Fellowship Programs Staff
Richard U. Light Fellowship Assistant
Role: Julia Bakes supports the Richard U. Light Fellowship by serving as a first point of contact for students, faculty and staff in processing fellowship application materials.
Richard U. Light Fellowship Assistant Director
Role: Alan Baubonis advises students through the application process and pre-departure preparations for the Light Fellowship. He also keeps current and returned fellows engaged with one another through online media and Student Advisory Committee activities.
Richard U. Light Fellowship Director
Role: Robert Clough oversees the Light Fellowship's overall development in concert both with the on-campus Executive Committee and with the Light Foundation Trustees based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Robert also serves as a student advisor for several Yale College Year-long Fellowships, the Luce Scholars Program, and the Yung Wing Chinese Cultural Scholarship.
Senior Administrative Assistant, CIPE
Role: Meghan Connolly supports various fellowship programs, including national competitions, Junior Research, the Thouron, and the International Summer Award.
Director for National Fellowships
Role: Kate Dailinger specializes in advising students interested in applying for national fellowships such as the Goldwater and Truman. Having studied in England, she also advises students and recent alumni on fellowships for postgraduate degrees in the UK and Ireland, like the Churchill, Marshall, Mitchell, and Rhodes (for which she is Yale University's official contact).
Deputy Director of the Center for International and Professional Experience, Director of Outcomes Assessment, and Director of Fellowship Programs
Role: Kelly McLaughlin oversees Fellowship Programs, and is the Fulbright Program Adviser for Yale College. Kelly also serves as Deputy Director of the Center for International and Professional Experience and as Director of Outcomes Assessment.
Assistant Director for Yale College Fellowships
Role: April Ruiz oversees Yale College Fellowships. As an undergraduate at Yale she won a number of fellowships herself (including international ones), and now enjoys advising freshmen, sophomores and juniors on summer fellowship opportunities.
Fellowship Programs Assistant
Role: Suzanne Wirak serves as an invaluable first point of contact for students, faculty, alumni, and staff.