Millhauser Fellowship

Millhauser Fellowship

The Park School Graduate Student Fellows Program in Science, Mathematics and Technology was originated by Louise Eiseman Robinson Millhauser '30 in 1998,  and has been continued through the kindness and generosity of her son, Allen Robinson. The program celebrates the careers of young alumni currently in graduate school in these fields, by inviting them to return to Park and share their research with Upper School students. 

The Fellows present their work to the Park community and spend a full day in classes and meetings with students and faculty. Students have the opportunity to appreciate the value of the graduate experience and better understand the importance of their own scientific pursuits. Cast in the role of mentors, the Graduate Fellows offer a valuable personal perspective on the many professional possibilities open to Park students. 

The program is a gift to Park School from alumna Louise Eiseman Robinson Millhauser '30. Her curiosity about the sciences and her appreciation for the value of her own Park education led to her interest in supporting this important initiative. We are grateful to her and her family for their continued generosity and support. 

Park School Millhauser Fellows 

2017-2018

Lia Boyle ’04

After completing her junior year at Park, Lia attended St. John’s College in Annapolis. She returned to Baltimore briefly after her freshman year to graduate Park in 2004. Following graduation from St John's, she initially pursued a career in professional theatre, though quickly determined theatre was not a great professional fit. She became interested in medicine while volunteering at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she was later hired as the Fragile X Clinic and Research Coordinator. She loved working with families in both a clinical and research setting and this cemented her interest in a career in medicine. She subsequently worked as a research technician at the University of Pennsylvania and then completed the Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program at Bryn Mawr College.

Lia is passionate about teaching and held several volunteer and teaching assistant positions prior to enrolling at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons in 2013. The summer after her first year of medical school, Lia was awarded a NIH Summer Research Fellowship to work in the lab of Dr. Wendy Chung, a clinical and molecular geneticist. Lia has continued to work with Dr. Chung, and following the completion of her preclinical medical education and major clinical year, Lia returned to the lab full-time as part of Columbia’s M.D./M.S. program. She recently presented at the inaugural International KIF1A Family Meeting, connecting families and researchers from across the globe who are working on this rare disease, after which she was invited to join the KIF1A Foundation’s scientific advisory board.

Some of Lia’s extracurricular activities in medical school have included serving on the Executive Board of the Student Success Network, as an Ethics representative on the Class Council, and as a senior clinician in Q Clinic, Columbia’s student-run primary care clinic for the uninsured LGBTQ population in New York. She has rekindled her love of theatre with the Bard Hall Players, the medical school’s student-run theatre group, acting in many plays, and recently directing a production of Into the Woods that was featured in the New York Times.

Lia recently accepted a predoctoral appointment in Columbia’s Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular, and Biomedical studies. Starting this summer, she will be putting her medical school studies on hold to complete her Ph.D., with the plan of ultimately graduating with both an M.D. and a Ph.D. Lia is planning a career as a pediatric geneticist who will study and treat rare neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dave Peck ’07

After graduating from Park, David Peck attended Tufts University in Boston, where he studied biology, psychology, and environmental science. In the summers, he studied the nesting behavior of grassland birds (Bobolinks) on their breeding territories in Massachusetts. He also studied blood stress-hormone levels in European Starlings that were exposed to various stressors, like a stuffed and mounted Sharpshinned Hawk. 

Upon his graduation from Tufts, David moved to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, to enter the Ph.D. program in Neurobiology and Behavior. His work at Cornell focuses on the behavioral interactions between parasites and their hosts: What behaviors let hosts fight off parasites? What do parasites do to get themselves from their current host to the next one? How and why have some parasites evolved to be able to manipulate host behavior for their own nefarious purposes? David has studied the behavior of ticks possibly manipulated by the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, the behavioral manipulations of a sterilizing Chlamydia infection in laboratory mice, and most significantly the behavioral interactions between honey bees and the parasitic mite Varroa destructor, which is largely responsible for failing colony health in recent years. In autumn, winter, and spring, David analyzes his data, works on theoretical models of host-parasite evolution, designs further experiments, teaches classes, and writes scientific manuscripts. In the summer, he spends what feels like every waking moment wearing long-sleeved shirts in the hot sun, lifting wooden hive boxes containing as much as 80 pounds of honey and tens of thousands of insects that could each, if so inclined, deliver a decidedly unpleasant sting. For reasons that are still unclear even to him, he enjoys this very much.

In his "free time," David raises chickens, gardens, brews mead, plays Dungeons and Dragons, goes contra dancing, and frets about the impending catastrophic consequences of anthropogenic climate change.


