About the 2017-2018 Class

Angel Chen:

I am a Senior of double major in BS of Math and Econ. I enjoy learning and I love MATH! I dream to be an actuary in the future, and hope to utilize what I have learnt in class, and w ork with my passion. I would like to serve my community and do more volunteering with Mortar Board.

Julia Bauman:

Julia is a senior working toward a major in neurobiology and a minor in philosophy. She plans to pursue a career at the intersection of science and medicine, ideally focused on advancing personalized medicine strategies.

Jiajun Law:

Jiajun undergraduate senior who is studying Economics and Entrepreneurship. He is working
towards a career in the private investment industry. His mission and purpose in life is making
this world a better place by incentivizing people to do great work.

Kaitlyn Pahler:

An undergraduate senior in Psychology with minors in Bioethics and Diversity. She is working towards graduate school in Psychology. In whatever career she pursues she hopes her work will reduce stigma around mental illness and increase accessibility for resources and care to underrepresented communities.

Nikki Hovland:

Nikki Hovland is a senior in Neurobiology, minoring in Nutritional
Sciences, and is pursuing a career in the medical field, perhaps as a
surgeon or a physician in sports medicine. As she works toward this goal,
Nikki hopes to improve how patients are served during their medical
experiences, particularly in the form of better communication, access and
patient involvement in their own healthcare.

Sarah Smith:

Sarah is an Early Childhood and Family Studies major at the University of Washington. Also minoring in Disability studies, Sarah hopes to eventually earn her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy and go on to be a Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializing in working with children with autism and other disabilities.

Jae Kim:

My name is Jae Kim, a senior in social work program. I have a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy with mixed presentations of both athetosis and spasticity. My condition affects all four of my extremities, which means it limits my movement ability. The reason why I choose social work as my major because it trains us how to assist and counsel people professionally, and would give me the opportunity to work with individuals. After getting my BASW/MSW, I want to become a transition specialist. A transition specialist is someone who helps students with disabilities by supporting them and assisting them to prepare for their post high school/college programs. I would like to make pathways for students with disabilities so that they can reach their maximum potential in school and life.

Medha Raman:

Medha Raman is a senior at UW pursuing a double major in Law, Societies, and Justice and Communication, along with a minor in Political Science. She is passionate about social justice work and political activism. In the future, she hopes to attend law school and work in public policy to help address issues of inequality within our educational and criminal justice institutions.


Emily is a senior double majoring in Psychology and English, with the hopes of running a research lab before teaching Special Education. She plans to continue her work with people with disabilities, and help to bridge the gap between the neurotypical and neurodiverse worlds.

Miranda Bried-Rambin:

Miranda Bried-Rambin is a senior undergrad student in the Early Childhood and Family Studies major, within the UW’s College of Education. Miranda’s future academic goals include earning a MA in Special Education with BC/BA certification to work with children on the Autism Spectrum.

Miranda currently teaches within the Infant Room at Evergreen Academy in Kirkland, (a Montessori school) and additionally conducts research working within Evergreen’s Pre-K classrooms. She is a PNW native, and lives in WA with her husband John and two sons, Finn & Felix.

In her spare time, Miranda volunteers among numerous organizations within Washington’s special-needs community, working to improve the quality of life for individuals with autism and help raise awareness/resources. She is an IEP Parent-Partner for the Arc of Snohomish, and is passionate about establishing IEP’s that deliver FAPE, (under IDEA) for exceptional learners enrolled in the public school arena.

Sogol Sedghi:

An undergraduate senior pursuing Biology, Sogol Sedghi is working towards a career in medicine and health care. She hopes to someday serve as a physician in under-served populations around the country and help make high quality health care more accessible to these areas.

Sheena White:

An undergraduate senior in Geography – GIS, Mapping and Society, Sheena is working towards a career in the public or private industry. She hopes to work with researchers and develop interactive maps that will better serve communities and bring to light interesting geospatial phenomenons.

Dylan Tran:

After graduation, I will pursue research in multicultural education and educational policy, in hopes of earning my Ph.D. as a McNair scholar. I will lobby for and write equitable policies into the system and one day, come back home to the Hilltop and East Side of Tacoma as a TRIO professional to continue the work of empowering youth so that they, too, see themselves as scholars and leaders.

Danielle Benedict:

Dani is majoring in Social Welfare and hopes to pursue a career in supporting individuals with disabilities in being fully included and valued members of our society. She hopes to continue her education by pursuing a Masters in Social Welfare focusing on the impacts of inclusive education in our public schools and how it contributes to or minimizes one’s empowerment.

Katie Hudak:

Katie Hudak is a senior at the University of Washington majoring International Studies and Germanics. Originally from Anacortes, Washington, Katie spent a gap year in Darmstadt, Germany through the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Program before beginning her studies at UW. Having a strong passion for the fine arts, Katie also studied ballet for nine years and studies classical voice performance at the Music School at UW. This past spring Katie also had the opportunity to intern for the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she was immersed in the country of her heritage and became the first member of her family to meet and connect with relatives in Lithuania. After graduating from UW, Katie hopes to teach english abroad before pursuing graduate school and a future career in the Foreign Service

Jessica Lo:

Jessica is a senior studying biochemistry and neurobiology. She is interested in global development of glutamatergic neurons in the brain. After graduating, Jessica is planning to go to medical school.

Josh Warnick:

Josh is a junior studying applied physics and linguistics with a focus on minority and endangered languages. He is a member of the University of Washington Naval ROTC battalion, and will commission as an Ensign in the US Navy upon graduation.