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Student Summer Plans

Share your summer plans and be inspired by those of your fellow Reedies.

This is a great way for you to make connections with fellow classmates and help us to plan internships and externships that better serve you. You have the option to remain anonymous, to publish your plans to this page, or to simply share them with us via email.

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Summer Plans

1. Adrian Boctor - Music

I'm working at Trackers Earth, a LARPing and performance day camp for kids ages 7-14 in Portland. I'm also going to New York City for a week in July for training at the OI so I can be a co-cordinator for Eye to Eye next year. Other than that, I will definitely be playing piano, singing, and playing, playtesting, and designing board games.

2. Ahyan Panjwani - Math-Econ

I am a working in Karachi, Pakistan on two projects as a McGill Lawerence Fellow. Both are schools for the underpreviliged children of the respective areas. One of them, Mashal Academy, is a project I have been associated with for 4 years now and this year we are adding MAD to the curriculum there. The other is a community school outside Karachi at a place called Hub, Baloschistan. We're working on infrastructure there.

And I am enjoying the best mangoes in the world too!

3. Alison Bryant - Biology

I'll be taking a roadtrip to the southwest, exploring Santa Fe, backpacking in the Havasupai Canyon, spending some time in the San Jaun Islands, and working for the second summer in Kara Cerveny's lab in the Biology Department looking at the role of the extracellular matrix in the maintenance of a stem cell niche in the zebrafish eye.

4. Alyssa Harrison - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I will be working with Rebecca LaLonde in her summer laboratory, exploring Portland, reading, and training for a half-marathon.

5. Amelia Dunn - Physics

I will be participating in the Department of Energy's SULI program at Ames National Lab. My research project consists of determining equilibrium and nonequilibrium phase transformations of alloys.

6. Anthony Leong - Psychology

Working as an intern at the hospital at Columbia University in NY under an anesthesiologist. Staying with my mom's wonderful cousin who hooked me up with the internship.

7. Audrey Spaeth - Biology

I am working as a supervisor and member of the leadership team at a Girl Scout summer camp in Washington state. In previous years I have been a counselor, a counselor-in-training, and a camper there.

8. August Wissmath - Art History

I will be working with Reed's Canyon Crew, bouldering at the local rock gym, and exploring city in the summer.

9. Benjamin Baker - Economics

Finish up at LSE, travel through Europe, come home to Portland, and start prepping to be an HA!

10. Benjamin Landauer - Chinese

I'm going to Taiwan with World Passport to teach English in and around Tainan on the Southwestern part of the island for most of July and August.

11. Bronwyn Murray-Bozeman - Music

I will be attending the Tallis Scholars' Summer Programme in Rutland, England, focusing on Byrd and Tallis and developing a greater understanding of Renaissance choral music.

12. Brynn Tran - English

I'll be working in the Registrar's Office, brushing up on my creative writing skills, and training in martial arts.

13. Caitlyn Hoeflin - Psychology

I will be working as a research assistant at Sharon Thompson-Schill's lab at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Philadelphia. I'm hoping to learn more about neuroscience and nefarious mind control.

14. Celebrity Nyikadzino - Environmental studies-chem

I will be working with the canyon crew,go to as many hikes as I can. I will also be volunteering with Groundwirk Portland.

15. Chrissy Schmidt - Biology

I will be working in the Renn Lab here at Reed, and hopefully exploring oregon a bit more.

16. Christina Johnson - BMB

I will be working with proteins in Arthur Glasfeld's lab this summer! I'm also taking a trip to the Outer Banks, NC and hopefully going home to Denver, CO at some point.

17. Clarise Sky-Johnson - Linguistics

I will be getting a summer job and spending my free time recreationally reading Greek texts and playing games and spending time with my boyfriend.

18. Colleen Werkheiser - physics

I will be doing an REU at SRI International Lab in Menlo Park, CA and then hanging out with family in the bay area.

19. Connor Greer - Undecided

I will be interning with McSweeney's, a publishing house in San Francisco.

20. Daniel Herman - Physics

For the summer of 2014, I will be working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA as part of their heliophysics REU program. I will be analyzing/simulating the evolution of solar flares under the direction of advisor Katherine Reeves (Class of 1997).

21. David Satten-Lopez - English

Stay in Portland. Volunteer at Raphael House. Work at Carte Blanche. Write a series of linked stories inspired by Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska.

22. Dean Young - Math-Econ

I will be spending my first two weeks at Summit, an urban development project up in Tacoma, WA. Then I will be interning at StanCorp Mortgage Investors for the rest of the summer.

23. Dylan McKenna - Economics

I'm working for FINRA, catching bad guys. I recommend it as an internship for any Reedies interested in regulation - pays good, hours are great, the works interesting.

24. Eduardo Navas - Linguistics

I will be spending June to September in the Freie Universit├Ąt, Berlin for an intensive summer of German. In the process I will be learning how to learn a language in general - a big help to me once I start doing the linguistics courses here at Reed. In my spare time I will further pursue my violin, translate my favorite german texts (eg. Rilke), and immerse myself in the new culture.

25. Elias Stern-Rodriguez - Philosophy

I will be working at a publishing internship at Writers House back home in New York. I will also be tutoring chess on the side, as well as playing in as many chess tournaments as humanly possible. Otherwise, I will be playing a lot of basketball and hanging out with my family.

26. Elizabeth Grace - Physics

I'll be searching for evidence of flavor oscillations of electron antineutrinos at an REU with Columbia University in NY.

27. Elliot Robinson - History

I am going to be travelling back to New York this summer after my family and I do some driving around Southern Oregon and Northern California. Then, I want to find some sort of a job that I'll like to do back in New York for part of the summer, and also work on my medieval living history kit more (making a steel lamellar cuirass, hand-sewing a linen tunic, etc.). I feel that summers should have a balance of fun and responsibility.

28. Emily Agan - Biology/Psychology

I'll be studying the neural basis of appetitive behavior in Paul Currie's lab at Reed College. In addition, I'll be working on campus as a summer HA for Residence Life, and continuing my work for Honor Council. I'll also be working as a surgical assistant and an animal care technician assistant at the Oregon Humane Society. In my free time, I hope to explore Portland by bike and take a few road trips to the Oregon Coast!

29. Anonymous - Biology

I'll be ocean lifeguarding on the Jersey Shore, 9-5+ six days a week. Saving up money for post-graduation dreams of exploring South America. Taking SCUBA classes, learning organic chemistry. Living in the Atlantic, breathing seawater. Encountering cownose rays, practicing Spanish. With the rays. The rays speak Spanish. Latin-American Spanish.

30. Emma Williams-Baron - Sociology

I will be interning with the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. I will likely be involved in the policy area of workplace equity. My work may include tasks such as writing briefing memos, press releases and reports, researching, data tracking and analysis, organizing events, social media outreach, and working with Commissioners on special projects. I am very excited to explore gender in the workplace further (it was the subject of my qual, and I have done a fair amount of research related to it in several classes), as well as experience the everyday of a small local government department!

31. Eren Veziroglu - Biochemistry

This summer I will be doing research at the Molecular Biophotonics and Imaging Lab at Stanford (Principal Investigator: Christopher Contag), taking calculus-based physics at West Valley College, and training for the Tour of California Alps - Death Ride.

32. Ethan Ho - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I will be working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in D.C. doing quantum mechanical calculations for the Material Measurement Lab.

33. Eve Mozur - Chemistry

I am going to be working in a computational biochemistry lab in Northeastern University as part of an REU

34. Hank Smith - English

Interning at San Francisco based publication Radio Silence.

35. Hannah Looney - French

Summers aren't for internships or career moves. They're for having fun, so I'll be visiting my Reedie boyfriend in California, listening to Meat Loaf with my family, hanging out by the Missouri River, and writing poetry.

36. Heather Milne - Biology

I will be staying in Portland for the summer taking Organic Chemistry at PSU so that I can study abroad in the fall. Meanwhile I will be kicking back and healing my broken arm, and once I've recovered I hope to find a part time job for the rest of the summer. If I'm lucky I'll also get to do some backpacking around the PNW!

37. Anonymous - Environmental Studies: History

I will tour on my bicycle south from Portland through California, and then back North again. Stays at a few WWOOFing farms will punctuate my tour. I expect to encounter goats, flats, fingerpicking, yet unknown friends, collapsed colonies, at least one drought, and quite enough people who are surprised that a woman would do such a thing alone.

