Class of 2018

2018 CPR Certificate students Kate Scandura, Maura Smyles, Chandler Cissel and Attyat Mayans

From left to right: Kate Scandura, Maura Smyles, Chandler Cissel, Attyat Mayans


Chandler Cissel: psychology major, biology minor; dean’s list; intern, A Helping Hand, volunteer of the quarter, spring 2018; co-director, Camp Kesem

Independent Study: The Impact of Parental Separation on Children’s Substance Use

Mentor: Seth Sanders: 2018-2019 Interim Director of the Center for Child and Family Policy; Director of Graduate Studies in the Sanford School of Public Policy PhD Program; Professor of Public Policy in the Sanford School; Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI’s Center for Population Health & Aging

Future Plans: Medical school in 2019, and teaching at an elementary school in South Florida during his gap year.


Attyat Mayans: Asian and Middle Eastern studies (AMES) + cultural anthropology double major; graduated with highest distinction, AMES; undergraduate University Scholar; fellow, Mellon Mays; prize for best AMES honors thesis, 2018; intern, Bilingual and Multicultural Bureau, New Mexico Public Education Department

Independent Study: Evaluating Changing Attitudes Towards Education in China: Western Disruption and the Rise of the Study Abroad Movement

Mentor: Eileen Chow: Director of the Cheng Shewo Institute at Shih Hsin University (Taipei, Taiwan); Visiting Associate Professor of Chinese and Japanese Cultural Studies

Future Plans: Fulbright student in Shanghai, China, studying international education tracks in public secondary schools.


Kate Scandura: public policy major, AMES (Chinese) minor; graduated with highest distinction; inductee, Phi Beta Kappa honors society; intern, U.S. Department of State

Independent Study: The Use of Children as Props in Political Campaign Advertising

Mentor: Bill Adair: Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy; Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy; Director of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy; Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Future Plans: Attending Georgetown Law School.


Maura Smyles: public policy major, ethics certificate; summa cum laude; inductee, Phi Beta Kappa honors society; intern, Corporate Social Responsibility, Foley Hoag LLP; intern, Office of the UN High Commisioner for Human Rights in Medellín, Colombia

Independent Study: The Impact of Legal Representation for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in the United States

Mentor: Suzanne Shanahan: Nannerl O. Keohane Director of the Kenan Institute for Ethics; Associate Research Professor in Sociology; Director of Kenan Refugee Project; Director of DukeEngage Dublin

Future Plans: Fulbright student in Madrid, Spain, studying the impact that a new paternity leave policy has had on gender roles within families and within the workplace.