Thomas Kempa was born in Berlin, Germany and later emigrated to the United States at the ripe "old" age of 4. A dual Polish and American citizen, he travels often between Europe and his hometown of Billerica, MA. At Boston College, he studies both chemistry and film, fusing his passion for these "bizarre soul mates" through his research in ultrafast laser spectroscopy, and his direction of short and feature length films. At Imperial College London, he plans to study the fundamental physics and chemistry of nanoscale systems that may be the technological precursors of novel, high efficiency solar cells. When not burning holes in the walls of his laser lab, Tom enjoys dreaming up shots for his next 8mm short, perfecting his top spin in tennis, and arguing the night away with friends.
Andrew Klaber is an Ethics, Politics, and Economics and International Studies double major at Yale University. Andrew founded Orphans Against AIDS (www.orphansagainstaids.org), an international NGO that provides 250 academic scholarships to AIDS orphans in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Klaber also serves as president of the Little Economists Program, an organization that advocates the value of entrepreneurship and consumer skills to underprivileged junior high school students in New Haven. During the summer of 2001, Klaber bicycled 4,200 miles to help raise awareness and $250,000 for Habitat for Humanity. Andrew also rows on the Yale varsity lightweight crew (2002 national champions). He is an avid saxophonist. Klaber received the President's Environmental Youth Award from George W. Bush at the White House in April 2001, was selected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, and currently serves as Yale PBK chapter president. Klaber is a Truman scholar, a USA Today Academic All-American, a Udall Scholar, a Harvard University Galbraith Scholar, and a Goldman Sachs Global Leader. At Oxford, Andrew will pursue an MPhil in Economic and Social History.
Miriam studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy, majoring in Aeronautical Engineering and Russian. In addition to her duties as a Soaring Instructor Pilot, Miriam is responsible for the academic, athletic, and military performance of more than 4000 cadets as Wing Director of Operations. Also a Truman Scholar, Miriam plans to pursue a 1-yr MSc in Global Politics at the London School of Economics followed by a year studying policy at Oxford University. Before her graduate studies begin, Miriam will intern with the Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. and perform a 2-month language immersion program in Moscow. After her career as an Air Force pilot, Miriam hopes to influence US military policy towards developing nations.
Natalie Kruse grew up in Athens, Ohio. She began attending Ohio University part time at age eleven. During high school she earned second place in the Environmental Sciences category at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In June 2004, at the age of 20, she will graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Geological Sciences. At Ohio University, Natalie has pursued research in the area of acid mine drainage remediation, specifically for abandoned coal mines. Natalie is currently a Morris K. Udall Scholar and a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. In her free time, Natalie enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater canoeing, and competing on Ohio University's club Ultimate Frisbee team. She will pursue an MPhil in Water Resources Engineering at Newcastle University.
Nick is a senior pursuing a joint B.S./M.S degree in chemistry and a B.S. in political science at Emory University. He has been deeply involved in tutoring students in organic chemistry as a teaching assistant and mentor for three years. His research interests span the disciplines of organic chemistry and molecular biology. As a Marshall Scholar, he hopes to research toward a Ph.D. in chemistry at Cambridge. Nick plans to teach at the university level, with special emphasis on the integration of research experience into the undergraduate curriculum. Outside of the laboratory, Nick enjoys cooking, playing the saxophone, and white-water rafting.
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Chris Macklin is currently a senior at Oberlin College. He will graduate in May 2004 with majors in Neuroscience, Biology, and Psychology and a minor in chemistry, and then intends to pursue an MSc in Neuroscience at University College, London. Chris' academic accolades include a 2003 Goldwater Scholarship, a 2003 Wilkins Scholarship, a 2000-2004 John Frederick Oberlin Scholarship, and 2000-2004 Robert C. Byrd Scholarship. He is also a devoted student of Medieval and Renaissance polyphony and is the founder and bass of "Uncloistered," a vocal quintet specializing in this repertoire.
Jason Mellad, born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a senior at Tulane University currently pursuing a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Chemistry. He has two major passions in life, community service and scientific research. Since his freshman year in college, Jason has volunteered as a tutor and mentor to secondary school students, organized civic improvement projects and promoted social awareness among his peers. He has also researched the use of adult stem cells to alleviate human ailments and has published his work in several papers. Jason hopes to pursue both of his interests during his time at Cambridge.
Tyler Moore, a native of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and graduate of Broken Arrow High School, is a senior studying Computer Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of Tulsa. A 2003 Goldwater Scholar, Tyler conducts research investigating the security threats posed by the union of wireless and public telephone networks with the Internet. He helped initiate a program to teach retirement home residents how to use computers and navigate the Internet. Tyler plans to pursue a PhD in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, performing research on securing emerging electronic infrastructures.