Wilmington Fellows Class of 2019

Sarah Bischoff

Sarah Bischoff

Sarah Bischoff is a junior at UNCW majoring in Elementary Education with a concentration in English as a Second Language. Sarah has a special interest in working with immigrant students and students who are not fluent in English. Currently, she serves as a volunteer to the ESL population of Williston Middle School in downtown Wilmington. She plans to teach internationally after graduation and pursue her goal of helping children around the globe enjoy learning. In May 2016, Sarah traveled to Finland and Sweden through the Watson Student Leaders Honorary Program to learn about their school systems. She will be traveling to Ethiopia in December 2017 to study English language acquisition and work on her honors thesis with Dr. Parker. She works for Housing and Residence Life as a Resident Assistant in Tri-House, and in her free time, Sarah enjoys baking extra-chocolaty cookies, collecting seashells, and just being around others.

Recent Accomplishments: Eric and Jean Rosenberg Distinguished Merit Scholar; Phi Eta Sigma induction; Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member; SURCA research grant recipient; recipient of the 2017 Martha M. Duncan Leadership Scholarship; Housing & Residence Life's 2016-2017 Programmer of the Year

Caleb Horowitz

Caleb Horowitz was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina, where he grew up reading and writing as much as possible. Caleb chose to come to UNCW because of its excellent creative writing program, and he is double majoring in English and Creative Writing. Caleb hopes to study the English language and the works of those who have mastered it, and eventually get master’s degrees in both English and Creative Writing. His dream is to work as an English or writing professor while writing his own works of fiction. Caleb is the secretary of UNCW’s Writers’ Association and the Editor-in-Chief of its honors literary magazine, Second Story Journal. Caleb is a big fan of The Lord of the Rings, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and The Legend of Zelda. His greatest desire is to become a novelist.

Recent accomplishments: Editor-in-Chief of Second Story Journal, secretary of Writers' Association, publication in Atlantis magazine, publication in Randall Library Flash Fiction Collection

Nicole Kroushl

Nicole Kroushl

Nikki Kroushl was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in North Carolina. She is an avid reader and writer. She chose UNCW because of its unique creative writing program and because it felt like (and still feels like) home. Nikki is a Creative Writing and Communication Studies double major with minors in English and German, and she plans to pursue a career in book publishing. She is the copy editor for Atlantis, UNCW's creative magazine, a Student Ambassador, and the social media and content manager for the UNCW CIE. She is also involved with the Honors Student Media Board, Catholic Campus Ministry, and several other organizations.

Recent Accomplishments: joined Student Ambassadors, inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, July 2016 study abroad in Germany, recipient of the 2016 Margaret W. Lippitt Award

Erik Paulson

Erik Paulson

Erik Paulson from is Wilmington, North Carolina, so living near the ocean has played an important role shaping his interests and values. He loves to learn and to surf. Going to college in his hometown was an obvious choice with UNCW’s strong Marine Biology program and a community that collectively strives to succeed. Erik is majoring in Marine Biology and minoring in Chemistry, and his plan is to stay in school for a long time. Recently, Erik has been involved in undergraduate research in both the Chemistry and Marine Biology departments. Through these opportunities, he’s helped to investigate cognitive load in organic chemistry students based on fluctuations in heart rate as well as the relationship between metabolic rate and membrane lipid content in various marine species. He’s currently working on his Honors thesis, studying differences between red and white muscle in pinfish with Dr. Kinsey. Aside from research, Erik is involved as a Wilmington Fellows Class Representative and Treasurer of the Surf Club.

Recent accomplishments: Will S. DeLoach Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry, UNCW College of Arts and Science student funding award recipient, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society member, Tower 7 and WBLivesurf Scholarship recipient

Sesalie Rhinehart

Sesalie Rhinehart

Coming soon.

