A native of Syracuse, New York, Collin O'Mara graduated from Dartmouth College with high honors in History and Classics. As a senior, he conducted field-research in fifty Greek archaeological sites in preparation for his thesis, "The Development of a Democratic Civic Identity and Civic Ideology." As an undergraduate, O'Mara served as an assistant to Congressman James Walsh and as a coordinator for Senator John McCain's New Hampshire Presidential Primary youth campaign. On campus, O'Mara served as Class President and on the Committee on Standards. Following graduation, O'Mara returned to Syracuse as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer to teach in the inner-city school for violent students. In February 2002, Syracuse Mayor Matthew Driscoll appointed O'Mara to oversee SyraStat, his computerized accountability division. O'Mara also serves as Executive Director of the Onondaga County Democratic Committee. Upon completion of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics course at Oxford, O'Mara plans to continue in public service and focus on stimulating economic opportunities, strengthening schools, making communities safer and ensuring that government is compassionate, responsive and efficient.
When he began stargazing on cold winter nights in the Midwest, Collin Raymond, of Eagan, MN, could hardly imagine that he would be seeing them in places as far off as Mongolia and Tanzania. Now studying mathematics and economics at Arizona State University, Collin has interned with banks in both countries while researching developmental economics. Collin enjoys playing piano and saxophone, hiking, running, and writing, and has volunteered with disadvantaged youth. He is currently working on a project to document destroyed Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia. He looks forward to studying for an MSc in Global Market Economics at the London School of Economics.
James is completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Mississippi in Physics with minors in mathematics and geology. His interest in this subject has taken him to Langley Research Center and the Brazilian rain forest. He is active in the Reformed University Fellowship Community Outreach program and is the Baptist Student Union Community Day Group Leader. JR plays classical and flamenco guitar and gives classical guitar lessons at the Community Center for the Arts in Madison. JR keeps active by running and long distance hiking. At Oxford he will pursue a DPhil in geography as preparation for a career studying sustainable land use.
Carolyn is a Goldwater Scholar and a double major in Biology and Geology at Amherst College. Her love of nature inspires her to unite her scientific curiosity with her desire to become, in the words of Aldo Leopold, a "land citizen". Equipped with a varied scientific background, Carolyn aims to contribute to the quest for human sustainability in the face of the current environmental crisis. She believes that the solutions of the future entail more than scientific understanding. Carolyn plans to use her Marshall Scholarship to obtain an MSc in Global Change and Management at Oxford University and a MPhil in Environment and Development at the University of Cambridge.
Eric Tucker, a 2002 Brown graduate, lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. A native of Iowa City, Iowa, He founded the Providence Urban Debate League, a statewide youth development program dedicated to improving urban schools. Eric wrote honors theses in Africana Studies and Public Policy and was a Truman Scholar. He has published and presented articles and papers on urban education reform, and will pursue a Masters of Science in Education Research Methodology at Oxford. Raised in Iowa and Japan, he has consulted with non-governmental organizations and school districts in 15 states and in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. His work with farmers, activists, convicted juveniles, undocumented immigrants and international youth organizers has taught him a commitment to including the voices of ordinary, working people in his research.
Parker van Valkenburgh hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma and will graduate from Stanford this year with an AB in Anthropological Sciences. He is currently writing about a set of 3000-year-old conch shell trumpets he helped unearth in Peru and has taken interest in comparative archaeological work spanning the Andes, China and Mesopotamia. At Stanford, Parker has worked with Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Synergy Cooperative house, and the student archaeology association and has held a number of advising and research positions. He has a strong liking for real ale and bebop jazz. During his first year in Britain, Parker plans to pursue an M.Phil in World Archaeology at the University of Cambridge.
Anna Vaninskaya emigrated to the United States from the former USSR at the age of ten. She graduated from the University of Denver with numerous awards, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in three years, and is now using the fourth year of her Boettcher Scholarship to complete a Master's degree in English. Anna is the president of the Sigma Tau Delta chapter at DU, and has been the editor of two student literary journals, as well as an intern at the Denver Quarterly. She has published poetry, a critical essay in the Oswald Review, and has presented her work at student and professional conferences. Last year she conducted a lecture series on art and literature for International Baccalaureate classes at her former high school. Anna plans to return to Oxford University, where she spent her junior year abroad, to pursue a DPhil in English Literature. She hopes to become a professor.
Paul Vronsky was born in Poland and grew up in Auburn, Washington where he attended Thomas Jefferson High School. He is a senior at the University of Washington, majoring in Economics. Outside of the classroom, Paul plays the tuba, baritone and sousaphone and is an active volunteer in a wide range of activities from tutoring students to working at food banks. He is hoping to earn an MPhil in Economics and later hopes to pursue a career in public policy.
Kristina has two interests: the theory and practice of anthropology and social revolution. She grew up in Burkina Faso, Hungary, Nigeria, Bulgaria, and the southern United States. At Yale University she did fieldwork in international institutions, weaving activism into academics. She plans to study for an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge and an MA in the Social Anthropology of Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her scholarship will focus on interactions between western nation-states and the Two-Thirds World and the various ways that people negotiate imperialism in its many forms. Kristina writes fiction, and will learn beekeeping at her sister's farm this summer.
Josh was born and raised in rural South Georgia. After earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and cellular biology from the University of Georgia, Josh hopes to pursue graduate training in the fields of immunology and medicine. In 2002 Josh created the Afya Project, a medical service project that was carried out in Mwanza, Tanzania. As a part of the project, he and his colleagues provided Internet connectivity to local physicians. They also took measures to curb nosocomial malaria infections in one of Mwanza's hospitals. He hopes to eventually develop vaccines for diseases that disproportionately affect the developing world. Josh plans to read for a MSc in Immunology of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Adam Zimbler is a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois and is currently a senior in the Huntsman Program for International Studies & Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Adam has served as the president of his class and has been cited for his research on the Japanese economy and corporate social responsibility. Planning to focus future research efforts on political theory, Adam will be reading for an MPhil in Politics at Oxford.