North Carolina native Daniel Thomas Davis is currently finishing his studies in the double degree program at the Johns Hopkins University and the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he will graduate with a B.M. in Composition, a B.A. in History, and an M.A. in American History. Faculty member at Brightstar Music Festival and founder of a free concert series in its fourth season, Mr. Davis was also named to the USA Today All-USA Academic Team in 2002. His music - recently a saxophone concerto, song settings, and chamber music - has been performed throughout the United States by professional and conservatory soloists, conductors, and ensembles. Many of Mr. Davis' works, most recently If I Were a Voice (2004), a commissioned opera based on a family of antislavery singers, draw upon his historical and literary interests.
Jennifer will receive a double degree in Geography and International Studies at the University of Washington. Her academic specialization includes critical development and gender studies, feminist geography and qualitative methods. Her areas of research experience include rural poverty, gender relations of Hispanic immigrants, as well as currently assisting in writing a textbook. Jennifer's extracurricular activities include founding and chairing the NEW Leadership Alumnae Association, being President of Tolo Chapter of Mortar Board Honor Society, traveling abroad and studying foreign languages. Jennifer will receive a MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and continue to read for a Ph.D. in Human Geography.
Ethan Eade of Timonium, Maryland will receive a bachelor's degree in computer science and mathematics from Duke University in May. He is the recipient of the Angier B. Duke and Barry Goldwater scholarships, the Computing Research Association's Outstanding Undergraduate 2004 Runner-up award, and Duke's 2004 Faculty Scholar award. He has pursued research in wide-area network emulation and distributed computing, and is currently developing an overlay network modeling framework. He has been president of Duke Robotics for the past two years, and serves as software engineer for the autonomous underwater vehicle projects undertaken by the organization. An avid musician, he is principal trumpet in the Duke Symphony Orchestra and orchestral supervisor for Hoof and Horn Musical Theater, where he interleaves trumpeting and orchestral direction. Ethan plans to pursue further research in robotics by reading for an MPhil in Information Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
Originally from New York City, Kate graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University in '02 with a double major in Dance and Comparative Literature. As an undergraduate, she received a research grant to create and perform a one-woman show based on the life and work of Austrian artist Egon Schiele. Since graduation, she has been a member of Hedwig Dances and the Chicago Moving Company, and danced with Felix Ruckert (Berlin). With students ranging from children with behavior disorders to bonds traders, she teaches movement throughout the Chicago area. Now in the midst of creating a new solo performance and rehearsing with Walkabout Theater, she aims to return narrative construction to modern dance, and will begin her M.A. in European Dance Theatre Practice at Laban in September.
Jared is a student activist who has worked as lobbyist and the Co-Chairperson of the student government. In the past he has worked with legislators, administration officials, and students at Michigan State University on a variety of issues to better student life. He will graduate with two degrees; one in International Relations, the other in Finance. Recently he completed his honors thesis on the topic of the International Monetary Fund and how its policies affect poverty reduction and economic development in third world nations. He plans to attend the London School of Economics and read for two Masters of Science in The Politics of the World Economy and Finance and Economics.
Scott Grinsell of Millbrae, California, is a student at Williams College, where he is a double-major in English and history. At Williams, Scott served on College Council, including as Co-President, helped to found an at-risk tutoring program for students at the local high school, lived with freshmen as a Junior Advisor, and served on a number of student faculty committees. He is the author of the book Tackling Your First College Paper (Natavi Guides, 2001). In the summers, he has worked for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and California Assembly Majority Leader Kevin Shelley. Scott is interested in the lineage of racism in American and European history, and will take an M.Phil. in Modern European History at Oxford University.
Adam Grogg, from Frederick County, Virginia, is a senior at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. At Williams, he has majored in Economics and Political Science, and has explored theoretical and practical interpretations of equality in American politics. His independent study investigates cross-disciplinary connections between the American landscape and the American identity, with a particular focus on planning and land use dilemmas in the South. Apart from his academic interests, Adam serves as Vice President of his class, chairs the Writing Workshop, and organizes a bi-annual bone marrow registry drive in Williamstown. He enjoys singing everything from Benjamin Britten to U2, both solo and with good friends in an a cappella group.
A native of Pittsburgh, Margaret Hagan graduated from the University of Chicago in 2003, with an A.B. in Comparative Literature. Her senior thesis, which was awarded the Ignacio Martin-Baro prize by her university's Human Rights Program, evaluated activist literature written to help Hungarian Roma. Currently, she is completing a Masters program at the Central European University in Budapest. Here she is researching how competition for international aid effects Serbia's transition toward democracy. Next year, she will continue this research on civil society funding in Northern Ireland. She will study for an MPhil in Politics at Queen's University in Belfast.
Sondra Hellstrom, from Ellicott City, Maryland, will graduate in 2004 from Johns Hopkins University with a double degree in Electrical Engineering and Physics, a minor in math and an arts certificate. A 2002 Goldwater Scholar, Sondra's research interests focus on the development of novel molecular and quantum electronic devices. Sondra is additionally an accomplished contralto, having appeared with a variety of ensembles and as a solo performer in opera programs in the United States and in Italy. Sondra anticipates pursuit of an MRes in Nanomaterials at Imperial College; upon return to the United States, she looks forward to receiving a Ph.D. in applied physics and to establishing a rewarding research career, while remaining active in music and in the making of science policy decisions.