Nicole Webster

Nicole Webster

Nicole Webster grew up just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She chose to attend UNCW not only for its ideal coastal location, but also because of its undergraduate marine biology program.  While the Ohio River may be great for water skiing, it offers little to the study of the ocean and its inhabitants.  Nicole is double majoring in Marine Biology and Oceanography with the intention of pursuing graduate studies pertaining to marine conservation and environmental education.  She has been involved in undergraduate research since the beginning of her sophomore year and is currently completing simultaneous DIS projects on the topics of animal behavior and Ecuadorian mammal diversity.  In her spare time, Nicole enjoys painting and photography.

Recent accomplishments: inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, volunteer with the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and UNCW’s Marine Mammal Stranding Program, Honors Peer Mentor for the Fall 2016 semester

Hannah Whitaker

Hannah Whitaker

Hannah was born in Southern California, where she learned to love the ocean and found herself on a fast track to marine research. 2009 witnessed a relocation to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where her family spent four years working with HOPE Worldwide at the Sihanouk Hospital. She has been in NC for five years, though she spent her Spring 2017 semester studying Marine Biology at the University of Southampton in England.

Hannah splits her time between church ministry, research, athletics, writing, and as a STEM Peer Mentor. She hopes to pursue a career in coral reef conservation research and teaching marine science at the college level, as well as kindling community interest in the marine environment.

Recent accomplishments: NOAA Hollings Scholar, Leutze Scholar, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member, STEM Peer Mentor Fall 2017, research assistant in the Pawlik Chemical Ecology Lab at the Center for Marine Sciences, volunteer educator at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, studied abroad Spring 2017 at University of Southampton (England, UK & Bermuda Institute of Ocean Research)

Marylee Whitlock

Marylee Tyler Whitlock

Coming soon.

Juliet King

Juliet King

Juliet, or Jules, hails from the DC-Maryland line. From years competing and arguing with her five older siblings, she discovered she had a penchant for law and as a DC native set her sights on working for the FBI as a special agent. At UNCW, she is a double major in Criminology and Psychology with minors in Forensic Science and Arabic and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society. She will be further pursuing Arabic through study abroad in Morocco in 2017. On campus, you can find her giving tours as a Student Ambassador, running events (especially the movies at Lumina) as a ACE member, or dancing with Ritmo Latino, UNCW's Latin dance team. Jules also enjoys being a mentor for Chinese exchange students at her high school back in Maryland. She hopes to volunteer with the TIGR group on campus this year and use her Arabic skills to help with the collaboration between a university in Istanbul and UNCW. In her free time, she loves to travel and try new things as well as hang out on Wrightsville Beach with her friends.

Sydney Stark

Sydney Stark

Sydney Stark was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She developed a love for the ocean early on in life from traveling to the beach almost every weekend. UNCW was her number one choice because of the excellent marine biology program and its proximity to the beach. Currently she is pursuing a B.S. in Marine Biology and minor in Psychology, although she is considering changing her minor in psychology to a major. She plans to go to graduate school and study behavior in marine animals in the hopes of furthering conservation, and she is currently spending her Fall 2016 semester in Australia.

Recent accomplishments: Fall 2016 semester study abroad in Australia


Apria Valenza

Apria Valenza

Apria was born and raised in Chester, New Jersey. Ever since she was young, she has been fascinated with science and water. During the summertime, she would always be the last person out of the pool or the ocean for the dayher mom always said she felt more at home in the water than she did on land. The ocean was something special to her, and from a young age she knew she would pursue a career that not only was related to marine life, but also one that would protect and conserve the ocean and its flora and fauna. Apria chose UNCW because it has one of the top Marine Biology programs in the nation. She was also extremely passionate about being part of the Honors College because more research opportunities mean more time in the lab, working toward her goals. Her ultimate goal is to become a marine biologist and conduct research on Great White Sharks. She is looking forward to her second year at UNCW, helping the freshman in her Honors 110 class and starting to do some research with professors.

Recent accomplishments: Inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, Honors Mentor, board member of the Scuba Club, junior member of Sigma Tau Delta English International Honor Society, scuba diver certification at the Rescue Diver level, Emergency First Responder

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