US University: University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
Jonathan Naber is the Field Director in Latin America for Illini Prosthetic Technologies (IPT), a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing and distributing affordable prosthetic arms to amputees living in poverty worldwide. He founded the organization in August 2008 while an engineering student and served as its President until January 2012, when he volunteered for his current mission in Central America. Jonathan recently founded the Amputados Unidos movement in Guatemala, which is an amputee support group that is growing in Latin America. Jonathan earned his BS in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois.
US University: Princeton University
Jake Nebel, of Winter Park, FL, will graduate Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton with an AB in Philosophy and a certificate in Values and Public Life. His research has focused on our understanding of the good, the nature of obligation, and our duties to future generations. Passionate about philosophy's contribution to moral progress, Jake has worked with international organizations dedicated to reducing global poverty, preventing catastrophic risks, and promoting high-impact ethical careers. He is a curriculum director at the nation's largest institute for Lincoln-Douglas debate, and the Harvard National Invitational named its championship trophy in his honor. He served as president of his fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, and has been to five Phish concerts. Jake plans to read for the BPhil at Oxford.
US University: Harvard University
Alex Palmer graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 2012 with a degree in Social Studies and a language citation in Spanish. Selected for Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, Alex has been active in public service around the world. At Harvard, he co-founded the first undergraduate organization dedicated to reintegrating veterans. He has volunteered in Venezuela, Kenya, and the West Bank, and founded a non-profit that provides educational opportunities for children in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya. Alex has also published articles on topics ranging from Kenyan politics to American global strategy, and he is an avid triathlete and documentary photographer.
US University: Abilene Christian University
Brittany Partridge, a Minnesota native, graduated from Abilene Christian University with a B.A. in Political Science. A Truman Scholar, she co-founded the Red Thread Movement, an international initiative combating human trafficking. Furthering her involvement in this issue, Brittany was a U.S. Department of State intern, Polaris Project fellow, and volunteered abroad with a Nepalese organization addressing trafficking in Southeast Asia. She has given presentations about human trafficking at multiple universities, including Princeton and Cornell, and contributed to CNN and mtvU's anti-trafficking campaigns. She plans to study International Public Policy and Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism at University College London.
US University: Rice University
Rahul will graduate from Rice University with degrees in Bioengineering and Economics. A Goldwater and Truman Scholar, he has conducted biomedical research at Rice and MD Anderson in Houston, science/technology policy for NSF in Washington, healthcare policy with WHO in Geneva, and global health technology development in Malawi. Rahul serves as Senior Fellow in Health Policy for the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, has designed award-winning medical devices, and teaches an undergraduate course on public policy. He also coauthored several peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, while presenting at numerous national/international conferences. Rahul plans to study Biomedical Engineering at Oxford and Health Policy at LSE.
US University: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Spencer Smith, of Holland, Michigan, earned a B.S. with highest distinction from the University of Michigan, where he studied economics and mathematics. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and won the Jonathan Ferrando Prize in economics for best undergraduate thesis and student. After graduation, Spencer moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the Brookings Institution and the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center. He now works for the President's Council of Economic Advisers at the White House. Spencer completed four triathlons this year. He plans to study economics at Oxford.
US University: Princeton University
Victoria Solomon will graduate from Princeton University with a BSE in Electrical Engineering. She is collaborating with a foundation called Technology Against ALS to develop an affordable communication device for ALS patients. In 2009, Victoria co-authored Those People: Outsiders Welcomed to Manna on Main Street to tell the heartwarming stories of food pantry clients. A Coca-Cola Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, she enjoys walking backwards as a university tour guide, singing, juggling, and making people smile.
US University: Brandeis University
A native of Arlington, Texas, Liz will graduate from Brandeis University with majors in English and sociology, and a minor in Near Eastern & Judaic studies. Liz's primary focus is the formation of Christian ethical responses to issues surrounding disability, with special attention to Christian authors of late antiquity. Liz has served on the board of directors of a local homeless shelter and, in her freshman year, founded a program that provides hundreds of meals per month to homeless persons in Waltham. Liz has researched in Germany and Switzerland, and looks forward to earning an MPhil in Christian ethics at Oxford.
US University: Georgia Institute of Technology
Jacob Tzegaegbe, of Snellville, Georgia, is a 2011 graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. In May 2012, Jacob will complete his M.S. in Civil Engineering conducting research on Bus Rapid Transit in African cities. He has been recognized as the National Society of Black Engineers Distinguished Undergraduate Engineer of the Year, Omicron Delta Kappa National Circle Leader of the Year, and was named 2011-2012 Mr. Georgia Tech. Jacob plans to pursue a PhD in Planning Studies at University College London while researching context-sensitive design for major transportation infrastructure projects in developing countries.
US University: Montana State University - Bozeman
Bryan Vadheim will graduate with majors in Chemical Engineering and Economics at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. A Montana native, Bryan has long been interested in natural resources, and during his undergraduate career Bryan became involved several projects focusing on water sanitation and policy. He hopes to continue combining engineering and economics by pursuing an MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science, followed by an MSc in Water: Science and Governance at King's College London. He aspires to use his graduate education to power further research into natural resource allocation in developing nations.
US University: Brown University
Nick Werle of Brooklyn, New York graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2010 with a double concentration in Physics and Modern Critical Philosophy. His research interests include the philosophy of physics, macroeconomics, the history of science, and financial economics. Nick taught middle school engineering programs, high school economics, and college writing before moving to the Manhattan District Attorney's Major Economic Crimes Bureau as an investigative analyst. An advocate for financial market reform, Nick will pursue MSc degrees in Economic Policy at University College London and the Management and Regulation of Risk at the London School of Economics.