Scholar Names I-M

Wei ‘David’ Jia
US University: Stanford University

Wei JiaA native of Gainesville, FL, David Jia graduated from Stanford University in 2013 where he studied mathematics, computer science, and poetry. He has conducted research on connectomics at MIT and computer systems at Stanford. A serial entrepreneur, David has founded or co-founded several companies, winning the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Award in Web and Information Technology and the MIT Linked Data Prize. He is currently an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford University. In his spare time, David writes poetry and is active in the sport of powerlifting. As a Marshall Scholar, David will study Neuroscience at the University of Oxford.



Catherine Koch
US University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Catherine CochCleveland native Kate Koch is a Biology major with a passion for research and visual arts at MIT. She has conducted research at the Cleveland Clinic, MIT and the European Molecular Biology Lab in Rome, Italy. Currently, she works in David Sabatini's lab at the Whitehead Institute conducting cancer metabolism research. Her long-term goal is to complete an MD/PhD and become a physician-scientist. At Oxford, she will complete an MSc in Radiation Biology. Outside of academics, Kate is a goalie on the men's ice hockey team at MIT and enjoys photography, running and traveling.



 Dixon Li
US University: Princeton University

Dixon LiDixon Li will graduate from Princeton University with a degree in English and minors in African-American Studies and American Studies. Interested in overlaps between art, philosophy, and social justice, Dixon is writing a senior thesis on race and the senses. On campus he is involved with the University Art Museum, the University Writing Center, the center for Civic Engagement, and the LGBTQ center. He plans to study forms of reparation in psychoanalysis and political theory while at Queen Mary's of London and notions of orientation and inclination while at Goldsmith's College. He enjoys writing, design, running, cooking, kitsch, and tea.



Brandon Liu
US University: Harvard University

Brandon LiuBrandon Liu, from San Jose, California, will graduate from Harvard with a degree in computer science. He founded Tech in the World, a global health fellowship for top computer science students, and built Remindavax, an electronic medical record system deployed in rural India. Brandon worked at various technology startups and was Chief Information Officer at Kensho Technologies. His academic work includes leading Harvard's competitive programming team, serving as a teaching fellow for Harvard's algorithms course, and conducting research in development economics and computer science. He plans to study development studies at SOAS and history and philosophy of science at Cambridge.



Colleen Loynachan
US University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

LoynachanA native of Los Angeles, Colleen Loynachan will graduate from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. Fascinated by the way nanotechnology is revolutionizing medicine, Loynachan plans to use her materials science background to design disease therapies. A Goldwater Scholar, she has undertaken research on infectious disease at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, fuel cell technologies at UCLA, deformation of nanoscale materials at Caltech, and hydrogel tissue expanders while studying abroad at University of Oxford. Her current research project, in the Bioelectronics group at MIT, involves designing minimally invasive treatments for neurological disorders. She will bring her passion for science and outreach to Imperial College London while pursuing an MRes in Biomedical Research. Colleen enjoys improvisational tap dancing, darkroom photography, and rowing.

Matthew McMillan
US University: Wheaton College

Matthew McMillanMatthew McMillan will graduate from Wheaton College, Illinois, with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Physics and an honors thesis on embedded contact homology. At Wheaton, Matthew designed signal conditioning electronics to study magnetic reconnection in plasmas and presented the results at national meetings of the American Physical Society. He modeled neutral beams in fusion reactors at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, studied measure theory and quantum logic in Budapest, and explored symplectic embedding problems at UC Berkeley. Matthew plans to take Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at Cambridge and the MSt in Philosophy of Physics at Oxford.