Texas shield logo

IE Program Announces Spring 2017 Kuhn Scholars

By Jessica Sinn

image of students
The spring 2017 Kuhn Scholars

The Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship Program, housed within the DDCE and the Moody College of Communication, has awarded 20 students with IE Kuhn Awards for the spring 2017 semester. The students each receive a $1,000 stipend made possible by Michael and Alice Kuhn.

The award supports first-generation and/or economically-disadvantaged college students in their academic pursuits and further enriches their pr

image of the Kuhns
Alice and Michael Kuhn

e-graduate school internship experience (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.). The DDCE provides a matching stipend to the interns’ graduate student mentors.

Since 2013, there have been 179 IE Kuhn Scholars selected from an applicant pool of over 420 eligible students—totaling over one quarter of a million dollars in awards and matching stipends.

“We are enormously grateful to the Kuhn’s for enriching the lives of these students and contributing to their academic success,” said Rick Cherwitz, IE founder and director.

The spring 2017 IE Kuhn Scholars are:

  • Rui Akaike, linguistics/CSD, Moody College of Communication; internship discipline, linguistics; mentor, faculty member
  • Maria J. Arteaga, psychology, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, neuropsychology; mentor Dolly Rojo
  • Ireneusz Banaczyk, social work, School of Social Work; internship discipline, social work; mentor, Kristine Fogle
  • Adraint Bereal, government College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, design; mentor, Kira Street
  • Belinda Busogi, human ecology, College of Natural Sciences, internship discipline, pharmacy; mentor, Geannette Green
  • Johnesha Daniels, math/African American Studies, College of Liberal Arts/College of Natural Sciences; internship discipline, math; mentor, Elizabeth O’ Reilly
  • Tyeria Evans, human development and family science, College of Natural Sciences; internship discipline, pharmacy; mentor, Geannette Green
  • Jochebed Fekadu, public relations, Moody College of Communication; internship discipline, law; mentor, Brianna Herman
  • Ashley Guzman, finance, McCombs School of Business; internship discipline, law; mentor, Conner Tichota
  • Javonna Hamilton, psychology, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, educational psychology; mentor, Nolan Krueger
  • Gabriela Ibarra, chemistry, College of Natural Sciences; internship discipline, chemistry; mentor, Tyler King
  • Daniel Krasnicki, sociology, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, sociology; mentor, Michael O’ Brien
  • Alexander Mercado, applied learning and development, College of Education; internship discipline, educational administration; mentor, Marisol Medina
  • Ti’Anna Mitchell, psychology, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, educational psychology; mentor, Nolan Krueger
  • Mital Patel, international relations, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, law; mentor, Mitch Cooper
  • Guadalupe Reyna, Mexican American Studies, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, government; mentor, Tara Ginnane
  • Gabriel Roberts, government, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, masters of policy; mentor, Roosevelt Neely
  • Brenda Rodriguez, mechanical engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering; internship discipline, biomedical engineering; mentor, Salma Ayoub
  • Ysehak Wondwossen, biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences; internship discipline, pharmacy/medicine; mentor, Korbin Evans
  • Farhana Zabidi, pharmacy, College of Pharmacy; internship discipline, pharmacy; mentor, Landon Marshall

The IE Pre-Grad Internship Program is part of the university’s IE Consortium, which was established in 1997. More than 2,500 students have participated in the IE Pre-Grad Internship Program since it began in 2003. Read more about the Pre Grad Internship and the IE Kuhn Scholar Awards.