Scholar Names A-C

Nicholas Ader
US University: Villanova University

Originally from Clarence Center, NY , Nicholas Ader studied biochemistry and biology at Villanova University, with a minor in history. As a Goldwater and DAAD RISE Scholar, Nicholas has engaged in numerous research opportunities both at Villanova and abroad. Outside of his academics, Nicholas served as Co-Chair of Back on My Feet (BoMF) at Villanova, a service group that helps residents of Philadelphia temporary homeless shelters to use running to get both literally and figuratively back on their feet. He plans to study the molecular and cellular basis of neurodegenerative diseases as they relate to protein folding.



Gavin Baird
US University: California State University - Fresno

Gavin Baird graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Fresno, where he studied Political Science and Economics. As a research assistant, he is co-authoring reports on tax-increment financing, interwar British politics, and is co-editing a textbook on California politics. Gavin plans to pursue an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in order to better understand the political implications of mass migration. He became passionate about the process of migrant integration during his time as a high school volleyball player and coach, where many of his players were the children of refugees.


Christopher Birmingham
US University: Gonzaga University

Chris Birmingham, hailing from Tacoma, WA, will graduate from Gonzaga University with an Honors degree in Electrical Engineering. He has conducted research at Georgia Tech with the Healthcare Robotics Lab using robots to assist the disabled and at Boeing developing advanced automated manufacturing techniques. Invited as a junior to both the Tau Beta Pi and Alpha Sigma Nu honor societies, he is the President of the Robotics Club and Vice-Chair of the student IEEE chapter at Gonzaga. At the University of Bristol, he plans to pursue a PhD in Robotics while continuing his research in Assistive Robotics.



Morgan Breene
US University: University of Rhode Island

Morgan Breene graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island. Her focus is underwater archaeology, and she has participated in fieldwork in Israel, Bermuda, and the US. Morgan's current research interests are the Napoleonic Wars in the Mediterranean. She is completing a graduate certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing and working as a research assistant on a National Parks Service project to reinterpret coastal parks in the Northeast from a maritime perspective. During her Marshall, Morgan will pursue an MA in Maritime Archaeology at the University of Southampton and an MA in European History at University College London.



Hope Bretscher
US University: University of Chicago

Hope Bretscher, from Ballwin, Missouri, is a fourth year physics major and human rights minor at the University of Chicago. Hope runs on varsity cross country and track at UChicago and leads the campus Women in Science organization. Hope is very active in the south Chicago community, serving on the Faith in Action team at Urban Village Church and in the Prayers for a Trauma Center civic action group. During college, she has been actively engaged in scientific research, studying lithium ion batteries under Professor Axelbaum at Washington University, and is currently researching Diamond Nitrogen Vacancies under Professor David Awschalom.



Jacob Calvert
US University: University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign

Jacob Calvert will graduate from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Mathematics. A Goldwater Scholar, he has spent three years developing experimental and computational tools for characterizing genome dynamics and other complex phenomena, such as neuronal synchronization. Outside of the lab, Jacob introduces K-12 students to engineering concepts, develops a biostatistics course for his home department, and serves his college as a student consultant on teaching. Jacob will study for an MSc in Mathematical Sciences at Bristol University, in hopes of making exact the intuitive similarities seen between living things.