The Scholars

Rachel Anand, Curb Scholar

Rachel Anand


Like paper slips that she formed and folded into a sphere, Rachel is a complex and dependable woman. She enjoys mixing and swirling colors together. She finds joy in her own creations and sharing them with others.


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Riley Beal


Riley Beal is an out-of-the-box thinker, improviser, and engineer from Santa Rosa, California. He enjoys analyzing problems from the perspective of human needs and believes in verb solutions over noun solutions. His hobbies include poetry, short stories, and food.

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Austin Channell


Austin Channell is a junior from Columbus, Ohio interested in civil engineering and science communication. He enjoys taking on the task of understanding thorny, difficult problems in hopes of then being able to translate them into terms understandable by others.

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Spencer Channell


As a composer, Spencer is interested in exploring all aspects of sound and music in the pursuit of writing a story that sheds light on an aspect of the human condition in the face of adversity. Although his linear approach to a largely creative passion may seem atypical, Spencer’s structured exploration of abstract concepts and the nature of form provide unique insights that drive him as a creative.

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Treena Chaudhuri


A freshman in the School of Engineering, Treena Chaudhuri is interested in the creative aspects of coding and music. In addition to her computer science studies, she is also pursuing a double major in Voice at Blair and is also interested in playwriting as well.

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Ardis Choi


Ardis Choi is a senior from Seoul, South Korea, majoring in physics and mathematics. Her passions include writing and doodling. Ardis conceptualizes her work through a series of abstractions that develop into an imaginative creature that gives her inspiration.

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Grace Cowan


Grace is a creative individual with a flair for embracing difference and risk in her work as an artistic entrepreneur for her community.  She co-founded a student-run business service and has also led her school’s Senior-Freshman mentoring program.

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Serena Deutch


Serena Deutch comes to Nashville from Boca Raton, Florida. Serena is interested in transforming the average into the personal, which reveals her desire to put meaning into her daily life and the lives of others.

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Ben Knight


Ben is a creative entrepreneur who is committed to using his gifts as a writer, artist, and musician to make change in the world.  Not only has Ben led his high school student body in fundraising and mentoring projects, he also founded Ben Knight Media, a multi-media video editing service, in his sophomore year of high school.

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Sawyer Lawrence


Sawyer is a first year scholar and future Imagineer majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a passion for theater tech.  He enjoys the intersection of art and science evident in mechanical design, enthusiastic about classic airplanes and explosives.

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Sophia Lee


Sophia is a freshman from Corpus Christi, Texas, studying within the College of Arts and Science. As a person who is likes finding solutions to tough math and science problems, she strives to challenge herself. In addition, she has passions for film and media; she has worked on a news team and continues to create video book reviews on her own. Sophia upholds the values of respect, representation, and inclusion. As an innovator, she hopes to continue improving the world around her.

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Anthony Maina


From Kenya to South Africa to Nashville, this stylish computer science major has been immersing himself in different cultures. In the near future, Tony plans to start his own ventures, using his core values of integrity, courage, and character to instigate world change

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Celina Miranda


Celina grew up with a guitar in her lap and a piano at her fingertips, making music as a mode of communication.

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Lily Pollack


Lily Pollack is a junior in the Blair School of Music, double-majoring in Flute Performance and Communication Studies. She invests herself fully in the hidden lives of those around her, clocking the emotional mindscape of her surroundings at any given moment and harnessing the energy locked behind the eyes of passersby.

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Ben Scheer


Ben Scheer is a sophomore studying Economics and Human & Organizational Development at Vanderbilt with an interest in using his many talents in photography, music, and coding to benefit other people as much as he can.

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Griffin Schwab


Sophomore Griffin Schwab from Millburn, New Jersey is majoring in English and Human & Organizational Development in the College of Arts and Sciences. His background in jazz drumming, song writing, and sound creation fuels his strive to be a studio engineer.

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Sam Stollenwerck


Sam Stollenwerck is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University, double-majoring in Economics and HOD. Utilizing a refined, creative approach, Sam aims to venture beyond myopic social standards in order to see the big picture and innovate for the future.

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Jonathan Tari


As a lover of photography, Jonathan is a fun and lively individual who appreciates the beauty of the world. He is naturally active and does not like to waste time but is also easygoing and engaging.

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Matthew Thompson


Matthew Thompson, from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is a junior majoring in English Literature. He enjoys writing short fiction, playing the flute, and studying literature in any form, from Shakespeare to modern genres like hip-hop.

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Rose Thompson


Rose is a voice and neuroscience major who wants to become a professor of music cognition. She loves music; for her, music transforms the ephemeral moments of life into eternal memories.

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Megan Wei


Megan Wei is a viola performance and composition major at the Blair School of Music. She is an aspiring film/TV composer and hopes to use her passion for music technology to compose soundtracks for motion picture and feature films.

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Vinura Welgama


Vinura is the co-founder of Starmount Events, an event management company that brings concert performances to the public.  He puts his skills as a writer, debater, and entrepreneur to work on pressing social issues in his home of Sri Lanka, creating and spearheading a wide range of projects aimed at improving the daily life of Sri Lankan students, orphans, and members of the LGBT community.

Workshop Events

The Curb Scholars attend workshops lead by local faculty, artists, and entrepreneurs. The Scholars also implement their own workshops to teach their peers new skills.

Works In Progress

Read about the Curb Scholars’ past projects. Learn what they’re up to now!

Studio Space

The Curb Scholars meet every week in the Curb Center workshop space, a hub that connects to the media lab, the gaming room, the fabric station, and the recording studio.

Curb Scholars Blog

Hear from the Curb Scholars about their artistic endeavors inside and outside of the classroom.

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