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

Marisa Poverman: Co-Lead Graduate Affiliate

Marisa is a student of the Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner clinical specialty program at the Yale School of Nursing.  She graduated from Yale College in 2010 with a B.A. in English.  While at Yale, Marisa was on the diving team, loved working in the Duffy Photo, Print, and Drawing Study Room at the YUAG, and completed  the writing concentration in fiction.  After undergrad, she taught for several years at a junior college in Singapore and worked in social work.  She looks forward to spending time with fellow Saybrugians at the Rep this year with “Saybrook at the Rep.”

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

Lydia Fuller

Lydia is a third-year law student at Yale Law School. She is originally from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014. Before law school, Lydia worked as an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company in Washington, D.C. She spent her law school summers in the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice and at the law firm Covington & Burling in D.C. She loves hiking, tennis, board games, and Mory’s trivia nights. She’s excited to meet Saybrugians and happy to chat anytime about careers, grad school, or life in general! Contact her at

Casey Graetz

Casey is currently a second-year law student at Yale Law School. She grew up in Milford, CT and received her BA in American Studies from Yale College in 2014, where she was a proud member of Saybrook College. Before returning to New Haven for law school, Casey worked as a paralegal for a small civil rights law firm in Washington, D.C. Casey is particularly interested in public interest law, specifically civil rights litigation and criminal justice reform. Having spent most of her life as a Connecticut resident, Casey loves New Haven and has strong opinions about the best pizza in town. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, podcasts, and baking. She looks forward to returning to Saybrook and talking with current students about professional school and life after college more generally. Contact her at

Justin Hawkins


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Jean Vila


Fan Zhang

Fan is a fourth year PhD student in Biomedical Engineering department. Since he graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, he has been studying how to use advanced machine learning technique in medical images to help physicians understand diseases and perform diagnosis. He is also involved with the School of Public Health and the School of Management to study health care economics, policy and business operation, with a vision to integrate different domains to create value in the health care sector. Fan is a fervent advocate that every human should have four arms instead of two. He loves guitar, music, basketball and reasoning. Tastic is his middle name. Find him at

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