2016 Student Inductees
Caran Arora, from Mumbai, India, wrote a psychology thesis titled “Hypocrisy Induction to Decrease Sexual Objectification on College Campuses.” He was captain of the men’s varsity squash team, and considers leading the team to its first-ever NESCAC finals appearance a highlight of his Bates experience. He has been a junior advisor, a residence life coordinator, and a senior fellow in the Office of Admission, where he will be working as an admission counselor next year.
Jalen Baker, from Dallas, Texas, wrote a sociology thesis titled “Gauging Bates Students’ perceptions of Black Lives Matter in an age of Color-Blind Racism.” He was co-president of the Bates Christian Fellowship, a member of the Concerned Students of Color at Bates College, an Office of Intercultural Education fellow, a senior admission fellow, and a student fellow at the Harward Center for Community Partnerships. He also has been a volunteer teacher’s assistant at Auburn Middle School and had the honor of interning at Manvers Street Baptist Church while studying abroad in Bath, England. Next year, he will be a scholar coach for the Schuler Scholar Program on the South Side of Chicago.
Christopher Bradbury is from Norwich, Connecticut. For his geology honors thesis, he studied the influence of pressure and temperature on the metal-silicate partitioning of Vanadium, Chromium, and Manganese, and its implications on the formation of the Earth’s core. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and Bates’ Scholar-Athlete Society. He has been captain of the alpine ski team since his sophomore year and has received NESCAC All-Academic Honors. After graduation, Chris plans to launch a career in the field of renewable energy.
Katrina Buchta from North Andover, Massachusetts, is a sociology major and educational studies minor. For her thesis on college access for African immigrant, refugee, and asylee youth in Lewiston, she received the Department of Sociology’s Myhrman Swett Award for Outstanding Thesis Research and the Harward Center Student Award for Outstanding Community-Engaged Academic Work. She has been involved in the women’s club ice hockey team, the Bates Public Health Initiative, and Student Government. After graduation, she will be a college and career aspirations counselor at Lewiston High School.
Benjamin Cuba from Worcester, Massachusetts, is a music and English major with a minor in theater arts. Ben wrote a novel of interrelated short stories for his English thesis, and, for his music thesis, he wrote the music and lyrics for a musical theater project. He received the William H. Dunham Sr. Literacy Award, given to seniors displaying excellence in the study of English or American literature with a talent in creative writing. He has been a junior advisor, a residence coordinator team leader, and a peer writing assistant. He also has been active in the Lewiston community at Maine Immigrant Refugee Services and with the Lewiston Public Library’s After-School Homework Help program. After graduating, Ben plans to apply for work in theaters nationwide as well as continue to compose music and write creatively.
Emma Davies grew up in Swaziland, Cambodia, Uganda, Mozambique, and Italy. An economics and mathematics major with a minor in anthropology, she wrote a thesis on land ownership in Uganda and its impact on agricultural women’s domestic empowerment. A Dana Scholar and member of Sigma Xi, she received the Harward Center Award for Outstanding Community Volunteerism and Student Leadership. As a Bonner Leader at Bates, she has worked with the Lewiston Public Library, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Somali Bantu Youth Association, among other organizations. Next year, Emma will teach secondary mathematics in Guinea as a member of the Peace Corps.
Thuy Do from Hannover, Germany, majored in politics and minored in French and Chinese. Thuy’s thesis looked at the availability of (gender non-discriminatory) domestic partnerships in different cities across the United States, and considered political ideology, party and religious affiliations, and levels of higher education across populations. Thuy was a residence coordinator and career development fellow, as well as pioneer of the “How to Adult Series” with both the Purposeful Work and Residence Life teams at Bates. After graduating, she plans to work as a paralegal at a New York law firm.
Samreen Fatima is from Karachi, Pakistan. She wrote an economics thesis about the impact of AIDS stigma and sexual empowerment on HIV testing and a politics thesis on genocidal rape as a weapon of war. At Bates, Samreen was a career development fellow, president of the International Club, a member of the Bollywood dance team, and a teaching assistant at Lewiston’s Farewell Elementary School. She also spent Short Terms in Turkey and Malawi. After graduating cum laude, she will work as an incoming analyst at Analysis Group in Boston.
Matt Gee, from Westwood, Massachusetts, is a neuroscience major with a minor in educational studies. His thesis examines hormonal and emotional predictors of charitable and social justice-oriented volunteering. A member of Sigma Xi and a Dana Scholar, he received the Maine Campus Compact’s Heart and Soul Award, the Campus Compact’s PILLARS Student Award, and the Harward Center’s Award for Outstanding Community Volunteerism and Student Leadership. He has served Bates as president of Asian-American Students in Action, president of the club fencing team, president of the Baha’i Association, and as a member of the college’s Gamelan Orchestra. For the next two years, he will be the assistant director of the McKeen Center for the Common Good at Bowdoin College.
