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The Office of Career Strategy is thankful for the opportunity to work with a number of graduate and professional students who assist us with advising services, program development, and student outreach. These individuals contribute toward the mission of the Office of Career Strategy, both in a student-facing capacity and behind the scenes.

Shruthi Balasuryan

Drop-In Advisor

Shruthi is a second-year dual degree MBA/MPH student at the Yale School of Management & Yale School of Public Health. Before starting at Yale, Shruthi worked across sales, analytics, and product management functions within the financial services and healthcare technology industries. She attended Boston College for her undergraduate training where she majored in Finance & Marketing. During her first year at Yale, Shruthi helped organize the first ever Health Services Innovation Case Competition as well as planned the annual Healthcare Conference. She was also involved in the Clinical Redesign accelerator through Tsai City and Yale New Haven Hospital, where she helped evaluate opportunities related to bed management and capacity utilization. As a continuation of her internship in healthcare consulting, Shruthi will serve as one of the SOM Consulting Club leaders during her second year.

Brian Bink

McDougal Career Fellow

Brian Bink is a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Social and Personality Psychology. His research focuses on communication patterns within romantic relationships. More specifically, he is interested in understanding how individual differences, environmental factors, and relational factors influence when and how people express concerns within their close relationships. During his time at Yale, Brian has served on the Advisory Committee for Investor Responsibilities where he provided recommendations to Yale’s investment office on how to ethically invest the University’s endowment. Prior to coming to Yale, he served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer on a ballistic missile submarine. Before that, Brian earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Maine, Orono, where he researched attraction among college students

Laura Brown

McDougal Career Fellow

Laura Brown is a fifth-year PhD candidate in Music History. Her research spans roughly the last three decades and explores how software technologies have been implicated in changing social, practical, and economic aspects of music creation for digital media, from film and TV to web series, podcasts, YouTube videos, and more. Before coming to Yale, Laura completed undergraduate degrees in Music and Russian and a Master’s in Musicology at Penn State University, where she researched Russian and Soviet music history and performed widely as a percussionist. At Yale, Laura served in the Graduate Student Assembly for three years, including as Vice Chair in 2017-18, before joining OCS as a McDougal Fellow in the fall of 2018. Laura is also captain of one of the grad-pro intramural softball teams, Team Iron Clef.

Lupe De La Cruz

Drop-In Advisor

Lupe is a second year MBA student at Yale’s School of Management (SOM). She graduated from Scripps College with a degree in Economics and started her career at Morgan Stanley in New York City, covering consumer and retail companies. After the 2-year analyst program, Lupe continued working in corporate finance within companies of all sizes, including AECOM, a Fortune 500 Engineering and Construction company, Ballast Point Brewery, and two beverage start-ups, Cutwater Spirits and Solti Juice. At SOM, Lupe is involved in Student Government and Women in Management, organizing the annual Young Women’s Leadership Launch conference, hosting over 100 New Haven high school women.

Mary Gilstad

McDougal Special Projects Fellow

Mary is a 3rd year PhD student in the East Asian Languages and Literatures department of GSAS. She studies pre-modern Japanese literature and her research focuses on exploring how and why poets and courtiers of the ruling and aristocratic class in Heian-era Japan (794-1185 CE) created numerous and varied poetry anthologies. She is additionally examining the practice of cutting out or assembling poetic and calligraphy samples (kohitsu) and pasting them on screens and albums in the Edo period (1603-1868), which often used and referred back to Heian poetic practice. Tying together her academic research questions is an abiding drive to understand the physical and material dimension of poetic practice in premodern Japanese culture and in a comparative framework. On campus Mary is also involved in the Graduate and Professional Student Senate and the Archaia Forum, a research-sharing and community group for those studying ancient and pre-modern times in any area.

Molly Grun

McDougal Career Fellow

Molly Grun is a fifth-year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering. Her research involves using innovative biomaterials to facilitate gene therapy in mucosal tissues. At Yale, Molly has been active in the graduate Society of Women Engineers, where she has organized a variety of professional development, outreach, and diversity events. As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, she participated in Northwestern’s engineering co-op program, which allowed her to work at General Electric between coursework. Molly is an avid reader, enthusiastic plant propagator, and amateur rye bread baker.

Carlos Hernández

MA/MS/PhD Graduate School Advisor (Humanities & Social Sciences)

Carlos is a Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American and Caribbean History. His dissertation project reconstructs the history of Cancún from its founding in 1970 to 2000, when the political party that had controlled the Mexican presidency changed for the first time in 71 years. After completing a year of archival research in Mexico City and Yucatán Peninsula, Carlos joined the Office of Career Strategy in summer 2018. A former career coach and writing consultant, he has extensive experience working with students and scholars across all disciplines. He is eager to advise undergraduates and alumni who are researching or applying to graduate school, and he is equally passionate about advancing diversity initiatives on campus. In his spare time, Carlos likes to read novels and explore archeological sites in Latin America.

