Majors: Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Computer Science
My name is Katharine Krieger and I am a junior in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science. I have become immersed in student life at Duke and am currently the Chairperson of the Duke Student Organization Finance Committee (“SOFC”). The SOFC is an undergraduate committee responsible for allocating student funds to recognized and chartered student groups. My sophomore year, I was elected by the Duke Student Government Senate to chair the SOFC after serving first as webmaster, a member of the Auditing Committee and subsequently, Vice Chair of Programming. In addition, I am an executive board member of the Duke Student Government. I have participated as a member of the Society of Women Engineers and was a Pratt E-Team Academic Advisor. I have also taken on numerous leadership positions in my Sorority including, Leadership Nominating Committee, Vice President of Housing and Residential Living and currently, the Vice President of Membership. As a freshman at Duke my essay, “Google Earth’s Role in Marine Life Conservation through Biologging” was chosen, from more than 200 essays submitted, by Duke’s Annual Journal of First Year Writing for publication.
As far back as I can remember I have loved working with children. In high school I was a math tutor for three middle school students for more than two years. I was also a middle school and elementary school lacrosse camp counselor and lacrosse clinic volunteer, working with athletes from third to eighth grade. During high school I was a youth basketball referee for third graders, an assistant coach for the Police Athletic League youth lacrosse program and worked as a teacher’s aide at my religious school in a third grade class. Since arriving at Duke I have spent my summers working with children and in the sciences. The past three summers I was a youth lacrosse counselor for six weeks. During the summer of 2011, I was a counselor at an overnight camp for eight weeks, working with ten and eleven year olds. I attended this camp for nine summers as a camper and being a staff member was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. During the summer of 2012, I worked as a Residential Advisor at Duke Sumer Science Sleuths, a camp for seventh and eighth grade boys and girls to learn about science in a fun environment. I have been fortunate to spend my summers combining my passion for children and love of mentoring with my ability and interest in engineering and the sciences.