Past Millhauser Fellows

2016-2017

Rose Berns-Zieve ’11

Rose Berns-Zieve '11 attended Hamilton College where she majored in Mathematics and minored in Psychology and Anthropology. At Hamilton, she volunteered with America Reads and peer-tutored other Mathematics students. She participated in a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Miami University of Ohio where she co-authored a paper that has since been accepted for publication. After graduating from Hamilton, Rose joined the Mathematics and Statistics Department at University of Massachusetts as a graduate student. She has received her master’s degree and continues in the program working towards her Ph.D. with the goal of becoming a professor. Rose's current interests tend towards low-dimensional topology and geometric topology.

Yohance Allette ’05

Yohance Allette '05 attended the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a major in Biological Sciences. He was a member of the 18th cohort of the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program, which is dedicated to increasing academic diversity in science, technology, engineering and related (STEM) fields. While enrolled at UMBC, Yohance was also accepted to both the McNair Scholars program and the MARC U*STAR program, both of which focus on preparing students applying to doctoral programs in the STEM fields. During his undergraduate studies, he worked in the research laboratory of Dr. Rachel Brewster, studying neurodevelopment in zebrafish. He also completed summer internships at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the University of Miami.

Upon graduation from UMBC with honors, he was accepted to the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at Indiana University School of Medicine. During his Ph.D. training he was awarded the CTSI pre-doctoral award for translation research, earned multiple authorships in both peer-reviewed journals and book chapters, and presented his research and meetings both within the United States and internationally. He continues to maintain a presence in the laboratory through both mentorship of new graduate students and bench work during research electives. As a medical student, Yohance worked in community outreach as education co-chair for the student-run outreach clinic at IU. He is currently working with other clinic board members to provide learning opportunities for the patients via several outreach programs involving IU schools of Dentistry, Social Work, and Nursing. Yohance is now a Resident Physician at IU.

2015-2016

Anthony Kinslow II '08

A Ph.D. student in civil engineering at Stanford University, Anthony's research focuses on the rapid identification of energy efficiency measures for low-income households. Anthony attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T) in Greensboro, N.C. While at NC A&T, Anthony researched solar roadways and emerging contaminates, was admitted into the Engineering Honors Society (Tau Beta Pi), and spent a semester at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, studying sustainable design and engineering management. Graduating with a bachelor's in civil engineering and certificates in global studies and waste management, he then went on to Stanford University to pursue his master's — which he earned in 2015 — and doctorate.  

Rebecca Knowles '08

Rebecca attended Haverford College, where she double majored in linguistics and mathematics with a concentration in computer science. Her linguistics thesis was awarded the 2012 Tri-College (Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore) prize for the Best Thesis in Theoretical Linguistics. While at Haverford, she co-ran the Women in Science and Sexuality And Gender Alliance organizations. In 2013 she enrolled in the computer science Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins University, where she is affiliated with the Center for Language and Speech Processing, and was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She earned her master's in engineering in the Spring of 2015. Rebecca's research interests are in the areas of natural language processing, machine learning, and machine translation. 

2014-2015

Ali Buchholz ’03
Jenny Cooper ’04

2013-2014

Sarah Dewey ’05
Tamas Szalay ’06

2012-2013

Tara Gelb ’06
David Narrow ’08

2011-2012

Megan Cohen '03
Alden Walker '03

2010-2011

Emily Meyers '03
Paul Nestadt '99

2009-2010

Gillian Braden '02
Danielle Cameron '01

2008-2009

Alexis Erwin '01
David Weiss '03

2007-2008

Sahar Lotfi-Emran ’01
Will Hoffman ’03

2006-2007

10th Anniversary Program
Past Fellows Featured

2005-2006

Eric Friedman ’02
Megan Cole ’99
Orlando Yarborough ’99

2004-2005

Matt Hoffman ’00
Lisa Medalie ’98
Irit Altman ’95

2003-2004

Michael Goldberg ’94
Rebecca Kohn Rabin ’93

2002-2003

Zach Hettinger ’95
Safra Altman ’93
Amy Morrison ’96

2001-2002

George Shapiro ’92
JP Connolly ’96

2000-2001

Brad Rogers ’92
Olga Polyakov ’92
Jamie Schulte ’92

1999-2000

Sam Brody ’88
Michael Warres ’91
Jenny Ahern ’93

1998-1999

Lauri Richman ’89
Harris Shapiro ’90
Jon Millhauser ’91
Susie Kaufman Lazerow ’91