2013 Fellows

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Julia Bruce ('15: Sociology & Economics), working with Stephanie Jones (GSE Prevention Science and Practice)

Julia is a rising junior in Currier House. She is concentrating in Sociology and planning on getting a secondary in Economics. Julia grew up in Weston, Massachusetts, which is about a 20 minute drive from campus, making her the designated extra storage provider for her block-mates. She loves playing fast card games and watching movies. If anyone is interested in co-founding or participating in the not yet established Movie Marathon and Barbecue Club, let her know. Julia is excited to meet everyone and participate in research with Stephanie Jones.

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Tuyet Cam ('14: Psychology), working with Daniel Gilbert and Bethany Burum (FAS Psychology)

Tuyet ("Tweet") is a rising senior in Eliot House concentrating in Psychology / Social and Cognitive Neuroscience. She enjoys playing sports and loves all kinds of games. Tuyet grew up in San Diego, California and dearly misses the weather all year-round with an exception of about two weeks during the New England spring. She loves eating authentic ramen and sushi. Actually she just loves eating in general. She's excited to spend another summer in Cambridge and is especially looking forward to social psychology research under the indisputably lovely mentors, Dan and Bethany.

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Seung Jae Cha ('15: Applied Mathematics), working with Mark Edington (Decision Science Lab at HKS)

Sean is a rising junior in Dunster House. He is one of the few Applied Math concentrators studying psychology for the area of application. He’s rather like a rare Pokémon in that way. Sean is interested in the field of behavioral economics and wants to study the consequences of biases and heuristics that people follow. In his free time, Sean likes to dabble in some fancy cards tricks and watch every sitcom available on the internet, both present and past. If you quote Seinfeld to him, you will be easy friends. Sean will be assisting in various research projects at the Decision Science Lab this summer and taking advantage of the many opportunities given to BLISS fellows.

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Marina Chen ('15: Economics & Psychology), working with Mark Edington (Decision Science Lab at HKS)

Marina is a rising junior in Kirkland House, studying Economics with a secondary in Psychology. She is interested in behavioral economics, specifically intertemporal choices and time-inconsistent preferences. Marina co-founded The Food Lab for Kids, a new initiative which aims to engage young students in the sciences through the lens of cooking, and involve them in healthy, nutritious lifestyles. In her free time, she enjoys watching The Food Network and pretending she is a master chef and baker extraordinaire. A California girl at heart, Marina is looking forward to spending her warmest consecutive months in Boston this summer, working with Mark Edington at the Decision Science Lab.

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Sarah Coughlon ('15: Psychology), working with working with Daniel Gilbert and Bethany Burum (FAS Psychology)

Sarah is a rising junior who is very sad to be leaving her beloved Adams House for the summer, even if William James Hall has been her home away from home for a good while now. If you've managed to catch her doing something that isn't connected to psychology or house life, she's probably biking around her adopted city of Boston in search of cheap books and expensive coffee—analytic philosophy and dark espresso blends are preferred, but she's always ready to try something new. A native of Phoenix, she is puzzled by New England humidity, but unreservedly thrilled to spend the summer researching social psychology with Dan Gilbert and Bethany Burum.

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Mark Daley ('16: Government), working with Daniel Carpenter (FAS Government)

Mark is a rising sophomore who will be living in Adams House for the next three years. He is originally from the Boston area, and his major academic interests include political science and the study of religion. Outside of the classroom, Mark enjoys following Boston sports, catching up on the latest political news, and playing intramural sports. He is grateful to have the opportunity to serve as a BLISS Fellow, and he is eager to begin working with Professor Dan Carpenter of the Government Department who is leading a project on the history of anti-slavery petitions in the United States.

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Vicente De La Torre ('15: Economics), working with Felix Warneken (FAS Psychology)

Vicente is a rising Junior who dabbles in Economics but in his spare time enjoys Philosophy, Psychology, and really good sushi places. He is a huge nerd whose interests include Jazz, foreign languages, contemplating reality, Cowboy Bebop, the works of Borges and Marquez, and picking up and putting down heavy things. Also boxing. When he is not busy selling ads for The Harvard Crimson or finger painting with first graders in Chinatown, he can be found to be originally from Dallas. He will be working with Professor Felix Warneken this summer learning about what makes toddlers so awesome and altruistic.

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Claude-Michael Ezie ('15: Psychology), working with Leah Somerville (FAS Psychology)

Chiemeka is a sophomore in Currier House (which is the greatest house on campus, despite spurious allegations to the contrary) concentrating in psychology. A resident of humid Wake Forest, NC and a native of frigid Buffalo, NY, Chiemeka has spent some of his time in the just-right city of Cambridge enjoying discussions in the Harvard Black Men’s Forum, writing reviews for The Harvard Crimson, honing acting skills with the terrific elementary schoolers of Harvard S.T.A.G.E., and participating in the theatre community here on campus, particularly the Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert & Sullivan Players. This summer, he will be working with Professor Leah Somerville in the Affective Neuroscience and Development Lab, which makes him feel very happy!

