Fellowships Tutors

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Elliot Akama-Garren

Resident Tutor
F-31
Tutor in: Pre-Med, Race Relations, Fellowships

Hi Kirkland! My name is Elliot and I’m looking forward to getting to know you over the course of my third year as a Resident Tutor. I’m in the MD-PhD program at Harvard Medical School, where I’m doing my PhD in Immunology. Originally I grew up in California and went to MIT for undergrad, after which I spent two years in Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship doing cancer immunology research. Outside of lab I enjoy playing ice hockey, biking, and exploring Boston. Happy to discuss applying to medical school, fellowships, or anything else that might be on your mind!

Eric Bersin

Eric Bersin

Resident Tutor
B-23
Tutor in: Engineering, Boat Club, Fellowships

Hey KHaus! I'm excited to return to Kirkland this year along with my wife, Kori. Originally from Chicago, I graduated from Kirkland in 2014, joint concentrating in {Biomedical Engineering} and {Chemistry & Physics}. At Harvard I had the privilege of performing with the Glee Club, the Krokodiloes, and the Bach Society Orchestra. After graduating, I spent a year in Munich on a Fulbright fellowship working at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics. I'm currently a PhD student in Electrical Engineering at MIT, where I'm supported by a NASA Graduate Fellowship and work with Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington. Accordingly, I tutor in Engineering, Fellowships, and Music. My research entails shooting lasers at diamonds in order to build quantum computers - or at least, that's what I tell our funding agencies. Outside work, I love spending time outdoors, volunteering with the Museum of Science, and singing. Come say hello at STEM office hours, chat me up about ways to fund your dream service/study trip, or come de-stress at our dog Dusty's Pawfice Hours!

Wilson Qin

Wilson Qin

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Kirkland Drama Society, Fellowships, Outings, STEM Table, website, community kitchen

Hi K-House! I'm excited to serve as your resident tutor of I-entryway along with my friend Stefan. I'm a Computer Science PhD candidate in the Data Systems Lab (DASlab) @ Harvard SEAS (on leave). This year I am spending my time working on a new venture. I first came through Kirkland House with Class of 2015, concentrating in Computer Science. Before the PhD, I was incredibly lucky to have had a broad set of opportunities, including working as a data analytics staffer for a presidential campaign, growing quantitative hedge funds, and engaging with the venture & startup community. I'm happy to chat about STEM research & academia, quantitative finance, tech startups and venture capital, political campaigns, and your creative pursuits in general. I hope to meet all of you throughout this year!... Read more about Wilson Qin

Channing Spencer

Channing Spencer

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Fellowships, Public Service

Hi Kirkland! My name is Channing (she/her/hers) and I'm a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior, a joint program between Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology. My research focuses on inequality--particularly gender and race--within organizations and labor markets. I'm an alum of the College and previously worked in the tech and ed tech industries. At Kirkland, I advise on Fellowships and Public Service. I'm also happy to chat current events, bingeworthy shows, yummy eats, good reads, and podcasts.