Tommy Graziano, from Pembroke, New Hampshire, wrote a sociology thesis that explores the practicalities of evangelical Christian marriages, comparing and contrasting feminist critique with lived experiences of married Christian couples. He is the recipient of the Arata Scholarship, which goes to the junior who, in the opinion of his or her classmates, best exemplifies the qualities of honesty, clean living, unselfishness, and consideration toward others. He has been a residence coordinator team leader, a junior advisor, a founding member of Men Against Sexual Violence, co-president of the Bates Christian Fellowship and the Gospelaires, and co-director of first-year orientation programs. After graduation, Tommy will be an academic mentor/tutor for first-generation-to-college students in Northern Chicago with the Schuler Scholar Program.
Shannon Griffin, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, majored in Chinese and psychology. Her Chinese thesis considers both Chinese and English sources in examining the success of Amy Tan’s novel The Joy Luck Club and how — as an informant text for American society — it has impacted white America’s perception of China, Chinese immigrants, and Chinese-Americans. Her psychology thesis examines whether activism hashtags that confront racial inequality can serve as collective affirmations and have beneficial impacts on black students at a predominately white institution. She is the recipient of the Alfred J. Wright Foreign Language Award, the Robert J. Branham Scholars Award, and the Richard Wagner Prize in Psychology. A member of the Brooks Quimby Debate Council, she was quarterfinalist at the U.S. Universities National Debate Championship. Shannon has been a member of the track and field team, and was named to the NESCAC All-Academic Team and the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society. Next year, Shannon will be in Shanghai as a Princeton in Asia Fellow.
Izzie Koyama, from Cambridge, Massachusetts, is an anthropology major with minors in music and Asian studies. For her honors thesis, she studied the life narratives of Bhutanese refugees in America and their experiences of ethnic, national, religious, and linguistic identity. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she has served as a peer writing assistant, a panel host at his year’s Mount David Summit, and on the Baccalaureate planning committee. She also has participated in many vocal, cello, and theater performances at Bates and has taught voice at Lewiston Middle School. This summer Izzie will manage staff at a peace and justice retreat center. After that she hopes to serve in the Peace Corps.
Detmer Kremer, from Nij Beets, the Netherlands, is an anthropology major with minors in religious studies and women and gender studies. He wrote his honors thesis on globalization, hegemony, and identity formation in the Baha’i communities of Samoa, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Netherlands. A Dana Scholar, a Davis Scholar, and a Phillips Fellow, he has been a member of the International Club, OUTfront, and the Feminist Collective, as well as a peer writing tutor, a residence coordinator and a junior advisor. Detmer has also been a member of the track and field team and was named to the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society. After graduation, he will be a Quaker Voluntary Service Fellow in Atlanta and plans to attend graduate school for anthropology or museum studies.
Sasha Lennon, from Cape Elizabeth, Maine, wrote a psychology thesis that examines men’s and women’s confidence levels at Bates and produced an art thesis on contemporary pottery. A Dean’s list student at Bates, Sasha has served as AESOP coordinator, Outing Club president and treasurer, and a member of the Organizational Review Board. She spent a semester abroad in Indonesia and after graduation plans to serve with the Peace Corps in Ghana.
Mikka Kei Macdonald from Catonsville, Maryland, wrote her politics thesis on the causes of violent Islamic extremism in North Africa and undertook an independent study on the effect of tourism in Merzouga, a small village in southeastern Morocco, where she lived and traveled for several weeks. At Bates, she was a career development fellow, a member of the varsity women’s cross country and track and field teams, and a member of the Bates College Democrats. She was awarded the John R. Cole Prize for Outstanding Achievement in History as well as a Harward Summer Civic Fellowship. In service to the local community, she was a program coordinator at College for ME and an AmeriCorps member in Lewiston. After graduating, she will work in the office of Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree in Washington, D.C.
Catie O’Toole, from Yarmouth, Maine, wrote a neuroscience thesis on the effects of prenatal hyperoxia on carotid body development in rats and, for her a studio art thesis, produced and curated a ceramics exhibit of porcelain works. A Mitchell Scholar and a member of Sigma Xi, she received the Jessie Withrow Memorial Award for Leadership, which recognizes those who strive to increase the awareness of the dangers of alcohol abuse and provide creative alternatives for the Bates community. Catie is a mentor to an at-risk underprivileged student from her hometown, and, at Bates, served on the Residence Life staff as a junior advisor, a residence coordinator, and a residence coordinator team leader. She plans to work as an EMT before attending graduate school to become a physician assistant.
