So what’s this about Harvey Mudd being a place where collaboration—rather than competition—thrives, where relationships matter? Well, it’s not just talk. Here to demonstrate just how important relationships are to a Harvey Mudd education are two of the many outstanding seniors from the Class of 2015. In order to excel academically and participate in community service and extracurricular activities, they relied on a broad network of scholars, mentors, friends and family who, they say, are key to their achievements as undergraduates.
Devon Stork ’15
chemistry and biology
Activities: Science Bus; interned at Rice University-Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering; supported by the Shanahan Project fund to build a turbidostat with Andrew Gibiansky ’15
Awards: Brandenburger Prize (biology), Dotty and Art Campbell Prize(chemistry), Phi Lambda Upsilon, department honors in biology and chemistry
Next: Attending the Harvard PhD program “Molecules, Cells and Organisms,” where he looks forward to working in some of the university’s prestigious synthetic biology labs, including David Liu’s.
Priya Donti ’15
computer science and mathematics
Activities: Homework Hotline, Writing Center, Science Bus, ESW/MOSS, Mudders Making a Difference, DUCK! Improv
Awards: Jean and Joseph Platt Freshman Prize, Udall Foundation Honorable Mention, Computing Research Association Undergraduate Research Award, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (studying smart grid technology), department honors and awards
Next: Traveling to four countries (Germany, India, South Korea and Chile) to study smart grid technology and policy as part of the Watson Fellowship, then on to Carnegie Mellon University on an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue multidisciplinary work using artificial intelligence.
My family—my parents in particular—supported me unfailingly through the ups and downs at Mudd. No matter how often I called or visited home (or didn’t do those things), I knew my family was always there for me.