Wilmington Fellows Class of 2019

Sarah Bischoff, Wilmington Fellows class of 2019.

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, Wilmington Fellows class of 2019.

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, Wilmington Fellows class of 2019.

Nicole Kroushl

Nikki Kroushl grew up in Clayton, NC and chose UNCW because it felt like home. Nikki is a Creative Writing and Communication Studies double major with minors in English and German, also pursuing the Certificate in Publishing. She was copy editor for Atlantis and is currently editor-in-chief of Periplus, the Honors College newsletter. She has completed several internships, but the coolest was in Summer 2018 when she moved to New York City to work for Macmillan Publishers. She received the 2018 NC College Media Association's 1st prize for fiction. She holds leadership positions in Student Ambassadors and Catholic Campus Ministry. The research that became her honors thesis began in Fall 2017, when she analyzed the comic book Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. With guidance from Dr. Anita McDaniel, she presented that research at Comic-Con 2018 and will present it at the annual National Collegiate Honors Council conference in November 2018. For her thesis, she will analyze the upcoming Netflix adaptation of the comic and will examine the portrayal of women, witchcraft, and Christian fundamentalism in media.

Recent Accomplishments: presented at Comic-Con International's Comics Arts Conference, received PKP Study Abroad Grant, completed a Wentworth Fellowship, inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, elected 2018-2019 Alumni Chair of Student Ambassadors, inducted into Phi Eta Sigma, July 2016 study abroad in Germany, recipient of the 2016 Margaret W. Lippitt Award

Erik Paulson, Wilmington Fellows class of 2019.

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

Nicole Webster, Wilmington Fellows class of 2019.

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, Wilmington Fellows class of 2019.

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, Wilmington Fellows class of 2019.

Marylee Tyler Whitlock

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Juliet King, Wilmington Fellows class of 2019.

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 Neuroscience and Arabic and is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Phi Sigma and Phi Eta Sigma Honors Societies. She further pursued Arabic and two other languages through study abroad in Morocco in 2017. On campus, you can find her giving tours and running a new career event series called Hawktalks as Vice President of Student Ambassadors, mentoring and tutoring at the ULC, or dancing with Ritmo Latino, UNCW's Latin dance team. She also enjoys volunteering on an on-campus State department grant project as well as working at her internship with the federal government. In her free time, she loves to travel and try new things as well as hang out on Wrightsville Beach with her friends.

Recent Accomplishments: Distinguished Engagement Award Recipient, Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Phi Sigma inductions, elected Vice President of Student Ambassadors, Vice President of Omicron Delta Kappa, SGA Scholarship recipient, received a federal government internship

Sydney Stark, Wilmington Fellows class of 2019.

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, Wilmington Fellows class of 2019.

Apria Valenza

Apria was born and raised in Chester, New Jersey. Ever since she was young, she had a passion for science and the natural world. She developed a deep love for the ocean and for marine life and decided to dedicate her life to Marine Biology and research. 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 means more time learning and working toward her goals. Her ultimate goal is to be a professor, back here at UNCW one day, and conduct research on sharks. She is spending Summer 2018 at UNCW on a SURCA grant to continue working on her Honors thesis in Dr. Frederick Scharf’s Fisheries Biology lab, studying the growth variability of young-of-the-year juvenile flounder in the Cape Fear River. Apria is also working with MarineQuest as an RA for the Oceans 17 camp. She is so excited to start her senior year Fall 2018, but has bittersweet feelings about her last year as an undergrad!

Recent Accomplishments: Summer 2018 SURCA grant recipient, MarineQuest Oceans 17 RA, President of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Service & Honors Society, College Reading and Learning Association Level 3 Tutor, Chemistry 101 and 102 Supplemental Instruction Leader, PADI Rescue Diver certified, Emergency First Responder certified

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