College: University of Chicago '24 Major: Economics and Political Science
Alejandro Ignacio Morles is a rising third-year at the University of Chicago, where he is pursuing a B.A. in Economics (specialized in Business Economics) and Political Science. Part-time, he serves as Founder and President of Warm Ears, Warm Hearts—a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to the collection and distribution of winter clothing to families-in-need. In addition, Alejandro serves his local community by planning events as the Service Chair of the UChicago Catholic Students Association, such as food pantry volunteering trips.
For professional experience, Alejandro had two commercial banking internships in high school (BanescoUSA and First National Bank of South Miami) and one investment management internship in university (The Cleveland Foundation). He is currently at Bain Capital as a Summer Analyst for the Life Sciences unit, where he is analyzing the commercial assumptions of deals with revenue potentials of $1B+. He hopes to continue his growth as a professional and individual by seeking out new private equity, venture capital, or consulting opportunities.
College: Macalester College '25
Major: Political Science and Economics
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: Rice University '24
Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
College: Rice University '24 Major: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Alia Nathani is a passionate student, researcher, and mentor from Houston, Texas and the daughter of Indian immigrants. She currently attends Rice University and is pursuing a degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with a minor in Business. Through her work as an engineer, she aspires to develop renewable energy resources to help achieve net-zero and create a more sustainable and equitable world for all.
At Rice, Nathani is the President of Engineers Without Borders due to her commitment to their mission of helping underdeveloped regions create sustainable infrastructure. She is also a representative on the Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Board and a student researcher in the Preston Innovation Laboratory where she studies electrostatic energy harvesting through “jumping droplet” technology. Whether as a teaching assistant, conference panelist, or squad leader for the Gates Scholarship, Nathani is enthusiastic about mentoring and tutoring others to empower them to become confident leaders.
In 2022, Nathani interned as a Process and Process Safety Engineering Intern at BP, and in 2021, she interned with Shell and worked on a project to calculate greenhouse gas emissions on offshore platforms. Through these professional experiences, she aims to gain the capabilities to help her realize her vision for a greener future.
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: Washington University in St. Louis '24
Major: Global Studies
College: Washington University in St. Louis '24 Major: Global Studies
Ashley Sooa Lee is a student at Washington University in St. Louis where she is majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in Development. She was originally born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Her interest lies in storytelling and exploring its application in different fields. Since her first year, she has been serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for Camp Kesem and expanded on it as a Compliance Intern to regulate COVID-19 data. She was also involved in a biology research program by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute with a publication on a scientific paper. As a QuestBridge Careers Fellow, Ashley interned with Dimensional Fund Advisors to explore narratives in the business and financial industry. When she is not busy reading about current affairs, she enjoys finding new hiking spots and experimenting with cooking recipes.
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: Pomona College '25
College: Pomona College '25 Major: Economics
Bianca McNeely is a sophomore at Pomona College majoring in Economics. Hailing from Northern Virginia, Bianca is passionate about policy, economics, and foreign language. At Pomona, Bianca serves as the Elections Commissioner for Associated Students of Pomona College and on the Academic Affairs Committee where she pursues academic policy reforms. Last summer, she studied Russian at University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Language Institute thanks to a FLAS grant from the Department of Education. In her free time, Bianca enjoys reading, walking, and listening to podcasts. After college, Bianca hopes to serve in a role that allows her to combine her interests in economics, language, and service whether that be in the public or private sector.
College: Bowdoin College '24
College: Bowdoin College '24 Major: Chemistry
Cassidy Bateman is a chemistry major and theatre minor at Bowdoin College in Maine, but she considers Montana to be home. She loves both the arts and sciences and hopes to combine those two passions together in her career. Currently, Cassidy is interested in pursuing exhibit design for either a science museum, childrens museum, or aquarium. At Bowdoin she has served as the Bowdoin QuestBridge Scholar Network President and the marketing director for Masque & Gown in the 2021-22 school year. Additionally she is a receptionist for the Bowdoin admissions office where she loves helping plan and execute different events for prospective students. This summer she interned at the Montana Forensic Science Division - also known as the State Crime Lab - in her hometown of Missoula. While there, she spent her time shadowing forensic scientists in different disciplines such as chemistry and ballistics, completing administrative and organizational tasks, and getting to know more about forensic science as a career field. Cassidy is excited to see what her future holds and is beyond grateful for the QuestBridge Careers Fellowship in helping her navigate the beginning of her career.
College: Bowdoin College '25
Major: Government and Legal Studies
College: Bowdoin College '25 Major: Government and Legal Studies
Catherine Cao is currently in her second year at Bowdoin College studying Government and Legal Studies. Raised in Shanghai, China, Catherine has spent most of her time before college serving in student government. Beginning with her first overnight cabin trip in northern Maine, Catherine has discovered a love for fun expeditions. Besides spending all her weekends in the outdoors, Catherine will also be using her spring break to lead a community engagement trip on educational inequity to New York City. This past summer, Catherine interned at an impact investing firm looking at startups that support recovery from substance abuse addiction. In the future, Catherine sees herself in a role where she can support people around her and give back to the communities that encouraged her personal growth.
