2012 Biographies

Anuja Acharya

Anuja is a Raleigh native and a proud graduate of William G. Enloe High School and currently a senior in Political Science and English at North Carolina State University. She has worked for several government entities, including the North Carolina State Government Internship Program with the Administrative Office of the Courts, as well as the Office of the Lt. Governor. She has also had poetry published in NC State’s literary journal The Windhover, as well as NC State’s Undergraduate Research Journal, Ink. In addition, she had the opportunity to spend the semester studying abroad at the University of Dundee in Scotland during her junior year. She has an interest in world affairs and social justice for many years.

Abby Bouchon

Abby is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Biology with double minors in Chemistry and Entrepreneurship. A North Carolina native, Abby has done malignant melanoma research at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and became a Carolina Research Scholar in May 2011 for her independent research project studying how transcription factors influence GPAT4 in rat hepatoma cells through the Gillings School of Public Health. Abby studied abroad in Singapore in the summer of 2010 where she completed a group ethnography project on Singaporean Muslim women’s perspectives on the hijab. At Carolina, she is also Co-Director of Campus Development for the student-run Eve Carson Scholarship and an Admissions Ambassador. Abby is interested in entrepreneurial initiatives as public health solutions and female empowerment, and in her free time enjoys running and beekeeping.

Becca Bishopric

Becca grew up in a small town in the northern piedmont of North Carolina called Eden. She was a feminist from an early age and especially enjoyed volunteering for different non-profit organizations in her hometown. Throughout high school she developed a passion for working with youth and horses through the North Carolina 4-H Program. In college she continued to pursue her passion for education and youth development while exploring her curiosity for international relations and global health issues. This research and personal experiences led her to pursue a new desire to work specifically on interpersonal violence prevention and women’s issues at home and throughout the world. Today she is a senior at North Carolina State University majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies: Global Public Health and minoring in Biological and Animal Science. Her goals are to attend law school and work on international and national policy and law that will empower women and encourage equality for all.

Hannah Nemer

Hannah Nemer is a second-year Morehead Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where she serves as a Center Director in the public policy-based Roosevelt Institute. Planning to major in Peace, War, and Defense and International American Studies, Hannah focuses on how the United States both perceives and is perceived by the world. Also passionate about film, Hannah spent the summer in Uganda as a Silent Images intern documenting the impact of a nutritional supplement program on malnourished youth. She looks forward to partnering with WomenNC to delve into critical issues, identifying local best practices with global application.

Mariamawit Tadesse

Mariamawit Tadesse is a student from Ethopia. She is a senior at Meredith College. She is majoring in Business Administration and Economics, minoring in French and International Business. As president of the Model United Nations at Meredith college, she assists students in preparation for conferences, debates and position papers of countries represented. She is also an assistant editor of the Meredith Herald, the local campus newspaper. Her career goals include working for an organization, such as the IMF and World Bank, to resolve issues related with money supply, women empowerment, international trade and currency exchange.


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