Hi! My name is Samantha Siegel, but everyone calls me Sammi. I’m a potential math, computer science, and/or women’s studies major (still deciding), and I am incredibly excited to be a part of the Baldwin Class of 2018!
I grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, a suburb just twelve miles outside of New York City. In high school, I was a member of the varsity fencing team, Math League, and student government. During my junior year, I co-authored an online petition asking the Presidential Debate Commission to select a woman to moderate the 2012 presidential debates for the first time in twenty years. This experience introduced me to so many amazing women’s rights activists, and showed me the importance of having a strong, supportive community of women around me.
At Duke, I’m an apprentice at the Women’s Center, a blogger for Develle Dish, executive board member for Hack for Humanity, and a board member for Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES). I also co-created an online photography-interview blog called “DUnique” that highlights the individuality and identity of students at Duke as well as their commentary on university life and culture. This summer, I will be going to Medellín, Colombia through the DukeEngage in Colombia program.
My biggest focus on campus right now is encouraging undergraduate women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). As an aspiring math and computer science major myself, I hope to create programs that address the lack of women in STEM fields and support women pursuing STEM at Duke and beyond.