After Mac - Class of 2011

Meet the Watsons

What could be more fun that a fully funded year of international study and travel? More

Our grads are hired by Mozilla, 3M, NASA, NIH, PBS, IMF, the Field Museum, the U.N., and more Here are where a few of them are now.

Arts, Entertainment, and Media

  • The Asian American Writers' Workshop - Yuan Li (Brooklyn, NY, American Studies)
  • Copley Society of Arts, Boston, Gallery Administrator - Airiin Lehtmets (Talinn, Estonia, International Studies)
  • Zeid HabayebEMI Music, Global Services Assistant - Zeid Habayeb (Amman, Jordan, Economics) Read about his internship with Atlantic Records
  • Tressa VersteegFreelance Writer - Tressa Versteeg (Pella, Iowa, English/Creative Writing)
  • Victor ParkerWarner Bros. Television, Publicity Assistant - Victor Parker (Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Political Science, International Studies) Read about his study abroad in South Africa
  • Minnesota Lynx and Timberwolves, Fan Relations Assistant - Holden Bigler-Johnson (Austin, TX, Sociology)

Business

  • Tristan TaruAnalysis Group, Financial Analyst - Tristan Taru (Lacuane, France, Economics) Read about his life now in Macalester Today
  • Eshita SethiBank of America, Investment Banking Analyst - Eshita Sethi (Gurgaon, India, Economics) Read about her internship on Wall Street
  • Samsoni AbrahamBest Buy, Operations Analyst - Samsoni Abraham (Arusha, Tanzania, Computer Science, Economics)
  • CellMark - Robert Zamora (Phoenix, AZ, Hispanic Studies)
  • 3mDeloitte Consulting - Guillermo Medina Benitez (Mexico City, Mexico, Economics)
  • 3mDeloitte Consulting - Gayatri Sarin (Mumbai, India, Economics, Philosophy)
  • EF Educational Tours, Sales Associate - Simon Kassel (Somerville, MA, Political Science)
  • ID Insight, Business and Data Analyst - Lee Noble (Marshall, MN, Mathematics)
  • Padilla Speer Beardsley, Associate Research Analyst - Yenee Soh (Seoul, Korea, Mathematics, English)
  • Katie AgnewTarget Corporation, Technology Leadership Program - Katie Agnew (Princeton, MN, Mathematics) Read about her life now in Macalester Today
  • Karin LochTarget Corporation, Merchandise Planning Business Analyst - Karin Loch (Lake Oswego, OR, Economics) Read about her experience at Mayo Clinic
  • Varini SharmaUS Bancorp, Financial Analyst - Varini Sharma (New Delhi, India, Economics) Read about her experience on Wall Street
  • Alexander HornWalt Disney Company, Franchise Development & Marketing - Alexander Horn (San Fancisco, CA, Political Science, Economics) Read about how he got the job

Community/Nonprofit

  • Admission Possible, Twin Cities - Kevin Finnegan (Oak Park, IL, Political Science)
  • All Around the Neighborhood Camp, Assistant Group Leader - Eva Beal (Pittsburgh, PA, American Studies)
  • Alliance for a Better Minnesota - Stephanie Fenner (Minneapolis, MN, Political Science, Human Rights & Humanitarianism)
  • Americorps VISTA in Minneapolis - Jillian Kahn (Barrington, IL, International Studies, Educational Studies)
  • Americorps VISTA at East African Women's Center, Living in America Program Assistant - Mina Tehrani (Yonkers, NY, Geography, Community and Global Health)
  • AmeriCorps VISTA, Program Coordinator - Kiera Coulter (Davis, CA, International Studies)
  • Amelia FurrowAt the border in El Paso, working with migrant workers and their families - Amelia Furrow (Wichita, KS, Hispanic Studies)
  • Edward OliverChild Hunger Corps with Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis, IN - Edward Oliver (Osage City, KS, Political Science)
  • Heartland Alliance in Chicago, Housing Resource Specialist - Lily Gordon-Koven (Newton, Mass., Geography, Urban Studies)
  • Evelyn DaughertyIraqi and American Reconciliation Project - Evelyn Daugherty (Ann Arbor, Mich., Sociology, Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies) Read about her letter writing project in Iraq
  • Lutheran Social Services - Emily Christie (Indianapolis, Ind., Sociology)
  • Macalester College, Admissions Counselor - Adam Van der Sluis (Brookings, SD, Applied Mathematics and Statistics)
  • Olivia BeloteMacalester College, Annual Fund Assistant - Olivia Belote (Colorado, History) Read about her study abroad in Rome
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota - Thomas Poulos (Irvine, Calif., Sociology, Political Science)
  • 3mNew York City Urban Fellows Program - Needham Hurst (Indianapolis, IN, Economics)
  • Organizing Apprenticeship Project - Robert Hemphill (Park Ridge, Ill.)
  • Jemma BrownStoryCorps (a national oral history project) - Jemma Brown (New York, NY, History) Read about her study abroad experience in Turkey
  • Wilderness Ventures, Trip Leader - Gregor Hoffman (Rochester, MN, Individually Designed Interdepartmental Major)

