The Johnson Scholars Program

The Johnson Leadership Fellows

The 2015 Johnson Leadership Fellows


Collin Baker ’17

Major: Psychology and Economics
Project Title: Learning and Memory Processes: Developing a Model of Aging in Pigeons

"Since I began psychology research two years ago, conducting a study of my own has been an exciting prospect for me, and the Leadership stipend has allowed me to fulfill that goal. Throughout the last six months, I’ve planned broad strategies for the project and executed more specific tasks, both of which have enhanced my leadership abilities. The stipend also allowed me to dedicate more time to coordinating and planning the project over the summer than I otherwise could have."


Michael Gavrilovic ’16

Major: Biology
Project Title:
Child Family Health International (CFHI): Hospital Medicine in Latin America

"The entire hospital experience taught me that the best way to be a leader is to lead on equal footing with others, and that a leader should respect others just as much as they are respected themselves. My main goal for the next few years is to go to medical school and become an ER physician. My experiences due to the scholarship enabled me to experience working with its equivalent in Argentina, and really cemented my desire to go into medicine."


Corinne Grainger ’16

Major: Environmental Science
Project Title: Clinton Foundation Haiti Team

"My project taught me a lot about the balance needed between analysis and action, especially in an environmental organization. We are living in a world where things are changing quickly and we must learn to work efficiently and effectively. It is so easy to get caught up in the weeds of environmental issues, but there is a much bigger picture that needs to be identified and become the focus. Finding that balance between detail and the bigger picture will allow us to be more effective leaders in change."


Jack Huber ’17

Major: Bioengineering
Project Title: Peptoid Association Kinetics

"Of all the lab techniques and data processing skills I learned, the most important lesson I took in was that consistency is key, especially when you have no idea what results to expect. I definitely want to continue working on this project through this school year and into the summer. It also gives me an idea of what it’s like to work in a laboratory and if I would like to explore that opportunity after my time at Santa Clara."


Mariam Khan ’16

Major: Public Health Science
Project Title: Inclusive Community Solutions

"This stipend experience has contributed tremendously towards my growth as a leader. I have learned that a leader is one who recognizes and affirms the needs of the community and works to address those needs for the public’s benefit. The Johnson fellowship has given me the opportunity to better understand and empathize with the stories of my classmates. Moreover, the fellowship has enabled me to become well-versed in the community participatory research model, which calls for community action through grassroots leadership. Ultimately, this stipend experience has made me a better leader by teaching me to be a better listener."


Hayley Raquer ’16

Major: Biology
Project Title: Analysis of Phosphorylation of the C. Elegans Transcription Factor LIN-31 During Cell Signaling

"After Santa Clara, I am intending to pursue graduate school for a PhD in molecular and cellular biology. I am going to use this degree to find innovative solutions and medical strategies for diseases that have not received a lot of attention from the medical/scientific community. I also want to continue my outreach, with the hopes of encouraging other young scientists to seek a better global future through innovation and scientific investigation. Without the Johnson summer fellowship, I would not have had the opportunity to take on so many new and exciting leadership roles this summer."


Sean Reilly ’16

Major: Environmental Science and Biology
Project Title: Disentangling Alaska Range Uplift: Global Cooling and Glaciation During the Last 8 Million Years

"This research independence forced me to grow as a scientist. I now feel much more prepared for wherever my research goals might take me. Without the Johnson stipend, I would not have been able to travel to the Scripps Oceanographic Institute in San Diego and participate in an experience available to few undergraduate students."


Farid Tadros ’15

Major: Biology
Project Title: Tracking Changes in Antibiotic Resistance and Diversity of Neisseria Gonorrhoeae in California and Baltimore

"The first time I had a successful sequencing run for our two genes, I remember jumping up and down and skipping around the lab. It took me over four months to get it. Overall though, there’s a lot of great memories from this project and the time I spent with my incredibly intelligent and passionate labmates during down times learning about them, their families, and their great stories."

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