Sean Blink, McDougal Fellow
Sean Blink is a third-year PhD student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. His primary interests are Russian nineteenth century literature (also known as "what we talk about when we talk about Russian literature"), postcolonial theory, tattoo culture, fan fiction, and literary nationalism. Before coming to Yale, Sean worked in a variety of jobs in a variety of cities, from teaching third grade math in Boston's South End to directing social media marketing at a major midwestern art museum.
Charlotte Kiechel, McDougal Fellow
Charlotte Kiechel is a second-year PhD Student in the History Department. Her research interests include: the history and memory of the Holocaust, comparative colonialism, and political and cultural responses to mass trauma. Before coming to Yale, Charlotte graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College, where she majored in History and Asian Studies. After graduation, Charlotte served as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow in Thailand, worked as a researcher at the American Folk Art Museum, and, finally, spent a year as an Associate at a women-run private equity firm. All these experiences made Charlotte excited to not only come back to academia, but also help support other graduate students in their own career exploration process. Charlotte joined the Office of Career Strategy as a Graduate Student Fellow in fall 2016.
Amruta Nori-Sarma joined the Office of Career Strategy in the fall of 2014 as a Graduate Student Peer Adviser, advising Yale undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering / sciences. Amruta graduated from Princeton in 2008 with a BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and spent 2 years after graduation working in Finance at the intersection of environment, technology, and the markets before returning to grad school to get her Masters in Public Health at Columbia. After her MPH, Amruta spent a year conducting research in India as a Fulbright-Nehru fellow, examining and redefining the fundamental criteria for declaring heat waves in the city of Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The work from that year will form the basis of her dissertation examining the impacts of extreme temperature and air pollution on public health in urban centers of India, through the PhD program at Yale's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. When she's not hopping on and off trains and buses in India for her research, Amruta enjoys reading, dancing, surfing, seeking out adrenaline rushes and spending time with family and friends.
Katie joined the office of Career Strategy as a Graduate Peer Advisor in the summer of 2015. She works with students considering graduate school in the Humanities or the Social Sciences, and she loves helping guide people through the (sometimes confusing) process! Her undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology (and minor degrees in Math, Classics, and Gender Studies) have given her a wide range of experiences to draw on and make her particularly well-suited to this multi-disciplinary role. In her capacity as a Ph.D student, Katie studies the antecedents and consequences of group perception and cohesion under Dr. Jack Dovidio, and is an active member of the Social Psychology program at Yale.
Titlayo Omotade, McDougal Fellow
Titi-Mary Omotade is a third-year PhD Student in the Microbial Pathogenesis Department in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) program. Titi-Mary’s research interests include employing molecular biology techniques to characterize how intracellular pathogen, Legionella pneumophila, avoids targeting and destruction by the autophagy pathway, during the course of an infection. Before coming to Yale, Titi-Mary completed a BS in Biological Sciences and a BA in History at Virginia Tech University. Following graduation, she conducted research under a two year fellowship at the Department of Defense (DOD) – the main focus of her work was to design effective strategies to combat the virulence of the BSL3 pathogens that could be potentially weaponized. During her time at Virginia Tech and DOD, she participated in several outreach initiatives that aim to increase the recruitment of underrepresented groups in STEM and research. Titi-Mary joined the Office of Career Strategy in the fall of 2016 as an OCS fellow. Titi-Mary’s non-academic passion include learning to play the guitar, traveling to New York and DC, and attempting to take her indoor cat for walks.
Matthew Piva, McDougal Fellow
Matthew Piva is a 3rd year PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. His research exists at the intersection of behavioral, pharmacological, and neural approaches to studying social interaction between pairs of individuals, using either animal models or human subjects. Recently, he has focused on determining the efficacy of a combination of novel drug treatments for autism spectrum disorder and on exploring the neural systems underlying self-‐ and other-‐oriented decision-‐making. He is currently an elected senator in the Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate, a writing partner at the Yale College Writing Center, and a graduate affiliate at Branford College. He is also the recipient of awards recognizing his work both within and out of science, including a Pre-‐Doctoral Fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, a Kavli Neuroscience Fellowship, and the Governor General’s History Award, Canada’s top honor in the field of history and heritage. Before attending Yale, he graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BS in cellular, anatomical, and physiological sciences. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, theatre, and attempting to play classical piano pieces far beyond his skill level.
Nayi Wang, McDougal Fellow
Nayi Wang is a fifth-year PhD Student in the biomedical engineering department. Her research interests include micro-biotechnology and micro-medical device. Before coming to Yale, Nayi completed a BS in biomedical engineering and an minor in business management at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. While at U of M, she also served as a research assistant on a number of different projects, which involved drug delivery and biomaterials research. When not involved her studies, she worked in the U of M's tutor center for tutoring several engineering and science courses. Nayi joined the Office of Career Strategy in the fall of 2016 as a Graduate Student Fellow. In her spare time, she enjoys playing piano, swimming and traveling.