2012 Athena Summer Fellows

Congratulations to the selected 2012 Athena Summer Fellows


Keren Baruch is a junior at Barnard College studying Economics and Social History.  She is spending this year abroad at Oxford University studying History and Economics.  As a member of the board of the Oxford Guild Business Society, she has contributed to the first edition of their Oxford Career Guide.  Keren is an Athena Scholar and has expressed her passion for women's leadership by serving on the Athena Student Advisory Board and holding positions in Smart Women Lead, a Barnard networking organization that prepares young women to lead in the professional world.  Keren plans to become an entrepreneur when she graduates and will spend this summer interning for Grovo, a tech startup that offers free video lessons for online products such as Facebook and Twitter.


Kate Bergin, a junior from Summit, NJ is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Spanish. She works as a Peer Career Advisor in the Barnard Career Development Office where she advises other students on their resumes and cover letters. She also volunteers at a Non-Profit Organization to help recent immigrants with their job preparation. This past summer, Kate interned at the Correctional Association of New York for their Prison Visiting Project. Her passions include immigrant rights and promoting diversity in the workplace. She also loves to run and has run the NYC marathon twice.


Lily Icangelo, a junior majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, grew up in Lake Worth, Florida, where she attended Dreyfoos High School for the Arts. She currently works as a Peer Career Advisor in Barnard’s Career Development office and has written for a variety of on and off campus publications including Bwog.com, Inside New York, and Autotraddle.com. She enjoys writing, playing music, making jewelry, and dreaming of what her life could have been had she become a child star. She hopes to one day be reincarnated as Beyonce, fulfilling her childhood dream of pop super-stardom. She is passionate about issues that face women and the LGBTQ community and believes strongly in using the media and entertainment industry to help create positive change in the world. She strives to be a part of that positive change by making a career out of writing and performing anything creative that makes people laugh.


Emma Lewis, class of 2013, is a biology major from Chicago. She has been consistently interested in public health, and has worked and volunteered at Cook County and Harlem Hospital, both public hospitals. On campus, she is currently a Writing Fellow, and previously was an organic chemistry Academic Fellow, a Health Leads volunteer, and a Kesher board member. Her prior research experience includes healthcare economics research on HIV testing and nosocomial infections; clinical research on asthma; and brief research apprenticeships in organic chemistry and metacognition through the Hughes Science Pipeline Project. For the past year, she has been completing microbiology research on a possible causative agent of bacterial vaginosis, at the Ratner Lab in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia’s Medical Center; she will continue this research this summer.


Weihui Lu is an English major and '13 Centennial Scholar, currently pursuing certification in childhood education through Barnard's Education program. She previously interned at Soft Skull Press, a small publishing company specializing in alternative lit, and Writopia Lab, a creative writing program for grades 3-12, where she assisted a fiction workshop for 9 year olds; she has also worked with children at the ABC Math Academy, and the Association to Benefit Children. She is interested in equity problems and the achievement gap, and would love to use this fellowship to learn more about teaching effectively in low-resource communities. In her spare time, she does film photography, writes for Inside New York, and practices martial arts. Her creative writing has been published in Soundzine, Neon, and Pomegranate Poetry, among others.


Elise Mordos is a junior majoring in Economics and is an Athena Scholar. She was born and raised in New York City. She currently works as a Research Assistant in the Economics Department. She is also an active member of Barnard’s Student Government Association and McIntosh Activities Council. In her free time, she enjoys attending on campus events and spending time with friends.



Bunge Okeyo is a current Barnard junior and Religion major focusing on 20th century America. She is pursuing a Minor in Race and Ethnicity and is an Athena Scholar. Bunge is interested in social justice issues primarily education and housing inequality and hopes to positively impact both education housing with an urban development or community development corporation. She is co-musical director of the Columbia Metrotones and enjoys performing at open mics on and off campus.



Lauren Seaman is a junior English Major (though she really wishes she could major in everything) and an Athena Scholar. She is honored to be writing her own bio. Though she has no one, main “focus” in academia or a career-path, Lauren puts much of her energy towards helping others find strength through self-expression – in both written and spoken forms. She currently works as a Barnard Speaking Fellow; has organized teach-ins for Occupy participants in New York and Dublin; and recently interned with the NYC nonprofit Girls Write Now. Lauren also adores her job a BSAR where she has the opportunity to regularly confess her love for all things Barnard (especially BC security guards and the R&B slow jams played in Liz’s Place).  In summer 2011, Lauren traveled to and around Italy where she taught English to sassy, wonderful groups of wee Italian children.

Lauren has been a Barnard ex-pat since January 2012, conducting Peace and Conflict Studies field-work in various parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland. She is excited to bring her thoughts and experiences home with her this summer to Barnard.


Mica Spicka, class of 2013 is an Urban Studies major, concentrating in Sociology with a minor in Psychology. She is also an Athena Scholar. Her favorite class of her college career has been Cities in Developing Countries, in which she is currently writing a research paper on human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and girls. During her senior year, Mica will hold the position of Sr. Representative to the Board of Trustees, and chair the Committee on Socially Responsible Investing on Student Government. She is also an upper-class Resident Assistant. At her time at Barnard, Mica has pursued many interests and has interned for New York Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand and The Athena Film Festival. In her “spare” time, Mica enjoys zipping around New York City on her orange retro bike seeking out deals and free offerings. Mica has a great passion for the arts, food, and international travel. She enjoys perusing real estate listings and shares a birthday with Meryl Streep.

Kate Welsh is a junior English major with plans to concentrate in creative writing and minor in religion. On campus, she acts as the head layout editor for Echoes, the Barnard literary magazine, is a member of the Barnard Babysitting and Bartending agencies, and has contributed to various publications in the Columbia University community. She has interned at the Poetry Society of America since the beginning of her sophomore year. Last summer, she worked in the Covers and Poetry departments of The New Yorker. In her free time, Kate enjoys taking advantage of all that New York has to offer: from poetry readings to food trucks to free museum nights.