Education

  • Eric EngstromAstrocamp, Instructor - Eric Engstrom (Apple Valley, MN, Physics/Astronomy)
  • El Paso Independent School District, High School Teacher - Matthew Elliot (El Paso, TX, Biology)
  • Growing Circles Preschool, Teacher and Youth Advocate - Manon Gentil (Boise, ID, Psychology, Educational Studies)
  • 3mJapan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program, Assistant English Teacher - Kwame Gayle (Manchester, Jamaica, Anthropology, African Studies)
  • MATCH Charter School, Teacher - Marguerite LaFarge (Denver, CO, English, Educational Studies)
  • Minneapolis Public Schools, Interpreter - Arella Vargas (Saint Paul, MN, Studio Art)
  • Riverdale Country School - Emily Schorr Lesnick (Yonkers, New York, American Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) Watch her commencement speech
  • St. Paul Public Schools Foundation, Theater Improvisation Tutor - Maggie Jacoby (Los Angeles, California, History)
  • Teach for America, Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Amanda Caneff (Madison, Wisconsin, Geography, Educational Studies)
  • Natalie Owens-PikeTeach for America, Indianola, Mississippi - Natalie Owens-Pike (Minneapolis, Minnesota, American Studies, English) Read about her life now in Macalester Today
  • Teach for America, Denver, Colorado - Emily Pancoast (Louisville, Colorado, Environmental Studies, Educational Studies)
  • Teach for America, Secondary Special Education, Memphis, Tennessee - Marissa Warden (North Mankato, Minnesota, Political Science)
  • Teach for America, Elementary Special Education, Alabama - Carol Brod  (Brookfield, Wisconsin, American Studies) Read about her experience in Mephis
  • Teach for America, Bilingual Education, Seattle, Washington - Daniel Calderon  (St. Paul, Minnesota, International Studies, Hispanic Studies)
  • Teach for America, Kansas - Joseph Rasmussen  (Hartford, Wisconsin, Geography, Urban Studies)

