocacy and social impact. He is also involved with Muslim Students Association (MSA) as a campus representative for Pomona in the Claremont Colleges, helping create events to build a more inclusive community of Muslim students around campus. In his free time, you will catch him playing basketball with his friends, exploring the city of LA, and going thrifting for clothes. This past summer, Verrels was a teaching fellow at Breakthrough Collaborative in San Francisco, where he taught sixth-grade mathematics to first-generation, low-income students in the Bay Area. Curious and inventive, Verrels aspires to be working in a collaborative, supportive, and innovative setting where he can be at the forefront of cutting-edge technology that helps mitigate some of the world’s challenges.
College: Amherst College '25
Major: Computer Science and Statistics
College: Amherst College '25 Major: Computer Science and Statistics
Wendy Espinosa is a first-generation college student from Miami, Florida, and is the youngest child of Cuban immigrants. She is a rising junior at Amherst College, double majoring in Computer Science and Statistics. Currently, she is a coordinator for the Artificial Intelligence in the Liberal Arts Initiative, where she organizes discussions and projects in the field of artificial intelligence for an interdisciplinary community of participants. In the past, she has assisted the Miami Dade College IT Department in its supervision of databases of local correctional facilities and local government construction projects. One of her recent projects was creating software to help manage and diagnose hospital patients through a series of databases. Wendy has also aimed to empower women who pursue careers in male-dominated fields by connecting them to various mentors through organizations such as Women of Tomorrow and Girl Up. She is an active member in multiple groups such as La Causa – a group that spreads Hispanic cultural awareness; the Outing Club – which participates in trips such as ziplining or falconry; and the Arting Club – where she can crochet and paint. In the future, Wendy would like to pursue a career in Data Science and serve as a mentor who encourages young women to do what they love.