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“When I think about my legacy at TU—it is my mentors who moved me to give back. It’s a privilege. Being civically engaged in the community makes you think about how to help those who come after you. My gift funds Model UN, conferences and research positions for students.”

Having grown up in Reisterstown, Maryland, Lauren was very familiar to TU. “Initially gymnastics drew me to TU,” she says. “I had opportunities for gymnastics scholarships, but it was the Honors College that brought me to TU.” The gymnastics team and the Honors College married academics and athletics. Initially a political science major, it was a mentor-professor, Dr. Alison McCartney, who “kept popping up” in her life. After taking a class on international relations and civic engagement, which focused on solving global problems, Lauren became more interested in the way the world worked. It was her project on the International Monetary Fund that moved Lauren to pick up economics as a second major, with a minor in business administration, in TU’s concurrent degree program. Her work with Dr. Seth Gitter (economics) on an independent study led her to research, problem-solving and finding creative solutions. “He sat with me one on one. I chose my research project. He pushed me,” says Lauren. Lauren’s work with Dr. Gitter culminated in publication through Oxford Development Studies.

Lauren helped to create the Undergraduate Research Club at TU, which brought students together for interdisciplinary research work. It grew it in first year, sending students to conferences across the country. The club is thriving and now in its fourth year, using research as a vehicle for success.

Lauren’s love of research began at TU and it was pursued in an internship that led to her hiring post-graduation. “It was the pep talks about being a TU student from Dr. McCartney that made a huge difference in my life,” says Lauren. After three rounds of interviews on “super day” where she interviewed against graduates of some of the most prestigious schools, it was the words of Dr. McCartney that rang true for her, “You can play with the big dogs. Have confidence.”

Lauren works for Brown Advisory as an Investigative Research Analyst, conducting deep research on tech regulations, energy markets, healthcare (DNA sequencing), 3-D construction and medical devices, all “in-depth industry research in spaces we are looking to learn more about.”

Lauren is pursuing an MBA at Georgetown University.

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