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Maia Schweizer

US University: Princeton University

MaiaSchweizerMaia is a senior at Princeton University, where she uses geosciences and visual arts as symbiotic tools to investigate the physical world. She has visited paleontological digs, meteor craters, hot springs, and even the North Pole to study microbial life in unusual environments. She hopes to continue with her fieldwork while reading for an MSc in Earth Sciences at Oxford. Maia sang at Carnegie Hall and performed traditional dances at the Swiss Embassy before focusing on the visual arts, creating oil paintings for shows at Princeton's gallery. To unwind, Maia practices at the rifle range, fences sabre, or hikes the mountains near her native Pasadena, California.


James Scott

US University: University of Texas

JamesScottJames Scott, of Katy, Texas, will graduate from the University of Texas in May 2004 with degrees in mathematics and liberal arts. James intends to be a statistics professor, having already researched statistical methods in particle physics, genetics, geology, and astronomy. An avid volunteer in local schools, he's also worked with community groups in Houston, Texas in criticizing the statistical basis of the state governments claims about improved minority performance on standardized tests. In his free time, James enjoys reading, writing, scuba diving, and playing goalkeeper for his club soccer team. He will study mathematics and philosophy of science at Cambridge.


Joshua Siepel

US University: Texas A & M University

JoshuaSiepelJosh Siepel, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, is a senior studying genetics at Texas A&M University. He has chaired the Jordan Institute for International Awareness for two years, starting health and education service programs in the Dominican Republic and Honduras. Josh has interned for the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology in Washington, DC, and is currently an Undergraduate Research Fellow, studying policy responses to the "terminator gene" controversy. He is interested in policy and regulatory issues surrounding agricultural biotechnology. He will read for MSc degrees in Science and Technology Policy and International Development at the University of Sussex.


Greta Stahl

US University: Michigan State University

GretaStahlGreta Stahl grew up in Shelby Township, Michigan, where she graduated from Eisenhower High School in 2000. She attained her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 2004 in the areas of International Relations and History. While there, she was actively involved in policy debate and achieved much competitive success. She plans to use her Marshall Scholarship to pursue her interest in arms control and diplomacy by studying for her Master of Philosophy in International Relations at the University of Oxford. She is the daughter of Gunnel and Ulf Stahl.


Michael Sulmeyer

US University: Stanford University

MichaelSulmeyerMichael Sulmeyer is currently Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Michael worked as a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies after graduating from Stanford University. He is originally from Santa Barbara, California.


Eric Twerdahl Jr

US University: United States Naval Academy

EricTwerdahlSon of Eric and Robin of New Canaan, Connecticut, Eric was sworn into the class of 2004 on June 30, 2000. The first midshipman in the history of the Naval Academy to double major in chemistry and English, he has received numerous awards for leadership, ethics, chemistry, and French. As a Frank J. Scallon research fellow, Eric studied the clinical applications of nuclear medicine imaging at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan. He is currently working with investigators in the Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in a study of the reaction chemistry of the outer planet atmospheres. At Oxford, Eric will pursue an MSc, after which he plans to attend medical school in the United States. Ultimately, Eric hopes to become a flight surgeon and Navy astronaut and to participate as a mission specialist in the first human mission to Mars. In his free time, Eric enjoys running, fly-fishing, downhill skiing, and playing the guitar.


James Valpiani

US University: United States Air Force Academy

JamesValpianiJames is a senior at the U.S. Air Force Academy, majoring in Astronautical Engineering. He currently ranks at the top of his class and was named a Truman Scholar in his junior year. This spring he has the privilege of serving as the Wing Commander, leading over 4000 cadets in accomplishing the Academy's mission of developing the "finest military officers of character." In October 2004, he plans to pursue a degree in Engineering at Surrey University. Upon his return to the U.S., he will begin flight training as an Air Force pilot. James aspires to become an astronaut and, eventually, to influence space policy in the U.S. and around the world.


Nilay Vora

US University: University of Southern California

NilayVoraNilay Vora entered USC through a program that gave him guaranteed admission to medical school. Halfway through his college career, Nilay decided to puruse a career in human rights law. He will graduate from USC with a double major in Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Studies, a program through which he studies human rights and nonviolence. Nilay has worked on labor rights issues in Sri Lanka and India, and has served as Editor in Chief of USC's alternative newspaper, The Trojan Horse. He will Human Rights study at the London School of Economics.