College: Washington and Lee University '24
Major: Politics and English
College: Washington and Lee University '24 Major: Politics and English
Connor McNamara is a rising junior at Washington and Lee University from Hampstead, North Carolina. Pursuing a double major in Politics and English with a minor in Philosophy, he hopes to attend law school after graduation. Afterwards, he plans to pursue a career in government, with the goal of eventually running for public office. He is especially passionate about reinforcing democratic institutions, regulating corporations and monopolies, combating climate change, and increasing access to education. Connor has been working towards this goal by serving as president of the College Democrats and as a regional chair of the school’s Mock Convention. He interned with the QuestBridge Graduate School Partnerships team this summer, helping to launch the second year of the MBA Graduate Match. These experiences have reinforced both his professional skills and his dedication to enter government.
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: Vanderbilt University '24
Major: Human and Organizational Development
College: Vanderbilt University '24 Major: Human and Organizational Development
Delanyo Mensah is a rising junior at Vanderbilt University from Athens, Ohio. She is currently studying Human and Organizational Development on the Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness track. Delanyo is deeply passionate about using her unique voice and talents to empower others of diverse backgrounds to do the same. In the future, Delanyo sees herself in a career where she is able to leverage her creativity in furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion. At Vanderbilt, Delanyo is a Curb Scholar for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy. This school year, Delanyo will serve as Corresponding Secretary of the Mu Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in addition to being a photographer for STRIKE Nashville, Greek Inclusivity Alliance representative, and member of the Vanderbilt African Student Union. Over the summer, Delanyo was a Human Resource intern at Dimensional Fund Advisors in Charlotte, North Carolina working on Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.
College: Stanford University '24
Major: Computer Science
College: Stanford University '24 Major: Computer Science
Eliska Peacock is a rising third year undergraduate student at Stanford University. She is majoring in computer science, more specifically, Symbolic Systems and plans a career in Artificial Intelligence. She is currently working at Amazon as a Software Development Intern in Seattle, Washington. Eliska is collaborating with experienced cross-disciplinary engineers to help design and program solutions for broadly defined problems. During her first summer internship, she worked as an Amazon Future Engineer Intern. She gained experience in developing software in a team environment with deadlines and formal presentations. Eliska is excited to be an pioneer QuestBridge Careers Fellow and looking forward to sharing her experiences. She is a current collegiate member of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Her work experiences and speaker appearances to other students are helping her to meet her goal of inspiring others like her to pursue STEM careers.
College: Claremont McKenna College '24
Major: Public Policy and International Relations
College: Claremont McKenna College '24 Major: Public Policy and International Relations
Jessica Gallegos is a student at Claremont McKenna College, pursuing a dual major in Public Policy and International Relations. She has a great interest in educational, housing, and environmental policy and hopes to become a civil litigation lawyer in the non-profit sector. Jessica’s experiences as a tutor for students in low-income and marginalized communities have allowed her to gain a better understanding of the difficulties that they face and further see the importance of ensuring that students aren’t left behind. Her work with the La Habra Water Guardians allowed her to become an advocate for water conservation, encouraging the passing of AB 1343 and enabling her to pursue her passion for the environment. This summer, Jessica was the College Programs Intern at QuestBridge, helping with resource creation and curation to aid current students navigate the college experience.
College: Washington and Lee University '24
Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Science
College: Washington and Lee University '24 Major: Cognitive and Behavioral Science
Joshua Lewis is currently in his third year at Washington and Lee University studying Cognitive and Behavioral Science with a minor in Theater. Originally from Westchester, New York, Joshua has spent most of his time outside of the classroom learning music and performing. Beginning with his first trip abroad in high school, Joshua has found a love for traveling and that is also when he learned the real value of diversity and how important it is to connect with people from different walks of life. In school Joshua holds multiple leadership positions in the University Singers, serves as the Event Coordinator for the Rho chapter of Pi Kappa Phi and is a member of the WLULEX team working on the university's student run social media accounts. Joshua also works in the Admissions Office, assisting counselors and serving as a University Ambassador; and he is beginning work in one of his professor's labs studying gender role development in children. In the future, Joshua sees himself in a role where he can utilize his love for collaboration and creativity, and apply his understanding of people to the real world. This summer, Joshua worked as an intern on the Corporate Marketing and Communications team at Dimensional Fund Advisors.
