The Scholars

The 2016 Lee D. Baker Scholars

Helen Yang is pursuing a double major in Linguistics and Political Science and a minor in Psychology. She is VP of the International Association’s Cultural Committee. As second generation AAPI person, Helen cares very deeply about diversity and amplifying the unheard voices of AAPI communities. She aspires to cultivate an atmosphere of equality by educating people about the social, psychological, and economic damage media misrepresentations of Asians bring about.


Holly Quivera is a pre-med student and Duke Cardea Fellow majoring in English and minoring in Chemistry. Fluent in English and Spanish, she studied Italian language and literature abroad in Bologna. She has volunteered and interned at Caldwell Memorial Hospital and The Falls Pediatrics Clinic. In her free time, Holly enjoys oil painting, traveling, and running.



Janie Booth is from Charlotte, North Carolina. She is studying Art History and Chemistry, and is pursuing a certificate in Museum Theory and Practice. She is a co-chair of the student board of the Nasher Museum of Art and is also a member of the Duke Chorale.




Julian Lafaurie is a Trinity student from Miami, Florida. He is interested in Public Policy and Political Science, planning to major in both with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. His research is inspired by his tenure as Student Advisor to the Miami-Dade Public School Board, where he learned the importance of race and ethnicity as a factor in drafting positive education policy. He continues this research at Duke, primarily focusing his work on education at the Social Science Research Institute.


Kushal Kadakia is studying biology, public policy, and global health. He has researched heart disease at the School of Medicine, intellectual property at the School of Public Policy, and healthcare policy at the School of Business. An Angier B. Duke Scholar, Huang Fellow, and POWER Fellow, Kushal serves as the Chief of Staff of Duke Student Government and the Vice Chair of the Honor Council.



Lucy Zhang is majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She does data visualization for the Chronicle and is also doing research and engineering in Bergin Labs about air quality sensors. As a participant in the Duke STEAM challenge, she enjoys the intersection of arts, humanities and technology. While not coding, writing, or studying, she finds great satisfaction in watching anime.


Max Bernell possesses a wide variety of interests. He is involved in Duke’s fashion and lifestyle publication, FORM magazine, and also works as the Vice President of Internal Affairs for Blue Devils United. The research for his paper was inspired by his exposure to Chinese literature while growing up in China, as well as by his mother, who managed to overcome the difficulties of life as a young woman in communist China.


Natasha Torrens is interested in Economics and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies. She graduated from the International School of Beijing, and spent a year before college studying Turkish in Izmir, Turkey, with the U.S. State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth. At Duke, Natasha is an Air Force ROTC cadet, competes on the debate and Moot Court teams, and writes for Duke Political Review.


Roy Auh is majoring in Philosophy and Global Cultural Studies. He is currently part of Project Vox, the philosophy research project at Duke aiming to bring female philosophers of the Enlightenment era out of academic obscurity. An active classical bassist, Roy has performed: alongside Edgar Meyer and Fazil Say, for Francois Rabbath and Edwin Barker, and as a soloist at Kennedy Center in DC and Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan. His other interests include Taekwondo, rock climbing, and creative writing.


The 2015 Lee D. Baker Scholars

Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 2.34.48 PMNaa Adorkor Allotey is a member of Duke’s Class of 2018. Studying in the Pratt School of Engineering, she currently pursues a major in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She is from Macon, Georgia. At Duke, she is a Reginaldo Howard Memorial Scholar, an executive board member of Duke’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, and a part of the Environmental Alliance.


Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 2.34.59 PMAnika Ayyar is a rising sophomore at Duke majoring in biomedical engineering. Although a native of Saratoga, California, her love of travel and the outdoors led her to attend a boarding high school in New Hampshire and spend a term abroad at the Island School in Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas. Anika’s work volunteering at programming camps in Silicon Valley, and her own experiences as a female engineering student have inspired her passion for seeking ways to encourage more girls to pursue STEM degrees.


Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 2.35.09 PMJack Bradford is a Trinity sophomore from Huntersville, North Carolina. He plans to major in American Studies through Program II. His academic interests include twentieth century American literature, political theory, religion, and urban planning. He is the recipient of the 2015 Louis J. Budd Award for Outstanding Work in American Literature at Duke University.



Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 2.35.18 PMAvery Brust is a Duke University student majoring in Economics and pursuing a certificate in Markets & Management Studies. His current research investigates how the economics and politics of prison privatization speak to scholarly narratives regarding the privatization of government services and, more broadly, the role of government. A true music lover, he writes program notes and assists with library management for the American Youth Symphony.


Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 2.35.25 PMRiyanka Ganguly is a Sophomore from Seattle, WA interested in Global Health and Political Science. She is currently an Alice M. Baldwin Scholar and hopes to one day to use sexual health resources to empower women in communities around the world.




Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 2.35.34 PMKathy Johnson is a current sophomore at Duke University majoring in Medieval & Renaissance Studies. She plays the alto saxophone in the Duke University Marching Band and Pep Band. She is the Visual and Social Media Chair for Duke Students for Humane Borders, and during her freshman year she volunteered with the America Reads America Counts program.



Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 2.35.44 PMSam Kelly is a rising sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Robertson Scholar from New Zealand, who studied briefly at the University of Auckland before attending Duke. He is currently interning at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, where he is interested in finding ways to intersect skills learnt from studying engineering with his deep interest and love for the environment.



Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 2.35.58 PMSara Yuen is a member of the class of 2018 at Duke University. She is currently considering centering her undergraduate studies on Neuroscience, Dance, and Education. Her research is inspired by her 13 years of training in classical ballet, her work in improvisational techniques, and her past semester’s work in Writing 101- Listening to Sounds and Silence.