Scholar Names M-N
US University: University of Oregon
Tamela Maciel, of Grants Pass, Oregon, will graduate in June 2010 with a B.S. in Physics and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Oregon (UO). Passionate about astrophysics, she has twice interned at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and has investigated the star formation of dwarf galaxies while at UO. Tamela also helped revitalize the local chapter of the Society of Physics Students and volunteered at the Eugene Planetarium, focusing on physics and astronomy outreach. In 2009, she studied abroad at the University of Bristol. At Cambridge, Tamela will pursue a PhD in high-energy astrophysics.
US University: Emory University
Kathryn is a double major in Anthropology and Human Biology and Classics at Emory. She was inducted into the Eta Sigma Phi and Lambda Alpha Honors Societies, having also received the Anthropology Departmental Award. Kathryn has presented her research at national conferences of the Paleopathology Association. At the American School of Classical Studies' Wiener Laboratory in Athens, she spent three months researching ancient burial remains. She will pursue bioarchaeology graduate studies at University College London and University of Sheffield. Throughout college, Kathryn has been involved in Emory theatre, singing at the Catholic Center, and volunteering with the American Cancer Society.
US University: United States Air Force Academy
Austin McKinney, of Canton, Michigan, will graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Management and a minor in Spanish. Through his Spanish studies, Austin has participated in a summer language immersion in Spain and a semester abroad in Mexico. Austin was a Cadet Group Commander, responsible for leading over 1,100 cadets. He has volunteered as a mathematics and English teacher in Mexico and Ecuador. Austin will become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force after graduation. He plans to pursue a MA in Latin American Studies at the Institute for the Study of the Americas.
US University: Michigan State University
Jessie Muir, of Romeo, Michigan, will graduate with B.S. degrees in Physics and Astrophysics. A Goldwater Scholar, she is intensely interested in the areas of investigation where cosmology and particle physics overlap. She has conducted high energy physics research at her undergraduate university and abroad, participating in the 2009 Summer Student Program at CERN, and is working on a senior thesis in theoretical cosmology. She is an officer of Science Theatre, a volunteer outreach organization, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Next year, Jessie will enroll in Part III of Cambridge's Mathematical Tripos.
US University: Williams College
Aroop Mukharji graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College in 2009 with a B.A. in Math and Political Science. He is currently a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. At Williams, Aroop participated in a broad swathe of activities, from tennis to songwriting and a cappella. A member of the Gargoyle Society, he was voted "Mr. Williams" in his sophomore year and was elected to be class speaker at graduation. Aroop looks forward to returning to the UK, having spent his junior year abroad at Oxford, to pursue International Relations at LSE and Peace/Conflict Studies at King's.
US University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Vinayak Muralidhar, of Chandler, Arizona, will graduate with degrees in Mathematics and Biology from MIT. Vinayak performed research at MIT on engineering targeted nanoparticles for cancer drug delivery and on computational methods to analyze biomolecular networks. After volunteering in Bidada, India, at a rural clinic, Vinayak discovered a passion for medicine and social issues. He was struck by the inequalities in health care, and began to investigate health policy as an intern for the US Senate Committee on Finance. Vinayak has also founded an outreach program that connects high school students to research opportunities at MIT and led a peer health advocacy group at MIT. He hopes to use his career to help bridge medicine, science, and policy.
US University: University of Chicago
Amol Naik, of Oak Brook, Illinois, graduated from the University of Chicago in 2009 as a Phi Beta Kappa with honours in History and Political Science. While at the University of Chicago, Amol was designated a Student Marshal - the highest distinction given by the University of Chicago - and completed an honours thesis on law and racial integration in Oak Park, Illinois. He has published numerous policy memoranda related to public defence that he later presented to legislators in Chicago and Detroit. Amol founded the Chicago Justice Initiative, an organisation raising awareness in Chicago about inequities in the criminal justice system. Amol was awarded the Jeff Metcalf Fellowship, the University of Chicago Public Interest Program Fellowship and the Richter Grant to serve the poor at non-profit organisations around the country. Amol plans to pursue a taught MSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics.