Scholar Names P-W

Brian Pellot

US University: University of Missouri - Columbia


BrianPellotBrian Pellot, of Wausau, Wisconsin, is pursuing a double major in Convergence Journalism and International Studies. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and Clinton Scholar at the American University in Dubai, Brian organized international service projects and gave presentations throughout the Middle East. He also studied Arabic as a Critical Language Scholar. In 2009, Brian monitored Lebanon's parliamentary elections and reported for Inter Press Service News Agency and Foreign Policy. He reported for the Huffington Post on press trips in Egypt, Qatar and Jordan. Brian will pursue the M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford.

Steven Robinette

US University: University of Florida


StevenRobinetteSteven Robinette is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology senior at the University of Florida. Son of an Air Force flight surgeon, Steven grew up across the United States and abroad before graduating from high school in Niceville, FL. Steven spent his junior year as a Goldwater scholar at Imperial College developing computational methods in metabolomics and will return to Imperial to apply his previous work to identify small molecular markers of stem cells. An avid climber, Steven looks forward to exploring the granite of Cornwall and the gritstone of the Peak District in the UK.

Mitesh Shridhar

US University: University of Colorado System - Boulder


Mitesh_ShridharMitesh Shridhar of Centennial, CO will graduate from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and minors in Chemistry and Economics. A 2006 Boettcher, Norlin, J.W. Fisher and National Merit Scholar, Mitesh has conducted research for the past three years with Professor Linda Watkins at CU, where he has received authorship on several articles related to central nervous system opioid activity and the mechanisms of neuropathic pain. A two-year teaching assistant, Mitesh is also an avid chess player. He will pursue an MPhil in Pharmacology at the University of Cambridge in 2010.

Anna Jo Smith

US University: Yale University


Anna_JoSmithAnna Jo Bodurtha Smith, who hails from Ashland, Virginia, is a Sociology major at Yale University. Passionate about children's health and education, she weaves her academic work on social policy with advocacy on behalf of children and families. While in New Haven, she has worked at All Our Kin to increase access to quality, affordable childcare. She is also the co-coordinator of Dwight Hall, the Center for Community Service and Social Justice at Yale. Anna Jo will study public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and public policy at the London School of Economics.

Nabiha Syed

US University: Johns Hopkins University


NabihaSyedNabiha Syed, a native of Orange County, California, is the author of Replicating Dreams (Oxford University Press, 2008), a study of microfinance marketing in Pakistan and Bangladesh. As a Yale Information Society Project student fellow, she founded the Media Freedom and Information Access Practicum to support newsgatherers through litigation. Nabiha pursues her interests in corruption, development, and accountability through the World Bank Office of Evaluation and Suspension, Oxfam America, and as an Amnesty International Patrick Stewart Scholar. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and Anthropology from Johns Hopkins (2007) and will receive a J.D. from Yale Law School (2010).

Emily Warren

US University: Stanford University


EmilyWarrenA San Francisco native, Em Warren graduated with honors and distinction from Stanford University in 2008, receiving a degree in Economics a minor in Political Science and winning the Firestone Award for her thesis on the effects of migration on education in Guatemala. From 2007-2009, Em worked at the Hewlett Foundation managing the philanthopy's Nuclear Security Initiative, a multimillion dollar grantmaking initiative providing funding to researchers and nonprofits working to reform international nuclear weapons policies and reduce the risk of a nuclear attack. Em will study Economics and China Studies at the London School of Economics and expects to continue to work in the field of U.S. foreign policy.

Michael Wilkerson

US University: Stanford University


MichaelWilkersonA native of Denver, Colorado, Michael Wilkerson graduated in 2009 from Stanford University. He earned a B.A. in Political Science with departmental honors, university distinction and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. A columnist at the Stanford Daily, he also worked as a journalist in Uganda at local publications The Daily Monitor and The Independent. In Washington D.C., Michael has interned at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, World Politics Review and Foreign Policy magazine. A current Fulbright Scholar in Uganda, Michael is working with local journalists and researchers to study how the press influences government decisions. He will pursue an M.Phil. in Politics at Oxford, focusing on comparative government.