Bhooma Aravamuthan graduated with honors from Michigan State University in three years with a Bioethics specialization and degrees in Biochemistry and Physiology. She is the recipient of a full-ride scholarship to MSU and the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Bhooma has conducted research in a variety of settings and has researched topics ranging from anticoagulant stent coatings to seal distribution in Antarctica. Bhooma is also actively involved in hospital fundraising, student recruitment, student government, dance choreography, and Asian Pacific American awareness efforts. Ultimately, Bhooma plans on becoming a medical scientist researching neurodegenerative disease. She will conduct Parkinson's Disease research at Oxford.
Ankur Bahl graduated from Northwestern University in 2003 with a B.S. and M.S. in Journalism. The son of Indian immigrants, he has always been interested in the issues of migrant populations. At Northwestern, Ankur produced a documentary on Serbian and Bosnian immigrants in Chicago, and followed this with an investigative report on INS discrimination against Chicago's Pakistani population. Ankur grew up in Santa Clara, CA, studying the Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam and was the first American-born male to complete an Arangatram, or solo dance debut. As a Fulbright Scholar in France Ankur is studying ballet and modern dance and developing choreography that fuses eastern and western dance traditions to mimic the dual identities that characterize the immigrant experience. As a Marshall Scholar, Ankur will pursue an MA in Migration and Diaspora Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies and an MA in Performance from Goldsmiths College. A member of the U.S. national Jump Rope Team, Ankur is also a three-time national champion and is the current World Jump Rope Champion.
Harveen Bal, a resident of Bloomfield, New Jersey, will graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a major in Health and Societies, concentrating in International Health, and minors in psychology and chemistry. A Trustee and University Scholar, Goldman Sachs Global Leader and Phi Beta Kappa member, Harveen's interest in international health developed during summers working in Ghana and India. On campus, Harveen leads wilderness trips, gives tours, and does research on the impact of migration on the diets of Indian women. After receiving an M.Phil in Development Studies from Oxford University, she will attend medical school and pursue a career in international development.
After three years at the University of Michigan, Jacob Bourjaily will graduate with honors degrees in Mathematics and Physics, having virtually exhausted the graduate curricula in both fields. Around his busy course schedules, Jacob has found time to publish research in supersymmetric dark matter cosmology and high energy particle physics phenomenology, presenting results at several international conferences and universities. A Goldwater Scholar, he became the first undergraduate student to be elected an associate member of the Michigan Center for Theoretical Physics. As a member of the ATLAS collaboration Jacob spent two summers at the Center for European Nuclear Research (CERN) in Gene, Switzerland and has attended conferences and schools in Marseille, Paris, Vienna, Erice, Edinburgh, and Chicago. He enjoys jazz, playing guitar, poetry, Shakespeare, swordplay, and reading historical math and physics texts. At Cambridge, Jacob will take Part III of the Maths Tripos before conducting research in theoretical physics.
After three years in the Georgia Institute of Technology's biomedical engineering department, Ambika Bumb is graduating with a concentration in Cell and Tissue Engineering and a minor in Economics. While interning at GE Healthcare, she helped diagnose a blood pressure issue at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, saving time that could mean the difference between life and death. She is active in the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, Mock Trial, the Indian dance team Nazaaqat, and is the Undergraduate Student Body Treasurer. By studying in the NIH-Oxford program, Ambika aspires to eventually be at the crux of the development and enterprise of medical technology to make research practical.
Originally from Spokane, Washington, Sheena Chestnut will graduate from Stanford University in June 2005 with a degree in political science and honors in international security studies, where her senior honors thesis explores North Korean involvement in transnational crime and potential implications for nuclear smuggling. She spent this summer interning at London's International Institute for Strategic Studies, and has previously worked at the Brookings Institution and Stanford's Institute for International Studies. At Oxford, she will read for the MPhil in international relations before pursuing a career in academia and public service. A creative writing minor, she has taught writing on campus and tutors at Hope House, a recovery facility for women transitioning out of the California criminal justice system. In her spare time, she enjoys drinking coffee with her friends, running, theater, travel, and Scottish Highland Dancing.
Tarun Chhabra, of Shreveport, Louisiana, is currently Associate in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General. He was previously Research Officer for the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. Tarun has been a Fulbright Fellow in the Russian Federation and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, where he studied Slavic languages and literature, earned honors from the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) and directed the public service fellowships programs of Stanford in Government. Tarun plans to study international relations at the University of Oxford.
Jay has enjoyed his time at the Academy. He has learned helicopter operations, trained 120 incoming freshmen, and spent two months in a West African hospital. He held various positions within the Corps but has found small group leadership the most satisfying. While taking care of subordinates, Jay discovered his passion for people. He eagerly awaits studying international medicine and infectious disease at Imperial College-London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Furthermore, he hopes to apply his degrees in public health and infectious disease as an Army physician.
Katie will graduate from Tulane in May, having majored in four areas: History, Medieval Studies, Latin, and French. Her academic interests include interdisciplinary approaches to the study of history, and her current research project focuses on the role of visuality, sight, and the sacred image in late medieval Italian devotion. Involved in numerous on-campus activities, Katie is also a classically-trained harpist, a competitive ballroom dancer, and President of her college's Honor Board. She will read for a MSt/MLitt in Historical Research (Medieval) and History from the Faculty of Modern History at Oxford.
Sarah Cook, who grew up in the United States and Israel, will graduate with a major in International Relations and a minor in French. A Lewis and Clark College Pamplin Society Fellow, she served there and at the Claremont Colleges as president of the Amnesty International chapter. She was twice an NGO delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission meeting in Geneva, and also writes for The Epoch Times newspaper. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and practicing Falun Gong, a Chinese mind-body meditation practice. Sarah will pursue two master's degrees in Middle East Politics and Violence, Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Virginia Corless was born outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has called Missouri, Georgia, Texas, California, Alaska, and Massachusetts home, the frequent moves a result of her father's career as a historian with the National Park Service. She will trade one Cambridge for another this fall when she continues her study of physics at the University of Cambridge in England, after receiving her SB degree in Physics with a minor in Applied International Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 2005. Virginia spends most of her spare time on the theatrical stage, learning to view the world through the eyes of another, or in travels, seeing different sides of the world through her own eyes. She hopes to unite her passions for history, theater, language, and science together to shape culturally aware, scientifically grounded, socially responsible policies for the developing world.
Pursuing undergraduate degrees in cellular biology and political science, Matt plans to marry the disciplines with a career in medicine and health policy. Matt has experienced international medicine through volunteer work at rural hospitals in Tanzania and Thailand. At the University of Georgia, Matt conducts immunology research on tropical diseases, presents biological security issues to local high school students, and serves on the executive council of the University Judiciary. Matt also sings with several choral groups and enjoys athletics. In Britain, Matt will study public health and health policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics.
Patrick Cunningham, a proud Stow, Ohio native, will focus on English literature of the 19th and early 20th centuries while at the University of Oxford. A Creative Writing student at Princeton, Pat won departmental awards for fiction writing in each of his first three years. A winner of the Ward Prize, he was also the first student to receive an A. Scott Berg '71 Scholarship as an underclassman. Former editor-in-chief of Tiger Magazine and an editor of the Nassau Weekly magazine, Pat continues to serve as a member of his school's Undergraduate Honor Committee. A stand-up comedian who regularly performs in dives, dumps and out-and-out houses of disrepute, he was a founding officer of the Princeton University Stand-up Comedy Club. With great anticipation, Pat looks forward to setting up shop in one of Oxford's finest pubs and becoming--after much devotion and hard work--a 'colourful regular.