Dieter Brandner ’13

Goldwater Scholarship

Science research scholarship

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

Major: Biology

Interests/pleasures: biology, reading, foreign-exchange markets, technical writing, flightless birds, human evolution, carotenoids

Best travel experience: Italy, 2011, with professors Chris Wallace and Ginger Withers for International Brain Organization World Congress.

What people don't know about me: I've always wanted to live in Arizona.

Words to live by: "Theories have four stages of acceptance: 1) this is worthless; 2)this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view; 3)this is true, but quite unimportant; 4) I always said so." (J.B.S. Haldane)

Kevin Michael Dyer ’13

DAAD Summer Study Grant

German studies, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

Hometown: Carson City, Nevada

Major: English

Interests/pleasures: writing, reading, swimming, magic, music (The Gathering)

Best travel experience: climbing the Volkerschlacht Denkmal in Leipzig, a massive memorial commemorating the defeat of Napoleon near Leipzig.

What people don't know about me: While I'm an introvert at heart, I really enjoy meeting new people, even if I don't show it at the time.

Words to live by: "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." (Arthur Edgar O'Shaughnessy)

Nathan Abrams ‘12

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Research, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Hometown: Bainbridge Island, Washington

Major: Applied Physics (through the 3/2 program)

Interests/pleasures: skiing, basketball, sailing, baseball, coffee

Best travel experience: Sailing with my family in the San Juan Islands.

What people don't know about me: I worked for a summer at a salmon processing plant in Alaska.

Words to live by: "Ask people how they got there, because I guarantee that no one took a direct path with no detours."

Seth Bergeson ‘10

Watson Fellowship

Independent travel and study in Belgium, France, Egypt, UAE, China

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Major: History

Interests/pleasures: cycling, chocolate fondue, people, "oldies" records

Best travel experience: An 88-hour bus trip across Senegal and Mali.

What people don't know about me: I'm a scholar of British romantic comedies.

Words to live by: "If things start happening, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along, and you'll start happening too." (Dr. Seuss)

Patricia Vanderbilt ‘12

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Hindi studies, Jaipur, India

Hometown: Bellingham, Washington

Major: English

Interests/pleasures: creative writing, Drama Club, The Pioneer

Best travel experience: Study abroad in India, 2010.

What people don't know about me: In high school I was a member of a mime troupe.

Words to live by: "Vertigo is the conflict between fear of falling and the desire to fall"  (Rushdie)

Cory Rand ’13

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

Leadership training

Hometown: Mill Valley, California

Interests/pleasures: Running, climbing, reading science fiction

Best travel experience: Semester abroad in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo

What people don't know about me: I can't watch horror movies because I get too scared.

Words to live by: "If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two mouths and one ear." (Mark Twain)

Nicholas Gottschall ‘09

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

English teaching assistantship, India

Hometown: Walla Walla, Washington

Interests/pleasures: Music, food, playing drums, travel, reading, baseball, trying to speak foreign languages

Best travel experience: Independent study project in Bodhgaya, India, on study abroad, 2007.

What people don't know about me:  I'm a synaesthete; I experience music and sound as colorful, visual shapes and landscapes in my mind's eye.

Words to live by: "How strange it is to be anything at all."  (Jeff Mangum)

Lian Caspi '13

Watson Fellowship

Independent travel and study in United Kingdom, India, Nepal, South Africa and Colombia

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Major: Psychology

Interests/pleasures: Music, hiking, new ways to dance and move, baking, slacklining, chocolate, rafting, languages, swimming, travel, new instruments

Best travel experience: Going to a friend’s village to visit his family for Teej, the women’s festival, in Nepal.

What people don’t know about me: My feet are as flat as a pancake.

Words to live by: “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” (Rumi)

Jay Barlow ’14

Killam Fellowship

Independent study, University of Alberta

Hometown: Missoula, Montana

Major:  BBMB (Biophysics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)

Interests/pleasures:  biking, skiing, hunting

Best travel experience:  Killam vs. Fulbright hockey game in Ottawa.

What people don’t know about me:  My favorite season is fall.

Words to live by:  Git 'r done.

Xialing Ann Chen ’14

Critical Language Scholarship

Korean Studies, Yonsei University, Wonju, Korea

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Major: Film and Media Studies

Interests/pleasures: Language learning, astronomy, reading, writing, filmmaking, karaoke, blogging, badminton, contemplating about the meaning of life

Best travel experience: Whitman Summer Studies in China – Yunnan

What people don’t know about me: I aspire to learn fluent Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Words to live by: “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)

Gabriella Friedman ’13

Beinecke Scholarship

Funding for graduate study in arts, humanities or social sciences

Hometown: Glendale, Wisconsin

Major: English

Interests/pleasures: Literature, literary theory, continental philosophy, swimming, ceramics, French, cats, board games

Best travel experience: study abroad in Paris.

What people don’t know about me: I was not born in the United States.

Words to live by:  “It is as if I am indebted to — I don’t know to whom — to thinking responsibly.  I am in a situation of trying to learn to whom, finally, I am responsible.”  (Jacques Derrida)

Jeremy Norden ’12

Davis Projects for Peace

“Building Community and Ultimate Peace,” Colombia

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Major: Social Psychology

Interests/pleasures:  international travel, Ultimate Frisbee, ceramics, whitewater rafting, snowboarding

Best travel experience: Hearing our team’s name echo from the stadium speakers as World Champion and “Spirit of the Game” award recipient for sportsmanship. Never have I had a prouder moment as a coach.

What people don’t know about me: Growing up, I spent multiple nights sleeping in igloos on snowboarding trips in the Northwest.

Words to live by: Live in the moment and cherish every moment.

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