What Can STRIDE Do for You?

Joanna Slater says she got to know every “last nook and cranny of Neilson Library” when she worked as a STRIDE scholar with Elizabeth Spelman, professor in the humanities and philosophy. Joanna also gained a friend and mentor in Professor Spelman. “Through our weekly meetings, mostly over coffee at a local shop, I learned about the best traditions of academia: a curious mind, a respect for others, a devotion to learning,” she explains. At the end of her senior year, Joanna won a prestigious Henry Luce Foundation Scholarship that placed her in Hong Kong for one year as a Luce Scholar and a journalist. Joanna was awarded a Knight Bagehot Fellowship at Columbia University. She is now the New York bureau chief for Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail.

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Through STRIDE, Elizabeth Thomas worked with David Smith, associate professor of biological sciences. “The STRIDE program allowed me to conduct one-on-one research with a professor as soon as I entered Smith. It gave me opportunities to do work that most undergraduates do not have until their senior year. STRIDE also provided me with connections that helped me to get summer jobs during my college years.” Elizabeth is now attending graduate school at Brown University.

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For Jennifer DeBerardinis, a biological sciences and philosophy major, her STRIDE research led to a special studies project in her senior year with Laura A. Katz, Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences—“Heterogeneous Rates of Evolution Among Loci in Ciliate Chilodonella uncinata.” She is now a Fulbright Fellow living in Australia conducting philosophy research—"Uniting Science and Metaphysics through Embracing the Reality of Inherent Contradiction."