Thomas Isherwood hails from scenic and exotic Wichita, Kansas and will graduate after four years at the University of Delaware with a B.A. in International Relations and Economics and an M.A. in Political Science. A Truman Scholar, Tom was active on campus as president of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, in addition to teaching a class for freshman and running a program for the Office of Admissions. Off campus, Tom volunteered with children in South Africa, studied Arabic in Morocco, and worked for a summer as a legal advisor to urban refugees in Cairo, Egypt. Having spent more than a year during college living in the Middle East, Tom will pursue his interest in the region by reading for an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford. Tom has also found time to swing dance, crochet with his friends, and run in the Dead Sea Marathon.
Sariah Khormaee will graduate in June 2006 from the University of Washington in Neurobiology and Biochemistry. While at the UW, Sariah has been active in research with Dr. Kristin Swanson on developing mathematical models of glioma growth, and is currently working with Dr. Tueng Shen and Dr. Buddy Ratner on generating corneal epithelial layers for corneal repair. She plans to pursue a PhD in Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge with the long term goal of increasing the efficiency of neural interaction with implanted devices as a physician-researcher. In addition to science, Sariah enjoys running, canoeing and playing the harp.
Adam Morgan of Dallas, PA is a senior at the Pennsylvania State University with a double major in Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics. He has spent the last three years as an undergraduate research assistant for NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer Mission, and plans to study cosmology at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy. As an avid believer in the importance of sharing science with the general public, Adam has participated in many science outreach programs during his years at Penn State and will continue to devote time to do so at Cambridge.
William Motley grew up in Brooklyn, New York. In May he will graduate from Middlebury College with a degree in Biochemistry. For five summers he has worked at the Mount Desert Island Biological Lab in Maine researching chloride transport pathways linked to the protein defective in Cystic Fibrosis patients. For his thesis he has recognized a gene that controls meiosis in mice and causes sterility when mutant. He works as an EMT for the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association. He was a two-year recipient of the Goldwater Scholarship. At the University of Oxford, he will pursue a Doctorate in Molecular Biology.