Adam Bouland, of Laurel, Maryland, will graduate with a double major in Physics and Computer Science/Mathematics. A Goldwater Scholar, Adam's past research includes work in structural mechanics and physics. As technical director of the Yale Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, he has worked on a water project to bring clean water to a village in Cameroon. Adam's other interests include percussion and theology. Adam will study Mathematics and Physics at the University of Cambridge next year.
A Chicagoland native, Donnie Bungum is working toward a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Chicago. In three years of research, he helped develop a new method of vibrational spectroscopy and synthesized a novel class of organometallic compounds. He was named a Goldwater Scholar in 2008 and an Arnold O. Beckman Scholar in 2007. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Sigma Xi research society. Donnie plays saxophone for the University of Chicago Jazz X-tet and the funk/R&B group "Intense City." He will pursue the M.St. in Science and Religion at the University of Oxford.
Kyle Checchi, from San Ramon, California, stands first academically in his class of 1,073 Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy. He was awarded the Naval Academy American Chemical Society Undergraduate Chemistry Award last year. In addition to his coursework, Kyle found time to volunteer at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Majoring in Chemistry, he is now doing a research project, conducting a multidisciplinary study that links the chemical synthesis of antimicrobial compounds with a microbiological study of induced cellular stress responses caused by these compounds. Kyle will study International Health Policy at LSE. Kyle plans to become a U.S. Navy doctor after graduation from the Naval Academy and completing medical school.
Conor Clarke graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Amherst
College in 2008 with a double major in political theory and English. Currently a
fellow at the Atlantic Monthly, he has worked previously for The Guardian and
The New Republic, and has reported from central Africa and Cuba. His work has
also appeared in the Boston Globe, Slate and the American Prospect, and he is
the co-editor of a book about the economics of corporate social responsibility.
At Amherst, he edited two college magazines, published academic legal
scholarship and served as a teaching assistant in political economy. Conor will study Economic Policy at the University of Birmingham and International Journalism at Cardiff University.
Jeffrey Cloutier, a native of Berlin, New Hampshire, is a senior Molecular Biology and Biochemistry major at Middlebury College. In 2007, Jeff conducted breast cancer research as an Amgen Scholar at the University of Washington, Seattle. At Middlebury, he has been researching a novel cell cycle mechanism involved in meiosis and infertility. Jeff is a cyclist, an avid hiker, and a certified emergency medical technician and wildland firefighter. As a Marshall Scholar, Jeff will investigate the epigenetics of meiosis at University College London. After completing the PhD and MD degrees he hopes to pursue a career in translational medical research.
Samuel Daly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin will graduate with a B.A. in African Studies and History. Much of his time as a Columbia student has been spent abroad, and he will return to the UK to pursue an MA in Historical Research Methods at SOAS and an MSc in African Studies at Oxford. Samuel's research interests are in late colonial and early postcolonial Anglophone Africa, and he hopes to study the development of vigilante justice movements in Tanzania. He previously studied Swahili and history at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on a David L. Boren Scholarship, and Yoruba at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria on a Fulbright-Hays Advanced Language Study program.
A native of Wallingford, PA, Henry Donaghy will graduate from the United States Naval Academy as an Ensign and plans to join the submarine service. Hank majors in physics and mechanical engineering, plays bass in USNA's Trident Jazz Band, and has completed 8 marathons as a member of the Academy's marathon team. He heightened his French proficiency through courses in Paris during the summer of 2007, and in Morocco in the summer of 2008. He plans to study energy technologies at Imperial College of London.