Mark D'Agostino of Newton, Massachusetts, was a non-conformist who left high school prior to graduation, and overcame a range of personal obstacles in his life. After receiving a GED he enrolled at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He conducted research in a physical chemistry lab, and graduated magna cum laude with a BS in biology in June 2002, while working part-time. At the university he participated in many volunteer programs, and co-founded "Helping Hands", a program between the University and the state Department of Social Services to work with children in state custody. He plans to read for a Master of Science by Research at the University of Nottingham.
Keira Driansky, a native of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, is a senior at Yale. An applied math major with concentrations in biochemistry and economics, Keira intends to pursue an MPhil in BioScience Enterprise at Cambridge. At Yale Keira is active in student government and tutors New Haven middle school students in science. A Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow, Keira has conducted research on potassium channels and has also derived three original formulas for computing the matrix exponential in the two-dimensional case. She has interned as a summer analyst at Goldman Sachs in New York and is currently assisting one of her professors in writing a book on biomedical signal processing. An avid dancer, Keira also enjoys tennis, softball, and chocolate desserts.
Christopher Eaglin is a senior at Morehouse College finishing his double major in economics and mathematics. His passion for community service has prompted his creation of the African Diaspora Project, a program to take Atlanta high school seniors to West Africa through Habitat for Humanity. He is also involved on campus as the Managing Editor of the school newspaper, student director of the Executive Lecture Series of Morehouse and interim-president of the Atlanta University Center Council. In his free time, he enjoys reading novels, playing tennis, swimming, and travelling. At the University of Oxford Chris will pursue an MPhil in Development studies.
David M Foxe of Sussex, WI is a 1999 graduate of Sussex-Hamilton High School. In June he will earn two bachelor degrees, in Architecture and Music, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Conservatory and school musicians have premiered his orchestral and chamber music compositions, and several journals have published his architectural writing and photography work. His architecture designs and music compositions are archived and exhibited in the MIT Museum. He also enjoys recent teaching opportunities in architecture and music. As a Marshall Scholar at Cambridge University, he will pursue an MPhil in the History and Philosophy of Architecture, studying the use of music and other disciplines in the perception, experience, and communication of architecture.
Nicholas, a native of Lebanon, PA, will graduate from Penn State University with a BS in chemistry, a minor in biochemistry and molecular biology, and an honors thesis on protein mass spectrometry. He has been extensively involved in scientific research since his freshman year with publications and national level presentations in the areas of oceanography, mass spectrometry, and chemical education. Nicholas also served as a member of the scientific crew aboard the R/V Melville for a northern Pacific expedition with scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. When not in the lab or relaxing with his friends, Nicholas encourages young students to pursue careers in the sciences and engineering through extensive outreach work both in State College, PA and in his hometown. As a Marshall Scholar, he plans to study biochemistry at the University of Cambridge.
Currently finishing degrees in Biochemistry and Plan II Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin, Michael Hoffman looks forward to continuing research in computational biology at the University of Cambridge, and hopes to pursue a doctorate there. Michael's interests range far from biology -- he serves as president of the Texas Student Publications Board, which oversees a media group with a multimillion-dollar budget. At his current university, Michael is also a Liberal Arts Junior Fellow, a Natural Sciences Dean's Scholar, and proudly leads the Barbecue Club. Eventually, Michael wants to work as a professor and to help make science policy.