Wei Lien Dang is a senior at the California Institute of Technology majoring in applied physics. His research is focused on carbon nanotube devices and their commercial applications. He has collaborated extensively with scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Intel Corporation and served as a teaching assistant, member of student government committees, and associate editor of the Caltech Undergraduate Research Journal. As a deacon at his church, he also established academic programs for underprivileged high school students. Wei Lien is a Caltech Carnation Scholar, a USA Today Academic All-American, and an Intel-sponsored student researcher. He will pursue an MPhil in Engineering at the University of Cambridge.
Vince Evans studied philosophy at Fordham University under the tutelage of Dr. William Jaworski, and will continue his studies at Oxford University, where he will read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). His project is to apply Aristotelian political philosophy to contemporary political debates. At Fordham, Vince participated in several student organizations, including College Democrats, Gannon Speech & Debate, Tae Kwon Do and United Student Government. He is a member of Phi Sigma Tau, Alpha Sigma Nu, and Phi Kappa Phi. His career interests are in philosophy and public policy; he hopes to become a professor or a politician.
A Philadelphia native, Deborah Friedell graduated from Masterman High School in 1999 and from Yale University in 2003. She then went to work at The New Republic, where she currently serves as assistant literary editor. Her writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New York Times Book Review, and Salon. At Yale, Deborah's literary criticism received the McLaughlin Prize and the Curtis Prize, and her fiction writing received the Willets Prize and first place in the Wallace Prize competition. She plans to pursue graduate studies in English literature at Oxford University.
Joshua Geltzer, a New York City native, attends Princeton University where he majors in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He received the 1939 Princeton Scholar Award for the highest academic standing for the prior three years, twice won Princeton's Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, and was awarded the Haarlow Prize for the Best Paper in Humanistic Studies. His primary interest is in transatlantic relations, and he plans to use his time at King's College, London to continue his work on issues of transatlantic communication, signaling, perception, and misperception begun for his senior thesis.
A native of northeast Ohio, Anne will graduate from the United States Military Academy with a BS in physics and a commission as an Army aviation officer. Building on her physics background, Anne will pursue a MPhil in Technology Policy at the University of Cambridge. After attending flight school she hopes to influence defense technology policy throughout a career in the Army. When not rowing as a member of Army Crew, she enjoys helping run New Friends (a mentoring program).
Emily Heikamp of Metairie, Louisiana will receive a degree in biology from Duke University in May. She is the recipient of the Angier B. Duke Memorial scholarship, the Barry Goldwater scholarship, and Duke's Faculty Scholar award. Emily has pursued research in immunology at both Duke University and Cambridge University, and she has researched tumor angiogenesis at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. In 2003, Emily founded the Triangle Undergraduate Research Symposium--the first collaborative, multidisciplinary undergraduate research conference in North Carolina. She enjoys tutoring organic chemistry, reading, playing tennis, and Latin dancing! Emily plans to further pursue cancer research at Oxford University.
A proud Hoosier, Rebecca will graduate as a Wells Scholar from Indiana University with a BS in Finance, Accounting, and International Studies and a BA in Political Science. As a Marshall scholar, she will attend the London School of Economics pursuing an MsC in Global Market Economics. Dedicated to economic development, especially through improved access to education, she coordinated a federal lobbing trip as a freshmen, is an active student tutor, worked on development policy for the local mayoral campaign, and also currently coordinates a Jobs program which assists local residents in job search and mentors in professional skills. As the first CEO of the IU Global Sales Leadership Club, she started a program of students consulting for non profits and a High School Community Education project. Past internships include working for Bain & Co. Consulting, Senator Richard Lugar in Washington, D.C., and an international economic and public policy consulting firm in Australia. As an avid athlete, she also runs competitively and is a Boston Marathon qualifier.
Pat Hovakimian of Walnut Creek, California, will graduate from Occidental College with a BA in Politics. A Truman Scholar, Pat has worked with the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service, assisting communities to overcome conflicts arising from differences in race, color, ethnicity, and national origin. His interests diverse, Pat is currently researching just war theory and its implications and applicability in the global war on terror. Pat enjoys writing, San Francisco Giants baseball, and spending time laughing with his wonderful family and many good friends. At Oxford, Pat plans to read for an M. Phil. in Political Theory.