A native of greater Boston, Ali Alhassani studied mechanical engineering at MIT. Interested in health, he has interned at the World Health Organization in Geneva and the National Children's Hospital in Washington, DC, and he has conducted research on drug delivery to the heart at MIT. Passionate about interfaith dialogue, Ali helped found Ascent, a Harvard-MIT student publication about Islam; he also participated in the Addir Fellowship, a federally funded interfaith dialogue program at MIT. Ali enjoys basketball and is a proud member of Red Sox Nation. He plans to study health policy, planning, and financing at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before attending medical school.
Sean Arenson, of Sacramento, California, will graduate from Stanford University in June 2008 with a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Sean has pursued his interest in health policy through research on a broad range of topics such as queuing for specialist services in Canada and medical savings accounts in Singapore, and has spent a quarter at Oxford studying the British National Health Service. His senior thesis examines the effects of agricultural policy on obesity in the developed world. At Stanford, he played saxophone and clarinet in the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, taught a course on Social Security reform, and served as coordinator of Stanford's Student Initiated Courses program. Sean plans to pursue an MSc in International Health Policy at the London School of Economics.
Robert Arnold, a Dayton, Ohio native, will graduate from Ohio University in June with a B.A. and M.A. in political science. Robert's research is focused in the areas of comparative political economy and social science methodology. He worked as an intern at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and at the United States Congress Joint Economic Committee. A Phi Beta Kappa inductee, Robert has also served as a graduate assistant and tutored elementary school children. He plans to study philosophy of social science and political theory at the London School of Economics.
For someone who could not count past 29 when he started school, it is especially appropriate that Michael Barany's areas of mathematical research have included combinatorics, the study of counting, and analysis on infinite-dimensional fractals. Attending closely to the critical underpinnings of his mathematical work, he will continue his study of the history, sociology, and philosophy of mathematics at the universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. Michael is also secretary on the board of directors of the Telluride Association, an educational non-profit corporation. He will soon complete his B.A. at Cornell in mathematics and the college scholar program.
T. Grant Belgard, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, graduates in May 2008 with a B.S. in biophysics, chemistry, and chemical physics and a B.A. in biochemistry and cell biology. While at Rice, he synthesized and characterized a novel class of nanomaterials. Grant has had a variety of experiences: supervising an equestrian center, volunteering in emergency services, working for the FBI, and serving as a live-in mentor, tutor, and foster parent to sixteen talented children from disadvantaged backgrounds. At the University of Oxford, Grant will tackle problems in biophysics.
Ben Carmichael of Falmouth, Maine, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with a degree in English. While at Brown, he was the founding editor of Watershed, a journal of the environment and culture. Since graduating, he has worked as The New Yorker's publicist, and as a communications consultant for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). He has also contributed more than a dozen articles to On Earth, written for Print magazine, and worked for a New York Times columnist. He plans to pursue an MSc from Oxford's Environmental Change Institute.
Inn Inn Chen graduated from Georgia Tech studying Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Entrepreneurship. A Goldwater Scholar and USA Today Third Academic Team Member, Inn Inn was involved in an organization called Engineering World Health which donates "discarded" biomedical equipment collected from US hospitals to developing world hospitals. Inn Inn has also conducted extensive research projects in Dr. Julia Babensee's laboratory at Georgia Tech investigating the host immune response to implanted biomaterials in tissue engineered devices. Inn Inn's intellectual passions are in taking part in cutting-edge biomedical research and in entrepreneurship so that better therapies can translate into the clinic. She plans to conduct research at Oxford University and NIH to develop implantable bone tissue by using adult stem cells seeded on nano-fibrous scaffolds.
Brian Clark, a native of Mount Pleasant, NC, will graduate in May 2008 with a bachelor of science in physics and a minor in applied mathematics from North Carolina State University. At NC State University, Brian has served as the student director of the university's stadium recycling program, Chuck-It Recycling. Brian's love for physics has sent him to Europe twice before to do summer research at both the University of Oxford and CERN. Brian will spend the next two years studying for degrees in applied mathematics and physics at the University of Cambridge.
Ian Clausen, of Wheaton, IL, will graduate Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English and religious studies from the University of Illinois. There he was distinguished as a James, Cohn and Chancellor's scholar and received the Raymond Seng scholarship for English. His research was among the first published for an academic website on ancient Near Eastern material culture. At Illinois, Ian divided his time by co-founding an AIDS organization, instructing freshmen classes, and leading student ministries on campus and in Asia. A former Cross-Country/Track collegiate athlete, he will read Theological Ethics at the University of Edinburgh in the fall.
Hailing from Germantown, Maryland, Stephen is a proud alumnus of Penn where he studied Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. After a year as a fellow for the Center of the Study for the Presidency and a summer at the White House, he is looking forward to getting away from the presidency and meeting royalty. Stephen was co-captain of Penn's basketball team and won three Ivy Championships while also performing spoken word with the Excelano Project. He started a dance party craze at the Catholic Student Center and wrote for the New York Times. Stephen's novel writing is confined to the month of November. After graduating, Stephen served as a Philly Fellow at the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement. That work is the basis for his pursuit of an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford.
Jeff Eaton, of Seattle, Washington, will graduate from the University of Washington in June 2008 with a Master's Degree in Statistics, Bachelor's Degrees in Mathematics and Sociology, and a Minor in Music. Eaton intends to pursue a PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College in London. His research interests are in mathematical modeling of HIV and other disease epidemics and collection and utilization of demographic data. As an undergraduate, Eaton's research created a mathematical model of potential male circumcision HIV intervention scenarios. He also spent a year working at the Agincourt Health and Population Unit, a rural demographic surveillance site in the northeastern region of South Africa.