Michael S Aktipis of Oak Brook, IL graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northwestern University in June 2002 with a triple major in Economics, Political Science and German. Michael has interned both in a local congressional office and in Washington, DC with the House Human Rights Caucus. Now, at age 19, Michael is a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, Austria where he is researching the future of collective European security institutions. As a Marshall Scholar, he will continue this research at the London School of Economics while reading for an MPhil in International Relations. In his free time, Michael is an avid social and ballroom dancer and taught Salsa dancing at Northwestern.
Justin Anderson grew up in Tigard, Oregon, graduating from Tigard High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma. At Occidental College he played football, worked as a Peer Mentor and resident advisor, and served an internship with the US Mission to the United Nations through the school's UN program. He graduated in 2000 with a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs. Following graduation, he worked as a Junior Fellow with the Non-Proliferation Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He currently works on a range of international security issues as an analyst with a federal contractor. He will pursue an MA in War Studies at King's College, London.
Nick Baker from Milford, New Hampshire, is a student at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he is completing a double major for a BS in computer science and philosophy. He believes that video games can be a force for social development and influence. Having grown up alongside the video game industry, he sees immense potential in the medium for presenting players with contemporary social problems and inspiring them to act. He is an avid traveler, chairman of the campus films committee, a recreational artist, and a dedicated social activist. He plans to read for a one-year MSc degree in Computer Games Technology and an MA in Digital Games at Liverpool John Moores.
Alexander Billioux, of Easley, South Carolina, is a senior at the Louisiana Scholars' College pursuing a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Scientific Inquiry and minors in biology, chemistry, and the classics. Alex will be reading for an MSc in Clinical Medicine at the Weatherall Institute for Molecular Medicine at Oxford, and possibly pursuing a DPhil. Alex has taken part in three internships, including two at the National Human Genome Research Institute through consecutive NIH Intramural Training Awards, and is also an active member of several organisations including Blue Key, Phi Kappa Phi, and Delta Epsilon Iota. Alex won a 2002 Goldwater scholarship and was named to the Centuria of Excellence that same year. In his free time, Alex enjoys reading, ultimate frisbee, soccer, hiking, and simply hanging out with his friends.
Katie is a senior at Auburn University studying Aerospace Engineering. She has a passionate love of learning and exploration, and enjoys getting to know people from backgrounds and cultures that are different than her own. She is the Director of Selections for the Cupola Engineering Society, which serves Auburn's College of Engineering in an ambassadorial role. In the summer of 2002, Katie participated in an internship program with Dynetics, Inc in Huntsville, AL, where she worked in the area of aerodynamics and completed a research project that resulted in the improvement of an aerodynamic prediction code and a paper detailing the research for publication and presentation at upcoming professional conferences. She is a member of Auburn's Honors College and served as the co-ordinator for the Honors Freshman Orientation and Mentor Programs Katie likes to relax by reading, playing the piano, and being outdoors playing ultimate frisbee. Katie will read for a MPhil in aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College, London.
Mark grew up in rural Walnut, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in American studies. He was an exchange student at Haskell Indian Nations University and completed his honors thesis on Native Americans and environmental justice in Kansas. A Truman Scholar and Udall Scholar, Mark's studies center on public policy affecting agriculture and the natural environment, and he has particular interests in gardens and community-supported agriculture. He has interned in the office of a US Congressional representative and held a fellowship with a rural policy development office of the US Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC.
A biomedical engineering major at Vanderbilt University, David will attend King's College London to pursue a Masters of Science degree in Medical Engineering and Physics as well as a Masters of Public Health. Upon completion of his studies in the United Kingdom, he will return to the US for medical school training and research in image guided surgery. In addition to his studies and research at Vanderbilt, David runs on the Division I Varsity Cross Country team, participates in student government, and teaches science to elementary students. A proud native of San Antonio, Texas, he also enjoys golfing, hiking and downhill skiing.
