2018-2019 Class

Alisha Nguyen:
Alisha is a biology major and an undergraduate researcher for the Baker Lab and her volunteer work includes Seattle Children’s Hospital, YMCA Soccer of Tri-Cities, and Mount Adams Summer Leadership Camp. Alisha is the captain of UW Women’s Club Soccer and has been involved with several organizations on campus including ASUW, Alpha Epsilon Delta, and Choose Love UW.

Arica Schuett:
Arica is an international studies major who demonstrates the ability to perceive the underlying issues faced by certain populations. Through her leadership in the UW Model UN club and FIUTS-MUSI, Arica shows a strong willingness to interact with other cultures and maintain a caring and supportive relationship with those she serves. Arica is inspired by the confidence and energy that she gains through her work, and aims to enhance her educational and professional experience.

Azelle Bahadory:
Azelle currently studies linguistics and international studies. As a cryptologic linguist through the US Navy in Afghanistan, Azelle aimed to develop a relationship of trust and kindness with the locals, and valued interaction carried out not within the surface, but through respect for others and the embrace of cultural and social differences. She demonstrated leadership and serving others through programs such as the Husky Leadership Certificate Program and Capitol Hill Housing.

Betz Mayer:
Betz is a UW Honors student majoring in Russian language and literature and international studies. She also minors in arctic studies and has studied abroad in Moldova and Greenland. Some of her many accomplishments include being a student research fellow for the International Solutions Group and United Nations Population Fund and Microsoft. She works at the JSIS/LSJ/POL S writing center, and was a recipient of the Mortar Board Tolo Foundation Eleanor M. Hadley Scholarship.

Emma Earl:
Emma is a neurobiology major and is pursuing minors in global health. She is a pre-med student, hoping to pursue a career in pediatrics. She has also travelled to Ghana to work as a healthcare intern with a local NGO and subsequently completed her Capstone Project based on this work, and now hopes to serve in Peace Corps.

Ethen Whattam:
Ethen is a passionate environmentalist and ecologist who has worked with the UW Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to study coastal wetland ecosystems and the health of seabird populations. His other activities include being an undergraduate researcher, the treasurer for the American Fisheries Society, and the communications director for the University of Washington Shellfish Farm.

Jinyoung Oh:
Jin is a computer science major and a neural computation and engineering trainee. She has competed with UW’s cybersecurity and cyberdefense teams, which won prizes for their work. Jin was the secretary of the Golden Key Honor Society and tutors/mentors various groups in the community.

Marysia Radka:
Marysia majors in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and has an associate’s degree from Bellevue College. Her mission is “to research the beauty and complexity encompassed by the biological sciences, pursue scientific discovery, and take part in interdisciplinary collaboration to improve the human condition with integrity through science and community service”. In addition to co-directing “Młodzi Polanie”, a youth Polish folk dance group, she is a scout master for The Polish Scouting and Guiding Association.

Katie Gustafson:
Katie is a physiology major and an undergraduate researcher at Harborview Medical Center. Because of her love for both science and art, Katie is pursuing a career in dentistry, where both of these subjects combine. Along with this, Katie has volunteered throughout the UW School of Dentistry, including the Faculty Clinic, Radiology/Patient Admission, and currently the D3 student clinic. She is an active member of Delta Delta Sigma (UW Pre-Dental Club) and has participated in Husky Health Bridge as well as the UW Equestrian Club.

Melissa Hedwall:
Melissa majors in political science and communication. She writes for The Daily of The University of Washington and in addition to her involvement in Mortar Board, she is a student mentor for the UW Dream Project and volunteered as a justice organizer for Puget Sound Sage. Melissa is also the PR officer for the UW Association of Women in Communication and the Public Relations Student Society of America at UW. She is also active in choir at the UW.

Nicole Stankovic:
Nicole majors in piano performance under the tutelage of Dr. Robin McCabe at the UW School of Music. She is a pre-med student who does shoulder research with Dr. Frederick Matsen at UW Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics. In addition to volunteering at Seattle Children’s Hospital and UW Medical Center’s Cardiac Intensive Care Unit, Nicole presented a TED Talk in 2013 at TedXChange Park City. She was a state president and a national officer candidate for the organization, HOSA Future Health Professionals. Having played piano for over almost fifteen years, she has won numerous competitions and performed at venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Priya Uppal:
Priya Uppal is an outstanding student majoring in both biology and international studies. She cares deeply for the communities around her, and demonstrates her care through her leadership and service. She has served as Co-President of GlobeMed, has led a dynamic team of individuals in biology research, volunteers at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and has taught weekly lectures for experienced Dream Project mentors.

Ricky Perry:
Ricky is currently studying business administration in finance and international studies. From his involvement in the UW Active Readers Club to the Husky Global Affairs Program, Ricky has a strong desire to develop crucial analytical skills within students and help them discern the significance of various phenomena. One of his many passions is to understand the “institutional why’s” of how our society functions and apply them to address contemporary issues.

Satchel Smidt:
Satchel studies Business Administration with a focus in Operations and Supply Chain Management and Information Systems, and is currently a member of the Foster Honors program. He is interested in new technologies and their application to existing industries, and has written about the usage of blockchain technology in supply chain tracking systems used around the world. He also has a passion for real estate, and recently founded The Real Estate Club at UW to give students a chance to start building careers in real estate while still in college. Satchel has continued to display dedication to serving others by volunteering and working as a member and officer for several other RSOs.

Talitha Anderson:
Talitha is studying public health and is part of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Her involvement in the Genesis Project to prevent the trafficking of women has enabled her to see the value of assistance and support as mechanisms to uplift others. As exemplified by her experiences as a volunteer firefighter, she is fiercely dedicated to serving her community and believes in the centrality of service to raise up vulnerable populations.

Alden Rose:
Alden is majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Danish. One of her most meaningful experiences at the UW was a year long exchange at the University of Copenhagen and being a Scan Design fellow. It was then that she decided that she wanted to pursue graduate school for Immunology in Denmark and eventually work in the biomedical field. She has a wide range of interests including travel, languages, public health, urban planning, conservation biology, genomics, and is an avid musician. She volunteers her time to international students at UW and to the Danish community in Seattle, working to maintain cultural exchange and understanding. On campus, she works with FIUTS and is a mentor for Biology Students for Equity. She one day hopes to consult with a hospital as an Immunologist and be directly involved in patient interactions, helping people get the life-saving therapies they need.

Kira Evitts:
Kira is a bioengineering major who does Alzheimer’s Research in the Young Lab and is hoping to pursue a career in regenerative medicine research. She is a part of the UW Bioengineers Without Borders Club where she is working on building an acoustic mosquito trap to help advance malaria research in Uganda. Kira also works as a CLUE Math Tutor and is active in the UW choir.