Tag Archives: 2020 Senior Awards

Riya Kaushal

Riya Kaushal is majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Biology, Chemistry, Cities and Social Medicine, and Honors in Math and Natural Sciences. She is a Co-Research Coordinator at the Stress in Pregnancy Study where she started in Summer 2017 as a research assistant. Riya earned the Thomas E. Frumkes Award for Excellence in Psychological Research.

Riya has been an AmeriCorps Jumpstart volunteer for two years, providing support to preschools in underserved NYC communities. She has been volunteering at Cohen Children’s Medical Center since 2016. During her first semester of college, she joined the SAHDI club, spreading awareness about respiratory diseases in Sri Lanka. She became president of the Hindu Student’s Association club in 2017. Riya was a summer Research and Policy Intern for Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), where she worked with government officials to decriminalize marijuana. She studied abroad in South Africa during Winter 2019. After graduation, Riya will be applying to medical schools while continuing her research and community service activities.

Natalia Sandor

Natalia Sandor is a Business Management major with a minor in English Writing. Currently, she is the owner of Sand Bars Handcrafted, an ice cream sandwich company she founded in 2017. She also was the founder and president of the Sustainable Student Organization and sat on CSI’s Sustainability Committee. In 2018, she was selected to go on the Macaulay Service Trip to Puerto Rico to help with post Hurricane Maria recovery.

As a student, Natalia held internships at: Omnibuild Construction doing risk management, Warby Parker running a technical team, The Department of Economic Development working on a project team and at The Office for the Associate Vice Chancellor at CUNY running social media for the Women in Technology initiative (WiTNY). She also participated in the WiTNY summer guild at Microsoft and was a dedicated member and captain of the women’s soccer team at CSI. More recently, she participated in RLab at ShoP Architects where she built out an augmented reality application. After graduation, Natalia plans to run her business while working on a second start up.

Jessica Jiang

Jessica Jiang is a Business Administration and Communications double major with minors in Business Law, and Television and Radio, and a concentration in Marketing. During her time as an undergraduate, she participated in The Lorraine Laighold Summer Leadership Academy in 2018. She became Director of Marketing for Macaulay Service Initiative early 2018 maintaining their Instagram and Facebook pages.

She landed a winter internship with Citi Ventures in January 2018, through Break Through Tech New York. In Fall 2019, she interned at NBCUniversal as their Market Research Intern, learning Nielsen applications and more about the entertainment industry. She is a finalist for the International Radio & Television Society Foundation (IRTS) Summer Fellowship. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue paving her way through the entertainment industry and obtain a Masters of Science in Business Analytics.

Katherine Dorovitsine

Katherine Dorovitsine is a graduating senior in the Macaulay program at Baruch, studying Finance with minors in International Business and New York City Studies. She was a member of the Macaulay Business Club for nearly 3 years, and later collaborated with a few friends to start the Macaulay Innovation Club, which aimed to give students with an interest in entrepreneurship, an environment in which they could brainstorm with likeminded individuals. At Baruch, she has worked as an Honors Program Ambassador, where she served as a resource to prospective students and families looking to familiarize themselves with Baruch and the honors program. She also worked as a first-year seminar peer mentor for a group of Macaulay students. In the past two summers, Katherine had the opportunity to intern at Goldman Sachs where she collaborated with the firm and Macaulay to conduct an interview of a Macaulay/Baruch alumna, which was later published on the Macaulay Honors College website. In August, she will be joining Goldman Sachs as a first-year analyst within Prime Brokerage.

Ashley Lum

Ashley Lum is a History major and Anthropology minor. Currently, she works as a curatorial and education intern at the Lehman College Art Gallery where she started in the Fall of 2018. She was the co-president of Macaulay Art Tank, a student arts initiative that showcases student creativity every spring at the Macaulay building. In 2019-2020, she served as the senior Lehman representative on the Scholars Council and a member of the Student Life Committee. She is also a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship and Meyers Scholarship which funded her summer study abroad program in Greece.

During her undergraduate career, she was inducted into Phi Alpha Theta (2018) and Phi Beta Kappa (2019), academic honors societies for history and the liberal arts & sciences respectively. She will be attending the CUNY Graduate Center as a student of the History Ph.D. program with a five-year tuition fellowship and a first-year stipend from the History Department in the Fall of 2020.

