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Curb Scholars

Saydolimkhon Agzamkhodjaev

Sophomore

Saydolimkhon is a Computer Science and Mathematics major from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He is passionate about solving real-life problems using creativity and technology. His interest in technological entrepreneurship and mathematical thinking lead him to explore new ways to create value in spheres like Education and Financial Technology.

Caroline Badagliacca

First Year

Caroline is a Human and Organizational Development (HOD) major from North Salem, New York. She plans on using her passion for music to curate musical enrichment programs for adults with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, taking an interdisciplinary approach to make music therapy more accessible and structured through novel business models. Caroline also enjoys playing piano, photography, hiking, and painting.

Barton Christmas

Senior

Barton is History and Secondary Education major from Paducah, Kentucky. Since his freshman year he has been involved in a wide spectrum of creative pursuits, from balloon art and entrepreneurship to stand-up comedy and public policy. Barton will use his entrepreneurial skills to pursue a variety of passions after graduation, including education administration, travel, and politics, proving to Curb that their investments in his undergraduate development has been worthwhile.

Jacob Fine

Senior

Jacob is a Mechanical Engineering major from Chicago, Illinois.  He explores his creativity through his Curb Scholar and SyBBURE Searle Undergraduate Research program affiliation. He is constantly in motion creating solutions to problems many of us do not know exist. Jacob is famous for taking any broken object and finding a way to mend it.  He is interested in robotics and information technology. In his free time he oversees the GBS Mobility project, which he founded in 2016 with the intent of making custom, lightweight prosthetics readily available for Chicago area amputees.

Christiana Gatbunton

Sophomore

Christiana is a Political Science major and Vocal Jazz minor from Itasca, IL. She is excited to explore how music can be used to make an impact on politics and education. Christiana can be seen performing on campus with Voce A Cappella, RUF worship band, and Blair Jazz Choir. In her free time, she enjoys songwriting with other Nashville peers. If you give her ice cream, she will definitely be your friend.

Susanna Harpold

Sophomore

Susanna is a Human and Organizational Development major (HOD) from Fredericksburg, TX. Her keen intelligence drives her to explore a broad range of ever-changing interests, including film, cooking, and writing.  She brings her passion for learning and exploring to all scholar activities. Susanna enjoys playing sports, going to concerts, and taking road trips with friends.

Christopher Hugh

Sophomore

Christopher is an Economics and History major from Oak Park, IL. While his studies typically consist of reading and writing, he loves to use his voice for creative purposes. Building upon his start as a successful YouTuber, he hopes to venture into new forms of broadcast media, sharing his energy and passions with others. He loves playing and following sports, eating ice cream year-round, and taking long drives while blasting country music.

Sydney Juda

Senior

Sydney is a Chemical Engineering major from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She combines her love of math and science with the aspects of design and creation she discovered through sewing to solve water potability and access issues. She dedicates much of her free time to working on sustainability issues, serving as the Executive Vice President of Vanderbilt’s Students Promoting Environmental Awareness and Responsibility (SPEAR).


Berkeley Kendrick

Junior

Berkeley Kendrick is a Medicine, Health and Society major from Carmel, California. She is a lifelong athlete intrigued by creative dexterity. She blends both right and left brain thinking with her natural optimism to public policy issues. Berkeley is most interested in leveraging her education and creativity in the health arena, where she hopes to shift the healthy lifestyle paradigm in diverse populations.

Kirsten Koehler

First Year

Kirsten plans to major in Biology and is from Bloomington, Illinois. She is a dinosaur-lover who enjoys creative and intellectual pursuits of all shapes and sizes, including classical ballet, visual art, playing violin, and creative writing. She utilizes the arts in volunteer activities at her high school and in her community.  Kirsten possesses a Renaissance spirit, constantly seeking a deeper understanding of the world and the connection of knowledge and concepts through comparison. She is passionate about using the arts as a tool for enrichment and self-discovery in everyday life.

