Wilmington Fellows Class of 2020

Jessica Gray, Wilmington Fellows class of 2020.

Jessica Gray

Jessica, originally from Lincoln, Alabama, is a sophomore pursuing a double major in Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Educational Studies. While she has not decided on her end goal, the options include becoming a college professor or an engineer at NASA; luckily she has a few years to decide. While at UNCW she intends to take advantage of the math department's five-year program which allows for undergraduate students to begin graduate level courses. She also hopes to study abroad since she has never had the opportunity to travel outside of the states. This year is her first working with Housing and Residence Life as a Desk Receptionist in Galloway Hall. She hopes to become more involved with RHA while also remaining active in the Math & Stat Club, intramural sand volleyball, and community volunteering.

Cailin Harrell, Wilmington Fellows class of 2020.

Cailin Harrell

Cailin Harrell is a rising junior from Terre Haute, Indiana. She is working toward completing her degree in Marine Biology and Environmental Studies, while minoring in Chemistry. During her study abroad semester at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, she found her calling in the field of aquaculture. As it is a relatively new field in the United States, Cailin hopes to get in on the ground floor of this emerging field. Combining her passion to protect coral reef ecosystems, Cailin aspires to work in the coral aquaculture industry, growing new coral to transplant onto dying reefs, and thus combat the devastating impacts climate change is having on coral reefs. Once back at UNCW, Cailin intends on maintaining her involvement with the Plastic Ocean Project, SCUBA club, and volunteer work with Wilmington’s Adopt-An-Angel.

Rebekah James, Wilmington Fellows class of 2020.

Rebekah James

Rebekah James grew up in a small town outside of Charlotte, NC. Since beginning school at UNCW, she has become involved in many campus organizations, including the Plastic Ocean Project, the photography club, the club swim team, and the SCUBA club. She is also a diver and a volunteer at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. While at UNCW she plans on pursing a double major in Marine Biology and Environmental Science. She plans on studying abroad in Australia as a way to be exposed to different biodiverse marine ecosystems around the world. Her long-term goal is to pursue a masters and doctorate degree in Marine Biology in preparation for a career as a university professor, while also performing some form of research focused on cartilaginous fish.

Megan Travers, Wilmington Fellows class of 2020.

Megan Travers

Megan Travers is a Film Studies major and a prospective Digital Arts minor. She has always had an interest in the areas of visual art and creative writing, and she plans to pursue a career as a director of narrative cinema. Although she does like live-action, Megan also has a special interest in animation, especially traditional 2D. Megan is involved in the Catholic Campus Ministry and Atlantis Magazine as a copyediting committee member, and she plans to join the Flicker Film Society and the Writers’ Association in the coming academic year.

Emily Grose, Wilmington Fellows class of 2020.

Emily Grose

Emily is from a suburb north of Atlanta, Georgia. She is double majoring in Marine Biology and Psychology. Freshman year, she completed her first DIS research project with Dr. Emslie on avian stable isotope and mercury analysis and presented at the Spring Research Showcase. In fall of her sophomore year, Emily participated in Semester by the Bay, a marine biology program in Homer, Alaska, and interned with the US Fish and Wildlife Service as a Sea Otter Stranding Intern. After Hurricane Florence, she helped with the creation of Hawk’s Harvest, an off-campus food pantry, in collaboration with Catholic Campus Ministry and Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. She secured a $3,000 grant from the Association of Student Governments to supplement the pantry. In summer of 2019, she was an Otter Training Intern with the Georgia Aquarium and worked with Southern Sea Otters, Asian Small-Clawed Otters, African Penguins, Beluga Whales, and Harbor Seals. In 2019-2020 she serves as the SGA Treasurer, responsible for allocating more than $650,000 to student organizations, the Undergraduate Stranding Coordinator for the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program, and a CSURF Research Ambassador. She is currently working on her honors thesis with Dr. Pabst on the extrinsic eye muscles and morphology of bottlenose dolphins. She plans to work as a marine mammal trainer with hopes of becoming a managerial curator/director of zoological operations.

Recent Accomplishments: Past President of Catholic Campus Ministry, SGA Member of the Year 2018-2019, volunteer with Paw’s Place, Distinguished Excellence in Engagement Cornerstone Award, Excellence in Engagement Cornerstone Award, Undergraduate Board of Visitors Research Fellowship Recipient, Ron and Janie Hill Scholarship Recipient, Ellen G. Wilson Scholarship Recipient, Corbett Merit Scholarship Recipient

Mikayla Sonnenfield, Wilmington Fellows class of 2020.

Mikayla Sonnenfeld

Mikayla is a double major in Marine Biology and Environmental Science. She is currently working on her honors thesis on marine plankton physiology and morphology. She just returned from an incredible study abroad program in England last spring. After completing her undergraduate degree, Mikayla wants to attend graduate school to study Marine Microbiology either at UNCW or in Hawaii. Mikayla is extremely passionate about the Honors College and is so thankful for all the opportunities it has given her, both inside and out of the classroom. Outside of academics, Mikayla is part of the UNCW Club Gymnastics Team, the study abroad ambassadors, and the Theta Gamma chapter of Delta Gamma Fraternity.

Savannah Miller, Wilmington Fellows class of 2020.

Savannah Miller

Savannah Miller is from Brookeville, Maryland, right between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, so she is used to hustle and bustle. She has aspirations to attend graduate school for both her master's in Public Health and her medical degree. She picked UNCW because of the relaxing atmosphere, excellent academics, and numerous research and volunteering opportunities. Savannah has decided to double major in Public Health Studies with a Pre-Clinical Concentration and Spanish. She is also extremely involved on campus: she is the Membership Co-Chair for Student Ambassadors, a Supplemental Instruction Leader for BIO 201, a member of the Kappa Delta Sorority and an intramural sand volleyball player. When she is back home in Maryland, Savannah volunteers for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (in summer 2017 she interned for the head of the Osteology Lab there) and shadows both a dentist and an oral surgeon. Next summer 2019 she will be working at a NOAA laboratory as an intern through the NOAA Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program. She is continually looking for more community service and volunteer opportunities in the surrounding area.