Raised in Syracuse, New York, Rachel Brule has always loved exploring nearby state parks and farther destinations: Israel and the Philippines. She has a BA in International Relations and African Studies from Mount Holyoke College, and spent a year in Senegal, researching her thesis on cotton commodification and development linkages as a fabric trader's apprentice. As a Marshall Scholar she will pursue her interests in Forced Migration and Development Management at Oxford and the London School of Economics. Rachel is a Truman Scholar, painter, and writer who headed the Student Advisory Board of Mount Holyoke's Weissman Center for Leadership.
As a high school freshman, Annina founded Y-NOT, a volunteer organisation for high school students to visit with local homeless children. She currently serves as Y-NOT's founding advisor. While volunteering at the homeless shelter, Annina witnessed firsthand the importance of child nutrition. After arriving at Penn State, Annina initiated the Nutrition Service Project to help educate disadvantaged youth about health and nutrition. During the course of her college career, this USA Today Academic All-American researched vitamin E levels in breast cancer and worked on an international child nutrition initiative at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome. Using her grassroots experience as inspiration, Annina plans to make a larger impact on public policy in the interest of child health. Annina will study Comparative Social Policy at Oxford University.
Tom Carbonell is completing undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering, multidisciplinary studies, and economics at North Carolina State University. A native of Raleigh, Tom expects to pursue a career in international environmental law. Founder of Americana, an online magazine at NCSU (www.americana.ncsu.edu); served as Editor-in-Chief, News Editor, and Publicity Co-ordinator for Americana; intern at Environmental Defense (Washington, DC); intern at Center for International Environmental Law (Washington, DC); will serve as Assistant Volunteer Co-ordinator for Habitat for Humanity's international volunteer program in Guatemala City. He is also a volunteer tutor for Hispanic children at YMCA and at a local elementary school. Tom enjoys travelling, reading, hiking, running half-marathons, swimming and listening to Latin music. Tom is the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Truman Fellowship. At the University of Oxford Tom will use his Marshall Scholarship to obtain an MSc in Economics.
Samidh Chakrabarti was born and raised in Oregon where he attended Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis. He graduated with three degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2002 (two Bachelor of Science degrees in June in Computer Science and Engineering and in Brain and Cognitive Science, and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in September). He will take leave from a PhD program in Artificial Intelligence at MIT to read for a Master of Science degree in the History of Science at Oxford University. For the past two summers Samidh has participated in the Africa Information Technology Initiative where he was committed to sharing his knowledge of technology to aid the world's poor. He has also served as the MIT Chapter President and as the National Chair of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. Ultimately, Samidh hopes to be a science policy adviser in government, working either for the National Science Foundation, the Congressional Science Committee or the Office of Science and Technology.
A native of New York City, Samuel Charap graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College with a double major in Political Science and Russian. At Amherst, Sam edited one of the campus' political journals, served on various student-faculty committees, and worked with his thesis advisor as a research assistant. He spent his summers pursuing opportunities in public policy and journalism, the two fields that interest him most. Currently, he is conducting extensive research on the foreign policy of Russian President Vladimir Putin as a Fulbright scholar based in Moscow. He hopes to use the material he gathers there as the basis for his dissertation at Oxford, where he will read for the MPhil in Russian and East European Studies.
Lindsay Crawford grew up in Santa Cruz where she attended Santa Cruz High School. She is currently studying for a BA in Economics and Political Science at UC Davis. Away from the classroom, Lindsay has spent the last three summers gaining practical experience as a law clerk and has also been an intern with the US Senate Finance Committee. She was elected to the Senate of the Associated Students of UC Davis Government Board where she channels her political energy toward improving the UC Davis campus. In between classes and senate meetings she is an avid snowboarder and jogger. Lindsay will pursue an MPhil in International Relations at Oxford. Her ultimate goal is to serve as a member of the US Congress in Washington DC.