George Flathers, of Meadowdean Farm in Rixeyville, Virginia, will graduate in May from the Virginia Military Institute with a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a minor in writing. A Goldwater Scholar, he was the primary researcher on a biomedical project for children born with hearing impairments and led a design team developing a seismic communication device, which is patent pending. George will research avionics and aircraft sensors at the University of Sheffield, working towards an MPhil in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. Following Sheffield, he will begin Europe-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training with the Air Force.
Megan Galbreth, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, will graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with a joint degree in French Literature and Linguistics. She has focused on French and English medieval literature and is writing her thesis on medieval irony. At Harvard, she plays cello in the Bach Society Orchestra, tutors students at the Writing Center, and participates in the Harvard-Radcliffe Christian Fellowship. She has also taught writing to inner-city high school students through Harvard's Crimson Summer Academy. At Oxford, Megan will study for an MPhil in Medieval English Literature.
Eric Gardiner, from Upland, CA, will graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in French. Upon graduation, he will be commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Navy with a billet to become a Naval Special Warfare Officer. Eric interned at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and was a four-year member and co-captain of the varsity water polo team. He also served as a Plebe Summer Squad Leader and his company's Chief of Staff. He will pursue a MA in Terrorism, Violence, and Security from Queen's University in Belfast.
A New Mexico State University graduate, Marzyeh majored in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Applied Math. As a Goldwater Scholar, she researched the viability of neural networks as diagnostic tools in medical settings. Marzyeh has been employed at Intel working in Digital Health and Emerging Market Platforms groups towards bringing better technology into healthcare and underdeveloped regions globally. Currently residing in Portland, OR, she serves on the Board of Trustee for the Islamic Center of Portland and volunteered with SARC, Hillsboro Tech Wizards and the Oregon Food Bank. Marzyeh will study at the Life Sciences Doctoral Training Centre in Oxford.
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sarah Horn will graduate from the United States Naval Academy commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. A political science major and racer on the Academy's Varsity Offshore Sailing Team, she has served in numerous leadership positions within the Brigade of Midshipmen and completed internships with Defense Intelligence Agency and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel. Selected as the Academy's VADM James B. Stockdale Fellow, Sarah published a paper in the Center for the Study of the Presidency's annual anthology; her work analyzed American AIDS relief policy toward Africa. At the University of Oxford, Sarah plans to focus upon the role played by the American military in African development efforts.
A native of Royal Oak, Michigan, Katie Huston studied journalism, political science and international relations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was the managing editor of her daily student paper, and has interned at a weekly newspaper and a political magazine in Michigan. While studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, she mentored a high school newspaper in a township, helped run a media and leadership camp for underprivileged students and wrote for a student international affairs magazine. She has also performed and choreographed for the University of Massachusetts dance department, played in the marching band and concert band and conducted ethnography on undergraduate academic culture. She plans to study global political economy at the University of Sussex with the goal of working in international development.
Raised in Carlisle, PA, Emma Kaufman will graduate from Columbia University with degrees in Philosophy and Gender Studies. Emma serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Literary Criticism, founded a volunteer program in Harlem, and competed on the nationally-ranked mock trial team. Committed to exploring the relationship between gender and justice, she has worked at the Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, SIECUS, and Planned Parenthood. A 2007 Guggenheim Fellow, Emma interviews inmates and advocates for prison reform with the Correctional Association of New York. She will read for an M.Phil in Criminology at the University of Oxford.
Judd Kennedy studied Arabic Language and Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at the College of William & Mary. As an Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa early-inductee, Judd conducted qualitative research in the West Bank, Syria, Lebanon, France, Germany, and the UK and focused on the interaction of religious minorities and social conflict. In college, he serves as the chief justice of the undergraduate Honor Council, co-founded the campus International Justice Mission club, and sings in an all male a cappella group. He plans to study international law and diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
Trumpet player and composer Rachel Kincaid grew up in Ohio, and is a Rogers Scholar at the Eastman School of Music. She is pursuing a Bachelors of Music in trumpet performance and spent 2006-2007 studying at the Musik Hochschule, Freiburg under the tutelage of trumpet player and composer Anthony Plog. Her compositions are published by Editions BIM and have been heard in venues in the U. S., Germany, and Great Britain. As a Marshall Scholar she will pursue a master in trumpet performance at the Royal Northern College of Music and a master in composition at another UK institution. She is especially interested in expanding contemporary classical music's audience by playing and writing socially relevant works which are accessible to diverse audiences.