Bennis Scholars Class of 2018: Cohort 1

Joseph Bae

Joseph Bae is from Chino Hills, California and majored in Biophysics at the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences while also receiving a master’s in Medical Biophysics. At USC, Joseph pursued a variety of activities including conducting research at the Bridge Institute, serving on the executive board of a medical missions club, and practicing Tae Kwon Do. During his free time, Joseph enjoys watching movies, eating Korean Barbecue, camping, and spending time with friends and family. In the future, Joseph intends on attending medical school and potentially pursuing a career in oncology.

Livey Beha

Livey Beha is from Tacoma, Washington and majored in Non-Governmental Organizations and Social Change. Livey served as a VOICE peer-outreach educator for the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services Center on the USC campus, as a Resident Assistant in the Parkside International Residential College, and as a research assistant in the USC Rossier School of Education. Livey performs music around Los Angeles and enjoys collaborating with others to create interdisciplinary art projects and socially impactful digital media campaigns. Post-graduation, Livey serves a Community Engagement Manager at Imagine LA — Mentoring Families out of Homelessness.

Peter Bergmann

Peter Bergmann is from Portland, Oregon, and majored in and has a passion for Economics/Mathematics (B.S.). At USC, Peter served as the President of Peaks and Professors, which is an outdoors club that connects students and professors outside the classroom through hikes and overnight trips. He served as the President/Cofounder of the Economics Association and as an Assistant Director of University Affairs in USG. In his free time (what’s that?!), he loves to discover new books, new trails and new restaurants. The year after graduating, Peter will participate in the U.S. Fulbright Program teaching English in Taiwan.

Logan Davidson

Logan Davidson studied Mechanical Engineering at USC and is originally from Denver, Colorado. His long-term aspirations are to make the world a more just, happier, more sustainable place than he found it. He is passionate about using the power of interdisciplinary thought and collaboration to solve some of the world’s greatest problems. As a student, he worked to embody an interdisciplinary lifestyle as a member of the USC Triathlon team, as a member of Sigma Eta Pi (USC’s Entrepreneurship Fraternity), and by living in a co-op dedicated to sustainable living and environmental justice all while studying Mechanical Engineering. He hopes to one day run a technical social enterprise. Logan is currently a Junior Quantitative Analyst at Talus Analytics.

Maddi Eckert

Maddi Eckert is from Reno, Nevada and studied Political Science and Spanish. While at USC, Maddi served as a consultant for local nonprofits through the Los Angeles Community Impact, and as the Vice President of Human Resources. Maddi is an avid hiker, mountain biker and beach volleyball player, and you can almost always find her doing at least one of those three things on the weekends. After graduating, Maddi serves as a Growth Analyst at Premise Data.

Melanie Franceschini

Melanie Franceschini is from Orange County, California and majored in Political Science, Spanish, Law History and Culture, and minored in Classical Perspectives. A Pre-Law student who completed the Thematic Option program at USC, Melanie was actively involved on campus in Undergraduate Student Government and the Unruh Institute. Off campus, you could find Melanie working at a Pool Manager for the City of Irvine and interning in the City Manager’s Office for the City of Newport Beach. In her free time, Melanie enjoys reading, listening to music, swimming, jogging, and hanging out with friends. Melanie is currently interning with the International Trade Administration.

Esther Kim

Esther Kim is from Cypress, California and studied Biological Sciences at USC. On campus, Esther was the president of Global Medical Brigades, president of A Community Place, and was a mentor tutor at USC’s Student-Athlete Academic Services. Additionally, she worked as a research assistant at Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute studying human neurological diseases through fruit flies. She discovered a passion for teaching as a math tutor at 32nd St. Elementary School through the Joint Educational Project, and worked as a Biology tutor for student athletes at USC. Esther hopes to use this passion alongside her interests in healthcare and medicine to expand health education among underserved communities. In her free time, Esther enjoys baking, watching movies with her friends, and roaming the aisles of any grocery store. After graduation, Esther will be applying to medical schools while working as a medical scribe at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Jamie Kwong

Jamie Kwong was an international relations major and a progressive master’s student in public diplomacy. At USC, she was a Schaeffer Government Service fellow, and spent recent summers interning at the House Foreign Affairs Committee and researching immigration problems in France. She was a research assistant for Dr. Steven Lamy as well as associate editor of Glimpse from the Globe. She is interested in studying nonproliferation and weapons of mass destruction, focusing particularly on the North Korean nuclear crisis. Jamie’s campus involvement included roles as president of the Panhellenic Council, vice president of Society 53 and manager of the Peer Leadership Team at USC’s Campus Activities Office. Post-graduation, Jamie will serve as a Marshall Scholar and continue her studies in the United Kingdom.

