Student Veterans

From the Military to the Classroom

Here are a few of our current undergraduate, graduate, and medical students who have served or continue to serve in the United States military.

Interested in adding your profile?  Please send us your picture and bio. 

Nathan Lovejoy '16.5

United States Army
Intended Concentration:  Archaeology

Nathan grew up in Plainville, Massachusetts and graduated from King Philip Regional High School in 2005.  After high school, he served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2013.

After completing One Station Unit Training at Fort Knox, Kentucky to be a Cavalry Scout, Nathan was stationed at Fort Drum, New York.  He was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2006-2007, 2009-2010, and 2011-2012.  Nathan ended his time at Fort Drum as the Senior Scout of a Reconaissance Platoon.

Nathan chose Brown University for it's extensive Archaeology program and the multitude of opportunities that it offers.  He is currently involved with the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning Programs as Student Coordinator.  He also works with Computer & Information Services as a PASS Program Coordinator.

Nathan plans to take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities available at Brown during both a semster and summer breaks.  He also plans to apply to graduate school after completion at Brown.

Matthew Ricci '15

United States Navy
Intended Concentration:  Political Science

Matthew Ricci, a native of upstate New York, is currently a student at Brown University concentrating in political science with ambitions to attend law school.  Upon completion of high school he enlisted in the United States Navy where he served from 2004 until 2009.  

After completing Naval recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois and his occupational training, Matthew joined the USS Augusta (SSN 710) a United States submarine.  While aboard the USS Augusta he deployed worldwide supporting missions of national security.  He received numerous awards and commendations including the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal for exemplary service and the Good Conduct medal. 

Matthew cites Brown University’s commitment and focus on undergraduate education, the open curriculum and the supportive intellectual environment, as his reasons for choosing Brown.  He believes that Brown’s welcoming environment, focused on intellectual development, underpins the success of its students.

On campus, he is currently involved as a Student Coordinator with the Office of Student Veterans and Commissioning programs.  Matthew also serves as the Vice-President of the Resumed Undergraduate Student Association and was previously a contributing interview associate for the Brown Political Review.  Off campus, Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, hiking, biking, skiing and camping. 

Philip Crean '15.5


United States Marines
Concentration:  Economics

Phil grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts, an old mill town along the Merrimac River. After moving to Georgia, Phil graduated from Paulding County High School in 2005. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 to 2009.

After recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, he served primarily as an Artillery Cannoneer with 3rd Battalion 11th Marines Regiment stationed in Twentynine Palms California.  Philip was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006-2007 in the Al Anbar Providence. Philip has also worked at the Marine Corps Base Twentynine Palms tax center during the 2008 tax season and as a Verifying official with ID cards and Benefits Office.

His biggest reasons for choosing Brown University over other institutions was the open curriculum, which he believes will help further develop his intellectual perspectives on different subject. Another reason was the network of support at Brown, including the Career LAB and the alumni network.

Philip writes for the Brown Group Culinary Palette, a student group that loves everything food, as a blogger. Off campus he is involved with the Rhode Island Military Organization (RIMO), an advocacy group to help veterans transition to civilian and student life.

Phil plans work in financial services after he graduating from Brown. He also plans to enroll in graduate school where he will also reevaluate his career. 

In his spare time he likes to go camping, kayaking, cycling, and swimming. He currently has plans to begin cycling in long distances races this year. You can also find him in front of his computer either tweeting or writing for the several online magazines he writes for. An adventurer at heart, Phil plans to take a journey to see the Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska this summer. 


Christopher M. Baker '09 GS '10 '16


United States Navy
Biotechnology Ph.D. Program

Christopher grew up in Warwick, RI and graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in 1999. While in high school, he enlisted at the age of 17 and upon graduation entered into the U.S. Navy with time in service ranging from 1999-2005.

 Upon completion of Navy Nuclear Power Program, Christopher was stationed aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CVN-69 as a reactor operator in IKE’s Reactor Controls Division. During his time onboard, IKE underwent refueling complex overhaul from 2001-2005. Chris ended his time in the Navy as a qualified reactor operator and member of IKE’s Naval Reactors Operational Readiness Safeguards Exam drill team.  

Chris cites Brown University’s Resumed Undergraduate Education program as his main reason for choosing Brown after graduating from the Community College of Rhode Island in 2007. He believes that the RUE program gave him unprecedented opportunity to enter the traditional Ivy League culture with such a non-traditional background.  He believes Brown’s collaborative research with the VA to assist disabled war veterans exemplifies the type of work he wishes to pursue. Upon receiving his Sc.B. in Biology in 2009, he remained for a 5th year to obtain his Sc.M. in the Artificial Organs, Biomaterials and Cellular Technologies program. Chris is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the new Biotechnology program and intends to graduate in 2016.

On campus, Chris along with three other veterans founded what is today known as the Brown University Student Veterans Society in 2008 with the hope that it would lead to an increased veteran presence on campus along with greater understanding of veteran’s issues and life experiences.  His ultimate goal was to propagate a constructive dialogue between traditional Brown students and Brown student veterans.  Off campus, Chris is an active Assistant Scoutmaster for a local Boy Scout Troop, he enjoys hiking and camping as well as cooking indoors and out.