Four University of Pennsylvania seniors and a 2019 graduate have acquired a Thouron Award to pursue graduate research within the United Kingdom. Each scholarship winner receives tuition for as much as two years, in addition to journey and residing stipends, to earn a graduate diploma there. Because of pandemic restrictions, this yr’s students can begin their levels in 2021 or in 2022.
Established in 1960 and supported with presents by the late John Thouron and his spouse, Esther du Pont Thouron, the Thouron Award is a graduate alternate program between Penn and U.Okay. universities that goals to enhance understanding and relations between the 2 nations.
Penn’s 5 2021 Thouron Scholars are:
Emily Davis, from Gainesville, Florida, is majoring in biology within the College of Liberal & Professional Studies. In addition to being a full-time pupil, Ms. Davis is a full-time skilled ballet dancer in her sixth season with the Pennsylvania Ballet. She has carried out quite a few corps de ballet and soloist roles with the corporate and is a passionate advocate for integrating dance and well being. A skilled teacher for Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, she has developed and taught dance packages by partnerships with Art-Reach, Puentes de Salud, the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, and Nemours Children’s Hospital. Ms. Davis conducts analysis on the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on pediatric neuromotor rehabilitation for kids with cerebral palsy, and on the University of Florida’s Center for Arts in Medicine. She serves because the director of Shut Up and Dance, an annual profit efficiency placed on by Pennsylvania Ballet dancers that raises greater than $150,000 for Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Area Neighborhood Nutrition Alliance. Ms. Davis plans to pursue a PhD exploring the biopsychosocial advantages of social dancing, with a objective of utilizing analysis to legitimize the use of evidence-based dance interventions to enhance well being.
Carson Eckhard, from Tampa, Florida, is majoring in historical past and English with minors in city research and Africana research within the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a University Scholar. At Penn, Ms. Eckhard is chair of the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education and vice chairman of engagement for Beyond Arrests, a campus prison justice reform group. An Andrea Mitchell Research Fellow and a member of the Penn & Slavery Project, Ms. Eckhard goals to make use of educational analysis as a automobile for social justice. Passionate about academic fairness and prison justice reform, Ms. Eckhard interns for the Conviction Integrity Unit on the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the place she helps efforts to fight wrongful convictions in Philadelphia. She has advocated for releasing incarcerated residents as an intern for the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition. She can be a founding board member of The Liberation Foundation, a grassroots Philadelphia-based group devoted to overturning wrongful convictions and advocating for these serving disproportionate sentences. Ms. Eckhard plans to pursue a grasp’s diploma in historical past, with a objective of returning to the U.S. to pursue a JD/PhD and a profession as a legislation professor, advocate, and organizer for complete justice reform.
Ben Friedman, from Lexington, Massachusetts, earned a bachelor’s diploma in political science and communications with a minor in survey analysis and knowledge analytics from Penn in 2019. Mr. Friedman has labored on a quantity of political campaigns, most just lately as New Hampshire press secretary for the marketing campaign of President Joseph Biden. At Penn, Mr. Friedman was president of Penn Consumer Assistance Support & Education, or Penn CASE, a pupil group dedicated to client safety and advocacy in Philadelphia. He performed on the varsity dash soccer group, which received a Collegiate Sprint Football League championship in 2016, and was a three-time all-league choice at offensive line. Mr. Friedman acquired the Annenberg School for Communication’s C. Nicole Dickerson Award for public service and was an Academic All-Ivy League choice for fall 2017. Mr. Friedman plans to pursue a grasp’s diploma in a coverage subject after which return to the U.S. to pursue a profession in public service.
Lauren Kleidermacher, from Miami Beach, Florida, is majoring in biology within the College of Arts and Sciences. She has been interested by finding out Alzheimer’s illness since her grandfather died of the illness when she was in fifth grade. She created PJ Pillows, a nonprofit that raises funds for Alzheimer’s analysis, and has donated time and sources to a number of nursing properties. She is at present conducting analysis on Alzheimer’s on the Penn Neurodegeneration Genomics Center. A disaster counselor for these affected by nervousness and melancholy, she additionally volunteers on the Ronald McDonald House and the Bethesda Project homeless shelter. A nationally ranked chess participant, she has been a instructing assistant in Penn’s statistics division. Ms. Kleidermacher plans to pursue a grasp’s in international well being science and epidemiology on the University of Oxford, with the objective of pursing a medical diploma within the U.S. and a profession combatting Alzheimer’s illness.
Beau Staso, from Hermosa Beach, California, is majoring in administration on the Wharton School and in worldwide relations with a minor in Russian research within the College of Arts and Sciences. He is a analysis assistant at Wharton, a analysis assistant and Russian translator at Penn Medicine, and a instructing assistant within the Russian and East European research division within the College of Arts and Sciences. An ROTC cadet, Mr. Staso serves as wing commander of the Air Force cadets within the Philadelphia space and advocates for the LGBT+ neighborhood within the army. He was awarded Department of Defense scholarships for examine in jap Europe and central Asia, and he was elected secretary-general of the University of Pennsylvania Model United Nations Conference. A Wharton Research Scholar, Mr. Staso is a recipient of the Military Officers Association of America Liberty Bell Award, Military Order of the Purple Heart National Leadership Award, Sons of the American Revolution Leadership Award and was chosen by his friends for the Field Training Warrior Spirit Award. He additionally has labored with Russian immigrant patrons of meals pantries in North Philadelphia to conduct research on their well being and weight-reduction plan. Mr. Staso will pursue a grasp’s diploma in Russian and East European research. After completion, he plans to start his profession as a U.S. Space Force officer.
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) serves as Penn’s main info hub and help workplace for college students and alumni making use of for main grants and fellowships, together with the Thouron Award.
Adapted from a Penn Today article by Louisa Shepard, February 26, 2021.