About Echols Scholar Council

The Echols Scholars Program is predicated upon the Jeffersonian ideal of freedom of inquiry and the development of critical thought. It offers special opportunities to those undergraduates in the College of Arts & Sciences who are its most avid learners.

Echols Council serves as a representative body of the Echols Scholars Program.  Echols Council works with the Director and Associate Dean of the Echols Scholar Program to design and implement initiatives to foster a sense of community and enhance the academic experience of Echols Scholars.

The Echols Council consists of an Executive Board, Committee Board, and Committee Members.

 

Executive Board

President  Hema Shah is a 4th year from Chesapeake, VA double majoring in math and economics. Hema is a pianist in Kinetic Sound, a student-run instrumental music group on grounds. She is also involved in Girl Up, a United Nations initiative to promote the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries. She is passionate about development economics, classical music, and Italian food.

President

Hema Shah is a 4th year from Chesapeake, VA double majoring in math and economics. Hema is a pianist in Kinetic Sound, a student-run instrumental music group on grounds. She is also involved in Girl Up, a United Nations initiative to promote the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries. She is passionate about development economics, classical music, and Italian food.

Vice President for Academic Affairs  Carson is a third-year and native Charlottesville townie, majoring in environmental science and biology. Around UVa, he is very involved in the sustainability community, particularly as a member of the CIO Green Grounds, and does research on plant chemistry in the environmental science department. Carson loves attending UVa sporting events, hiking the O'hill trails, and falling asleep in libraries. His favorite place to study on grounds is the upper levels of Newcomb Hall, and his favorite class at UVA is Ecology. A (relatively) fun fact about him is that he is an avid naturalist, and has seen over 500 species of birds and 400 species of moths.

Vice President for Academic Affairs

Carson is a third-year and native Charlottesville townie, majoring in environmental science and biology. Around UVa, he is very involved in the sustainability community, particularly as a member of the CIO Green Grounds, and does research on plant chemistry in the environmental science department. Carson loves attending UVa sporting events, hiking the O'hill trails, and falling asleep in libraries. His favorite place to study on grounds is the upper levels of Newcomb Hall, and his favorite class at UVA is Ecology. A (relatively) fun fact about him is that he is an avid naturalist, and has seen over 500 species of birds and 400 species of moths.

Vice President for Community Engagement  Katie Cantone is a Fourth Year from Midlothian, Virginia who is double majoring in Spanish and Media Studies with a minor in Latinx Studies. She is currently pursuing a thesis within the Media Studies Distinguished Majors Program. Katie’s primary involvement around Grounds is through the all-female a cappella group Hoos In Treble and the Echols Ambassadors (check out our page!). Her favorite place to study on Grounds is Nau Hall because of its Insta-worthy natural lighting. A class she thinks EVERY STUDENT EVER should take is Intersectionality and the Media (MDST 3505), taught by Keara Goin.

Vice President for Community Engagement

Katie Cantone is a Fourth Year from Midlothian, Virginia who is double majoring in Spanish and Media Studies with a minor in Latinx Studies. She is currently pursuing a thesis within the Media Studies Distinguished Majors Program. Katie’s primary involvement around Grounds is through the all-female a cappella group Hoos In Treble and the Echols Ambassadors (check out our page!). Her favorite place to study on Grounds is Nau Hall because of its Insta-worthy natural lighting. A class she thinks EVERY STUDENT EVER should take is Intersectionality and the Media (MDST 3505), taught by Keara Goin.

Secretary  Molly Shields is a fourth year majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in entrepreneurship. She is a pre-med student writing a thesis on the autophagic mechanism of glioblastoma brain cancer and the effectiveness of novel inhibitors of the cellular pathway. Molly is a student-athlete on the women's Rowing team, an undergraduate researcher in the UVa Neurology department, co-president of Student-Athletes Committed to Honor (SACH), and involved in the Christian Fellowship Athletes in Action.

Secretary

Molly Shields is a fourth year majoring in Neuroscience with a minor in entrepreneurship. She is a pre-med student writing a thesis on the autophagic mechanism of glioblastoma brain cancer and the effectiveness of novel inhibitors of the cellular pathway. Molly is a student-athlete on the women's Rowing team, an undergraduate researcher in the UVa Neurology department, co-president of Student-Athletes Committed to Honor (SACH), and involved in the Christian Fellowship Athletes in Action.

Committee Chairs

Chair of Academic and Professional Development  Alex LaCour is from Charlottesville. She is a math major and applying to McIntire this winter. Outside of school she likes to surf and fish, and is looking forward to working on the council this year to plan some exciting events for the Echols community.

