Two MCB seniors have received Harvard fellowships. Karen Reyes will spend a year abroad in Spain as a Rockefeller Travel Fellow, and Bridget Keegan has been chosen as a science fellow in the Harvard Teaching Fellowship program.
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship provides funding that allows recent Harvard graduates to immerse themselves in other cultures. MCB concentrator Karen Reyes will be traveling to Spain, where she will work with immigrants arriving in the country. Reyes is still working out the details of her fellowship work but will coordinate with NGOs that help immigrants and document their experiences.
“I have always had the urge to learn more about what it means to be an immigrant and what the experience is like, so I am super excited to finally be able to get to do that,” Reyes says. “My own parents are immigrants from Mexico, and I’ve always struggled with how that influences my own identity…Being able to learn about the immigrant experience elsewhere will hopefully teach me something about myself.”
She would like to thank the Mather Fellowship team, who helped her prepare for the Rockefeller Fellowship interview, and her parents for their encouragement and support.
The Harvard Teaching Fellowship is a 12-month teacher residency program where recent Harvard graduates spend a year teaching in urban schools. Bridget Keegan has been selected as a science fellow for the incoming HTF class.
Keegan notes that many of her favorite experiences at Harvard have involved working with younger students and education. “When I was in high school myself, I had phenomenal science teachers that positively impacted me, and made me curious to further explore science and concentrate in MCB in college,” she says. “Through HTF, I hope to pay it forward and make a difference in a student’s life.”
Congratulations to Karen and Bridget on their fellowships!