Brett Koolik

Senior

Brett is a Biomedical Engineering major with a minor in Business from Boca Raton, Florida. He is constantly in motion, whether he running the Curb Recording Studio, writing and producing his own music, or conducting cochlear implant research with Vanderbilt’s Music Cognition Lab.  Brett is an upbeat, collaborative, energetic thinker who brings his energy and passion to everything he pursues.  Brett enjoys playing basketball, soccer, and going to the beach.

Hunter Long

Senior

Hunter is a Molecular Biology major with a minor in Economics from Austin, Texas. He describes himself as an easygoing, collaborative, and intellectual student who loves to learn as much as possible. Hunter is a professional photographer whose work has been published nationally, He has worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the Dylan Burnette Lab, where he works to elucidate cardiovascular cell biology and cell mobility,  He serves as the Multimedia Director for The Hustler, Vanderbilt’s undergraduate student newspaper.  He is an avid lover of the outdoors, film photography, good music, and all things coffee.

Nicholas Ma

Junior

Nick is a Computer Science major from Franklin, Tennessee. He is adept at many computer languages, including C++, Java, and React, using this knowledge for his front-end web development work. He is a true STEAM student, exploring his artistic side through painting, sketching, playing piano, and editing videos. Ma is unsure where the road will take him but he does know that he has a passion for cats.


Lia Okenkova

Sophomore

Lia is a Cognitive Studies major from Naples, Florida. She hopes to use her background in theatrical and vocal performance as well as her passion for education to explore how the arts can be used to enhance learning.

Ardelan Oray

First Year

Ardelan is a Medicine, Health, and Society major who enjoys making films about his endeavors in the suburbs of Nashville while also dabbling in photography and clothing design. Ardelan is excited to be able to collaborate with other creative-minded individuals. He hopes to continue creating films and content to inspire people and grow his personal brand.

Jacob Schroeder

Junior

Jacob is a History and Economics major and Spanish minor from Hillsboro, Oregon. He is an intrepid entrepreneur and avid creative thinker.  He is always dreaming of new business ventures and establishing connections near and far to make his dreams a reality.  He started his first business at the age of 9, using his talents for twisting balloons to start his own entertainment company and becoming the youngest member of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce at the same time. He loves cartooning, graphic design, and film editing. Jacob is passionate about creating equal opportunities for students in education and is interested in financing community building projects after graduation.


Mariyam Shamshidova

Junior

Mariyam is a Computer Science and Communication of Science and Technology major from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She is interested in visual arts, dance, and theater. She is an editor for Science & Tech Magazine Vanguard, board member of the Women in Computing Club and a lab assistant at the Wond’ry Emerging Technologies Lab. She is also an entrepreneur who is focused on eCommerce, writing about her daily progress at maryiam.blog.


Brent Szklaruk-Salazar

Senior

Brent is a Human and Organizational Development (HOD) major from Highland Park, New Jersey. He brings a calm, cool demeanor to the group and thrives in chaos. Brent is extremely involved with the digital arts and plans to use his digital manipulation, negotiation, photography, cinematography, marketing, entrepreneurship, and music business skills to forge his own creative path after graduating. He is already putting his creative and entrepreneurial talents to work through Brent Szklaruk Projects, which he has operated since 2016.

Michael Weirich

Sophomore

Michael is a Chemical Engineering major, minoring in business, chemistry, and nanotechnology. and on a PreMed track. He strives to apply his creativity and willingness to push the boundaries of what is possible to allow innovation and novel solutions to the world’s most complex problems. Michael has a deep interest in consulting and studying how businesses and financial markets function, and this year has co-founded Restaurant Confluence LLC and SEMA Capital Investments to gain real-work experience in market research, valuation, business fundamentals, tax strategy, and the behind-the-scenes work required to start a business.  Michael is a licensed private pilot, and loves to explore all facets of the culinary arts.

Sophia Yan

Sophomore

Sophia is from Shenzhen, China majoring in Human and Organizational Development and Public Policy Studies. She has been a freelance photographer since 2015 and is passionate about the impact of visual arts on individual and societal advancement. She values all forms of artistic expression and civic engagement. In her free time, she likes to scout locations for photoshoots, pat cats at local cat cafes, and watch critically acclaimed movies and shows.

 

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