Chair of Academic and Professional Development

Alex LaCour is from Charlottesville. She is a math major and applying to McIntire this winter. Outside of school she likes to surf and fish, and is looking forward to working on the council this year to plan some exciting events for the Echols community.

Co-Chair of Recruitment and Ambassadors  Katherine Viti is a third-year from Clarke County, Virginia, studying Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law and Russian with a minor in English. She is the co-head of Echols Ambassadors and a teacher for Charlottesville Debate League. She is a member of the Jefferson Society and an opinion columnist for the Cavalier Daily. In her free time, she likes to read, listen to music, and is obsessed with Star Wars.

Co-Chair of Recruitment and Ambassadors

Katherine Viti is a third-year from Clarke County, Virginia, studying Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law and Russian with a minor in English. She is the co-head of Echols Ambassadors and a teacher for Charlottesville Debate League. She is a member of the Jefferson Society and an opinion columnist for the Cavalier Daily. In her free time, she likes to read, listen to music, and is obsessed with Star Wars.

Co-Chair of Recruitment and Ambassadors  Anna is a third-year from Alexandria, Virginia majoring in physics! She loves playing trombone in the UVA Jazz Ensemble, riding UBike around Grounds, and getting into arguments at the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society meetings. Her favorite pastime is pretending to be an astronomy major and drinking their free coffee.

Co-Chair of Recruitment and Ambassadors

Anna is a third-year from Alexandria, Virginia majoring in physics! She loves playing trombone in the UVA Jazz Ensemble, riding UBike around Grounds, and getting into arguments at the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society meetings. Her favorite pastime is pretending to be an astronomy major and drinking their free coffee.

Chair of Fireside Chats  Dasha is a second year for Richmond, Virginia, likely majoring in Politics or PPL with a possible minor in Russian. Outside of class, she is a sister of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, through which she volunteer for the Charlottesville Shelter for Help In Emergency. Her favorite place on grounds to study is the Newcomb Starbucks because the smell of coffee helps her relax (especially during finals). In her free time, you can find her looking for new local restaurants to try, watching movies, or hanging out with friends.

Chair of Fireside Chats

Dasha is a second year for Richmond, Virginia, likely majoring in Politics or PPL with a possible minor in Russian. Outside of class, she is a sister of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, through which she volunteer for the Charlottesville Shelter for Help In Emergency. Her favorite place on grounds to study is the Newcomb Starbucks because the smell of coffee helps her relax (especially during finals). In her free time, you can find her looking for new local restaurants to try, watching movies, or hanging out with friends.

Chair of Mentorship  Aaria Malhotra is from Haymarket, Virginia. She is a rising third year studying Neuroscience and Spanish on the pre-med track. On grounds, she is a Resident Advisor (RA), a Research Assistant (also RA) in a neuroscience lab, and a volunteer with Madison House Medical Services. Aaria is also a brother in the pre-med fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon, as well as a member of the Spanish Honor fraternity Sigma Delta Pi. You can find her playing board games with friends, at the AFC, or grabbing a snack at croads!

Chair of Mentorship

Aaria Malhotra is from Haymarket, Virginia. She is a rising third year studying Neuroscience and Spanish on the pre-med track. On grounds, she is a Resident Advisor (RA), a Research Assistant (also RA) in a neuroscience lab, and a volunteer with Madison House Medical Services. Aaria is also a brother in the pre-med fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon, as well as a member of the Spanish Honor fraternity Sigma Delta Pi. You can find her playing board games with friends, at the AFC, or grabbing a snack at croads!

Chair of Public Relations  Reva is a second year student from Vienna, Virginia majoring in Political Science and Economics. She is a big sister with the Young Women Leadership Program and teaches English as a second language to international students on grounds. In her spare time you can find her reading, drinking coffee, listening to podcasts, or trying to do all three at once.

Chair of Public Relations

Reva is a second year student from Vienna, Virginia majoring in Political Science and Economics. She is a big sister with the Young Women Leadership Program and teaches English as a second language to international students on grounds. In her spare time you can find her reading, drinking coffee, listening to podcasts, or trying to do all three at once.

Chair of Social and Community  Ashley Ewing is a third-year from the beautiful Sunshine State of Florida. She's majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Bioethics. She loves hikes, snow, art history, and rock climbing. You'll probably find her conversing about art at the Fralin, sorting flies in her lab, or petting dogs on Grounds as part of "research" for her Cavalier Daily article.

Chair of Social and Community

Ashley Ewing is a third-year from the beautiful Sunshine State of Florida. She's majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Bioethics. She loves hikes, snow, art history, and rock climbing. You'll probably find her conversing about art at the Fralin, sorting flies in her lab, or petting dogs on Grounds as part of "research" for her Cavalier Daily article.