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Kauri George, Film and Video Studies

By Mason Spirit contributor on March 22, 2019

Year: Senior Major: Film and Video Studies Hometown: Centreville, Virginia Switching Gears: With a little push from herself, and before getting in too deep, Kauri George decided to shift away from her studies in journalism and instead follow her dreams of film and video. She wanted to have a hand in every aspect of film,…

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Mihaela Suciu

By Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on March 22, 2019

Mihaela Suciu’s childhood and adolescent years present a sobering timeline of abuse, family alcoholism, divorce, and her mother’s death. But for this neuroscience major, those challenges were no match for her determination to persevere and not be defined by what came before.

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Evan Draim

By Priyanka Champaneri, BA '05, MFA '10 on March 22, 2019

Evan Draim spent his first two years out of Princeton University being a voice for people who are still learning to advocate for themselves. What he didn’t realize was that the work he was doing made him the perfect candidate to receive the A. Linwood Holton Jr., Leadership Scholarship.

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Donal Murray, Rehabilitation Science

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 26, 2018

Rehabilitation science PhD student Donal Murray turned his passion for sports into a career.

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Saskia Popescu, Biodefense

By Buzz McClain, BA '77 on November 26, 2018

As a child, Saskia Popescu was inspired by the best selling thriller, The Hot Zone. Now a PhD student in Mason’s Biodefense Program, she finds the story to be far more different.

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Blake Klocke, Environmental Science and Public Policy

By Colleen Kearney Rich on November 26, 2018

Mason doctoral student Blake Klocke has been interested in amphibians for as long as he can remember. He talks about growing up in Minnesota, where he shared his bedroom with a few dozen frogs, snakes, and geckos, as well as the insects he cultivated to feed them.

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Pouya Gholizadeh, Civil Engineering

By Mason Spirit contributor on November 26, 2018

From the streets of Iran to the housing complexes of Fairfax, Virginia, civil engineering doctoral student Pouya Gholizadeh sees one thing universal to construction sites at both: the safety of the workers.

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Ricardo Sanchez, Counseling and Development

By Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on November 26, 2018

For Mason PhD student Ricardo Sanchez, international aid is part of the job. Since he joined Counselors Without Borders in 2013, Sanchez has been selected to travel to his native Peru, South Dakota, and Puerto Rico as a graduate counselor to assist with post-disaster emergency situations.

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Sarah Rose-Jensen, Conflict Analysis and Resolution

By Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on November 26, 2018

As a former anti-war organizer and nonviolence trainer during the Iraq War, Sarah Rose-Jensen’s decision to enroll in Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution to study social mobilization against forced evictions in Cambodia was personal.

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Stephanie Seal Walters, History

By Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on November 26, 2018

History PhD candidate Stephanie Walters took her childhood love for history with her all the way to her dissertation, where she started with a single question: Were there loyalists in Virginia at the time of the Revolutionary War? Modern historians believe that only a few hundred loyalists, then called Tories, existed across the state.

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