US University: University of Notre Dame
Meg Towle will graduate from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Honors Anthropology and International Peace Studies. Her interest in international health has taken her to Mexico for study and HIV/AIDS research, Bolivia for work in a pediatric hospital, and Lesotho, southern Africa, for research on community-based HIV/AIDS interventions. Meg has created a nationally recognized youth leadership and civic engagement program, and co-founded the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting the care of HIV/AIDS-impacted children in Lesotho. She will continue studying international health and humanitarian intervention at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
US University: Harvard University
Emily Vasiliauskas grew up in Northborough, Massachusetts and now lives in Penhook, Virginia. A senior in the Literature Concentration at Harvard, she studies poetry in Greek, Latin, German, and English and is writing her thesis on the poet Paul Celan. At Harvard, the Writing Center and the student literary journals The Gamut and Persephone occupy much of her time. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the Untermyer Poetry Prize and the John Harvard Scholarship. Emily will study for an MPhil in Criticism and Culture at Cambridge.
US University: Duke University
Felicia Walton, of Asheville, North Carolina, will graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University in May 2007 with a double major in biology and chemistry. A Goldwater Scholar, she has conducted research on the genetics and cell biology of the pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans with Drs. Heitman and Idnurm at the Duke University Medical Center. She is the first-author of papers in Molecular Microbiology and Molecular Biology of the Cell, and has presented her work at national scientific conferences. At the University of Cambridge, Walton will pursue research on the molecular biology of cell division.
US University: University of Richmond
A native of Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, Katie is a Biochemistry major and German minor at the University of Richmond. Her research there focuses on a protein critical for fruit fly development, and she has spent her summers at Muhlenberg College, studying transcriptional regulatory proteins. Her work has led to numerous publications, presentations, and awards. She is also co-captain of the water polo team, a chemistry help session leader and laboratory assistant, volunteers at the Richmond Forum, and has studied in Germany. Katie enjoys creating artwork, running, windsurfing, cooking, and heated debates. At Cambridge, she will pursue a DPhil in Molecular Biology.
US University: Michigan State University
Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Shanti Zaid graduated from Michigan State University with a high honors degree in History, specializations in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and African American and African Studies. For five summers, he enjoyed conducting research on Africa-based religions in Cuba with Dr. Jualynne Dodson and the African Atlantic Research Team. His award-winning thesis investigated eastern Cuban religious community formation. Excited to pursue Social Anthropology and Diaspora Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, his ultimate goal is to become an interdisciplinary academic professional. He is a published poet and is recording his third Hip-Hop album.