Lindsay Lauder

Lindsay Lauder is from Toronto and double majored in International Relations and Media Arts + Practice. Lindsay was a member of USC’s Division I Women’s swimming and diving team her first two years of college before a shoulder injury forced her to retire. She worked in social media for USC Annenberg Tech Ops and was an active member of Troy Camp, Kappa Kappa Gamma, I am that Girl and was the Deputy Secretary General for TrojanMUN – USC Model United Nations’ college MUN conference. When not in class, she was likely to be found taking photographs, eating her way around LA, napping or being outdoors.

Lucas McGartland

Lucas McGartland is from Saint Louis, Missouri and majored in Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation at the Jimmy Iovine & Andre Young Academy. He is an avid entrepreneur, most recently CTO of Icon, a location based sticker messaging service, and founder/CPO of Bee, a startup focused on democratizing social media advertising. When he’s not busy with starting companies, he’s usually working on even more projects like building scaffolding in his apartment, developing a household AI, or designing a typeface.

Kaushik Parvathaneni

Kaushik Parvathaneni majored in Human Biology and minored in Health Care Studies as well as Health Policy. A native of Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, and recently Seattle, WA, Kaushik was ecstatic to be given the chance to complete his undergraduate education in new city, Los Angeles. He has developed a love for travel and enjoys experiencing the many cultures of the world. Kaushik’s passion for pushing the boundaries of science and medicine motivated him to serve as a research assistant at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He also loves to teach and was a tutor for both Teach for Los Angeles and off campus for The Princeton Review. In his free time Kaushik enjoys spending time with friends and can often be found in pursuit of gastronomy throughout the city. Kaushik will be completing medical school after graduation.

Aditi Ramesh

Aditi Ramesh is from Cerritos, California, and studied Economics/Mathematics in the Dornsife School. On campus, Aditi served as VP of Projects for Los Angeles Community Impact (LACI), a member of USC Helenes, and as a research assistant in the department of Political Science. In her free time, Aditi enjoys running, cooking, or trying to find LA’s best cup of coffee. Upon graduation, Aditi will participate in the U.S. Fulbright Program as a research scholar in India.

Rachel Wahhab

Rachel Wahhab is from Cypress, California, and majored in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and minored in Health Care Studies. In her senior year, Rachel established the Los Angeles County Health Educator Volunteers, where USC students counsel adult community members on simple, lifesaving preventive measures and healthful activities.  Rachel was also an active member of the USC Helenes, the oldest all women’s service organization on campus and held multiple leadership positions. Outside of campus, Rachel spent much of her time at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) as she participated in clinical preceptorships and conducted pediatric endocrinology research. Currently, Rachel is applying to medical school and doing research at LAC+USC Medical Center and CHLA.

Spencer Wix

Spencer is from Scottsdale, Arizona and studied business administration, concentrating in finance in the Marshall School of Business. He was involved on campus with the Trojan Investing Society, SC Venture Capital, and the Marshall Real Estate Finance Association. Spencer enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling, and playing golf and basketball.  He is currently working as an Analyst at Barclays Investment Bank.

Vanessa Yu

Vanessa Yu is from Arcadia, California, and majored in neuroscience and minored in human rights. She is passionate about finding an intersection between medicine and social justice. At USC, Vanessa served as president of Teach for LA, president of Justice Organization for Youth, a Levan Fellow under USC’s Levan Institute, co-director of USC’s ZYGO Series, an EMT in USC’s EMSC, a research assistant at USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute, and was involved in the Christian Fellowship IVTCF. Previously, she served as Hepatitis B/Bone Marrow chair for the pre-medical group APAMSA and director of layout for USC’s magazine The Healing Process. In her free time, Vanessa loves going on adventures with friends, attending concerts, and traveling! Vanessa is currently enrolled in the UC San Diego School of Medicine Program in Medical Education — Health Equity (PRIME-HEq), which trains physicians to meet the needs of communities that have been traditionally underserved by the medical system.