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March 15, 2019

Announcing the 51st Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows

New York, New York (March 15th, 2019) – Continuing its tradition of expanding the vision and developing the potential of remarkable students, today the Watson Foundation announced its 51st Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows. The Watson provides a year of unparalleled, purposeful international discovery for graduating college seniors in any discipline.

This year's class hails from 6 countries and 18 states. Fellows will travel to 76 countries exploring topics ranging from artificial intelligence to music subcultures; from food insecurity to island innovation; from neonatal to end-of-life care.  

“A record number of students initiated this year’s application process. The new class is remarkable. They reflect the diversity, imagination and cross-disciplinary nature of our next-generation leaders”, said Chris Kasabach, Watson Foundation Executive Director.

Watson Fellows are graduating college seniors nominated by 40 partner institutions from across the United States. This year 41 students were awarded. A complete list of fellows and their home institutions follows.

About the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

The Watson Fellowship is a rare window after college and pre-career for students to engage their deepest interests on a global scale. Fellows conceive original projects, execute them outside of the United States for one year and embrace the ensuing journey. The program produces a year of personal insight, perspective and confidence that shapes the arc of fellows' lives.

Started in 1968, today Watson Fellows comprise leaders in every field including CEOs of major corporations, college presidents, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar Award winners, Pulitzer Prize awardees, artists, diplomats, doctors, faculty, journalists, lawyers, politicians, researchers and inspiring influencers around the world. For more information about the Watson Fellowship and the new class, please visit: Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

About the Watson Foundation

In 1961 the Watson Foundation was created as a charitable trust in the name of Thomas J. Watson Sr., best known for building IBM. Through one-of-a-kind programs and over 100 global partnerships, the Foundation provides students with unprecedented personal, professional and cultural opportunities that expand their vision, test and develop their potential, and build the confidence and perspective do so for others.


Amber Afelin, Wesleyan University

Anuoluwapo Asaolu, Bowdoin College

Mona Ayoub, College of the Atlantic

Eli Cohen, Pomona College

Natalie Connell, Davidson College

Michelle Dan, California Institute of Technology

Andrea Dickmeyer, Hamilton College

Rose Driver, Reed College

Steven Duong, Grinnell College

Patrick Frenett, Amherst College

Alexa Gray, Bowdoin College

Leury Holguin, Wheaton College

David Johnson, Sewanee: University of the South

Justin Kim, Wesleyan University

Samantha Lilly, University of Puget Sound

Cello Lockwood, Whitman College

Alysala Malik, Carleton College

Emma Mandel, Williams College

Eliza Martin, Rice University

Charlotte Massey, Middlebury College

Samantha Miller, Union College

Allison Monroe, Hendrix College

Brandon Morande, Bowdoin College

Julie Morel, Vassar College

Meghan Murphy, Lawrence University

Phuntsho Norbu, Wheaton College

Ilana Nyveen, Rice University

Emmanuela Oppong, Union College

Pia Parisi-Marcoux, Wheaton College

Blake Plante, Pomona College

Tiye Pulley, Swarthmore College

Harrison Raine, Colorado College

Arish Mudra Rakshasa, Earlham College

Maurice Rippel, Haverford College

Kyla Roland, Davidson College

Alina Sabyr, Colgate University

Jeremy Snyder, Pomona College

Hannah Springhorn, Colby College

Fiona Sullivan, Middlebury College

Lucy Wanzer, Wellesley College

Sophia Zupanc, Wellesley College

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