A native of East Palestine, Ohio, Matt Linsley will graduate from the United States Naval Academy with a BS in History and a minor in Spanish. As a midshipman, Matt is ranked first in his class academically and has served as Battalion Sergeant Major, Company Commander, and Battalion Executive Officer. His academic work on civil rights, ethics, and American history has resulted in several awards, including the Daughters of Colonial Wars prize and the William P. Lawrence Military Ethics prize. Matt has been selected into the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and intends to enter the submarine service upon commissioning.
Hilary Martens, a Missoula native, will graduate from the University of Montana-Missoula in May 2008, with B.A. degrees in physics and music and a minor in mathematics. A 2006 Goldwater Scholar, Hilary studies ions in Saturn's magnetosphere with the international Cassini/Huygens Mission. In summer 2005, she interned at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory in England. Named one of Glamour Magazine's "Top Ten College Women" of 2007, Hilary also plays the violin, composes music, competes in marathon canoeing, and raises funds to supply books to schools in developing countries. Hilary will pursue a M.Sc. in Space Science at University College London.
Megan McGinnity will graduate from Arizona State University with honors degrees in economics and political science. A recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and Circumnavigator Scholarship, she traveled around the world researching the economics of international trafficking in persons and completed her thesis on the subject. She spent a year in Romania working at orphanages and studying Romanian language. In Arizona, she co-founded a middle school Model United Nations program, interned with a U.S. Senator, and conducted human trafficking awareness presentations. Megan will study Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies, having studied Arabic in Egypt on a State Department language program.
Monica Mukerjee will graduate from Michigan State University in 2008 in international relations and psychology. Her research focuses on the gendered impact of sexual violence during war. Selected as a Truman Scholar for her commitment to public service, Monica has worked as a sexual assault and crisis counselor, medical advocate, and director of children's theatre workshops. She is a guest editor for a special-edition volume of MSU Women in Development Working Papers, which will be on rape in violent conflict. She will read for degree in Forced Migration at Oxford University to work towards improving lives within conflict zones.
A native of Los Angeles, California, Priyanka will graduate from Stanford University with a degree in Chemistry. She has been studying the pathogenesis of Celiac Sprue through various biochemical research projects, research for which she was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship in 2006. Priyanka also enjoys playing violin as a member of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. She is looking forward to conduct research on protein folding and its relationship to neurodegenerative diseases at Cambridge University.
Originally from Spokane, Washington, Lee will graduate as Duke University's first dual-major in Civil/Environmental Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Pursuing interests in the environment and sustainable development, Lee has studied marine population dynamics in the Florida Keys, researched and published on pipeline dynamics in China, spoke at engineering conferences in Washington DC and Bogot and established development projects during his summers in Uganda and Peru for Duke Engineers Without Borders. On campus, as engineering senior class president, Lee enjoys organizing events and enabling underclassmen at weekly engineering socials. Next year, he plans to study Ecological Economics at the University of Edinburgh.