US University: Wesleyan University
Solomon "Zully" Adler graduated first in his class from Wesleyan University with a BA in Modern European History. On campus, Zully helped edit the Historical Narratives journal, organized experimental concerts with the Underdog collective, and instructed students on typesetting and letterpress printing. Upon graduating, Zully travelled to fifteen countries as a Watson Fellow, studying independent music and print. Zully also runs Goaty Tapes, a cassette-based record label and edits House Rules, a journal dedicated to do-it-yourself media and community arts. As a Marshall Scholar, Zully will study Visual History at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Oxford.
US University: United States Naval Academy
From Seattle, Washington, R. Quinton Allen will graduate from the United States Naval Academy and receive his commission in the United States Marine Corps in May of 2013. Quinton's interests in financial literacy and Spanish have led him to the Dominican Republic and Chile for global service learning projects and cultural immersion. In addition to tutoring at a local middle school and having played Varsity Navy Sprint Football for four years, Quinton is currently the 19th Company Commander, responsible for the performance, morale and well-being of 150 Midshipmen. Quinton will pursue an MA in Public Policy from King's College London.
US University: Boston College
New Hampshire native Aditya Ashok graduated in 2012 from the Presidential Scholars Program at Boston College with degrees in History and Biology. A Truman Scholar, he has been involved in AIDS activism both at local and national levels. He has worked in the biology department at Boston College, the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, as well as the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations and Health Disparities. Since graduating, Aditya has interned at the White House's Office of National AIDS Policy and worked at the National Institutes of Health. He hopes to pursue a public service career improving our healthcare system.
US University: Harvard University
Aditya Balasubramanian studies history and economics at Harvard. His thesis explores market liberalism in India. He took last year off from Harvard to work at the Poverty Action Lab, investigating the effect of information campaigns on voter and politician behaviour in New Delhi slums. He has worked at an Argentine microfinance NGO, served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard International Review, and compiled the Harvard Crimson's 50 Successful Harvard Application Essays book. He is research assistant to Amartya Sen and associate of the Harvard-Cambridge Center for History and Economics. He will pursue the MSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics at the LSE.
US University: Washington University in St. Louis
Alex Baron earned degrees in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. After graduating in 2010, he conducted education research in Taiwan's Center for Education Research and Evaluation as a Henry Luce Scholar. Since returning to the United States in 2011, Alex has worked as a preschool and kindergarten teacher at a KIPP charter school in Washington DC, building on his previous teaching experiences at Phillips Exeter Academy summer school in 2009, St. Louis public schools in 2010, and Taipei public schools in 2011. He plans to study early childhood education and education policy at Oxford.
US University: University of Texas - Austin
Born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Boulder, Colorado, William Berdanier will graduate with honors degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2013. A Goldwater Scholar, Will has researched theoretical condensed matter and plasma physics at Texas, the University of Wzburg and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Will is an avid violinist, having founded the Dean's Scholars Honors Program String Quartet. As a Council Member for Dean's Scholars, Will led the Advanced Placement tutoring outreach program and the Distinguished Lecture Series. He will pursue Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge.
US University: Georgetown University
New York City native Ben Buchanan graduated a year early from Georgetown University, majoring in Government and minoring in Arabic and English. He currently is a Master's candidate at Georgetown in Security Studies concentrating on the intersection of technology and strategy. He has interned at the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Counterterrorism Bureau of the New York Police Department, and the ABC News investigative team. At King's College London, he will pursue a DPhil in War Studies, focusing on how cyberspace impacts national strategy. Ben is also a volunteer EMT with the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service, an amateur videogame designer, and a fan of dogs, football, and Italian food.
US University: University of Connecticut
Connecticut native Ethan Butler graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. An Udall Scholar, Portz Fellow and avid member of Engineers Without Borders, Ethan is passionate about working at the intersection of social and environmental justice. His University Scholar's thesis was on an emerging water treatment technology for emergency and refugee camp relief. At Imperial College London, Ethan will pursue an MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering. He hopes to develop novel appropriate technological solutions for water and energy issues in the developing world and empower local entrepreneurs to distribute these solutions.