38. Isabella Weiss - Studio Art

This summer i'll be heading home to the north woods of Wisconsin for a plethora of fun opportunities I cant wait to get at. I will be volunteering out our local wildlife rehabillitation center, interning at an organic farm, and doing ornithological illustrations for multiple northwoods bird clubs, wildlife education centers, and conservation groups! I plan on taking on some creative projects of my own, including a picture book of haikus and oil paintings centered around a theme of "life in the northwoods." I also have big birding goals in central Minnisota, southern Wisconsin, and the UP! Oh and i'll be taking a sweet course in raptor banding. Cant wait to go home!

39. Isabella Jorissen - Math

I will be working as an intern at a small portland startup called Graph Alchemist. I will be doing mostly front-end development.

40. Jacob Robertson - Biochemistry/Molecular Biology

I secured an internship in the Plant Genome Research Project at the Boyce Thomson Institute for Plant Research, a Cornell University affiliate. The research intership will introduce me to some of the latest biochemical, molecular biological, and genomic techniques while acquainting me to the professional atmosphere of a large research institute.

Before the internship, I'll be spending time with my friends and family back home in Erie, PA. I'm quite excited to say that I'll see Modest Mouse the first weekend after commencement. After the internship, I'm hoping to hike some of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia with my Grandma and other family members.

41. Jacqui Meadows - Physics

I will be spending June and July at an astrophysics REU at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. The specific project has not been determined yet, but it will be one of the following: searching for new massive stars and open clusters in our galaxy using publicly available data catalogs; measuring the spectral types and other properties of massive stars in the Carina nebula using quantitative spectroscopy; detecting subtle brightness variations of massive stars that may have pulsations across their surface using optical images; or high energy gamma-ray analysis of interacting massive stars using data from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.

42. James LaBelle - economics

working with Reed Professor Jon Rork on taxes

43. James Ryan - Biology-Psychology

Internship at the ONPRC in Kathy Grant's lab, potentially taking calculus on the side.

44. Joewie Koh - Physics, Mathematics

I will be participating in a research attachment at the complex quantum systems research group at the National University of Singapore. I am very excited about that!

45. Jonathan Perkins - BMB

I will be staying in Portland (living back at home with my family) to work at the Reed mail room and take calculus online. I'll also be going to visit some friends in Greece for a few weeks in August.

46. Kaori Freda - Studio Art

This summer, I will be representing Switchboard at the Reed Reunions, house-sitting for a Reed alum, I'll be attending PSU's NEW Leadership Oregon program, and teaching art at a charming children's art camp in Portland. I also plan to fly to Mexico to WWOOF for a brief bit.

47. Anonymous - Environmental Studies - Political Science

I'll be working part-time, living in a house off of Woodstock, and interning with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability to gather data for a project on local food processing and distribution in Portland (possibly to influence/inspire legislation).

48. Leila Pyle - Alt Bio

I will be hanging out with bears, building outhouses, cleaning marine debris off beaches, and singing about salmon with children! Why? Because I will be working as the Youth Conservation Corps Crew Leader at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge in Kodiak, Alaska! Kodiak also happens to be my beautiful home, so when I'm not working I will be hiking, hugging my pets, building fires on the beach with my friends, and swimming in the ocean. Yes, the Alaskan ocean.

49. Maddie Brandt - Math

I plan to complete an NSF REU in Mathematics at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

50. Maddy Wagar - Psychology

This summer, thanks to the financial support of the President's Summer Fellowship, I will be at Lunenburg Correction Center, a level 2 prison, conducting a photojournalism project documenting the journey of a select group of inmates. These inmates are students enrolled in an in-prison college degree program, the Southside Virginia Community College's Campus Within Walls college program. Student's who complete the program successfully will re-enter society better prepared to contribute constructively, with an accredited degree, and a unique and valuable sense of personal fulfillment and accomplishment that is atypical of the usual prison experience.

51. Maggie Cheney - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I will be working with a reproductive cell biologist in the Biomedical graduate school at Texas Tech. I also plan on enjoying the sunshine!

52. Mari Cobb - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I will be participating in an internship at the Oregon Health and Science University where I will be working on a project focused on FoxG1 syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder classified as a severe form of autism. In addition to working in the lab, I will be working around Reed, playing music, and getting up to shenanigans up and down the Pacific Northwest.

53. Mari Cobb - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

I will be participating in an internship at the Oregon Health and Science University where I will be working on a project focused on FoxG1 syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder classified as a severe form of autism. In addition to working in the lab, I will be working around Reed, playing music, and getting up to shenanigans up and down the Pacific Northwest.

