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IE Kuhn Scholars Receive $20,000 Matching Grant from Alice and Michael Kuhn

By Jessica Sinn

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Alice and Michael Kuhn

The Intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship Program has received a $20,000 matching grant from Alice and Michael Kuhn. The funding will award 20 Kuhn Scholars $1,000 grants for the spring 2018 semester. The DDCE provides a matching stipend to the interns’ graduate student mentors.

Since 2013, there have been 220 IE Kuhn Scholars selected from an applicant pool of over 480 eligible students—totaling nearly $400,000 in awards and matching stipends. The award supports first-generation and/or economically-disadvantaged college students in their academic pursuits and further enriches their pre-graduate school internship experience (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.).

“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 2018 IE Kuhn Scholars are:

·         Phi Cao, communication sciences and disorders, Moody College of Communication; internship discipline, communication sciences and disorders; mentor, faculty

·         Sayeda Mehrun Alam, biology, College of Natural Sciences; internship discipline, pharmacy; mentor, Joshua Toliver

·         Gonzalo Astudillo, biology, microbiology, infectious diseases; College of Natural Sciences; internship discipline, chemistry; mentor, Samuel Dahlhauser

·         Ashley Bautista, psychology, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, clinical psychology; mentor, Santiago Papini

·         Jesse Beaman, design, College of Fine Arts; internship discipline, design; mentor, Subodh Trivedi

·         Adraint Bereal, design, College of Fine Arts; internship discipline, information studies; mentor, Tim Salau

·         Maria Palomares Carranco, sociology/Mexican American & Latino/a Studies, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, sociology; mentor, faculty

·         Yulissa Chavez, government, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, social and economic policy; mentor, Lindsey Harbison

·         Sania Khan, corporate communication studies, Moody College of Communication; internship discipline, communication studies; mentor, Melissa Dalton

·         Priscilla Lozano, communication studies, Moody College of Communication; internship discipline, communication studies; mentor, Rudy C. Pett

·         Aisleen Menezes, political communication, Moody College of Communication; internship discipline, law; mentor, Laura Lisa Salinas

·         Marisol Najera, petroleum engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering; internship discipline, environmental engineering; mentor, Farith Diaz

·         Amy Nguyen, arts and entertainment tech; School of Architecture; internship discipline, urban design and regional planning; mentor, Jon Cairns

·         Zach Ortegon, geography and the environment, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, geography and the environment; mentor, Brendan Hoover

·         Keonnie Parrilla, psychology, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, psychology/medicine; mentor, Nicole Wen

·         Brooke Quach, English, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, Asian studies; mentor, Mung Ting Chung

·         Leonor Ramirez, psychology, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, higher education administration; mentor, Ximena Canelo-Pino

·         Katherine Alonzo-Rivas, international relations and global studies, College of Liberal Arts; internship discipline, law; mentor, Aro Han

·         Steven Santoyo, communication studies, Moody College of Communication; internship discipline, law; mentor, Jared Lampson

·         Harold Urteaga, radio-television-firlm, Moody College of Communication; internship discipline, media studies; mentor, Morgan C O’Brien

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.