Undergraduate Fellows

Andrew ReesAndrew Rees — Spanish Studies and Neuroscience Double Major

Andrew was born and raised in Kaysville, Utah. He served a mission in Concepción, Chile where he fell in love with Latin American people and their unique culture. This passion has permeated many aspects of his life. He is a Junior, majoring in both Spanish Studies and Neuroscience. He directs Conexiones: a large group of volunteers dedicated to improving literacy and academic performance among Latin American youth in the Provo area. Andrew plans to apply to medical school next year and hopes to eventually be able to practice among the growing Latin American population. His interests outside of school and service work include horseback riding, competitive sports and spending time with family.

Kristen Blair, Philosophy and English Double Major

Kristen Blair

Kristen grew up in Provo, Utah. Countless hours of trail-running in the mountains and trails of her home valley are conducive to thought, and she is subsequently double majoring in Philosophy and English. Following her graduation from BYU in 2017, she plans to work on a PhD in the aesthetics of religious rhetoric. She will then pursue a career in hospital chaplaincy, inspired by her mission to Boston, Massachusetts. She works as a Writing Tutor on campus and loves to glean knowledge from the varied students she tutors. She is currently an assistant on researching the philosophy of David Hume and his work on the anatomy of mind, specifically focused on a nuanced feminist interpretation. Kristen is an editor for an on-campus women’s studies journal and hopes to be an effective advocate for international women’s rights and education. She loves Russian literature, the authors Marilynne Robinson and John Steinbeck among many others, and can often be found feasting on classics. She enjoys writing poetry, watching international films, studying art, making and eating delicious foods, running, discovering new music, listening to people’s stories, and teaching cello lessons.


Carlee-Schmidt2Carlee Schmidt, Humanities with Environmental Emphasis; Editing Minor

Many would describe Carlee, who hails from the foothills of Salt Lake City, as “granola” – she holds snakes, chases bugs, rescues spiders, and scales mountains. She cherishes this childlike sense of wonder about the world, and her curiosity has led her down some interesting – even international – trails. She is a Humanities major with the Environmental emphasis, and an Editing minor. She has a vision of connecting the crucial ideas and knowledge of the scientific world with the communication and context of the humanities. Ideally, she’d like to edit publications for an environmental organization. For now, she is a presidency member of BYU’s Earth Stewardship Club, a volunteer doing social media for Utah Interfaith Power & Light, and a research assistant of LDS ecotheology. She is also addicted to music, fascinated by Sherlock Holmes, hungers for conversation of substance, and is grateful for the thrill of learning.

Benjamin Jacob—Interdisciplinary Humanities, English Emphasis

Ben Jacob

Ben was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and after several years living in Indiana, Illinois and Misawa, Japan, he finished out his formative in years in Provo. The son of an English major and a physician, Ben is fascinated by the intersections between culture and science. He studies the humanities while taking biology, chemistry and physics courses and loves comparing different ways of understanding the human experience. After graduation, Ben plans to enter medical school with the eventual goal of being a physician and medical professor. Ben currently serves as the student vice-president of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society at BYU. Outside of the classroom, Ben enjoys listening to Earth, Wind and Fire, running in the foothills and eating pasta.