Introducing the Rose's newest research assistants

Every fall, the Rose Institute hires a small number of freshmen and sophomores to join our team and work at the institute over the next three to four years. We are excited to introduce to you the five freshmen and two sophomores that we chosen and are looking forward to the great work we are sure they will produce.

Katya Abazajian was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and is now a sophomore hoping to major in Math and Economics. While attending Clear Lake High School, Katya was an officer in Latin Club, Orchestra, Student Council, and participated in the National Honor Society, Tennis, and various spirit programs. Her participation in Student Council drove her to pursue a career in politics, government or business. She is attending Claremont McKenna with the hopes of furthering her knowledge of economics and politics, and wants to go on to law school after graduation.

Aseem Chipalkatti is a freshman from the Seattle area intending to dual major in Economics-Accounting and Government. His interest in politics has been fostered by a childhood spent listening to NPR and Jim Lehrer. In high school, he participated in the Junior State of America, a high school debate and student government organization that focuses on topical political issues. Aseem is interested in redistricting and education policy and is looking forward to working in those fields at the Rose for the next four years.

Marina Giloi grew up in Redmond, Washington, and plans to dual major in Econ-Accounting and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. The summer of 2011, she interned with the Washington State Republican Party, assisting with finance and redistricting research, and at the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, focusing on sustainable development issues. Marina is thrilled to be joining the Rose Institute as a sophomore, and her other pursuits on campus include being co-president of Berger Hall and working as a writer and copy editor for the Claremont Independent.

Elise Hansell was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and graduated from the Episcopal School of Dallas. While in high school, she served as President of the Student Council, was involved in Micro-Finance, and attended various Model U.N. conferences. Elise enjoyed being captain of varsity Cross Country and Track and Field during her junior and senior year. For the past two years she has worked at Grossman Law Offices as a legal assistant. At CMC, Elise is interested in pursuing Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, or a History and Psychology dual major. At the Rose Institute she hopes to participate in legal analysis.

Elena Lopez was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she attended YES Prep North Central from 6th to 12th grade. Throughout high school, she was involved in Student Council and Colt Camp, a mentoring program. She was a part of the cross country team and captain of the soccer team. Elena is interested in education policy and hopes to reform the public school system to help more students attend college. Currently she is majoring in Government and Spanish and hopes to one day work for the Department of Education.

Andrew Nam was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea for 10 years. Since then, he has been residing in Claremont. He graduated from Claremont High School, where he was a captain on the debate team, IB Student President, team leader for Robotics, French Club President, and more. Andrew is a Southern California Champion in Senate Congressional Debate and helped to establish the IB Program in his school. He is interested in redistricting and economic analysis. Andrew intends to major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and after graduating from CMC, he hopes to attend law school and become a corporate lawyer.

David Tse was born and raised in Orinda, California. During his time at high school, he was a captain of the speech team and the mock trial team. He has also played piano for 11 years and during his time has attended branch and state conventions. As a CMC freshman, David has yet to decide his major. During his spare time, David enjoys watching movies and consuming delicious (unhealthy) foods. He is excited to work for the Rose institute and looks forward to the next 4 years at CMC.

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