54. Mary Lubbers - Sociology

Am line to work a full time job with the Walla Walla Parks service. Working in the parks in my hometown, especially on a full time basis is going to be amazing. Definitely looking forward to being outside for 8 hours a day. When I'm not working I'm hoping to make a dent in my reading list.

55. Matthew Bernobich - French

The highlight of my summer will be working as an "animateur" (RA) at a French immersion camp for high schoolers in Vermont. The students' goal is to speak French for four weeks, and ours is to keep them on track and help make it fun. Besides that, I'll be traveling to Boston for a weekend, doing preliminary work on my thesis, and going to a Yankees game.

56. Maya Campbell - History

I'll be interning for the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. working on race policy/doing related research for their Progress 2050 division for 8 weeks. Then I'm spending two weeks vacationing with my family for the first time in about two years!

57. Michael Ojeda - Religion

I have a research position with Sarah Wagner-McCoy in the English department, so I'll spend most of my summer reading Charles Chesnutt stories. I also hope to volunteer at a local public library doing whatever it is they need help with.

58. Anonymous - BMB

I secured an internship in the Plant Genome Research Project at the Boyce Thomson Institute for Plant Research, a Cornell University affiliate. The research intership will introduce me to some of the latest biochemical, molecular biological, and genomic techniques while acquainting me to the professional atmosphere of a large research institute.

Before the internship, I'll be spending time with my friends and family here in Portland, OR. I'll also be going to Puerto Rico and maybe, if lucky, be reimbursed for it.

59. Mike Jacobson - BMB

I was awarded a summer internship at OHSU where I will be working with Dr. Matthew Butler studying circadian rhythms. I might also look to slot in some math at PSU if time permits. Not to be too boring, I'm also going to try to explore Portland and the surrounding areas more as it will be my first summer here. I'd also like to learn Olympic Weightlifting at a local gym.

60. Molly Waggett - Linguistics

I'll be interning with CIS here at Reed.

61. Muldrow Etheredge - Physics

I'm going to go hang out for a day back home in Louisiana and then take chemistry at Tulane so that I can learn about stuff. After that, I'm going to sleep and do stuff like eat and hang out.

62. Naomi Gendler - Physics

This summer, I'll be participating in CalTech's LIGO REU program. I will be working on estimating parameters of the gravitational waves made by coalescing binary stars.

63. Nick Irvin - Physics

I will research fluid mechanics for wave and wind energy applications. I received the Reed Presidential Fellowship, which will fund me as I pursue this research. I will create water waves in a wave tank and measure their interactions with energy converters. I will use computer simulations to analyze how wind moves around wind turbines.

64. Nico Terry - Mathematics

I'm going home to Los Angeles for the summer after singing with the Collegium Musicum at commencement. I'll be interning with the nonprofit branch of Celerity International, a charter school company, and helping to develop a financial plan for a clinic which they will be establishing in Ghana and which they want to be self-sustaining within a few years.

65. Nicole Ezell - Biology

As a recovering physics major, I came a little late in the game to the bio department, so I have to take chemistry at PSU. I am assured that this means that I will have to live, breath and eat chemistry...

I will travel back to Texas for a couple of weeks to take a dip in Barton Springs and hoop in the sun. Other plans include fermenting a batch of oatmeal stout and - *gasp* - reading for fun.

66. Nicole Marino - Anthropology

I will be working at an art foundation at home in Connecticut this summer.

67. Nikki Cohen - Anthropology

I'm serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Franklin High School. I'm excited to work with a diverse group of students in order to support the 9th Grade Counts program that aims to raise the graduation rate in Oregon. I look forward to mentoring incoming 9th graders as they train with professional Portland artistis in a variety of mediums during an intensive summer arts program intended to inspire creative and independent thinkers and artists.

68. Noah Atchison - Economics

I recieved a Ducey Grant to work with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon to clean up a slew of data the US Treasury department released about applicants to the Home Affordable Modification Program. Once the data is workable we'll be looking at whether race and gender had significant effects on applicants' ability to receive assistance through the program.

69. Oleksandr Lushchyk - Chemistry

I will be working at Greene Tweed as an assistant in the Advanced Technology Sector, researching and developing elastomers.

70. Olivia Dawson - Sociology

I plan to take a semester of 1st year French at PCC to get that last group requirement out of the way. Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, I will be working with the Portland Art Museum on some projects in thier archival department and potentially working a part time job to pay the bills. i also plan to spend some time in New York, and possibly San Fransico.

