A native of Columbia, Maryland, Nick will graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Science--including a concentration in Atmospheric Science--and an M.S. in Geography from the University of Delaware, where he holds a Eugene duPont Memorial Distinguished Scholarship. His master's research uses an atmospheric general circulation model to examine the effects of Great Plains snowcover on European winter climates. This work builds upon two summers of inquiries into numerical modeling: first at UD, and subsequently at the Imperial College in London. He is a Senior Writing Fellow at UD, and is actively involved in the Presbyterian Campus Ministry. Nick will read for a Ph.D. in Meteorology at the University of Reading.
Stacey Kowal, of Almont, MI, is a senior at Alma College studying Mathematics and Public Health. Her extensive volunteer work with environmental organizations, political campaigns, women's shelters, and community health research groups have defined her commitment to public health. Stacey's AIDS investigations in Washington D.C. and Brazil and biostatistics studies at University of Wisconsin have earned numerous academic distinctions, including being named both a Truman and Udall Scholar. Stacey will study Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and, upon completing medical school, plans to aid in the design and implementation of international health policy.
In 2005, Krysiek will graduate from the Mercyhurst College Honors Program with majors in intelligence studies and Russian and post-Soviet studies. As a 2003 Boren Scholar, he studied at St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in the Russian Federation. Born in the Lake District of northern England, Krysiek is honored to return to the United Kingdom as a Marshall Scholar. He will read for a MLitt in Middle East and Central Asian Security Studies at the University of St. Andrews. At Mercyhurst, Krysiek serves as Honors Council President and an Ambassador. He enjoys ice hockey, skiing, Russian literature, and foreign films.
Joanna Kuo, better known as Didi, grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia and is a senior at Emory University. She will graduate in with a B.A. in both political science and history. Didi is a nationally-ranked debater, interned in the House of Representatives, and volunteers with pro-choice and grassroots political campaigns. She has developed federal funding strategies for the urban debate league and has worked on anti-death-penalty initiatives. Didi minors in Latin and spent a summer studying classical history in Italy. She will read for an MA in politics at Essex, focusing her studies on electoral participation and civic engagement.
Mary E. Larew is a native of Iowa City, Iowa. Now a senior music composition major at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Larew has studied composition with Lewis Nielson and violin with Kyung Sun Lee. Larew's greatest passion is Medieval and Renaissance music. At Oberlin, she is a member of the Collegium Musicum Oberliniense and is co-founder of the a cappella consort Uncloistered. Larew has directed productions of medieval music-dramas "Ordo Virtutum" and "Ludus Danielis," with performances in Oberlin, Cleveland, and Boston. She has also performed with Ciaramella, and can be found on their CD War ich ein Falk, on the Naxos label. Larew plans to study early vocal performance practice and ensemble singing with Dr. John Potter at the University of York.
Jessica comes from San Mateo, California; she studies at MIT, where her undergraduate research focuses on the genetics of viruses that infect marine cyanobacteria. A Biology major and Chemistry minor, she is fascinated by the science of cooking, and spends more waking hours in the kitchen than in her own room. She is also a self-professed environmentalist and, after graduating in 2005, plans to study for an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at Oxford. Jessica competes in ballroom dance, does road cycling for fun, listens to Baroque music, and speaks French and German (and is working on Chinese).
Scott Douglas MacIntyre, 19, began playing piano by ear at age 3. He has trained classically and composed since age 5, overcoming congenital blindness. Internationally profiled on CNN, Headline News, Global Television Network, local news and radio programs as pianist, vocalist, and composer, he has studied on full scholarship at Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Universitat Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Canada, and Arizona State University. As recipient of numerous top prizes and awards for piano, composition, and vocal performance, he has performed for a host of festivals, conventions, charities, international concerts, and numerous times as the featured soloist with prominent symphony orchestras. He has released 5 original CD's ranging from classical to original pop/rock. Elected to the All-USA Academic First Team (USAToday, Feb,17,2005) and Dean's List 2004.
Gabriel is a student at the University of Pennsylvania, pursuing a business degree from the Wharton School and a double-major in international studies and urban studies. In May 2003, Gabriel began ongoing research with a housing microfinance organization in Xalapa, Mexico. Four months later, he spent a semester studying urban and labor sociology at the University of Havana and playing salsa trombone in Cuba. Currently, he is working for a community development corporation, developing an urban revitalization project in West Philadelphia. He plans to spend two years studying housing and Latin American comparative politics at the London School of Economics.
Brian Mazzeo, a Davie, Florida, native, braved the New England snow to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he will graduate with a degree in Electrical Engineering in June. After his freshman year, Brian spent two years serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. At MIT, Brian is an officer in the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering Honor Society and the Latter-day Saints Student Association. He also plays violin in the Chamber Music Society. Brian has conducted research at the MIT Media Laboratory, Milliken Research Corporation, and he is currently working with Professor Akintunde Akinwande on electronic devices and materials, which he will continue to study at the University of Cambridge. Brian most enjoys spending time with his wife, Maren.