Lauren graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in June 2006 with highest honors in English and American Literature and Language. Passionate about journalism, Lauren served as president of The Harvard Crimson, her daily college paper with a staff of 350 students. Before her election, she worked as a reporter covering the Law School and President's Office. In addition to editing two books on college admissions, Lauren has worked for New York Magazine and The Paris Review, written for The New York Observer and The Wall Street Journal, worked as a researcher for reporters at The New Yorker and The Washington Post, and appeared on C-Span and Charlie Rose. Lauren plans to study art history at the Courtauld Institute in London before pursuing a career as a journalist.
Sarah Stillman, a senior at Yale, will receive simultaneous Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Anthropology this May. Active in the international human rights movement, she has worked with migrant factory laborers in China and returned refugees in Guatemala. Stillman's first book, Soul Searching: A Girl's Guide to Finding Herself, has sold over 30,000 copies in five languages; she is currently working on her next book about globalization's impacts on young women workers. Stillman is the founding editor of MANIFESTA: The Yale Feminist Journal, and co-head of Yale's Prison Education Project. A member of the USA Today All-USA Academic First Team and Phi Beta Kappa, she is also a recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics, the Amnesty International Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarship, the Wright Prize for Journalism, and the Meeker Prize for Poetry. She will study Cultural Anthropology at Oxford.
A Connecticut native, Trevor Sutton graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2003 with distinction and highest honors from the department of History. He has won prizes for his writing and research and was awarded a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies and a Fulbright Scholarship. Since graduation, he has been involved in a number of projects relating to corruption, political accountability and human rights. Most recently, he worked at the United Nations as an investigator with an inquiry into the Oil-for-Food Programme. At Oxford, he plans to study international relations and participate in the Global Economic Governance Programme.
A native of Los Angeles, Philip "Flip" Tanedo will graduate from Stanford University with degrees in Mathematics and Physics. He has completed research at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the Geballe Laboratory for Advanced Materials, for which he received a Goldwater scholarship in 2005. Flip is currently working on his honors project on the collider phenomenology of split-supersymmetric models and will continue his work in physics beyond the standard model as he pursues a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics at Cambridge and research at the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology at the University of Durham. In his spare time, Flip is a beginning triathlete and has been learning to play the double tenor steel pan.
Yusufi Vali graduated with High Honors in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. He received the T. Cuyler Young Award for best thesis in the field of Iranian Studies and the F.O. Kelsey Prize for best junior term paper. During college, he was also instrumental in helping Princeton Professor Wolfgang Danspeckgruber organize a series of meetings between key diplomats and scholars on Security and State-Building in Afghanistan. Currently, Yusufi is on a Fulbright fellowship in Syria, researching an inter-faith dialogue movement and working on a documentary. In London next year, he will pursue a MA in Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Daniel Weeks, a Political Science and International Studies double-major from Temple, NH, is founder/director of Students for Clean Elections, for which he has advocated campaign reform legislation at the state and federal levels. Daniel is active in community economic development and served as program coordinator/volunteer for AmeriCorps and English teacher in China prior to enrolling at Yale. He serves on numerous non-profit boards, as moderator for community forums, and in high school co-founded the non-partisan NH Youth Voter Alliance. Daniel's outside interests include singing, organ, intra-mural athletics, and circus arts. He washes windows to pay his way through college.
Aziza Zakhidova, of McKinney TX, is graduating from the University of Pennsylvania's Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business. Originally from Tashkent, Aziza has lived in Italy and Japan, most recently, spending a year at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. A Joseph Wharton and University Scholar, Aziza has been actively involved in Penn's research community, with particular interest in transition economies. With completion of the M.Phil in Development Studies at Cambridge and MSc in Economics at LSE, Aziza hopes to serve as a bridge between global financial and academic institutions and the local players of Central Asia, mobilizing resources for the region's development.
Daniel will graduate from UC Berkeley with a BA in Urban Studies and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Daniel is the founder of the Micro-Clinic Project, dedicated to enabling populations in impoverished, conflict-ridden areas to gain access to health care. Last summer, he established 50 micro-clinics in Bethlehem and the D'heisheh Refugee Camp, publishing a series of articles on his observations. Daniel desires to facilitate greater understanding between Israelis and Palestinians through constructive public policy. As a Marshall Scholar, he will pursue an M.Phil in Development Studies at Oxford.