College: Swarthmore College '24
Major: Engineering & Applied Mathematics
College: Swarthmore College '24 Major: Engineering & Applied Mathematics
Justin Chai is a member of the class of 2024 at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As an Engineering and Applied Mathematics double major, Justin is focusing his studies and research on sustainable product development alongside green energy system implementation. Hailing from Los Angeles, he’s been involved in multiple renewable energy programs including the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s URISE and a recent consulting externship with Turo concerning electric vehicle implementation feasibility. Most recently, Justin completed an internship with Bain Capital’s North America Private Equity group as a summer analyst where he collaborated with key team members to communicate the actionability and future outlook of SaaS and various tech businesses. He is currently looking to expand his experience in tech or sustainability systems management as a result of his many distinct career experiences thus far. On campus, Justin works closely with the first-generation and low-income student groups as an event coordinator and logistics manager for the Swarthmore QB chapter. He enjoys playing basketball, swimming, video games, and taking care of his succulents in his free time.
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: Pomona College '24
Major: Molecular Biology
College: Pomona College '24 Major: Molecular Biology
Mariana Acevedo Garcia immigrated to the United States at the age of four and currently attends Pomona College where she is pursuing a major in Molecular Biology. At college, she is a head mentor for IDEAS, a mentoring program for undocumented/DACAmented students and volunteers at the California Botanic Garden's Herbarium. During the summer break of her sophomore year, she was able to volunteer at the Ivy Brain Tumor Research Center where she learned many lab techniques and was able to shadow every step of pre-clinical research for glioblastoma. In the future, she aspires to work in a similar lab or as a professor and plans to continue to mentor students in order to increase diversity and equity in STEM.
College: Pomona College '24
College: Pomona College '24 Major: Anthropology
Mohamad Alkhatib is a rising junior at Pomona College. Mohamad was born and raised in Aleppo, Syria. He is fluent in Arabic and English and he hopes to learn French and Spanish in the future. He is currently majoring in Anthropology on the pre-med track. He chose to major in Anthropology because he loves learning about people and cultures around the world. He is currently volunteering at a local hospital and he is becoming increasingly interested in the medical field. He hopes to go into medicine to humanize a field that can feel extremely clinical. Over the summer, he worked in a research lab that studies eggshell formation in C. elegans -microscopic worms that are well studied and are considered a model organism because of the conserved genetics. He hopes to continue studying proteins that are involved in eggshell formation during the academic year.
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: Wellesley College '24
Major: Women's and Gender Studies
College: Wellesley College '24 Major: Women's and Gender Studies
Nadia La Mar is a student at Wellesley College majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies with a concentration in Public Health. She is from West Orange, New Jersey, identifies as Haitian-American and African-American, and is deeply passionate about public health and working to eliminate health disparities. In the future, Nadia sees her career being in healthcare, public health, or both. She is a McNair Scholar as part of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, or McNair Scholars Program, which supports students from underrepresented groups in preparation for research and doctoral study. Additionally, Nadia will serve as Internal Audit Chair this year as a member of the Xi Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., in addition to being a member of Ethos (Wellesley College’s Black Student Union), Wellesley for Caribbean Development, and the Minority Association for Pre-Medical/Pre-Health Students. This summer, Nadia was a student in the Summer Health Professions Education Program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, taking academic courses, gaining clinical experience, hearing lectures from health professionals, and engaging in other various career-enhancing activities and opportunities.
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.
College: Dartmouth College '24
College: Dartmouth College '24 Major: Economics
Yizhen Zhen is a junior at Dartmouth College pursuing a double major in Economics and Computer Science. Growing up, he spent half of his life in southern China and the other half in suburban Texas. Yizhen is interested in exploring the many facets of our interconnected world, and he seeks to bridge his diverse interests to unveil contrarian perspectives. On campus, he enjoys discussing current events at the Dartmouth Investment and Philanthropy Program, conducting research into FinTech for the economics department, and getting lost in the woods of New Hampshire. Currently, he is a software engineering intern at Google's Android Jetpack team, modernizing Android architecture and development libraries for app developers. Next summer, he will be a part of Blackstone's Real Estate Capital Markets team, analyzing a wide range of real estate transactions from emerging market logistic centers to New York City rental units. From these experiences, he hopes to reimagine how the two driving forces of our society—technology and investment—can complement each other and create a more inclusive future.
College: University of Chicago '24
Major: Critical Race & Ethnic Studies
College: University of Chicago '24 Major: Critical Race & Ethnic Studies
Youssef Hasweh, 20, is a Palestinian/ Moroccan first-generation college student at the University of Chicago. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Youssef has developed a student-led higher education advocacy platform with over 100K followers where he shares resources regarding college equity and access. He has become a 5x scholarship founder before his junior year while helping thousands of students achieve more. Currently, Youssef works at TikTok as 1 of 10 Community Leaders nominated by TikTok Community Managers to participate in the Diversity Collective. As a member of the Diversity Collective, he advocates for creators in his communities. Frequently ideating ideas to ensure TikTok is a leader in diversity, equity, and inclusion.