Lindsey Prelgovisk is from Oakland, Maine. An art and visual culture major with a minor in U.S. History, her thesis explores how international policies have failed to adequately save cultural heritage in armed conflict. A 10-time swimming All-American and a member of the NESCAC All-Conference Team, Lindsey has also received NESCAC All-Academic and Academic All-American honors. Performing in two Short Term musicals and interning at the Bates College Museum of Art have been among her most rewarding experiences during her time at Bates. After graduating, she will work at the Abbe (“Abbie”) Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Theodore Samuel Rube from Syracuse, New York, wrote his classical and medieval studies thesis on political violence and the politics of physical space in ancient Rome — and how the two contributed to the fall of the Roman Republic. At Bates, he was president of the Bates Democrats, a member of the Student Conduct Committee, an AESOP trip leader, a member of the Bates Musician’s Union, and a DJ at WRBC. He was awarded the Stangle Family Fund Grant for Research in Economics and Law, which supported a summer-long research project on municipal politics in Lewiston. After graduating, he hopes to pursue a career in politics, communications, or journalism.
Madeline Santizo, from Pomona, California, wrote an anthropology thesis that explores the varied identity performances that students of Latin American Spanish-speaking origins put on while navigating spaces. This work earned her the Andrew Hamill Thesis Prize in Anthropology. Madeline was a C3 Fellow, a Bonner Leader, and member of a Short Term Action Research Team. She also has been a member of Latinos Unidos, a Fellow for the Office of Intercultural Education, and an alumni engagement intern. She will spend next year in Spain on a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship.
Max Silverman, from Dobbs Ferry, New York, wrote an interdisciplinary thesis that explores masculinity, depression, and access to mental health supports among high school boys. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Dana Scholar, and recipient of the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award, Max has been a Bonner Leader and coordinated the Auburn College Access Mentor Program. He also has been a member of the Multifaith Chaplaincy’s Stringfellow program and founded the Bates chapter of Active Minds. Max will be a teacher in Lewiston before leaving for Nepal in March 2017 on a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship.
Sarah Stanley is from Springvale, Maine. A double major in environmental studies and politics with a minor in geology, her thesis examines the influence of human rights protests on corporate social responsibility in Nigeria’s oil industry. Through her Otis Fellowship, she spearheaded development projects at Vaughan Woods State Park in South Berwick, Maine. At Bates, she co-founded the club field hockey team, chaired the organization review board, and served as vice president of clubs for the Bates Student Government.
Emma Taylor is not able to join us tonight because she and her women’s rowing teammates are in Gold River, California, defending their NCAA national title. While she’s away, I’d like to tell you a little bit about her. She is from Scituate, Massachusetts, and wrote a psychology thesis that examines the effect of dual morpheme words on the holistic and automatic processing of words. Emma served as captain of the women’s rowing team this year and was a member of the recent NCAA national championship and NCAA runner-up teams. She also was named NESCAC First-Team in 2016. Her education fieldwork has involved close collaboration with teachers in Lewiston and Auburn elementary schools. She has served as a junior advisor, a residence coordinator, and on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. After graduating, she will pursue graduate study in sports and exercise psychology.
Mark Upton is a junior from Winthrop, Massachusetts. A politics major and rhetoric minor, he has been named to the Dean’s list and received NESCAC All-Academic honors as well as the Ritter Award for having a top-10 grade point average on the football team. He serves as a member of the Prevention Action Response Team that works to promote healthy relationships and end sexual assault. As captain of the football team, Mark has been named to the All-NESCAC and All-New England Teams and received the Garnet Gridder Award for defensive most valuable player. Also a member of the club ice hockey team, he was a 2015 New England Club Hockey Association All-Star. Mark has served Bates as a junior advisor, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Council, and a career development fellow. This summer, he will serve Purposeful Work Internship with Sachem Strategies, and he hopes to work for the State Department or the U.S. intelligence community after graduation.
Erica Jaqui Veazie, from Fairbanks, Alaska, wrote a thesis that explores the relationship between serotonin level, emotional regulation, and emotional contagion susceptibility. She is a Dana Scholar, a member of Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa, and has received a Watson Fellowship. She taught anatomy at Lewiston High School and has served as co-president of the Education Club, a junior advisor, a residence coordinator team leader, and as a Peer Writing assistant. After her Watson Fellowship, she hopes to attend medical school.