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Sebastian Gomez ('14: History and Literature), working with Natasha Kumar Warikoo (GSE)

Sebastian is a rising Senior in Leverett House. He is concentrating in History and Literature with a specific focus field in Latin America. Born in Colombia, he moved to Queens, New York at age three where he has lived ever since. During the school year you can find him playing saxophone with the Harvard University Band or taking photos for the Yearbook of which he is Photo Editor. In his free time he likes to listen to music and try new foods and cuisines. His main academic interests are Latin American History, specifically its interactions with the United States in the realm of immigration. He looks forward to helping Professor Warikoo conduct research on the intersection between immigration and education in the Boston-Cambridge area this summer.

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Alden Green ('15: Statistics), working with Yuval Feldman (Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard and Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

Alden is a rising junior in Quincy House, concentrating in Statistics. In his free time he plays on the club soccer team at Harvard, and in his especially free time he enjoys shooting a mean rack of pool. He’s looking forward to a summer spent far (enough) away from the dreadful heat and humidity of his hometown, Washington D.C., working with Professor Yuval Feldman on the subject of quantitative ethics.

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Michael Gribben ('15: Applied Mathematics), working with Ryan Enos and Dustin Tingley (FAS Government)

Michael is a rising Junior from Mather house who is concentrating in Applied Math, focusing on Government, and a secondary in Computer Science. He is originally from the UK but feels more Americanised every day, for better or worse. He is excited about being on campus during summer and being able to actually enjoy being outside for once. His main academic interests are analysing British politics and public opinion, and so he is definitely looking forward to working with Professors Enos and Tingley on their work.

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Victor Mata ('13: Economics), working with Todd Rogers (HKS Center for Public Leadership)

Victor is a rising Senior in Quincy House concentrating in Economics. His hometown is his beloved Los Angeles, California, but he has grown to enjoy Cambridge, weather and all. He will be rooting for the LA Kings this summer as they try to retain the Stanley Cup. When he is not studying or following LA sports teams, he can be found with a trombone in hand with the Harvard University Band or playing a variety of card games. He is looking forward to working with Professor Rogers and helping him conduct research in the Boston Public Schools this summer.

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Eleanor Parker ('15: Human Evolutionary Biology), working with Susan Carey (FAS Psychology)

Ellie is a rising junior in Eliot House concentrating in HEB / Mind, Brain, Behavior. When not concentrating, she rows for the Harvard-Radcliffe heavyweight crew team and writes for The Harvard Lampoon. She is delighted to be working with Dr. Carey and suspects that this summer will differ from her last, which she spent working as a ranch hand in Casper, WY.
 

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Ryan Romain ('14: Psychology), working with Mahzarin Banaji (FAS Psychology)

Ryan is a rising senior in Eliot House concentrating in psychology with a secondary field in neurobiology. He is originally from Michigan, which is one of the few places in addition to Cambridge that can experience three kinds of weather during a five-hour period. Running for the Track and Field and Cross Country teams is his passion, so you are likely to see him along the Charles on every sunny day. He loves quirky humor, board games, and making the occasional Transformers sound effect. Ryan is excited to spend his first summer in Cambridge, and will work in the Banaji Lab studying the effect possessing power (or lacking it) has on individuals.

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Natalie Smith  ('15: Sociology), working with Michèle Lamont (FAS Sociology)

Hailing from Montana, Natalie is now at Harvard College concentrating in Sociology and Visual and Environmental Studies. Currently, her primary interests are learning about social inequality and producing creative interventions in response. She recently got a bicycle and has since been spending most of her free time utilizing it to cruise the Emerald Necklace and explore neighborhoods in Boston.

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Ren Jie Teoh  ('16: English & Government), working with Dara Kay Cohen (KSG Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs)

RJ is a rising sophomore and a proud member of Quincy House, who plans to concentrate in English with a secondary in Government. He hails from sunny Singapore, an upbringing which left him woefully unprepared for his first Boston winter. Somehow, he's managed to survive the winter and a spring which still feels way too cold, and is looking forward to a summer spent in temperatures more like those he's used to back home. In his free time, RJ enjoys writing, reading and singing trashy songs very loudly and off-key. He's really excited to be participating in BLISS this year, and is looking forward to an awesome summer spent at Harvard!

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Monica Wilson  ('14: Anthropology), working with Todd Rogers (HKS Center for Public Leadership)

Monica is a rising senior in Pfoho, and is one of those quadlings who loves the chance to tell anyone and everyone how pfantastic the quad is! She is one of the handful of Harvard students from Delaware, and as much as she misses the rolling hills of home, she loves the city of Boston and doesn't ever want to leave! She is an avid runner and loves any activity outdoors. She studies anthropology, and is interested in education, consumer culture, and urban studies. Monica is very excited to stay in Boston this summer, and delve into research with Professor Todd Rogers!

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Ava Zhang  ('16: Psychology & Government), working with Jason Mitchell (FAS Psychology)

Ava is a rising sophomore in Eliot House, who plans on studying some mixture of Psychology and Government. She adores teacup pigs and walks into doors with disturbing frequency. In all the free time that she never has, she enjoys reading historical fiction, fiddling around on the piano, and colour coding to-do lists (and spelling it 'colour'!) Despite having spent most of her life in Toronto, Canada, she is adamantly not fond of the cold; she's looking forward to spending a beautiful New England summer with everyone in BLISS. And of course, she's thrilled to be investigating social working memory and personality perception with Professor Jason Mitchell.