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Duke University Announces Class of 2017 Baldwin Scholars

Duke University Announces Class of 2017 Baldwin Scholars

Eighteen first-year women selected for this year's cohort

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Durham, NC - The Alice M. Baldwin Scholars Program for undergraduate women and leadership at Duke University has identified 18 first-year women to form the 10th class.

"This year's pool of applicants was exceptionally strong," said Donna Lisker, co-director of the Baldwin Scholars program. "The women we selected are diverse in their interests and backgrounds. We expect them to make a significant impact on the campus community and in the world."

The four-year experience includes academic seminars, a residential living experience, an internship and mentoring opportunities. With 18 women in each class, the program is fully subscribed with 72 participants and six alumnae cohorts.

The Class of 2017 participants, who hail from nine states and four foreign countries, will launch their Baldwin experience in January with the first academic seminar, "Perceptions of Self, Society and the Natural World."

Duke created the Baldwin Scholars program in 2004 in response to the Women's Initiative research project, which investigated the quality of life for women at all levels of the institution. The researchers discovered such trends as lower self-esteem, few women in top student leadership positions and the "effortless perfection" phenomenon, in which students reported pressure to be successful in their academic, career and social endeavors while hiding the effort involved. 

The participants were selected from a pool of 135 applications after two rounds of interviews by program staff and current Baldwin Scholars.

The Class of 2017 participants are:

Samantha Huff of San Rafael
Symonne Singleton of Rancho Cucamonga
Sierra Smith of Saratoga

Grace Ying of Tallahassee

Elizabeth Kennedy of Ann Arbor

Amy Xiong of Maple Grove

Elizabeth Klein of Short Hills
Juliette Pigott of Far Hills

Arielle Kahn of Chappequa
Sofia Stafford of New York

Kristen Larson of Goldsboro
Roma Sonik of Charlotte

Aleena Karediya of San Antonio

Emma Wright of Arlington

Elizabeth Horne of London

Zarah Udwadia of Mumbai

Maimuna Yussuf of Nairobi

Mariana Calvo of Lomas Altas

For more information on the Baldwin Scholars program, visit


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Contact: Donna Lisker
Phone: (919) 668-3420

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Contact: Donna Lisker
Phone: (919) 668-3420