Seth is a senior at the United States Military Academy at West Point, with a double major in Comparative Politics and Western European Studies. A Truman Scholar and a Fellow of the Center for the Study of the Presidency, he is also serving a second term as President of West Point's Model United Nations organization and is Vice President of the French Society. As the Protocol Officer for the Corps of Cadets, he is responsible for all official visitors to West Point. Upon graduation, Seth will be commissioned as a military intelligence officer in the US Army. Having attended the 2002 NATO Summit in Prague, Seth plans to read for an MPhil in European Politics and Society at Oxford University, focusing on the transatlantic defense relationship.
Cynthia hails from Golden, Colorado. A University Chancellor's Scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, she is pursuing a Mathematics-Economics major with a focus on the Chinese economy and language. Her research topics have included China's WTO accession negotiations, the Three Gorges Dam project, and the empirics of economic growth. In her time at Pitt, she has debated on the intercollegiate and public debate teams; been active in the university's chapter of Amnesty International; worked as a calculus, statistics, and economics tutor; and taught English in Shanghai, China. In her free time she enjoys vegetarian cooking and origami. She plans to study global market economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and hopes one day to teach economics at the university level.
Jessica Kirkpatrick, from Albany, California is on a quest for dark matter. A Goldwater Scholar, she has been researching with the Directional Recoil Identification from Tracks (DRIFT) group since her freshman year at Occidental College. She plans to continue her work on DRIFT by pursuing an MPhil in Physics at the University of Sheffield. In addition to her love of physics research, Jessica also has a passion for teaching and learning. She organized a physics version of the Academic Mastery Program, a workshop which helps introductory physics students, and served as program facilitator for three semesters. She also co-founded the Learning Difference Association, a group for students with physical and learning disabilities. She is currently a lab instructor and researcher at Occidental College. Jessica's other interests include scuba diving, dance, singing and photography.
By day a Harvard physics major, Chris Laumann masquerades as a mathematician, computer scientist and even electrical engineer. For the last several years, he has worked in a physics lab, building electronics to search the stars for extraterrestrial intelligence. He also consults for a psychology lab at the University of Chicago, where his work on automating the psychological analysis of narratives is being developed. Eventually, he hopes to do research on physical forms of computation, and as such, he plans to flesh out his knowledge of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Of late, Chris has developed a knack for getting himself into big projects: he dedicated the majority of 2002 to co-producing An Evening with Champions - an international figure skating charity benefit - and is currently organising the Eliot House Crew teams and tech directing a South Asian cultural show.
Eugenia Levenson was born in Moscow, Russia and currently calls Oak Park, Illinois, her hometown. She is majoring in American History and Literature and writing an honors thesis on the autobiography of anti-lynching activist Ida B Wells. A junior year inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, Eugenia is a Senior News Editor of The Harvard Crimson and has also written for Chicago Parent magazine, Chicago magazine, and Harvard Magazine. She also enjoys playing field hockey on Harvard's junior varsity team. Eugenia will pursue an MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis at Cambridge University.
Originally from the swamps and sugarcane of south Florida, Brian is no stranger to tensions between environment and development. This interest, coupled with a marked penchant for globetrotting, has led him to Panam where he studied poison-dart frogs, and to Kenya, where he investigated human-wildlife conflict. Since graduating with degrees in biology, Spanish, and finance from Arizona State University, Brian has been working at EPA's Wetlands Division in Washington, DC. He will pursue the MSc in Environmental Change & Management at Oxford followed by the MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in preparation for a career in international environmental health and policy.
A senior at St John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, Aaron will graduate from the Great Books program with a dual major in the History of Math and Science and Philosophy. He has served as chairman of the SJC Student Committee on Instruction and keeps active by studying aikido and by playing basketball and badminton. Aaron works for the public school system in Virginia and has been an instructional assistant in classes for Special Education and emotionally disabled children. He studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo and at Middlebury College. Aaron was a National Security Education Program Scholar and received an honorable mention in the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest. Aaron will pursue an MPhil in Medieval Arabic Thought at Oxford University and go on to a career in government.
Passionate about designing optical electronic devices and teaching others, Bryan McLaughlin of Oklahoma City looks forward to a career applied electrical engineering. As a Barry M Goldwater scholar, he has spent time in Japan with Rotary International and researched for two summers at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California and for the Sandia Corporation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His contributions to IBM included a Virtual Laboratory Control System and to Sandia, a wireless data recorder for the Telemetry and Instrumentation Department. At OSU, McLaughlin founded Engineering Kids (EKIDS - http://ekids.okstate.edu), a program that takes the message of science and engineering to fifth grade students using hands-on projects. When away from the classroom, he spends his time tutoring in the engineering college and ascending walls as a rock climber. With the Marshall scholarship, McLaughlin will attend the University of Cambridge where he will pursue a MPhil in Photonics and high-speed circuit design.
A cadet at West Point, Bre Millard will receive a BS in Chemistry and Life Sciences. She plans to read for an MLitt in International Security Studies at St Andrews, followed by an MA in War Studies at Kings College, London, in preparation for a career in national security policy, with a particular interest in bioterrorism. Raised in Northfield and Mt Hermon, Massachusetts, Bre took up boxing at West Point. A Truman Scholar, she has received the Superintendent's Award for Academic, Military, and Physical Excellence, and has served as Regimental Commander for Cadet Field Training, overseeing a 1000-strong training regiment.
Vikram Mittal, from Amarillo, TX, will receive a BS in Mechanical Engineering this June from Caltech. Caltech instilled in Vikram an interest in engines, which he will explore at Oxford University, where he will research helicopter engines. Culturally, he has managed to encompass both his Indian and Texan heritages. This combination has created a sense of honour which he mirrors in everything that he does. Vikram was vice president of student council at Caltech, chairman of Caltech's Honor Code Committee, and an Eagle Scout. He is an avid athlete that enjoys playing a multitude of sports. He even played for Pembroke's rugby team when he studied abroad at Cambridge.