Fifteen Princeton students selected as international Streicker Fellows

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Mary Cate Connors, Office of International Programs

Fifteen undergraduates have been named 2018 Streicker Fellows to pursue summer internships and research abroad thanks to a gift from John Streicker, a member of Princeton’s Class of 1964, and his children. Streicker (center) congratulates students (from left to right) Brandon Callegari, Leora Eisenberg, Nathaniel Shields (back), Taylor Bacon (front), Joe McGrath (back), Carson Clay (front), Peter Schmidt (back), Trisha Madhavan (front) and Gabriel Vercelli (back). Student fellows not pictured are: Sophie Evans, Sarah Gordon, Cecilia Hsu, Hemani Kalucha, Janie Kim and Matteo Russo.

Photo courtesy of the Office of International Programs

Fifteen Princeton undergraduates will pursue internships and conduct research abroad this summer as Streicker Fellows. 

The Streicker International Fellows Fund was established in 2015 to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to carry out substantive research or educational projects while immersed in a foreign culture. The fellows are selected by Princeton's Office of International Programs.

The fellows have designed their own projects or internships in conjunction with host organizations outside the United States. During their summer abroad, students will deepen their understanding of an academic or professional area of interest while expanding their perspectives through cultural immersion. 

The program is made possible through a gift from John Streicker, a member of Princeton’s Class of 1964 and chairman of the board of the New York City-based Sentinel Real Estate Corp., and his children: Margaret Streicker Porres, a member of the Class of 1997 and president of Newcastle Realty Services in New York; Michael Streicker, a member of the Class of 1999 and managing director of Sentinel Real Estate; and Elizabeth Streicker Albertini, a member of the Class of 2002 and a psychiatrist in New York.

The 2018 Streicker Fellows are: 

Taylor Bacon, a member of the Class of 2019, of Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is majoring in chemical and biological engineering with a focus on energy and environmental technology. This summer Taylor will be an intern at the World Bioenergy Association in Stockholm, developing publications on first generation and advanced biofuels.

Brandon Callegari, a member of the Class of 2021, of Deltona, Florida. He plans to study ecology and evolutionary biology. Callegari will intern at Friends of the National Parks Foundation, an environmental and wildlife research center in Pejeng, Bali. The center focuses on rescuing endangered Balinese starlings and promoting best agricultural practices for rice farms in Balinese communities. 

Carson Clay, a member of the Class of 2019, of Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs major working toward a certificate in global health policy. Clay will intern at the University of Cape Town's Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in South Africa where she will conduct medical research in the trauma surgery department and engage in relevant health policy work with the in-house nonprofit, ChildSafe South Africa.

Leora Eisenberg, a member of the Class of 2020, of St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a Slavic languages and literatures major, and will intern at the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia in Almaty, Kazakhstan, where she will research differences in income and career choice between students of Russian and Kazakh-speaking schools.

Sophie Evans, a member of the Class of 2019, of Washington, D.C. She is a Near Eastern studies major working toward a certificate in French language and culture. Sophie will be working as a research assistant at the University of Oxford’s Middle East Centre, where she will delve into the Suez War along with other instances of “Track Two” diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli Conflict. 

Sarah Gordon, a member of the Class of 2020, of Portland, Oregon. Gordon, a Near Eastern studies major, will spend the summer in Amman, Jordan, as an intern in the Azraq Syrian Refugee Camp, where she will support the mobilization of resources for CARE Jordan. CARE is an organization that works to end poverty and respond to crises by providing humanitarian aid and empowering women.

Cecilia Hsu, a member of the Class of 2020, of Ellicott City, Maryland. She is a Spanish and Portuguese major working toward certificates in creative writing, music performance and medieval studies. Hsu will intern at Qual Albatroz, a small publisher in Oeiras, Portugal. By translating children's books and creating corresponding audiovisual activities, she will develop an English-literacy workshop for local elementary school students.

Hemani Kalucha, a member of the class of 2019, of Toronto. Kalucha is majoring in mechanical and aerospace engineering and pursuing a certificate in computer science. She will intern at the Space Effects and Environment group of the European Space Agency in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The project aims to analyze radiation particles in the Van Allen Belts in order to better understand how to build space crafts and create trajectories more resistant to radiation damage.

Janie Kim, a member of the Class of 2021, of San Diego. Kim, who plans to study molecular biology and pursue a certificate in creative writing, will be an intern at the Florey Institute at the University of Sheffield in England. She will conduct research to identify key protein regulators of bacterial stress responses.

Trisha Madhavan, a member of the Class of 2021, of Houston. She plans to study electrical engineering while pursuing a certificate in materials science and engineering. Madhavan will intern in a quantum-sensing lab at the University of Melbourne in Australia, where she will study Silicon Vacancies in diamond and explore local environmental conservation efforts.

Joe McGrath, a member of the Class of 2020, of Doncaster, England. He is a politics major working toward a certificate in Spanish language and culture. McGrath will be a research intern with the Research Group on Governments and Markets at the University of Barcelona, where he will assist with research concerning economic cartels within the European Union.

Matteo Russo, a member of the Class of 2020, of Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. He is a computer science major working toward certificates in applied and computational mathematics, statistics and machine learning, and technology and society. Russo will intern with Imperial College London, where he will conduct cutting-edge research on adversarial machine learning applied to cybersecurity and prevention from malicious attacks. 

Peter Schmidt, a member of the Class of 2020, of Clayton, Missouri. Schmidt is a Spanish and Portuguese concentrator  working toward a certificate in environmental studies. He will be interning for the World Wildlife Fund in Ecuador, where he will be analyzing the development of community-run businesses through the Sustainable Markets program.

Nathaniel Shields, member of the Class of 2021, from Fort Defiance, Virginia. Shields is a mechanical and aerospace engineering major. He will intern at Alumil Aluminum Industries in Thessaloniki, Greece, where he will assist in the design a composite agricultural drone.

Gabriel Toneatti Vercelli, a member of the Class of 2020, of Osasco, Sao Pãulo. He is a physics major working toward a certificate in biophysics. Vercelli will be working in the lab of Dr. Ulrich Gerland at the Technical University of Munich and will focus on understanding the control of pattern formation using discrete models and expanding his German skills.

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