Graduate School

  • Bard Graduate Center, MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture - Andrew Goodhouse (Minneapolis, Minn., Anthropology, French)
  • Nick O'ConnorCalifornia Institute of Technology, PhD in Chemistry - Nicholas O’Connor (Beaverton, OR, Chemistry) Read about his research in our labs
  • Valerie TrippCollege of William and Mary, PhD in Chemistry - Valerie Tripp (Littleton, CO, Chemistry)
  • Columbia University, MA in Statistics - Wenying Huang (Guangzhou, China, Mathematics, Economics)
  • Columbia University, PhD in Oceanography and Climate Change - Allison Jacobel (Northfield, Minn., Geology) Read about her study abroad experience in New Zealand
  • Alberto Rios de la RosaCourtauld Institute of Art in London, MA in Contemporary Art - Alberto Rios de la Rosa (Mexico City, Mexico, Art History) Read about his internship at the Guggenheim Museum
  • Daniel ResslerEast Tennessee State University, MS in Chemistry and Education - Daniel Ressler (Saint Paul, MN, Chemistry)
  • Hamline University, School of Law, JD - Candace Groth (Saint Joseph, MO, International Studies)
  • Sher TareenHarvard Divinity School, MTS - SherAfgan Tareen (Princeton Junction, NJ, Religious Studies, Anthropology) Read about his life now in Macalester Today
  • Cheryl ZoggJohns Hopkins University, MD/MS in International Public Health - Cheryl Zogg (Minneapolis, MN, Chemistry)
  • 3mMassachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD in Biological Engineering - Chen Gu (Shanghai, China, Chemistry) Read about his experience at the Mayo Clinic
  • Northwestern University, MA in Speech Pathology - Zena Hardt (Chicago, Ill., Linguistics)
  • Princeton University, PhD in Economics - Nikhil Gupta (Shoreview, Minn., Economics, Mathematics)
  • Tsinghua University, Beijing, University Program for Chinese Language Studies - Eric Livdahl (Wayzata, MN, Chinese)
  • Gerard HoogvlietUniversity College London, MA in Legal and Political Theory - Gerard Hoogvliet (Zwolle, Netherlands, Philosophy, Economics) Read about his time at Macalester
  • Jeff YamashitaUniversity of California-Berkeley, PhD in Ethnic Studies - Jeff Yamashita (Honolulu, HI, History, American Studies)
  • 3mUniversity of California-Berkeley, PhD in Statistics - Jorge Banuelos (Inglewood, CA, Mathematics)
  • 3mUniveristy of California-Los Angeles, MA in Public Policy Affairs - Thomas Poulos (Irvine, CA, Sociology, Political Science)
  • Christina FitzsimmonsUniversity of California-San Francisco, PhD in Chemistry and Chemical Biology - Christina Fitzsimmons (Charlotte, NC, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Chemistry) Watch Christina explain her chemistry research
  • University of Geneva, Switzerland, Master of Arts, Graduate Institute of International Studies - Caitlin Hannahan (Pelham, MA, Political Science)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, PhD in Chemistry - Hannah Haley (Bloomington, IN, Chemistry)
  • Kyera SingletonUniversity of Michigan, PhD in American Culture - Kyera Singleton (Clementon, N.J., Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies)
  • Peter GoldbergUniversity of Michigan, PhD in Chemistry - Peter Goldberg (Rochester, MN, Chemistry)
  • Cali Cope-KarstenUniversity of Michigan, Law School, JD - Calanthe Cope-Kasten (Ripon, WI, Political Science) Read about her mock trial experience
  • 3mUniversity of Minnesota, PhD in High Energy Particle Physics - Allison Kennedy (Marana, AZ, Physics, Mathematics) Read about her research on dark matter
  • University of New Mexico, MA in History - David Bliss (Plymouth, Minn., History)
  • Johanna SchuchUniversity of North Carolina, PhD in Urban Geography - Johanna Claire Schuch (Leersum, Netherlands, Geography, International Studies) Read about her study abroad experience
  • John AllanUniversity of Virginia, PhD in Astrophysics - John Allan (Portland, OR, Physics, Religious Studies) Read about his Macalaster research
  • 3mUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD in Cancer Biology - Jaye Gardiner (Chicago, IL, Biology) Read about her summer research
  • 3mYale University, PhD in Invertebrate Paleontology - Emma Locatelli (Las Cruces, NM, Music, Geology) Watch Emma talk about how Mac helped her get into Yale

International/Non-Governmental Organizations

  • 3mAmigos de las Americas, Dominican Republic - Luisa Paredes (Winston Salem, NC, Biology, Community and Global Health) Read "Global Volunteer"
  • Terence SteinbergA Tu Lado, Caracas, Venezuela - Terence Steinberg (Naples, FL, Economics) Read about how he started an EMT class at Macalester
  • Ethan ForsgrenIn Caracas, Venezuela, organizing community emergency response courses - Ethan Forsgren (Ames, IA, Biology, Community and Global Health) Read about his internship with Minnesota Department of Health’s Office of Emergency Preparedness
  • Education Association for China Tomorrow (EACT), Intern, Beijing, China - Nelly Provencal-Dayle (Sarasota, FL, Political Science)
  • Julia SmithFulbright Fellow, Mexico - Julia Smith (South Berlington, VT, Latin American Studies, Educational Studies) Read about her award
  • Fulbright Fellow, Germany - Ruth Conkling (Norfolk, VA, German Studies, Biology) Read about her award
  • Fulbright Fellow, Brazil - Jamila Humphrie (Seattle, WA, Political Science, Hispanic Studies) Watch her talk about her award
  • Sarah Nilsoon DolahGraduate Institute of International and Development Studies in International Affairs in Geneva - Sarah Nilsson Dolah (Dalby, Sweden, Political Science, Human Rights and Humanitarianism)
  • Grassroot Soccer (AIDS education through soccer in South Africa), Intern - Martha Coe (Grand Haven, Mich., Religious Studies, International Studies)
  • Kate PetersenIsrael Museum, Jerusalem, conservation intern - Kate Petersen (Walnut Creek, CA, Classics) Read about her internship in Israel
  • MicroGrants, Intern - Claire Eder (Evanston, IL, Economics)
  • Kaija BergenPeace Corps, Cambodia - Kaija Bergen (Fort Collins, Colo., International Studies, English)
  • Raise Hope for Congo, Intern - Kathryn Havranek (Denver, CO, International Studies)
  • State Department foreign languages grant for further study in China - Rachel Wisthuff (La Grange, IL, International Studies, Human Rights and Humanitarianism) Read about her U.S. State Department Scholarship
  • Marichel MejiaStudent Action for Farmworkers, Fellowship - Marichel Mejia (Edina, MN, Political Science, Latin American Studies) Read about her service work in Nicaragua
  • Morgan SleeperWatson Fellow, Ireland - Morgan Sleeper (Deland, FL, Linguistics, Asian Studies) Watch Morgan Sleeper talk about his award to Ireland
  • Keren YohannesWatson Fellow, Uganda - Keren Yohannes (Louisville, KY, International Studies, African Studies) Read about Keren's goal

