Scholar Names L-R

Katherine McDaniel
US University: Yale University

Katherine McDaniel graduated from Yale in 2014 with a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Her thesis research, conducted at Yale and the Weizmann Institute in Israel, explored bacterial group behavior as a potential drug target. Her interest in health has taken her from the U.S. as a Spanish clinical interpreter, to Ecuador as co-director of Student Partnerships for Global Health, and most recently to Cambodia, where she is a Luce Scholar at Buddhism for Development. These experiences have inspired her current research on how to prepare students for global health engagement. Katherine enjoys social dancing, singing, and knitting.



Sarah Mohamed
US University: University of California - Berkeley

Sarah Mohamed graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2014. She studied Political Science and Comparative Literature, with particular focus on transitional justice and post-colonial literature. Sarah was a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University in 2013 and is currently the Program Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. She plans to pursue the M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oxford.


Sarah Norvell
US University: Yale University

A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Sarah will graduate from Yale University with a B.A. and an M.A. in Classics. Her interests include Greek and Roman historiography, Greek hexameter poetry, and the material culture of the Eastern Mediterranean. She interns as a Goodyear Fellow in the Conservation and Ancient Art Departments of the Yale University Art Gallery. Sarah intends to study Greek and Roman History at Oxford, where she will explore how mythicized histories become integral to socio-political identities in the ancient world. A keen classical musician, Sarah also performs with the Yale Glee Club and the Opera Theatre of Yale College.



Ashton Richardson
US University: Auburn University

Ashton Richardson, of New Orleans, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in animal sciences from Auburn University.  As a linebacker for the Auburn Football team, Ashton was named the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and was selected for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bobby Bowden Award. He has conducted research on forage conservation strategies using vaccines, equine orthopedic prosthesis, and the connections between human and animal health disparities. Ashton is currently a veterinary student at Texas A&M University and also serves on the Texas Veterinary Medicine Foundation Board of Trustees. He enjoys mentoring children, exercising, and riding horses.


Miranda Rizzolo
US University: Yale University

California native Miranda Rizzolo is a double major in English and Theater Studies at Yale University. She interned at the Los Angeles Review of Books and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. At Yale, she has acted in fourteen productions under student, faculty, and professional directors. She herself recently directed The Importance of Being Earnest in the Yale Repertory Theatre. Her interdisciplinary senior thesis will explore a feminist interpretation of Kate in Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Miranda also served as president of Yale UNICEF and works with New Haven Reads and Camp Kesem. She will pursue an MA in classical acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.


Ryan Roco
US University: University of New Mexico

Ryan studies political science, philosophy, and Asian studies. A Truman Scholar and social activist, he is interested in peace and conflict processes. He has worked extensively in Burma and Thailand amidst civil war, sectarian violence, and forced migration. His research and reportage as an investigator, photographer, and documentary filmmaker have been widely published by international news and humanitarian organizations. He plans to strengthen his regional expertise in South East Asia by studying politics, history, and Burmese language at the School of Oriental and African Studies.