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Class of 2020 Graduate Student Fellows

Andrew Hunt

Andrew Hunt

McCormick School of Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Andrew Hunt is a graduate student in the McCormick School of Engineering pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering. He is a member of the Jewett Lab, where he is working on the synthesis and characterization of biologically derived materials with applications in energy and medicine. Originally hailing from New Mexico, Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in 2012. In his spare time, he can be found attempting to sharpen his culinary skills, playing soccer, biking around Chicago, listening to audiobooks on philosophy, or reading.

Bri Hightower

Bri Hightower

School of Communications, Media, Technology, and Society

Bri Hightower is a doctoral student within the Media, Technology, and Society program within the School of Communication and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her main research interests revolve around understanding how technology and media can enhance learning and communication for families and children. Before returning to Northwestern University, Bri conducted research at the Center for Children and Technology. When not researching, Bri can be found reviewing books on her blog, knitting, and experimenting with cold brew coffee.

Brandon Alston

Brandon Alston

Weinberg College, Sociology

Brandon Alston is a doctoral Student in the Department of Sociology with focuses in Gender and Sexuality and African American Studies. Originally from Philadelphia, he graduated from Haverford College in 2014 with majors in Sociology and Religion and minors in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies. Prior to joining Northwestern, Brandon served as a Corporate Fellow at Wake Forest University and earned a M.A. in Business Management. Brandon is broadly interested in the Sociology of surveillance, and specifically the deployment of police officers and surveillance technologies within working class communities. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys basketball, writing poetry, and exploring Chicago.

Tawny Spinelli

Tawny Spinelli

Feinberg School of Medicine, Mental Health Services and Policy Program

Tawny Spinelli is in the Mental Health Services and Policy Program (MHSPP) at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine pursuing her JD/PhD in clinical psychology. As part of the MHSPP team, Tawny supports transition-age youth initiatives, as well as projects related to developing and adapting trauma-informed resources. She is interested in researching ways to mitigate the effects of trauma in child welfare and juvenile justice populations through prevention, intervention, and policy. Tawny completed her undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and spent a year teaching science in India after graduation. In her spare time, you'll find her hiking, cooking, or playing guitar.

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