Senior graduates and alumna win scholarships to study in UK

Seven new Yale College graduates and one alumnus have received scholarships from various organizations for further study in the UK.

These are in addition to students, previously announced in Yale News, who have won Rhodes, Marshall and Gates-Cambridge scholarships.

The scholarship recipients and their awards are:

Reyanna James ’22 received a Fulbright Award to pursue an M.Sc. in Development Studies at SOAS University of London. At Yale, she was a major in economics and mathematics. While on campus, she conducted research in the Economics and Mathematics departments, served as a math peer tutor and with the Urban Improvement Corps, and led the Corporate Sponsorship Committee of the Black Solidarity Conference. Additionally, James is a member of the Sadie Collective, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing opportunities for black women in economics. Passionate about centering Black women’s experiences in economic policy-making, her research focuses on the racialized and gendered nature of work. In London, James will study the impacts of race, gender and coloniality on global economic development.

Julien Manresa ’22 was awarded the Paul Mellon Scholarship to pursue a second BA in Theology and Philosophy of Religion at Clare College, Cambridge. At Yale, he majored in comparative literature, specializing in Austrian theater, opera, and the cultural history of the Habsburgs. In Clare, he will study German idealism and its multiple mystical Platonic, Kabbalistic and Christian connotations. It will also explore the deep roots of idealism in German romantic literature. At Yale, Manresa was a member of the Yale Glee Club, performed with the Opera Theater of Yale College, held a post in a Yale Political Union party, and sang the role of a devil on an album professional cast of an original student musical.

Evan “EC” Mingo ’22 was awarded the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Fellowship to fund his Master of Philosophy in Sociology of Marginality and Exclusion at King’s College, Cambridge. He graduated from Yale with a BS in Psychology with Honors as well as a BA in Ethnicity, Race and Migration with Honors. At Yale, Mingo was committed to elevating the experiences of intersectional people, where he reactivated BlackOut, the black LGBTQ+ student organization. He also served on the house staff of the Native American Cultural Center, where he coordinated Afro-Indigenousness and anti-blackness programming in Indigenous communities. This year, Mingo served as the inaugural coordinator of the Coalition of Allyship Advocates, the newest diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice peer education group supported by the Dean’s Office at Yale College. He was a research assistant in the Social Perception and Communication Laboratory of Professor Jennifer Richeson, as well as for Professor John Pachankis at the Yale School of Public Health. After studying in the UK, Evan plans to pursue a PhD. in clinical/counselling psychology to pursue a career in research and activism.

Sarah Pitafi ’22 will attend University College London as a Fulbright Scholar to pursue a Masters in Health Care Philosophy, Politics and Ethics. At Yale, she was a major in ethics, politics and economics. Her senior thesis explored the ethics and effectiveness of establishing COVID-19 vaccine mandates at universities like Yale. Pitafi has served as Yale College Council’s policy director, treasurer of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project, and volunteer at the HAVEN Free Clinic. She has also held several research positions, including at the Yale COPPER Center, the Yale Department of Political Science, and the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University Medical School. In her research at Yale, Pitafi investigated how to improve equity and accessibility of cancer care through community-based and holistic interventions.

Claire Saint-Amour ’22 received a Paul Mellon scholarship to pursue an M.Phil. in Classics from the University of Cambridge. As a graduate student at Clare College, Saint-Amour will write a thesis on the trope of buried and embedded texts in Greek, Roman and Mesopotamian literature. A Yale Classics graduate, her undergraduate research explored the relationships between landscapes, people, and stories in Greek and Roman literature. She hopes to continue to expand this work at the postdoctoral level. Saint-Amour sang with the Yale Slavic Chorus and served as its musical director in the fall of 2021. She has also worked as a peer tutor in Latin and Greek.

Raquel Sequeira ’21 was awarded the King’s-Yale Scholarship to pursue an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. At Yale, she majored in molecular biophysics and biochemistry, played club soccer, and sang at the Yale Glee Club. At Cambridge, she plans to explore metascientific questions through the fractal connections of science, philosophy, literature and theology. As founder of the Yale Shakespeare Club, Sequeira is particularly fascinated by the epistemological upheavals of modernity, as well as current issues around the role of scientific knowledge in society.

Salma Chaheen ’22, an international student from Hebron, Palestine, was awarded the Henry Scholarship to obtain an M.Phil. in Development Studies at the University of Oxford. An economics student at Yale, she received several scholarships to study the effect of conflict-induced mobility restrictions on the gender gap in wages and education in Palestine. Her senior thesis estimated the effect of the conflict on child labor in Palestine. At Oxford, she hopes to focus her work on gender differences in the impact of conflict on child labor in Palestine. At Yale, Shaheen worked as a research assistant for Professor Rohini Pande, a peer mentor in economics and a peer tutor in macroeconomics. Shaheen founded Yalies4Palestine to defend the rights of Palestinians under Israeli occupation. She has also served on Yale’s Accessibility Resources Advisory Committee, for which she recently received the Silliman Award for Diversity and Inclusion.

Laurie Chan Yousman ’22 received a Rotary Global Grant to pursue an M.Sc. in Global Health Sciences and Epidemiology at Oriel College, University of Oxford. At Yale, Yousman earned a double major in history of science, medicine, and public health, as well as ecology and evolutionary biology. She’s the varsity coxswain and four-season member of Yale’s men’s lightweight team, winning the Charles’ chief title this fall, leading the first boat to an undefeated regular season this spring, and winning the Ivy League championship at the EARC Sprints. . While at Yale, she conducted research on disparities in health care access for Medicaid and uninsured patients and served as president of Art to Heart, a group of student volunteers in the pediatric emergency department. from Yale New Haven Hospital. Outside of Yale, she co-founded the nonprofit organization Crew Haven, the first-ever free rowing and tutoring program for New Haven public school students. Yousman hopes to use his time at Oxford to continue advocating for underserved populations and improving their access to healthcare.

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