71. Olivia Dawson - Sociology

I plan to take a semester of 1st year French at PCC to get that last group requirement out of the way. Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, I will be working with the Portland Art Museum on some projects in thier archival department and potentially working a part time job to pay the bills. i also plan to spend some time in New York, and possibly San Fransico.

72. Philip Stallworth - Math

I'm participating in the Iowa Summer Institute in Training for Biostatistics. So basically learning basic statistics and trying to understand public health issues/solutions through statistics. That goes from May 31 - July 18. After that I will probably just hang out in Portland with a quick stop in Houston.

73. Rachael Otto - Chemistry

This summer I will be working at Reed with organic chemistry professors Rebecca LaLonde and Alan Shusterman.

74. Rachel Fox - Biology

This summer I will be working on designing amphibian breeding habitat in the Reed Canyon, as supported by the Milton L. Fischer Award. This will involve extensive review of literature and surveying the canyon and eventually lots of manual labor. Finally, my co-awardee and I will design a long-term management plan for these breeding pools.

This is also my first summer in Portland!

75. Riley Thornton - Math

I'm going to spend a month kicking around Portugal, a month kicking around Portland, and a month kicking at the foundations of set theory in UCLA's REU in Logic.

76. Robert Rennie - Mathematics

May 24th to June 21st: Category Theory and Nonstandard Analysis independent study while I hang out in Pasadena, CA.

June 21st to August 3rd: MSRI-UP in Berkeley, CA.

August 3rd to 8th: Mathfest in Portland, OR.

Rest of Summer: Hop around the West coast learning Homological Algebra and Probability Theory and visiting family.

77. Robin Alexis Byron - Biology

I am working as a deckhand aboard the Liberty Fleet of tall ships in Boston, MA.

78. Anonymous - Religion

I'll be sticking around Portland this summer working full-time for the Hardware Shop on campus. I'll also probably be getting together a philosophy reading group with other students who decided to stay behind for break.

79. Salish Davis - Anthropology

I am a Fellow for 350.org, a national environmental organization. I will go to Minneapolis for one week for trainings and then head to Bellingham , WA to help organize against Tar Sands with a smaller group called Forest Ethics. I'll spend a lot of time outside with friends and family, and hopefully get some rock climbing in at Squamish!

80. Sanjeev Verma - Philosophy

I have an internship with Motionsoft, a software company in Washington, DC. I will be working on projects with CFO and COO related to product management (SaaS and MRM) as well as account management (full service billing). In my spare time I will be developing an iOS app with a Reed alum.

81. Sarah Black - Physics

I'm going to Spain for a 6 weeks this summer to walk the Way of St. James. Then, I'll head up to Norway for a week to visit a close friend. I'll spend the rest of the summer relaxing at home, and hopefully going hiking with my brother and spending time with my family in general.

82. Shabab Mirza - Economics

First, I'm travelling back home to Dhaka for a few weeks. I have not been back home during mango season in 4 years, so this is a Big Deal.

I'm working with a local theatre organization called Living Stages for a two-part project: (1) I will be conducting workshops to help train a core team of performers in the style of Theatre of the Oppressed. (2) I will help them with administrative duties, including fundraising, board development, and helping them with articles of incorporation so that they can become a 501(c)(3) in Oregon.

I am really excited that the ISS Summer Experience Award will allow me to do this projec, and am still looking for part-time work to cover the remainder of my costs.

83. Shea McElroy - Religion

I'll be working as a camp counselor for 12-16 year old girls at Camp Augusta in the Sierra Nevadas in CA.

84. Stewart Green - Biochem/ Molecular Bio

I'm working with Rebecca LaLonde in the Reed Chemistry department, ideally synthesizing biologically active compounds using Bismuth catalysis (a non-toxic, cheap alternative to Palladium catalysts).

85. Sydney Scarlata - Political Science

I'm going to Port-au-Prince, Haiti to work with SOIL (started by Reed Alum Sasha Kramer).

86. Timothy Tyree - Physics

I'm probably watching ice melt.

87. Won Joon Ki Choi - Undecided

I'll be studying Chinese at Middlebury Summer Language School in Vermont.

88. Zachary Harding-Laprade - Political Science

I will be living in Portland and interning at Quacqurelli Symonds, a graduate school recruiting company. When I'm not busy working I will be biking all over the city!