Daming Li

Technical Interview Graduate Peer Advisor

Daming is a fourth-year PhD student in the department of physics. His is doing research in the field of computational neuroscience on medical campus, building mathematical models, running numerical simulations and performing data analysis to investigate brain dynamics and functions. Before coming to Yale, he was studying physics at Université Paris VII in France, and spent one year at Duke University as an exchange student. He enjoys traveling, reading novels and history. Daming is also the treasurer of Yale Table Tennis Association, coordinating and participating in NCTTA events with other schools. He is interested in a data science/machine learning career.

Sarah Malkowski

Drop-In Advisor

Sarah is a sixth-year PhD student in Chemistry. She studies riboswitches, which are bacterial noncoding RNAs that bind to a ligand and regulate gene expression. Prior to Yale she received her B.S. from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. During her time at Yale, Sarah has been involved in student government, including serving as Webmaster of GSA and Treasurer and Public Relations Chair of GPSS.  She enjoys playing on the club water polo team, traveling, and listening to live music.

Nathan Nguyen

McDougal Fellow

Nathan Nguyen is fourth-year PhD student in Cell Biology. He comes to Yale from California, where he studied molecular biology, bioinformatics, and astrophysics at the University of California – Santa Cruz. One of his main research interests is astrobiology, so he spent some time, as an undergraduate, working for NASA to develop biofuel and recycling methods for space missions. Currently his research focuses on basic science research on a cellular process called macroautophagy. Nathan likes to talk about scientific research, professional development, and life as a graduate student, and his hobbies include reading, singing karaoke, cooking, and board/video games. Nathan joined the Office of Career Strategy as a Graduate Student Fellow in fall 2017.

Chloe Papadopoulos

McDougal Fellow

Chloe Papadopoulos is a third-year Ph.D. student in the department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. She received an H.B.A. and M.A in Russian Language and Literature at the University of Toronto, where she specialized in nineteenth-century Russian literature, with a focus on Dostoevsky. Her current research focuses on the reception of historical fiction, drama, and sculpture in newspapers and the periodical press of the 1860s, as well as gendered models of communication in nineteenth-century Russian literature. Outside of her role as a McDougal Career Fellow at OCS, she serves as a co-organizer of the Yale Slavic Colloquium and the Yale Slavic Film Series.

Holly Rudel

MA/MS/PhD Graduate School Advisor (STEM)

Holly is a second-year Ph. D. student in Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on optimizing the efficiency of nanomaterials in sorbing environmental contaminants through crystal-facet engineering. She is also involved on the board of the graduate Society of Women Engineers, where she has helped to facilitate a variety of events on campus. Prior to coming to Yale, Holly was a chemical physics major and varsity swimmer at Bowdoin College. She then spent a year as a middle school math and science teacher in northwest Massachusetts. She now works as an advisor for Yale undergraduates and alumni interested in applying to graduate school. Holly is an avid reader, crossword puzzle enthusiast, and cat-lover (especially her cat, Periwinkle).

Yu Shi

Technical Interview Graduate Peer Advisor

Yu Shi is a second-year Ph.D. student in Operations at Yale School of Management. Her current research focuses on the subscription business model, aiming to identify products that are suitable for businesses based on pricing and optimal supply. Prior to her Ph.D., Yu obtained her master’s degree in Biostatistics at Yale, and bachelor’s degree in the department of applied mathematics in Hong Kong. During her time at Yale, Yu was the vice president of Association of Chinese Students and Scholars and has organized professional development events including Tea with Professors. Yu worked as a teaching assistant for MBA & EMBA courses at Yale SOM. Her interest lies in quantitative modeling and statistical analysis. She has diverse industry experience ranging from hedge fund to bio-tech companies. She was also a Meritorious Winner of Mathematical Contest in Modeling (MCM).

Courtney Smith

McDougal Fellow

Courtney Smith is a fourth year Pharmacology PhD student in the Yale Cancer Biology Institute. Her research is focused on understanding how receptors on immune cells are involved in regulating the immune system's activity and its response to cancer. As a member of the West Campus community, Courtney is committed to delivering career and professional development programming to students and postdoctoral fellows at Yale West Campus. Courtney comes to Yale from Wake Forest University, where she completed her undergraduate studies in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry and in Biology. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys spending time with family and friends, photography, and exploring the local area. Courtney joined the Office of Career Strategy in 2018.

Ruojuan Yu

Drop-In Advisor

Ruojuan is a second-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) student at the Yale School of Management. She is a Business and Engineering Strategist whose interests and expertise lie in management consulting, business strategy, engineering, energy and sustainability, women in STEM, children’s welfare, and China-U.S. relations. Prior to initiating her MBA, Ruojuan worked in multiple disciplines including drilling operations, reservoir engineering, project management, and business planning at Occidental Petroleum (NYSE: OXY), a multibillion-dollar organization. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, health and fitness, learning different cultures, and appreciating arts in all forms. Her favorite quote is “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunities.” Ruojuan completed her undergraduate study in Chemical Engineering at the University of Southern California.