Alex Adler is a rising sophomore from Greenville, North Carolina. He is currently undecided but is considering a major in economics and certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and also enjoys computer science. On campus, Alex is a violist for the Duke Symphony Orchestra, involved in Jewish Life programming, and philanthropy chair for his fraternity. In his free time, Alex enjoys playing soccer, scuba diving, spending time with his family, and traveling.
Avery Fulford is a rising junior from Seattle. She’s majoring in Biology with potential minors in Earth and Ocean Sciences and Chemistry. Avery is interested in astrobiology, or the study of planetary conditions that could create or sustain microbial life. In her lab work at Duke, she studies extremophiles (microbes that thrive in extreme conditions) in the Schmid lab and morning glory speciation in the Rausher lab. She is also interested in indigenous rights, stemming from volunteer work she performed in high school with the Duwamish tribe of downtown Seattle. Avery races on the Duke sailing team and volunteers at a peer counseling center.
Calvin Wang is a rising junior at Duke University studying economics on the premed track. On campus, he is involved in the Wang lab of pharmacology, Reformed University Fellowship, and a few volunteering groups. He enjoys playing pickup basketball, working out at Wilson, watching movies, or hanging out with his friends in his spare time. Calvin is excited to be in Chile this summer to be able to develop websites for local artisans, improve his Spanish, and enjoy the beautiful lakes and mountains around him.
Evelyn Garcia is a rising junior from Miami, majoring in Biology with a certificate in Markets and Management. She loves to scuba dive or free dive during her free time and take pictures of her underwater adventures. At Duke, she coordinates volunteer events with a variety of organizations including the Boy Scouts and Duke Forest. She is currently studying how transcription factors in the Arabidopsis root work together to regulate their target genes at a lab in Duke.
Franco Picone is a rising junior in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Economics. He is from Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. His family hails from Argentina, so he also speaks Spanish fluently. His other academic interests include energy sustainability and environmental conservation, as well as computer science. In his free time, he enjoys keeping up with D.C. sports teams, Duke basketball, and producing music.
Parker Frankiewicz is a rising sophomore who plans to major in Biology and Global Health with a minor in Spanish on the pre-medical track. Parker was born and raised a Texan though she currently lives in Chicago with her parents, two younger sisters, and dog. At Duke, Parker was a member of the Duke University Marching Band’s drumline during her freshman year and was selected as one of the Drum Majors for the 2019-2020 season. As an active member of the marching band, Parker performed in all home football games, traveled to the 2018 Independence Bowl, and performed in both men’s and women’s home basketball games. In addition, Parker recently completed her EMT-Basic course and is awaiting certification from the National Registry of EMTs. Parker is a member of the Chi Omega fraternity and is extremely grateful to be able to grow with and among such passionate, involved women. A lifelong competitive dancer, Parker is also a member of Duke University’s premier tap ensemble, On Tap. The group puts on their own showcase in the spring and appears in other performances across campus, such as Awaaz. Parker is also a member of Duke University Quidditch and plays as a beater. As a member of the quidditch team, Parker qualified for and travelled to the 2019 U.S. Quidditch National Championships, also known as the U.S. Quidditch Cup. Outside of academics, Parker is an avid dog person, jazz music fan, and nature photographer. Parker also loves to read all types of science fiction and fantasy. She is currently re-reading (and highly recommends) the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold.
Samuel Chernow is a rising sophomore from Lake Forest, California, located about an hour away from Los Angeles. He plans to major in Public Policy, with a minor in Spanish and possibly Economics. At Duke, he participated in the “American Experience” FOCUS program and currently dedicates his non-school time to the Duke Investment Club and Campus Enterprises, Duke’s oldest student-run business. During the summer you’ll find him either at a beach or an amusement park. He has no idea what he wants to do after college but hopes to eventually work in finance or marketing.