Former IIP Interns Among Group of 2019 Notable UW Graduates

Former IIP Intern Abagail Catania did an internship at an orphanage in Uganda in Spring 2017 and Kent Mok did an internship at Institut Pasteur in France in Spring 2018.

From the UW News Site:

Launching a scholarship — even before graduating

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Abagail Catania

Abagail Catania, an agricultural business management major, took the unusual step of creating a scholarship for other undergraduates while still an undergraduate herself. She hopes to increase diverse representation in agricultural studies by encouraging other students of color to pursue majors in the field. It’s just one way the Chicago native has helped make UW–Madison more inclusive. Through her leadership with the student group Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, she launched an immersive, three-day program that brings minority high school students from Milwaukee to campus for college awareness and career exploration. Read more about her efforts here.


Helping to cast a wider net

Kent Mok

Growing up in the Philippines, Kent Mok never doubted he would go to college. But after an economic crisis bankrupted his family and forced them to emigrate to the U.S., he was suddenly plagued by one question: how he could afford it. Luckily, the Posse Program recognized his talents and passion for research and awarded him a four year, full-tuition leadership scholarship. During his time at UW, Mok has realized his academic dreams while also staying connected to his Filipino roots. He has studied the effects of mindfulness on stress and performance, served as the facilitator and coordinator of the Filipino Language Table, and investigated the effects of traumatic brain injury on neural regeneration, for which he was accepted into the Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Program. And, as a volunteer at the Wingra Family Medical Center, he serves predominantly low-income and immigrant populations – the two cores of his identity. “Whatever specialty I go into, I really want to cast a wider net of people in those populations, because I think that they’re the ones that are in the shadows of the healthcare field,” he says.

For the full article and to read about more notable grads.