Abigail Pope-Brooks is from Brooklyn, New York, and is a graduate of Millennium High School. She is majoring in Anthropology and is an Athena Scholar. In addition to her studies, she is a BSAR on-campus and has interned with WNET (Thirteen) helping with the wildlife documentary series Nature. Abby is thrilled to be interning with the American museum of natural history, where she is working with the public programs division on the Margaret mead film festival, along with other evening and weekend programs for the public.
Anna Dydzuhn is a rising senior English major at Barnard College and very excited to be a 2014 Athena Summer Fellow! This summer she will be interning with the Diversity and Inclusion team at McGraw Hill Financial. Highlights from her past internships include researching for program development at Barnard's Athena Center for Leadership Studies, helping the special events team prepare for several fundraising galas worldwide at Human Rights Watch, and working in a court on advising domestic violence survivors on their legal rights at the Center for Family Justice. Through her community service work and active involvement in her sorority, Anna works to empower women and fight for women's rights. In her spare time, Anna enjoys reading, cooking, and writing a theater review blog in partnership with her mother. This summer Anna hopes to continue grow professionally through her internship with McGraw Hill Financial and her fellowship at the Athena Center.
Eleanor Gayle grew up in Oregon, California, and South Dakota and is majoring in Religion with a focus on Jewish Studies. Her interests range from digital marketing to music to interfaith organizing. In the past, she has interned for Tumblr, the NYC Dept. of IT and Telecommunications, and several start-ups. She is passionate about the intersections between digital communications and pop culture, as well as everything Judaism-related. This summer she is interning at BBC Worldwide in their Digital Ad Sales division.
Sheila Krishnan, a native New Yorker (albeit from the small suburban town of Blauvelt), is a Linguistics major and pre-medical student. She has long loved the arts, and takes pride in being a member of competitive dance team Columbia Raas as well as directing her creative energy into photography and nail art. She is also involved in the Governing Board of Barnard and with fall orientation (this upcoming fall will be her third such working NSOP!) This summer, she is splitting her time between Environmental Health and Advocacy at Mount Sinai Hospital as well as the Cardiology at Columbia University Medical Center!
Jess Lempit grew up in Wilton, Connecticut and studies History and French at Barnard. Jess studies 20th century European conflicts and their social and cultural repercussions and is also interested in French and American politics and film. In her free time, she is the president of Columbia's Notes and Keys, a co-ed a capella group, a member of the Barnard Clay Collective, and a research assistant at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Jess is interning in philanthropic consulting this summer.
Sofia Soto Reyes was born in West Philadelphia (cue Fresh Prince theme song) and raised in the historic area of Queen Village. A member of the class of 2015, she is an Athena Scholar and majoring in Environmental Policy with a minor in Political Science. She has just returned from studying abroad this past spring with the International Honors Program’s (IHP), Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy. IHP took her to California, Vietnam, Morocco, and Bolivia to study the boundless effects of climate change and the efforts being made around the world to deal with it.This summer Sofia is interning in the Office of the Mayor, with NYC Service, as the NYC Cool Roofs intern. During the school year, Sofia is a mentor with Community Impact’s MyNYC service group, a member of the Athena Scholars Program Student Advisory Board, and a bartender with the Barnard Bartending Agency .
Rachel Smith proudly hails from Seattle, WA. A member of the class of 2015, she is majoring in Economics and minoring in Sociology. On campus, she is an Associate Opinion Editor for the Columbia Spectator and a member of Alpha Chi Omega. This summer, she is doing data analysis and research design in the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services.
Lauren Wingenroth grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and is overjoyed to now call herself a New Yorker and particularly a Barnard woman. A Dance and English double major and Athena Scholar, Lauren keeps herself busy by performing, choreographing, and reviewing dance, as well as serving as Editor in Chief of the Athena Center's undergraduate journal, On Our Terms. This summer she is interning at Coalition for Queens, a nonprofit dedicating to diversifying the tech industry and creating economic opportunity for low-income New Yorkers through jobs in tech.
Rachel Karpf grew up in NYC's shadow as a resident of New Jersey, and is so happy to now be living at the top. As an Education and Sociology major she is constantly thinking of the issues of social inequity and how best to solve them through experiential and democratic education (and lots of arts and crafts!) On campus she can be found in the Well Woman office talking about women's health issues while crocheting or hosting dinner parties with her friends. Off campus she is a leader in Hashomer Hatzair, a youth movement that empowers youth to make a difference in the world today. She is excited to learn more about nutrition and education as the Education Intern at Red Rabbit.
Hye-Jin Yun hails from San Francisco and is a Neuroscience & Behavior major and an Athena Scholar. An aspiring medical correspondent and doctor, she has interned with NY1 News in the Living Unit and was involved in a health television project with PBS. She is the Vice President of Programming of CTV, Senior Class Secretary, VISP Ambassador, HEOP Tutor, tour guide, and an e r a Dancer. She also had a fantastic opportunity to study abroad in London during Summer 2012 when the Olympics was in action! She is passionate about using media as a platform to educate and encourage the public about the ways to lead a healthy lifestyle. She is looking forward to gaining a deeper insight into healthcare as an Inpatient Medical Unit Intern at the Bellevue Hospital Center and is beyond thrilled to be an Athena Summer Fellow!