Public affairs and Government

  • Hannah JohnsonGovernment Accountability Project, Washington D.C. - Hannah Johnson (Bismarck, ND, Political Science) Read about her research experience at Mac
  • Nolan LevensonDistrict Councils Collaborative, St. Paul - Nolan Levenson (New York, NY, Geography, Urban Studies) Read about his GIS project
  • Center for Responsive Politics, Researcher - Mark Mullaney (Minneapolis, MN, Political Science)
  • Urban Prep Fellows Program in Chicago - Stephen Murphy-Logue (Anchorage, AK, Political Science)
  • The Fund for the Public Interest - Kitty Ng (New York, NY, Environmental Studies, Geography)
  • The Clinton Foundation, Economic Empowerment Intern - Proma Sen (Ranches, Dubai, Economics, International Studies)
  • Shelle ShimizuU.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, Truman-Albright Fellow - Shelle Shimizu (Mililani, Hawaii, Political Science) Read Shelle's account of how her advisor helped her
  • 3mFederal Reserve Bank, St. Louis - Kate Vermann (Bronx, NY, Political Science, Economics) Watch Kate talk about her internship
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals, Participant - Carl Skarbek (Louisville, KY, German Studies, Environmental Studies)

Science and Health

  • Johanna SchuchCarolinas Healthcare System, Research Assistant - Johanna Claire Schuch (Leersum, Netherlands, Geography, International Studies) Read about her work in global health in Chile
  • Ebenezer Care Center, Volunteer - Matthew Koenig (Baltimore, MD, Sociology)
  • Majd KhabourHewitt Associates, Health Management Analyst, Data Analytics National Team - Majd Khabour (Amman, Jordan, Economics, Community and Global Health) Read about how Macalester connections helped Majd
  • 3mNational Institutes of Health - Willem Laursen (Charleston, IL, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology) Read about Willem's research experience
  • Nate JuergensNational Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction, Washington, D.C., Researche - Nathan Juergens (Saint Paul, MN, Biology) Read about Nathan's research experience
  • United Health Group, Minneapolis - Eli Crane (Santa Clarita, CA, Economics)
  • USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Spanish Nutrition Educator - Abigail Gutmann-Gonzalez (San Clemente, Chile, Psychology)
  • Virgin Island Environmental Research Station on St. John, Researcher - Zoe Hastings (Elkhorn, WI, Environmental Studies, Biology)

Technology

  • Tyson Kratz3M, Treasury Analyst - Tyson Kratz (Duluth, MN, Economics)
  • Apple, Inc., Specialist - Kristine Stresman (Milwaukee, WI, Music)
  • Cyrex Laboratories - Mathew Starner (Thornton, Colo., Biology)
  • Estela ShabaniEpic Systems Corporation, Project Manager - Estela Shabani (Vlore, Albania, Biology)
  • Margaret ShakleeProvision Kinetics - Margaret Shaklee, (Pardeeville, WI, Linguistics)
  • Public Health Solutions, Database Management - Nicholas Santrach (Minneapolis, MN, Physics)
  • Jenny GrinbloThe Urban Institute, Online Strategy Consultant - Jenny Grinblo (Akko, Israel, Sociology, Global Citizenship)