Miriam Fried

Miriam Fried is an Anthropology major, and has minors in Art History and Business & Liberal Arts Honors. During her junior and senior years, Miriam served as president of the QC Anthro Society, the only anthropology club at Queens College. In recognition of her academic and leadership achievements, she has received prestigious awards from the QC Anthropology Department, including the Most Promising Student Award, and the Service Award. She is also a recipient of the Brownstein/McDermott Scholarship in the Humanities, and the Raymond Taylor QC Scholars Endowment Fund.

To complement her coursework, Miriam has amassed valuable experience outside the classroom. In Summer 2018, she joined an archaeological excavation at the site of Khirbet el-Rai in Israel. In Summer 2019, she interned in the North American Archaeology Lab at the American Museum of Natural History. Coronavirus-permitting, she will rejoin the lab in Summer 2020. Miriam is excited to begin her doctoral studies in Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center; she was accepted for Fall 2020 with a Graduate Center Fellowship.

Angela Chi

Angela Chi is an Economics and Chinese double major. She is part of Hunter’s Chinese Flagship Program, a rigorous language program of study in Chinese language and culture. She is also a Leon Cooperman scholar. This summer she will be interning with Onrout, an e-commerce delivery optimization start-up.

She was the Hunter Class of 2020 Macaulay Scholars Council student representative for two years and served as VP of Community Service. In 2016, she was also the Macaulay Service Initiative’s Director of Public Relations and built partnerships with several NYC nonprofits. In 2017, she was awarded Hunter’s Green Initiative Fund grant and co-founded Eco Fashion Expo (EFE). The same year, she co-founded the Macaulay Green Initiative, an initiative promoting environmentalism on campus. In the summer of 2019, she interned on the Global Trade and Customs Compliance team at Tapestry. This past semester she studied abroad in China. She hopes to combine her diverse background to create a global lifestyle brand to inspire people to live life to the fullest while cheering on each other.

Egor Semeniak

Egor Semeniak, a Computer Science major with Cybersecurity Specialization, currently works as an Information Security Administrator at New Visions for Public Schools. At Macaulay, he participated in 20+ national programming challenges, achieving victories in 13 and co-founded MHC++, a club dedicated to technology & sciences where he helped to organize the CUNY-wide Hackathon. As an IT Specialist at CSI, he provided support and training to 18k+ students and employees. In 2018, the National Science Foundation & Department of Defense chose Egor to further research in HPC Mathematics and Jeanensis offered him a Technology Fellowship integrating Blockchain POCs. In 2019, he joined the NYU VR Lab developing sonification technologies, and IBM’s Cybersecurity Team as a Vulnerability Management Intern, assuming a leadership position in the Intern Organizing Committee. Code developed by Egor & his team is being used by over 350,000 users. In the future, he plans to further his career in cybersecurity & promote tech in the community by presenting his research at DefCon, a national hacker convention.

Abirami Rajeev

Abirami Rajeev is a Mathematics major and Human Rights and Peace Studies minor. Currently, she works as a math tutor and a technology assistant at Lehman College. She is the Co-Director of the Feminist Society as well as an avid participant in Habitat for Humanity. She has received honors such as the Kenan Fellowship, Induction to the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, the Meyers Scholarship, and a Presidential Scholar.

Over her four years, she has worked as a Grassroots Canvasser, as a volunteer in Puerto Rico to aid with the hurricane relief efforts, and as a teacher in Thailand for children in danger of being trafficked. Through all these experiences, she discovered her passion for data science and humanitarian work. She plans to work for the Peace Corps and then continue her studies of mathematics, computer science, and human rights.

Caroline Zuba

Caroline Zuba is a Comparative Labor Studies major at CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies at Macaulay Honors College. She is a Macaulay Hertog Scholar and Thomas W. Smith Fellow. She has been involved in TEDxCUNY since her freshman year, originally as the Director of Communications and Media and, for the last three years, as its Lead Organizer/Licensee. At Macaulay, Caroline has served as a Peer Mentor / Orientation Leader, as well as Treasurer of the Peer Mentors, and serves on the Scholars Council as the Brooklyn College Representative for the Class of 2020, previously as the Vice President of Campus Affairs.

In addition to studying abroad in Italy, she has explored her passion for socioeconomic justice through community organizing, research, and courthouse navigation positions. After a gap year, she plans to apply for a combined J.D/Ph.D program.