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Enrolled: Fall, 2011

Yaoyi Chen

Sarah Fletcher

“The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of 60 minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever his is.” C.S. Lewis

I’m from New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Alaska, and now Tennessee!  I love traveling, food and am happiest when I am enjoying the outdoors!! My love of honky tonks, country music , and fried chicken has significantly increased since coming to Nashville!

Qi Liu

Nathaniel Mercaldo

Hi, I’m Nate. I am a Pacific Northwest transplant that is proud to call Nashville home. When not working, I like to go to Predators games, participate in runs around the city, create Pandora stations, and order ridiculous things off Amazon (like a didgeridoo and the Fraggle Rock 20-DVD collection).

Uche Sampson

Laurie Samuels

I returned to school after 16 years working in horticulture, science education, and data management (not all at the same time).

Jacob VanHouten

Valentine Wanga

Enrolled: Fall, 2012

Mark Giganti

Austin Lanser

“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” – Robert W. Service
I’m from Prescott, Arizona.  I enjoy cooking, tennis and live music of all kinds.  Simply love ice cream, all varieties and most flavors.

David Schlueter

I’m from Michigan and I really enjoy playing electric guitar, doing math, running, playing hockey, and eating tacos. bio

Derek Smith

Christina Tripp

“Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.” - Dr. Seuss

I’m from Houston, Texas.  Besides studying Biostatistics, I love going on walks, experimenting in the kitchen, spoiling Lily (my maltipoo puppy), and exploring new places and cultures!  Chocolate is my favorite food.

Minchun Zhou

“Histories make men wise; poems witty; the mathematics subtle; natural philosohy deep; moral grave; logic and rhetoric able to contend.” Francis Bacon

I’m from Shanghai, China. I love traveling and sports of all kinds, especially playing soccer and swimming. Sushi, steak and cheesecake are my favorite foods.

Enrolled: Fall, 2013

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Min Gao

“Enjoy Life, reap all things in nature, be true as an artist, enjoy this small world — help others.” Curb Center at Vanderbilt

I am from China. I love walking and exploring new places. My love of performing arts and creative Boot Campus has significantly increased since I am in the Curb Center.

Sandya Lakkur

I am from Maryland and attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) for my B.S. and plan to get a PhD in biostatistics. I enjoy tutoring and teaching students in math and statistics.

Allison Hainline

Jacquelyn Neal

Danielle Nemetz

Emily Peterson

I am from a small town just outside of Asheville, NC. I love any sports that include water i.e. rowing, swimming and hanging out at the beach. My favorite television show is Modern Family. I am a Steeler’s fan and an avid animal lover, except snakes. I love being in Nashville and enjoying everything this city has to offer.

Xue Zhong


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