Ebony Spikes, an Honors Student in Biochemistry at Louisiana State University aspires to play a major role in the health policies of the nation. Having conducted research "equal to that of a graduate student", she has been invited to conduct research at some of the nation's leading institutions - Harvard, John Hopkins, Yale, Columbia, etc, and has also been named a 2001 Barry M Goldwater Scholar. Additionally, Ebony shows an extreme dedication, stemming from strong religious convictions, to assisting those with serious medical and emotional needs from all socioeconomic classes. Her first hand interaction with mindsets that lead to other adverse health problems has made her increasingly concerned with understanding the connection between the mind and body. To gain a better understanding of this issue, she will read for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology-Philosophy-Physiology.
Yong is a 20-year-old college graduate and winner of more than 20 merit scholarships including the National Merit Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship, and MSTP Scholarship (MD/PhD). He is currently researching the genetics of Type II diabetes in the lab of Dr Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project at NIH. In his free time Yong enjoys sailing, tennis, skiing and fishing, he also holds a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Yong's Marshall award will take him to the University of Oxford where he will study for a MSc by research in Pharmacology (specifically neuropharmacology).
Jack Tannous, from Houston, attends the University of Texas at Austin where he majors in Philosophy, Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies, and History. Fascinated with languages and cultures, he is fluent in Spanish and Arabic and has studied French, Tajiki and Hebrew. He is especially enthralled with the Middle East and spent time in Turkey and Egypt last summer. He hopes to read for an MPhil in Eastern Christian Studies at Oxford and then pursue a PhD in history, focusing on the fate of Middle Eastern Christian communities under Islamic rule.
As a year-long exchange student in Germany, Carrie became interested in issues concerning thought and language. At the University of Pittsburgh, she pursues these interests from the different perspectives of four full majors in Linguistics, Cognitive Psychology, Philosophy and German. Carrie plans on a PhD in Cognitive Science and will attend the University of Edinburgh to study one more component of that: Artificial Intelligence.
Charles is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is currently in his final year as a cadet at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, where he majors in Aeronautical Engineering. He is an Instructor Pilot and is ranked first in overall merit order for the Class of 2002, based on academic, military and athletic performance. Upon graduation he will become a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force and plans to continue his pilot training after studying Aerospace Dynamics at Cranfield University in England. On his return, he will fly high performance aircraft for the US Air Force. Charles is a member of Tau Beta Pi (the second oldest Honor Society and the only engineering society to represent the entire profession) and Sigma Gamma Tau, the National Aerospace Honor Society.
Marisa Van Saanen is interested in the causes and character of economic poverty in the developing world and in rich, industrial countries, and the various mechanisms in place for alleviating that poverty. Through work as a researcher and professor and then a policy maker in the US federal government, Marisa plans to promote and participate in the eradication of economic poverty within our lifetimes through coalition building amongst governments, non-governmental organisations and advocacy groups, and the private sector. Marisa graduated from Wellesley College with a double major in Peace and Justice Studies and Political Science. She was President of College Government and is now the youngest member of the College's Board of Trustees. She is a Truman Scholar and is currently researching the efficacy of faith-based social movements in addressing poverty in India and Sri Lanka.
A native of Goffstown, New Hampshire, Claudia Veritas attended high school at Phillips Exeter Academy and matriculated at Saint Anselm College. She transferred to Wellesley College where she majors in Political Science. She is Captain of the Varsity Lacrosse team and was named Conference Player of the Year two years in a row. After completing her studies at Oxford Claudia plans to become a Child Advocate and is "devoted to improving children's lives on a global scale".
In four years at Yale, Krishanti Vignarajah completed a Masters degree in Political Science and a BS in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Born in Sri Lanka, Krishanti is especially interested in development policy and international affairs, and created a health volunteer organization-Yale HOPES (Healthcare Opportunities Providing Experience and Service)-connecting undergraduates with service opportunities in New Haven. As captain of Yale's junior varsity tennis team, she also helped found First Serve, a free tennis clinic for inner city youth. Krishanti was vice-president of the Yale Debate and Mock Trial Associations and executive editor of the Yale Journal of Ethics. During her summers, she volunteered and conducted research in Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Mexico-and is currently working with an NGO in rural India.
Kenneth Wainwright, Jr, attends USMA West Point and has won a number of awards for academic excellence. His hometown is Burbank, CA. He wants to do an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford, and foresees a military career specialising in the Middle East and including eventually teaching at West Point. With proven leadership experience at West Point, where he ranked in the top five of the Academy's more then 1,000 cadets in 2002, he is a versatile person whose interests include music, learning Arabic and mentoring disadvantaged boy scouts. His GPA of 4.05 is described by the Dean of the Academic Board at West Point as "near-perfect". In summer 2001, he travelled to Uganda to help build a medical clinic, and, on his return, spearheaded a drive to collect textbooks to send there.