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Oh, the Places They Went!

Whether doing research on campus or traveling across the world for internships and projects, W&L students made the most of summer 2017. In the new year, we invite you to take a look back at everything they accomplished.

‘My Time in Thailand’

Shadowing surgeons in Thailand made neuroscience major Emily Ellis '18 even more excited about her chosen career path.

In Case You Missed It

A Study of Song

A grant from the Endeavor Foundation allowed Xiaoxia Yin '20 and Sesha Carrier '20 to study traditional folk singing in China.

Immersed in Language and Culture

Caroline Rivers test drove her Spanish—and her courage in unfamiliar environments—during a summer teaching gig in Argentina.

Summer at Oxford

Danielle Hughson's honors thesis will be focused on male editorial control and how it affects female writers, within a familial and patriarchal context.

Energized by Research

A grant from the Endeavor Foundation allowed engineering students Alfred Rwagaju '18 and Kennedy Gibson-Wynn '18 to spend the summer studying hydroelectric power in Rwanda.

Open for Business

A grant from the Endeavor Foundation allowed Yoko Koyama '19 and Maren Lundgren '18 to open a store in Cameroon that will fund transportation for local children to go to middle school in a neighboring town.

Dreaming of Freedom

Washington and Lee Spanish professor Seth Michelson has compiled a book of poems written by incarcerated undocumented teens and translated by some of his students and him.

‘Like Our Souls Were Shaking Hands’

A grant from the Endeavor Foundation sent Trang Duong '20 and Hannah Denham '20 to Vietnam, where they had enlightening interviews with both men and women about marriage in modern Vietnamese society.

Interest STEMs from Fun

With a Davis Projects for Peace grant, Angel Vela de la Garza Evia ’18 created an educational summer program for children in his hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. [With time-lapse VIDEO]

Making Sense of the Jungle

Liz Todd '19 was able to extend her Spring Term Abroad and spend the summer in Brazil, where she worked for an environmental agency.

Greeting Opportunity with Open Arms

Shadowing doctors in Peru allowed Bryan D'Ostroph '19 to practice his Spanish and firm up future career plans in health care.

Summer in Shanghai

Laura Wang '19 interned for the Shell company in Shanghai, putting her communications skills to the test and making new friends along the way.

Analyzing Islamic State Messaging

Zainab Abiza '19 spent the summer analyzing two Islamic State magazines in a timely project with Professor Seth Cantey.

The Railway in German Literature

Ben Schaeffer '18 is working with German professor Paul Youngman on a project involving references to the railway in German literature.

Unpacking the Resiliency of the Human Spirit

The spring term class asks: What possibilities does law offer after massive political violence has occurred, and what are the limits of law after massive political violence?

Pulitzer-Winning Team Includes Two W&L Alumni

Michael Hudson '85 (pictured) and Scott Bronstein '93 both worked on the Pulitzer-winning Panama Papers investigation, which relied on the collaboration of some 400 journalists around the world.

Civility and Opinion in a Polarized America

Tyler Grant ’12, a graduate of Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia School of Law, is a regular editorial contributor to several national publications.

In Her Natural Habitat

As director of Iowa State University's conservation camp, Jennifer Schieltz ’08 follows the lives of elk, deer, moose, bears, wolves and mountain lions.

From Volunteering to Mountaineering

Whether they were doing service work in Birmingham, touring firms in NYC, or climbing an ice-encrusted mountain in New Hampshire, Washington and Lee students made the most of Washington Break.

The Ruscio Center for Global Learning

The CGL is a statement about 21st century education. It is our commitment to moving in new academic and technological directions as we work with our faculty and our students to blaze trails we cannot even imagine yet.

Always on the Run

Helen MacDermott, office manager for the Center for Global Learning, is an avid runner and mother of two who would rather have coffee with her mom than any celebrity on earth.

Georgia On My Mind

Richard Bidlack, the Martin and Brooke Stein Professor of History, writes about reconnecting with a former student in her hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, 27 years after she was an exchange student at W&L.

W&L’s Pasquale Toscano Among 2017 Class of Rhodes Scholars

Pasquale “Paqui” Toscano, a classics and English double major, is Washington and Lee’s 16th Rhodes Scholar. The Rhodes Trust announced Sunday that Toscano, 22, of Kettering, Ohio, was one of 32 scholars chosen this year. The scholarships, valued at between $50,000 to $200,000, fully fund two to four years of study at the University of Oxford in England.

A Production for Peace

Alana DeJoseph ’92 is fulfilling her dream of creating a documentary history of the Peace Corps.

“Brexit and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe”

The Center for International Education at Washington and Lee University will present a panel discussion on “Brexit and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe” on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Stackhouse Theater in Elrod Commons at W&L. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Welcome FLTA Mengsu Kong

Mengsu Kong is one of seven foreign languaga teaching assistants on the W&L campus this year.

Anything But a Gap Year

Two first-year students take a gap year to live abroad and learn about a different culture -- and themselves.

International Outing

James Dick, director of student activities and outdoor education, led a group of 10 students, alumni and faculty on a hike through the foothills of the Himalayas.

The Ethics of Environmental Valuation

The conference will explore two fundamental but related themes: the ethical issues surrounding the valuation of ecosystem services and the proper role of preference satisfaction in the development of environmental policy.

Crisis Responder

David Sugerman '99 combines medicine with social service, responding to crises around the world and training those on the front lines of disease control.

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