Graduate Affiliates

Graduate Affiliate Program

The graduate affiliate program (GAP) functions as a bridge to bring Yale College undergraduates and Yale University graduate and professional students together.  A dynamic group of eight enthusiastic graduate and professional students is affiliated with Saybrook College for the academic year (find their bios and contact information below).  Our graduate affiliates will be visible and available to give advice, mentoring support, and share ideas on every aspect of life over meals in the dining hall – just join them at the Grad Affiliate table or by e-mail if you have specific questions you would like to ask.  Grad Affiliates also participate in everyday life at Saybrook by supporting the SAC (Student Activities Committee) in organizing various activities and social events and as advisors to SCC clubs or committees.  Saybrugians are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the graduate affiliates’ perspective on applications for fellowships or professional schools, presentation skills, or life after college in general.

Adam Hailburton: Co-Lead Graduate Affiliate

Adam, SY’10, GSAS ’15 studies Japanese literature and theater at the Graduate School. He was an EP&E major in undergrad and worked for Yale’s Office of Federal Relations after graduating, before moving to Japan. This is his seventh year living in New Haven, and weekends he usually tries to see as much of Connecticut as possible outside of the New York—New Haven stretch by foot, bike, and car. Adam attends and is available to consult for Mellon forums. He has also heard tell of a fabled Saybrook Historical Society Committee… Contact Adam at

Emily Sorensen: Co-Lead Graduate Affiliate


Princess Chukwuneke

Princess is on the Adult-Gerontology (Primary Care) Nurse Practitioner clinical specialty track at the Yale School of Nursing. Prior to Yale, she received her B.S. in General Science with Chemistry and Creative Writing minors (2015) and her M.A. in Bioethics (2016) from Fordham University. Princess spent two years working in a bio-nanotechnology lab, where she designed and grew tiny particles that served as vehicles for chemotherapeutic drug delivery. At Yale, she explores many of her other interests, including art through visitor services at YUAG, business and healthcare through coordinating the Yale Healthcare Conference with other graduate students, and socializing through supporting students at the nursing school with events via her role as a Student Affairs Fellow. Princess loves all things music (with a soft spot for opera and choral music) and poetry. She also has a guilty pleasure of cheesy shows and will talk to you for hours about them. She looks forward to connecting with current students at Saybrook and supporting their professional and social endeavors. Contact her at

Jean Vila


Amanda Zhou

Amanda is a first year student at the School of Medicine. She is originally from Thousand Oaks, California, and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017 with a degree in Human Biology and a minor in music. In her spare time, she enjoys classical music, eSports, and random strolls through New Haven. She’s excited to join the Saybrook community and looks forward to chatting about anything and everything – from applying to professional school to the best cheap eats in New Haven! Contact her at