2017 Scholars A-E

Bailey Anderson
US University: University of Texas Austin

Bailey Anderson, a native of Bowie, Texas, will graduate from the University of Texas with a degree in Geography. As a NOAA Hollings Scholar and Killam Fellow, Bailey has worked to develop a broad understanding of water rights and science. She has conducted research with the National Weather Service, the Texas Water Development Board, and on campus. She is interested in exploring the effects of climate change on flood events and their implications for human populations. Bailey plans to read for an MPhil Water Science, Policy and Management at the University of Oxford.

Abraham Axler
US University: University of Virginia

Abraham Axler is from New York City. He will graduate from the University of Virginia in 2017 as a Jefferson Scholar, with a degree in Government and Foreign Affairs Honours. His thesis focused on voter perceptions of transgender candidates for public office. Out of the classroom, he served as Student Body President, Class President, and as a moderator for Sustained Dialogue. After completing his studies in the UK, he intends to return to New York City to work on issues of welfare particularly special education and disability.  Abraham plans to study Politics and Communication at LSE.

Julius Bright-Ross
US University: Harvard University

Born in Woodstock, NY, Julius Bright-Ross is a senior studying Integrative Biology at Harvard University. Julius is dedicated to conservation. He co-founded the Harvard College Conservation Society, which allows undergraduates the ability to offer their talents to conservation organisations. Through his efforts, they have helped Conservation International with Marine protection efforts in Suriname and are currently assisting the World Wildlife Fund crowd source reports on the effects of climate change in rural communities around the globe. As a 2016 Herchel-Smith Fellow, Julius is currently conducting research for his senior thesis on the effect of supplemental feeding stations (from hunters) and changing snow patterns on row deer habitat selection in the Italian Alps. As a Marshall Scholar, Julius will pursue a DPhil at the University of Oxford, where he hopes to use the experience to accomplish his goal of developing a global network of conservation efforts that rely on a local knowledge-and-engagement approach to biodiversity conservation.

Rebecca Boslough
US University: University of Montana

Rebecca Boslough, from Helena, Montana, is a graduate in resource conservation from the University of Montana. She is a 2014-015 CBYX Fellow and is currently completing a Truman-Albright Fellowship, where she works on climate and outdoor education policies and communications as a Natural Resource Specialist at the US Forest Service. This Fall, she will travel to the UK to pursue an MSc in Climate Change and Environmental at the University of Leeds and Forest Management at the University of Aberdeen.


Seamus Caragher
US University: Georgetown University

Seamus Caragher, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Georgetown University, where he studied neurobiology. His undergraduate research focused on the molecular changes underlying opioid addiction. In addition to his research, Seamus performed advocacy work in Congress to create new pre-medical student shadow programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He currently works at the Lurie Cancer Center, at Northwestern University, investigating brain cancer and potential therapeutics. In the UK, Seamus plans to study Cancer Sciences at the University of Glasgow and Technology Policy at the University of Cambridge.

Matthew Cavuto
US University: MIT

Matthew Cavuto, from Skillman, New Jersey, is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and concentrating in Biomechanics and Biomedical Devices at MIT.  Since working with amputees in a rehabilitation hospital, Matthew has always had a special interest in prosthetic and assistive technologies.  In addition to designing a patent pending prosthetic device for the developing world, Matthew is a varsity fencer and competitive ballroom dancer for MIT. As a Marshall Scholar, Matthew will first earn a degree Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London, studying prosthetic neurotechnology, before heading to University of Cambridge, where he will lead a project intent on designing an exoskeleton to combat paralysis

Bill De La Rosa
US University: Bowdoin College

Tuscon, AZ native Bill De La Rosa, is a recent graduate of Bowdoin College with a BA in Sociology and Latin American Studies. A Mexican-American, first-generation college student, Bill has focused his academic efforts on examining the human consequences of border security and migration, completing a thesis on the subject through two summers of ethnographic research along the Arizona-Sonora border while serving as an American delegate for the United States-Mexico Forum for Cooperation, Understanding and Solidarity. Among his many accomplishments, Bill has been named a Gates Millennium Scholar, a Harry S. Truman Scholar and in 2016, was named the Hispanic Scholar of the Year by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Bill’s interest on the issues of migration and border security will continue in the UK, where he plans to pursue an MSc in Migration Studies and a DPhil in International Development at the University of Oxford.

David Elitzer
US University: Brown University

David Elitzer is from New York City and will graduate from Brown University with a BA in Archaeology. He has worked at the intersection of museums, foreign affairs, and cultural heritage through jobs and internships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the U.S. Army, International Journal of Cultural Property, and a U.S. State Department supported project that monitors cultural heritage destruction in Iraq and Syria. As a Marshall Scholar, David will study both foreign policy and cultural heritage at UCL in order to investigate the role of cultural heritage in military and political conflicts.

Joani Etskovitz
US University: Princeton University

Joani Etskovitz, from Pennsylvania, will graduate from Princeton University with an AB in English Literature and minors in Humanistic and European Cultural Studies. She uses her research on Victorian girls’ intellectual agency to inspire academic libraries’ public engagement towards children’s literacy. Joani has helped curate exhibitions and lead outreach at the Library of Congress YRC, Cotsen Children’s Library, and Penn Museum. A Marshall and Beinecke Scholar, she will pair Oxford’s MSt in English Language and Literature (1830-1914) with King’s College London’s MA in English Literature (1850-present). Outside of the library, Joani directs Princeton’s Humanities Mentorship Program and sings in the Glee Club.