US University: University of Nevada-Reno
Reno native Max Alderman graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Nevada-Reno with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science. A Thompson, National Merit, and Carrie Layman Scholar, Max focuses on twentieth-century continental philosophy and compared the early ontology of Jean-Paul Sartre to Emmanuel Levinas' metaphysics in his honor's thesis. At Warwick University, he will pursue an MPhil in philosophy. Max is a two-time national champion of collegiate parliamentary debate, as well as the 2011 Debate All-American and a US Department of State Critical Language Scholar. Outside the classroom, he enjoys art, theater, LGBTQ activism, and eating massive amounts of cookies.
US University: Rice University
Kareem Ayoub will graduate a bioengineer from Rice University in May 2012. Kareem has explored how science is practiced globally through fellowships in China and the University of Oxford, and is passionate about science collaboration. He founded a national science youth leadership and outreach organization in order to foster public understanding of and participation in science. His research on developing advanced neuroimaging techniques to understand neurological disorders will lead Kareem to pursue studies in Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. Ultimately, Kareem seeks to pursue a career as an academic physician, building off international experiences to advance science and medicine.
US University: Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Wendi Bacon studied Biochemistry and Spanish at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, completing honors projects in both majors. She became interested in blood cancers after researching multiple myeloma at Duke University Medical Center. She then spent a summer in the University of Cambridge hematology department, where she initiated what will be her Marshall PhD project researching infant leukemia. A black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do, she created and taught a martial arts program at her local Boys & Girls Club in Geneva, led an alternative spring break trip to Nicaragua, studied in Madrid, Spain, and analyzed linguistic anomalies in Spanish dubbed film.
US University: United States Naval Academy
A native of Rochester, Minnesota, Ian Cameron will graduate from the United States Naval Academy and will receive his commission in the United States Marine Corps in May of 2012. At the Naval Academy, Ian serves as the President of the Class of 2012, sings tenor in the Glee Club, and runs marathons. His interest in Arabic language and culture has led him throughout the Middle East including Tahrir Square where he witnessed the Egyptian revolution in January 2011. Ian will pursue an MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony's College, Oxford.
US University: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Alex Carney will graduate from the University of Michigan in April with a degree in mathematics. A Goldwater and Astronaut scholar, he has multiple publications in the field of number theory. He performs on violin as a soloist and with multiple orchestras, and serves as small ensembles director of the Michigan Pops Orchestra, where he directs the string orchestra. Alex placed 7th overall in the 2010 Detroit Marathon and has never lost a chocolate milk mile race. He plans to study the history of science, medicine and technology at Oxford and mathematics at Cambridge.
US University: Princeton University
Christina Chang, of Austin, TX, will graduate from Princeton University with an A.B. in Chemistry. A U.S. Presidential Scholar and Goldwater Scholar, Christina has conducted research in genomics/bioinformatics, photovoltaics, and molecular catalysis. Following a passion for encouraging others to pursue science, Christina has established many campus scientific communities and an after-school mentoring program for underserved middle-school students. She enjoys running, reading Spanish literature, and playing piano. Christina will pursue Master's degrees in Sustainable Energy at Imperial College London and Chemistry at Cambridge University. Her primary career goal is to address the global energy crisis through scientific research and public engagement.
Kendyl Crawley Crawford
US University: Hampton University
Kendyl Crawley Crawford will graduate from Hampton University in May with a B.S. in Marine and Environmental Science. She loves volunteering her time to get students excited about sustainability and the environment. She was recognized by the City of Hampton as well as the Women of Color magazine for her leadership in environmental education, such as the Our Planet Our Time! 2011 Teen Environmental Conference. Kendyl plans to pursue a M.Sc. in Environment, Science and Society at UCL with the eventual goal of finding solutions that will allow earth's resources and environmental risks to be better shared by all people regardless of income, race or nationality.