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Jeremy Smith

US University: United States Military Academy


JeremysmithNative Texan Jeremy Smith will graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2011 with a degree in Life Sciences. At West Point, Jeremy travelled to China and Kenya, where he volunteered at hospitals and spent time learning about medicine and disease of varying types. Next year, he will pursue an MSc in Epidemiology at Imperial College London prior to attending medical school. He enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, practicing Krav Maga, rock climbing, and all manner of physical pursuits. Jeremy also enjoys board games, word games, and video games with his family and friends.



Alessondra Speidel

US University: Duke University


AlessondraspeidelAlessondra Speidel of Syracuse, NY will graduate with a BSE in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry from Duke University in 2011. As a Pratt Fellow, she has researched the optimization of drug delivery methods, focusing on how cells respond to their surface environments. She is a Baldwin Scholar, a Tau Beta Pi member, a tutor through Duke's Peer Tutoring Program, and a member of the Duke Varsity Swim Team. Expanding her academic interests, she will pursue regenerative cardiac tissue research at Imperial College London. Ultimately, Alessondra plans to pursue the clinical applications of regenerative medicine through an MD/PhD.


Cynthia Thickpenny

US University: University of California - Santa Cruz


CynthiathickpennyA California native, Cynthia Thickpenny graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in History, Highest Honors in the major, and Phi Beta Kappa. She focused her undergraduate research on the Picts, an early medieval Celtic people of what is now Scotland, and her senior thesis received a Humanities Undergraduate Research Award. Cynthia pursues her chosen field with the passionate conviction that the Middle Ages was one of the most vibrant and dynamic eras in human history. Next year, she will attend the University of Glasgow's MLitt in Medieval Scottish Studies.



Nathaniel Thomas

US University: MIT

NathanielThomassmall-4dc16695e33cbA native of Bucks County Pennsylvania, Nathaniel Thomas will graduate from MIT with two degrees, in Physics and Mathematics, and minors in Economics and Music. He has undertaken research at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and CERN Laboratories in Switzerland. At MIT, he served as president of the Society of Physics Students. Nate is writing his senior physics thesis on the observable effects of collisions between parallel universes. He will pursue a Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics at Cambridge and Master of Computer Science at Oxford. Nate enjoys playing piano and pipe organ, composing music, singing in choirs, skiing, and sailing.


Benjamin Umans

US University: University of Chicago


BenumansBen Umans graduated from the University of Chicago in 2010 with degrees in Biology and Economics. While at Chicago, he was an active member of several student organizations focused both on campus and in the surrounding communities. Ben has been a judge and organizer of the annual University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt, the largest of its kind in the world, since 2009. Ben currently works in the laboratory of Prof. Jerrold Turner studying epithelial tight junctions and perfecting several cookie recipes. He plans to study statistics at Oxford and computational biology at Cambridge.



Jonathan Warsh

US University: Harvard University


jonathanwarshJonathan Warsh, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, will graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College with a degree in Government and Health Policy. At Harvard, Jonathan served as the Administrative Director of the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, the nation's only homeless shelter run by students. He has conducted research on regulatory decision-making at the FDA and on language disparities in health care. His senior thesis focuses on appropriations for cancer research in the U.S. Jonathan was also a nationally competitive debater for the Harvard policy debate team. As a Marshall Scholar, Jonathan will study health policy, planning, and financing at LSHTM and at LSE.


Nicholas Wellkamp

US University: Georgia Institute of Technology


NickwellkampBorn and raised in Louisville, KY, Nick Wellkamp graduated from Georgia Tech in 2009 with dual degrees in Industrial Engineering and Public Policy. Nick is also a 2009 Truman Scholar, with interests in energy, environmental sustainability, politics, and economics. In addition to serving as student body president at Georgia Tech, he has worked for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Center for American Progress, the US Treasury Department, a political consulting firm, the Louisville Democratic Party, and McKinsey & Company. Nick plans to pursue an MPhil in Economics at Oxford.


Jacob White

US University: Northwestern University


jacobwhiteJacob White, of Portland, OR, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University in 2009 with a degree in History. Passionate about understanding and linking together politics, economics, and social policy, Jacob spent two summers working on political campaigns in Oregon, mentored disadvantaged youth for four years at Northwestern, volunteered and studied in war torn Northern Uganda, and since graduating has served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Jacob also studied classics in Greece, and created and led a course in Byzantine History at Northwestern. At Oxford, Jacob will pursue an MPhil in Development Studies.

Bo-Shan Xiang

US University: Wake Forest University


boshanxiangBo-Shan Xiang, of Charlotte, NC, will graduate from Wake Forest University with a BA in Philosophy. His academic interests center around metaethics, experimental philosophy, and social and political philosophy. He has been the President of Wake Forest's Model United Nations team, the leader of a student Bioethics group, and the President of the college Philosophy Club. Formerly a biology major, Bo-Shan has conducted research in chemical sensation, computational biophysics, healthcare sociology, environmental philosophy, and metaethics. He will pursue an MPhil in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews.