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Kara Brewer

Kara Brewer

HOMETOWN: Essexville, MI
MAJOR: International Relations (James Madison College) with a French Minor and a Specialization in Business
STUDY ABROAD: French Language, Literature, and Culture in Tours, France, Summer 2012

  • Alternative Spartan Break Executive Board Member, Fundraising Chair 2012-2013; Site Leader to Washington, D.C. 2011-2012
  • Spartan Marching Band, Alto Saxophone Section; Squad Leader 2013-2014
  • Research Scholar, MSU Department of Linguistics; Presented research at the Boston University Conference on Language Acquisition and Development, 2010-2013
  • James Madison Representative to Associated Students of Michigan State University, 2012-2013
  • Intern at Financial Services Volunteer Corps, summer 2013, Precinct Captain and Voter Outreach Intern for the Honorable Andrea Larkin, 2012
  • Senior Class Council, Philanthropy Committee Chairperson

OTHER: Every member of immediate family has attended or is currently attending MSU; Member of the Koch Scholars Program at MSU

Mairin Chesney

Mairin Chesney

HOMETOWN: Brighton, MI
MAJOR: Computer Science (College of Engineering); Chinese (College of Arts and Letters); Honor's College
STUDY ABROAD: Planned for Spring 2014 (Studying Chinese at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China)

  • Former President of MSU Women in Computing (2012-2013)
  • President of the MSU VEX Robotics Team and Tournament Manager of the Michigan Middle School and High School VEX State Championship (2013-Present)
  • Recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship (2012)
  • Undergraduate Research in the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
  • Intern at Google - worked on both the Google+ Hangouts Team (2012) and on the Google Platforms Team (2013)
  • Student Ambassador in the MSU College of Engineering Office for Recruitment and K-12 Outreach - Help plan events to draw women into engineering and Michigan State (2011-Present)

OTHER: TA for CSE 231: Introduction to Programming I (2011); member of Tau Beta Pi (2012-Present); two-time recipient of the Michigan State University Engineering Exceptional and Distinguished Service Award (2012, 2013)

Zachary DeRade

Zachary DeRade

HOMETOWN: Byron Center, MI
MAJOR: Genomics & Molecular Genetics (Lyman-Briggs College) with a specialization in Health Promotions and a pre-medical focus

  • Residence Halls Association (RHA): President, 2013-2014; Communications Coordinator 2012-2013; Director of Health and Safety 2011-2012
  • Resident Assistant: Shaw Hall 2012-2013; Hubbard Hall 2011-2012
  • Alternative Spring Break Site Leader; 2010-2011
  • Spartan Ambassador 2011
  • Great Lakes Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls (GLACURH); Annual Regional Conference Chair 2013
  • Sparrow Hospital: Volunteer 2012, 2013

OTHER: MSU Pride Scholarship Recipient 2010; First Generation College Student; has attended 10 leadership conferences with RHA (3 state; 3 national, and 4 regional)

Audrey Mabiza

Audrey Mabiza

HOMETOWN: Harare, Zimbabwe
MAJOR: Chemical Engineering (College of Engineering) with an environmental concentration; Honors College
STUDY ABROAD: United Kingdom, History/Social Sciences, Summer 2012

  • Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions-Intercultural Aide, 2011-present, Intercultural Aide Team Coordinator, Spring 2013
  • Member of Omega Chi Epsilon (a chemical engineering honor society)
  • Diversity Programs Office- Tutor, Fall 2012-Spring 2013, Diversity Programs Office Scholarship Sponsored by BP, 2013
  • Bryan Hall Government Vice President, Fall 2010-Spring 2011
  • Society of Women Engineers Mentor Fall 2011-Spring 2012, Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Sponsored by Alcoa
  • Spring Break Corporate Tour Participant, 2011

OTHER: Global Youth Leaders Conference New York and Washington D.C Participant, MSU Global Neighbors Scholarship Recipient, MSU Global Spartan Scholarship Recipient, MSU College of Engineering Scholarship Recipient.

Janisse Patino-Martinez

Janisse Patino-Martinez

HOMETOWN: Miami, FL
MAJOR: Communication (College of Communication Arts & Sciences) with a specialization in Public Relations, Sales Communication, and the Bailey Scholars Communicative Learning Specialization
STUDY ABROAD: Advertising and Public Relations a la Mediterranean, Rome, Italy summer 2012

  • Interned at Organizing For America for President Barack Obama, Miami, FL - 2012 Presidential Campaign
  • Interned at Chrysler Group LLC, 2013 summer
  • Represented Michigan State at the 2012 National Selling Team Competition
  • Account Manager at MSU's student PR firm, Hubbell Connections, 2012-2013
  • Co-Chair of the Women's Initiative for Leadership Development
  • Peer educator at MSU's Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence

OTHER: First generation college student with immigrant parents from Colombia and Venezuela

Craig Pearson

Craig Pearson

HOMETOWN: Bloomfield Hills, MI
MAJORS: Neuroscience (College of Natural Science), Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (College of Natural Science), and English (College of Arts & Letters)
STUDY ABROAD: Undergraduate research internship and International Literature Summer Schools, University of Cambridge, England, Summer 2012.

  • Goldwater Scholar, 2012
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant to Dr. Melissa Baumann, Dr. Simon Petersen-Jones, and Dr. Debra Thompson (retinal drug delivery research); Undergraduate Research Assistant and Lab Manager for Dr. Natalie Phillips (Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition lab)
  • College of Natural Science, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Neurobiology (ZOL 402)
  • MSU Neuroscience Club, Co-Founder and Co-President, 2012 - present
  • Red Cedar Undergraduate Research Journal, Student Managing Editor, 2011 - present
  • The State News, Columnist and Blogger, May 2011 - May 2013

OTHER: Third generation Spartan; recipient of scholarships in science (Dallas J. Chapin Endowed Scholarship, Larry D. Fowler Endowment Research Stipend, MSU Federal Credit Union Scholarship) and English (Dr. Ellen Brown Scholarship, Dwight Yates Award for Prose, First Prize in Fiction at MSU Creative Writing Awards)

Jessica Pedersen

Jessica Pedersen

HOMETOWN: Eastpointe, MI
MAJOR: Journalism, Specialization in Public Relations (College of Communication Arts and Sciences); Minor in Women's and Gender Studies (College of Arts and Letters); Honors College

  • MSU Women's Alliance, Co-Founder and Vice President 2012-2014
  • Resident Assistant, West Circle 2011-2014
  • Senior Class Council 2013-2014
  • Admissions Welcome Team 2012-2014
  • Red Cedar Log, Staff Writer 2011-2012
  • Vagina Monologues, Actress 2013

OTHER: Published a variety of articles in various campus publications; first generation college student

Lexis Zeidan

Lexis Zeidan

HOMETOWN: Dearborn, MI
MAJOR: Communication (College of Communication Arts and Sciences), Specialization in Public Relations (College of Communication Arts and Sciences); Minor in Sociology (College of Social Science); Honors College
STUDY AWAY: Spring/2013, Washington DC, DC Study Away Program (U.S. Department of Education)

  • President of the Registered Student Organization: Arab Cultural Society, 2011-Present
  • Member of the Phi Sigma Theta Co-Ed Honors Fraternity, 2012-Present
  • Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach For America, 2012- Present
  • Vice President of the Registered Student Organization: Destination Detroit, 2012-Present
  • U.S. Department of Education- Office of the Secretary- Intern for the Senior Advisor to Arne Duncan on the College Access Initiative- Spring 2013
  • Global Campaign for Education- United States Chapter Student Advocacy Training Scholar, 2013

OTHER: Co-founded the Cure for Christmas dinner benefiting the Child Life Department at Children's Hospital; has a goal in life to become a major figure in reforming education; recipient of the Richard Augenstein scholarship

Mingming Zhou

Mingming Zhou

HOMETOWN: Chongqing, China
MAJOR: Hospitality Business (Eli Broad College of Business)

  • "Students Today, Leaders Forever", Service trip coordinator: 03/11-Present
  • International Student Association Member: 2009-2012 RHA Rep:2012-2013
  • Co founded the Leadership Institute at MSU Director of Public Relations:2012-2013 Vice President 2013-2014 (Emerging Student Organization of The Year 2012-2013)
  • Resident Assistant in McDonel Residence Hall 08/2012-present
  • International Students' Orientation, Group Leader: 08/2011
  • Language Learning Center, Michigan State University, Teaching Assistant: 02/11-12/11

OTHER: Participated and performed in Indian dancing Satrang the past two years; guest speaker for Chinese Undergraduate Advisory Group's Project Explore

Elliot Zirulnik

Elliot Zirulnik

HOMETOWN: Royal Oak, Michigan
MAJOR: Media and Information (College of Communication Arts and Sciences) with a concentration in TV, Cinema, and Radio and a specialization in Connected Learning
STUDY ABROAD/STUDY AWAY: Science Behind the Scenes (Orlando, FL, spring break 2011); Conservation and Biodiversity in National Parks and Nature Reserves (South Africa, summer 2012); Wild Borneo: Exploring the Biodiversity of Southeast Asia (Malaysia, summer 2013)

  • Marketing intern, International Animal Exchange
  • President, Council of Students with Disabilities
  • Lead Mutual Mentor, Building Opportunities for Networking and Discovery
  • Vice chair, President's Advisory Council on Disability Issues
  • Diversity and Inclusion Educational Video Consultant
  • Former President, Respecting Individuals on Neutral Grounds

OTHER: Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars; 2012 & 2013 recipient of the Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program's Frank A. and Kathleen L. Fear Bailey Student Experiences Scholarship; 2013 recipient of the Department of Telecommunication and Information Studies' Ira and Jennie Greene Endowed Scholarship; 2013 recipient of the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities' Samaritan Scholarship

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