US University: Auburn University
Patrick Donnan, from Auburn, Alabama, will graduate from Auburn University in May 2014 with degrees in Physics and Music with a minor in Mathematics. A Goldwater Scholar, he has conducted research on antihydrogen and Rydberg atoms at Auburn and ultracold plasmas at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems in Dresden, Germany. Patrick is an avid promoter of undergraduate research and is active in the Society of Physics Students. He plays the bassoon in the Auburn Symphonic Winds, Community Orchestra, Woodwind Quintet, and Bassoon Ensemble. Patrick will pursue a DPhil in Atomic and Laser Physics at Oxford.
US University: Yale University
Natalia Emanuel studied economics at Yale, largely focusing on issues of domestic policy. Her thesis explored foster care's effect on maltreated children. She has worked in the Commissioner's Office at the NYC Department of Correction and taught inmates in a New Haven jail. During her 2011-2012 gap year, she worked for Professor Jeffrey Liebman, implementing Social Impact Bonds for Massachusetts aimed at reducing youth recidivism. Following graduation, she worked for Professors Claudia Goldin and Lawrence Katz, exploring the emergence of the gender-based wage gap over the career trajectory.
US University: Stanford University
Mailyn Fidler, from Bloomington, Indiana, attends Stanford, where she studies the intersection of technology and policy. She completed a thesis on governance of the "Internet of Things," interviewing experts in eight countries. Her second thesis investigates security implications of the global trade in "zero-day" software exploits. Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, Fidler was a policy consultant at Google and interned at the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration. She founded the Stanford Computer Science & Society speaker series and co-founded the Stanford Journal of Public Health. At Oxford, Fidler plans to pursue an MPhil in International Relations.
US University: Northwestern University
Chelsea Glenn graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University. A Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar, she researches consumer credit in Mexico City. She held fellowships at the Northwestern Center for Civic Engagement and Center for Global Engagement and directed the Northwestern Conference on Human Rights. Her past internships include Human Rights Watch and Institute for Human Development, a Bolivian NGO. Her interest in development led her to Ethiopia to research refugee camp economies and the London School of Economics. She plans to pursue an MSc in Economics for Development at the University of Oxford.
US University: United States Air Force Academy
Bradford Hackert, an enlisted veteran, conducted counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He will graduate from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Political Science. He traveled to Eastern Europe to study Nazi and Soviet occupation and oppression, provided humanitarian relief in Japan and Haiti, and competed as a decathlete. He plans to pursue a MA in War Studies and a MA in Public Policy at King’s College. Brad aspires to understand holistically the changing character of warfare in the 21st century and apply the correct lessons learned in the future within Special Operations Command.
US University: University of Maryland - College Park
Erin Hylton, of Rockville, MD, will graduate with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. A Udall Scholar, Erin interned at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, led her campus chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and conducted research on hydroelectric development in the Amazon. She has competed as a national level gymnast and enjoys practicing capoeira. Currently, she is studying Portuguese as a Boren Scholar in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In the UK, Erin will pursue an MSc in Hydrology at Imperial College London and in Water Science, Policy and Management at the University of Oxford.