2014 RBSI Scholars:
Mercedz L. Austin attends Providence College majoring in political science with a minor in business studies. RBSI gave Mercedz the opportunity to network with colleagues and prominent scholars within the field while also helping her develop the quantitative and logistical skills needed to succeed in graduate school. Intrigued by people’s political behavior and enjoying the “sticky” nature of politics, Mercedz plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in political science focusing on elections, electoral behavior, and judicial and class politics.
Sequoia Baker attends the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee majoring in political science with a minor in journalism, advertising, and media studies. RBSI has strongly motivated her to pursue a master’s degree in political science. Focusing on American politics, her current interests are in electoral behavior, urban politics, and race, ethnicity and gender politics.
Fritz Bondoa attends the University of Virginia majoring in foreign affairs with a minor in African studies. Fritz joined the Bunche program to gain quantitative skills for his senior thesis and to get firsthand experience on graduate school life and course work. He plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in comparative politics with a concentration on African politics.
Hadill Calderon attends the University of Houston majoring in political science and English. RBSI has given Hadill an opportunity to gain perspective on the graduate experience while also teaching her statistical skills. She plans on pursuing a graduate degree to further her interest in doing research work.
Elizabeth “Jordie” Davies attends Emory University majoring in political science with a minor in educational studies. A Mellon Mays fellow, she believes integrating minority perspectives into curriculums will open minds and improve knowledge and understanding. RBSI’s assistance in navigating the application process to graduate school while also allowing her to create professional connections in the political science community drew her to apply to the program. Jordie plans to pursue a Ph.D. in political science, with her research focusing on political theory and ideology, protest, and activism.
Ashley Huddson attends the College of Wooster majoring in international relations with a focus in political science and a concentration in Spanish. She joins the Bunche program following the recommendation of her advisor. While Ashley works on her senior thesis, RBSI has been a bridge between assisting in research and learning to conduct her own research. She plans on pursuing a Ph.D. after taking some time off to travel abroad.
Ariam Kiflemariam attends Cornell College majoring in politics and ethnic studies. Ariam was urged by two of her professors to apply to the RBSI. After researching the program, Ariam felt it would provide an engaging and challenging environment in which she could advance her intellectual and scholarly pursuit. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in political science with a focus on political behavior and the intersection of race and gender.
Angelica Marie Loyd attends Wright State University majoring in political science and international studies. Angie joins RBSI to improve her quantitative research skills and learn more about the graduate school experience. Angie plans on pursuing a Ph.D. with interests in topics such as females in violent political movements, post-conflict societies, and human rights.
Phillip Menard attends the University of Connecticut-Storrs majoring in political science with a minor in human rights. Phillip joins the Bunche program, upon the advice of former RBSI teaching assistant Shayla Nunnally, to learn more about the graduate experience and to explore the field of race and ethnic politics. Following Bunche, he will be interning at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy. Phillips plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in political science with research interests in international relations, economic development, and human rights.
Jasmine Noel attends Drew University majoring in political science and French with a double minor in women’s and gender studies and Pan-African studies. Jasmine was encouraged to apply to the RBSI after taking a Race and Politics course taught by Patrick McGuinn, a former RBSI teaching assistant. Jasmine plans on pursuing a master’s degree with interests in international relations and comparative politics; specifically state-building, peacekeeping, and the role of sexual violence in civil conflicts.
Alivia Pinnix attends the University of Richmond majoring in sociology with a minor in criminal justice. Alivia joined RBSI to gain more experience with quantitative research and GRE exam training. She plans on pursuing a master’s degree in socialwork focusing on the criminal justice system.
Rachel Catherine Russell attends Texas Christian University majoring in political science with a minor in Spanish. Rachel joined RBSI to take advantage of the opportunity to broaden her research capabilities. She is particularly fascinated by health disparities as they pertain to underserved groups. Her passion for finding ways to solve these disparities and for enabling communities to become more self-sufficient has given her the desire to pursue a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health policy and management.