Elizabeth Wang

US University: University of California, Berkeley

ElizabethWangRaised in Napa, California, Elizabeth attended Phillips Exeter Academy and then the University of California, Berkeley where she will be graduating in May 2004 with a BA in history. Her work as an intern and then as a researcher at the UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center has allowed her to research issues regarding genocide and international criminal trials. For the past two summers, Elizabeth interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the American Decorative Arts department where she conducted historical research and assisted a senior curator. She will be pursuing an MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics.


Maya Weilundemo

US University: Texas A & M University

MayaWeilundemoBorn in a log cabin in the Ozarks but raised mainly in Mississippi, Maya Weilundemo has long dreamed of being a writer when she grows up. Though she entered Texas A&M University with the intention of focusing on her degree in English, Maya tends toward distraction and so became active in numerous political organizations, most notably the Green Party, and served as editor of Agora, a journal for undergraduate humanities research. As a Marshall Scholar, she will return to her first love, studying Creative and Critical Writing at the University of Sussex.


Joseph Wells

US University: United States Military Academy

JoeWellsJoe is a senior at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he studies international relations and environmental engineering. Serving as the President of the Model United Nations team, Joe has been able to develop his interests in peacekeeping and humanitarian assistance through discussion and debate with peers from across the world. As a Truman scholar and President of United Students for Veterans' Health, he continues to volunteer and organize local community service projects. Upon graduation, Joe will be commissioned as an infantry officer in the US Army. Having worked with Indonesians displaced by ethnic conflict, Joe plans to read for a MSc in International Peacekeeping at the University of Birmingham, focusing on improving the international community's response to humanitarian emergencies.


James Wilkins

US University: Bowdoin College

JamesWilkins-476043b3dffe3James Wilkins, from Medina, Ohio, is currently finishing an AB in Biochemistry with a minor in English at Bowdoin College. He has worked at the University of Iowa where he performed mutation analysis on patients with familial adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, and he plans to conduct genetic research on osteoarthritis at Oxford University. An All-American high jumper, he is a captain of the Track team at Bowdoin and has a personal best of 6-10. He is the guitarist and songwriter of a garage rock band and the co-host of a talk/variety TV show. He plans to pursue a career in medical science with a combined MD/PhD degree.


Tracy Williams

US University: Stanford University

TracyWilliamsTracy Williams is a senior at Stanford majoring in political science and economics. Her main academic interest is in democratization on which she has published two articles in university journals. Tracy's activities have included working as a research intern at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and London's International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), founding Stanford's international affairs society, co-ordinating an annual student trip to Haiti, and serving as a dorm resident advisor. Tracy is an avid social dancer and dances in a performance social dance ensemble. She will study International History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.


Hayley Wolfe

US University: Julliard School of Music

HayleyWolfeHayley Wolfe, violinist, is currently pursuing a Master of Music Degree from The Juilliard School. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Hayley moved away from home at age fourteen to pursue her music studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. An avid chamber musician, she has performed at New York's Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern Auditorium. Hayley teaches young violinists in the New York area, and performs as part of a community outreach program that brings music to places of need. She will continue her studies in London at The Royal Academy of Music.


Joseph Wolpin

US University: University of Georgia

JosephWolpinJoe Wolpin, from Atlanta, graduated the University of Georgia with majors in history and Russian. He has spent considerable time in the former Soviet Union, interning at the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia and the U.S. Consulate-General in St. Petersburg. Currently researching Russian politics as a Fulbright scholar, Joe speaks fluent Russian and has knowledge of Uzbek and German as well. In his free time, Joe plays violin and is a fan of baseball and boxing. As a Marshall scholar, Joe will read for MSc degree in Russian and Post Soviet Studies at LSE.


Jia Xu

US University: Georgia Institute of Technology

JiaXuJia emigrated from China to the U.S. at age eleven. As a high school student, he interned at NASA Dryden, pursued aerodynamic research at the University of Maryland, and produced a winning project at the International Science Fair. At Georgia Tech, Jia served as peer leader, teaching assistant, and minority education tutor. He also conducted research into turbulence, applied aerodynamics and naval architecture, and has co-authored in the Physics of Fluids. He will study International Relations at the LSE and then Aerospace Engineering at Imperial. The two programs will compliment each other in his future career in national defense.