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King named Pickering fellow

May. 17, 2016—Class of 2016 graduate Rachel E. King is a recipient of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the fellowship prepares students for foreign service careers.

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‘Lullabies in Arabic’ excerpt

May. 12, 2016—Rani Banjarian’s short story “Lullabies in Arabic” won the 2016 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. The award is given annually to the best short story written in the science fiction or fantasy genres by a full-time undergraduate college student. Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine will publish the story in...

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Class of 2016: Deya Maldas merges her passions for service and music

May. 9, 2016—When Deya Maldas signed up to be a tutor at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, she didn’t know she was about to have the most transformative experience of her freshman year.

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Class of 2016: Sam Reilly turns his love of fine coffee into a social media app

May. 9, 2016—Sam Reilly does some of his best thinking when he’s out for a run with his Vanderbilt cross-country teammates. It is one of the rare moments in his busy schedule when he can stretch his mind along with his legs.

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Class of 2016: Sam Hoskins finds identity and purpose in mentoring first-year students

May. 5, 2016—Sam Hoskins has spent the last four years living on The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons. From his introduction to the residential community as a first-year student in Gillette House to his last three years as a resident adviser in North House, Hoskins says The Ingram Commons has played a significant role in his journey of self-discovery.

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Class of 2016: Michaela Novakovic mixes music and science

May. 5, 2016—Michaela Novakovic’s majors take her from the grand to the microscopic on a daily basis. The Sorrento, Florida, native and Blair School of Music senior is a double major in harp and molecular and cellular biology.

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Class of 2016: Connor D. Henderson advocates for human rights and the arts

May. 4, 2016—In his four years at Vanderbilt, Connor D. Henderson has become a strong advocate for expanded campus space and resources for student productions. Some of his favorite memories are of cultural showcases by the Vanderbilt performing arts community filled with music, dance and food.

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Class of 2016: Gabrielle Tate is designing cars—and her future

May. 4, 2016—School of Engineering senior Gabrielle Tate—Gabbey to her friends—has the drive it takes to make U.S. automakers take notice.

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Class of 2016: Jack Coen creates a song cycle—from scratch

Apr. 29, 2016—On Leap Day—Feb. 29—Blair School of Music senior Jack Coen took a leap of faith. That night Coen, a composition and theory major, premiered his capstone project "Folk and Flora"—a song cycle based on flowers and how people relate to them—in Sarratt Cinema to a full house.

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Class of 2016: Safiah Hassan celebrates diversity and champions cultural exchange

Apr. 29, 2016—Growing up in small-town Kentucky, Safiah Hassan longed to live in a larger city with a diverse population. After coming to Vanderbilt, she made seeking out diverse communities a hallmark of her university experience.

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Commencement week coming up at Vanderbilt

Apr. 26, 2016—As Commencement and Senior Day approach at Vanderbilt, they bring with them annual traditions such as the chancellor's address to students, The Party and a special speaker for Senior Day.

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Class of 2016: Pranjal Gupta pursues chemical engineering, pre-med, film and more

Apr. 21, 2016—There’s the Pranjal Gupta dressed in kurta and pyjama, his feet keeping time with an impossibly fast Indian dance tune. And then there’s the Pranjal Gupta in a lab coat, peering through glasses at data on how children with autism integrate sight and sound.

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