The ThinkLab at MidStory GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship

Mentor Profile:

Ruth Chang

Ruth Chang is a co-founder of Midstory, a nonprofit thinkhub based in Toledo with a mission to progress the Midwest narrative by incubating bright, diverse and interdisciplinary thinkers to exchange ideas and envision the future of our region through multimedia storytelling and solutions-oriented research. She currently oversees the…

Hear from Current and Former Fellows & Mentors!

Scott Alpizar
Senior Venture Associate with the Foundation Venture Capital Group

Scott is a Senior Venture Associate with the Foundation Venture Capital Group where he plays a critical role in sourcing and evaluating potential investment opportunities. He also works directly with academic entrepreneurs and management teams of health-related early-stage startup companies to support their commercialization needs, including…

David Goldman

David Goldman is the founder and Chairman of the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE). FASPE promotes ethical leadership within the professions. Towards such end, FASPE’s provides graduate students in professional schools and early career professionals with fellowships to study professional ethics,…

Margaret Kurkoski, GS, ART

A scholar of Roman art and Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University, Margaret Kurkoski is primarily focused on the relationship between architecture and décor at ancient villas. Drawing from textual and archaeological sources, her work investigates how individual decisions concerning properties, whether enacted by patrons, architects, or…

Art and Archeology
Natalia Lusin
Associate Director of Programs and Head of Research in the Office of Programs at the Modern Language Association

Natalia Lusin is Associate Director of Programs and Head of Research in the Office of Programs at the Modern Language Association. She has worked at the MLA in a research capacity since 1992, and as Associate Director since 2012. She conducts data gathering and data analysis for studies on the modern language field, among them the MLA…

Slavic Languages and Literatures
Terry Mulligan
Senior Product Manager, XPRIZE Foundation

Terry Mulligan is a Senior Product Manager for XPRIZE Foundation, bringing more than ten years of experience in international development, organizational management, and management consulting.

Passionate about ending global poverty, Mr. Mulligan has led efforts in education, global health, and social enterprise development in Africa…

Taneshia Nash Laird
President and CEO, Newark Symphony Hall

Taneshia Nash Laird is a social change agent and community developer who centers cultural equity in her work. She is the president and CEO of Newark Symphony Hall, a historic performing arts center located within the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Newark, NJ. Previously, Laird served as executive director of the Arts Council of Princeton, notably…

Patricia Ann Neely

Patricia Ann Neely is an early-bowed string player and teacher who specializes in the viola da gamba, violone, vielle, and baroque bass. She holds a BA in music from Vassar College and an MFA in Historical Performance from Sarah Lawrence College. Ms. Neely has played with many early music ensembles here and abroad, including…

Music Composition
Noel Park, GS, MOL

Noel is a PhD candidate in molecular biology at Princeton University co-mentored by Dr. Joshua Rabinowitz and LSI fellow Shawn Davidson.

"I was able to explore careers beyond academia as soon as I got to Princeton University- the support system for career and professional development has been astounding. The GradFUTURES Social…

Molecular Biology
Rebecca Scott
Program Director, FASPE

Rebecca Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Louisiana State University and a Master’s degree in Holocaust & Genocide Studies.After completing her graduate studies at Kean University, she worked as an Academic Specialist for the Master of Arts in Holocaust & Genocide Studies program, overseeing the staging of…

Elaine Tsui, GS, CHE
GradFUTURES Fellow

Elaine Tsui is a Ph.D. Candidate in Chemistry, where she studies the development of new catalytic methods in organic synthesis. Prior to coming to Princeton, she received a B.A. in Chemistry and English from Wesleyan University and worked in patent litigation in Washington, D.C. Elaine was a GradFUTURES Fellow at New America's Future of Land…

Natural Sciences
Natalie Tung

Natalie is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of HomeWorks Trenton, a free community-based after-school boarding program. Growing up in a numbers-driven public school system in Hong Kong, Natalie had an unhealthy relationship with learning. This relationship changed when she had the opportunity to attend a boarding school in New Jersey. More…

Janine Utell
Program Manager for Professional Development at the Modern Language Association

Janine Utell is Program Manager for Professional Development at the Modern Language Association.  Prior to taking on this role, she was Professor and Chair of English and Creative Writing at Widener University in Chester, PA.  She is currently the President of the Modernist Studies Association, and is the author or editor of several…