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2013 Senior Award Winners

April 18, 2013

On April 6, Tufts Alumni honored twelve seniors, all outstanding in their fields, all on the cusp of the candlelight ceremony that will welcome them to the alumni fold. Watch the video to see them take a look back at their time on the Hill, and scroll down to learn more about the incredible talent that is about to enter the alumni community.

Stay tuned until the end for bloopers!



Emily Bartlett, A13

Religion and Spanish, Minor: Education
Rockport, MA

The recipient of the Ivan Galantic Special Achievement in Humanities Prize, the Constantine Ghikas Prize in Romance Languages, and the Department of Religion Award, Emily is a member of the Honos Civicus Society. She has worked for Tufts Student Resources, as well as the Chaplain’s Office. Emily studied abroad in Barcelona, interned at the civic non-profit Discovering Justice, and worked in a variety of teaching positions, including at the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School. Emily has been accepted into the Tufts Master’s program in Educational Studies.


Wyatt Cadley, A13

Economics and Political Science
Katonah, NY

As current president of the Tufts Senate, Wyatt has served this group for four years, also as its vice president. He has also been a resident assistant, orientation leader, member of Tufts Students Active for Ending Rape, and a member of the Tufts Unitarian Universalists. Next year he will be participating in the Teach for America program as a secondary math teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Brendan Dillon, A13

Biology-Psychology, Minor: Leadership Studies
Merrick, NY

As a Tisch Scholar for Citizenship and Public Service, Brendan has spent past three years working with the Mystic Learning Center helping to run a mentorship program that pairs children with Tufts student teachers, as well as provides tutoring for teenagers who are part-time workers at the center. He has been a tutor in the sciences for the Academic Resource Center, a teaching assistant in introductory biology courses, and a resident advisor. A resident head tutor in Houston Hall, Brendan is also a member of Tufts Emergency Medical Services and aspires to become an emergency medical physician.


Kiersten Ellefsen, A13

International Relations and Anthropology
Goshen, NY

A member of the Order of Omega and Sigma Iota Rho, Kiersten is the recipient of the Karno Dean’s award for Academic Excellence and Leadership and the Alex Elias Memorial Prize Scholarship. As both a member and captain of the Tufts Women’s Volleyball team, she was selected for the NESCAC All-Academic Team for three years, the All-New England Senior Team, and chosen by her teammates for the Jumbo Spirit Award. Kiersten is a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi, an intern with the Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights, and the Somerville Human Rights Commission. Studying abroad in Morocco, Kiersten conducted research on Moroccan attitudes towards the use of French.


Mae Humiston, A13

Fairfield, VA

As co-chair of the alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services, Mae is also the founder and leader of the Tom Thumb’s Student Garden, has worked with the Tufts Digital Collections and Archives and Tufts Recycles, helped teach English as a Second Language to the Tufts custodial staff, and wrote a weekly column on food issues for the Daily. She interned at The Food Project in Dorchester and was selected for the Farm to School Fellowship at the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. Mae traveled to Haiti for volunteer work, and also conducted research in Vietnam on her senior thesis. A member of the Honos Civicus Society, she is the recipient of the Gemma Cifarelli Award and the Class of 1942 Prize Scholarship.


Suzanne Lis, A13

International Relations, Music, and French
West Hartford, CT

Suzanne is the winner of the Tufts Concerto Competition as well as the Tishler Competition for music. As a Summer Scholar, she combined her immense variety of interests in the study of the operettas of Pauline Viardot-Garcia, a 19th century opera singer living in Paris, and had the opportunity to study abroad for a semester that same city. Suzanne looks forward to remaining in contact with the “plethora of quirky, delightful people” she’s thrilled to have met at Tufts through the “Tufts support network that lives on after graduation.”


Andrew Lutz, A13

Baltimore, MD

Andrew is the recipient of the Karno Dean’s Award and the Lewis Manly Memorial Prize, as well a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was a four-year starter on and captain of the Tufts Men’s Tennis Team, for which he represented in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. A member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, he has participated in traveling volunteer programs to Argentina and Morocco. With aspirations to join Doctors Without Borders, Andrew is attending the University of Maryland School of Medicine next year. He has volunteered for Massachusetts General Hospital weekly, participated in the Healthcare Sector of Tufts Financial Group, and worked in an immunology lab as a Tufts Summer Scholar.


Josh Reed-Diawuoh, A13

Political Science
Milton, MA

Josh has held internships on the campaign of Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, at Harvard University Law School, Teach for America, the Bureau for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Congressman Stephen Lynch, and the public policy think tank Institute of Economic Affairs in Accra, Ghana, where he studied abroad. Josh is an executive board member of the Black Men’s Group, a member of step team Blackout, held a lead role in Yellowman, a play about colorism in the African-American community, was a mentor to high school students as part of the Sankofa Youth Project, and is an inductee of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honors Society.


Erica Satin-Hernandez, A13

American Studies and Community Health
New York, NY

The recipient of the American Studies Ted Shapiro Memorial Award and the Willner Family Scholarship, Erica is a member of the Honos Civicus Society. She is an Academic Resource Center Writing Fellow, a Tisch Scholar for Citizenship and Public Service, music director of the a capella group Essence, and on the steering committees of the Tufts Community Research Center and the Board of Directors of Community Change, Inc. Erica has interned for Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the Boston Public Health Commission’s Center for Health Equity and Social Justice, and the Somerville Promise Alliance and Community Change. She is completing her thesis on law and the significance of biracial identity in the U.S.


Adam Sax, A13

English and German Literature
Delmar, NY

Since coming to Tufts, Adam has been a steadying and inspiring presence behind the scenes in the Balch Arena Theater, from rigging and lighting to stage managing four shows, including Torn Ticket II’s Little Shop of Horrors and the Drama Department’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Adam even took his theater skills abroad while participating in the Tufts-in-Tübingen program, stage managing Equus and The Cripple of Inishmaan for the Anglo-Irish Theatre Company at the Brechtbau Theater. Also chair of the TCU Judiciary Board, a tour guide for Admissions, and a member of the survivorship committee for Tufts’ Relay for Life, Adam presented his essay “The Beat Woman as the Dawn of Self-Reflection” at the 26th Annual Beyond the Classroom Women’s Studies Forum.


Emily Sillari, E13

Economics and International Relations
Lexington, MA

As president of Tufts Financial Group, Emily has also been a member of the Tufts Student Leadership Corps, as well as an interviewer of prospective students for Admissions. While studying abroad in England at the University of Oxford she was coxswain for the Pembroke College Boat Club and won the college prize for excellence in exams. Emily has participated in summer internships at J.P. Morgan, Simon-Kutcher and Partners, and the office of Senator Scott Brown, A81. Upon graduation Emily is joining Deloitte’s Consulting Practice.


Amy Straus, A13

American Studies, Minors: Entrepreneurial Leadership and Leadership Studies
Princeton, NJ

As a recipient of the Class of 1911 Prize Scholarship, Amy is co-president of Vitality, a health awareness and wellness initiative, as well as co-president of 85-Broad, a global women’s network for women who want to be leaders in the business world. She is a member of the Alpha Phi sorority as well as president emeritus of the Leonard Carmichael Society. Amy has interned for Goldman Sachs, Adobe Digital Consulting Group, Innocentive, and One Kings Lane. Next year she will be working with the Global Client Group at BlackRock, a global investment manager.