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Kobi Felton

US University: North Carolina State University

Kobi Felton is a resident of Raleigh, NC. He will graduate from NC State University as a Park Scholar with a degree in Honors Chemical Engineering and a minor in Spanish. He has researched materials with applications ranging from solar cells to jet aircraft. Additionally, he is the co-author of a recent publication and the co-assignee on a patent. In the UK, he will study for an MPhil in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge and an MRes in Nanomaterials at Imperial College London. Kobi is a jazz music and photography enthusiast.

Dakota Foster

US University: Amherst College

Dakota Foster, from Brunswick, Maine, is majoring in Political Science and Asian Languages/Civilizations at Amherst College.  She has focused academically and professionally on issues of national security and foreign policy.  In pursuit of these interests, Dakota has studied abroad and volunteered in the Middle East and done extensive research on terror groups, sectarian conflict, and radicalization, including a thesis on the intersection of terrorism, the state, and religion.  She has also interned at the Combating Terrorism Center, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and the Washington Institute.  Dakota is a Truman Scholar and intends to pursue a career in the U.S. government.  As a Marshall Scholar, Dakota will pair an MA in War Studies from King’s College with an MSc in International Relations from the LSE.

Valerie Gutmann

US University: University of Chicago

Valerie Gutmann, from Long Grove, Illinois, graduated from the University of Chicago with an honors degree in Sociology. Her research considers domestic social welfare policy and the impact that such policies have on vulnerable populations. Valerie also co-founded the public art non-profit South Side in Focus, which uses photography and oral histories to amplify the voices of residents of the south side of Chicago. She received a human rights grant to work with low-income tenants in eviction court and is currently working as a reporting analyst at a contractor of the Chicago Housing Authority.

Aasha Jackson

US University: Brown University

Aasha Jackson is currently a Policy Associate in the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at the United States Agency for International Development. Originally from Bay Shore, New York, she graduated with honors from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies.  Aasha was a 2017 nominee for 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders. As a Marshall Scholar, she will pursue an MPhil in Public Policy at the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Klaudia Jazwinska

US University: Lehigh University

Klaudia Jazwinska from East Rutherford, New Jersey, will graduate from Lehigh University with a degree in journalism and global studies. She is the editor in chief of her university’s newspaper, works for Lehigh Valley's community National Public Radio station, and has interned for a variety of media organizations, both domestically and abroad. Klaudia is interested in all facets of the journalism industry, particularly the recent push for data-driven investigative storytelling. She also spent the summer of 2017 researching the effects of social media algorithm-induced echo-chambers on American politics. A Polish-American first-generation university student, Klaudia is passionate about investigating complex social issues, and plans to study Computational and Data Journalism at Cardiff University, and International Relations and Politics at Cambridge.

Ben Johnson

US University: Georgetown University

Ben Johnson is a proud native of the Pacific Northwest city of Seattle. He recently graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies with an honors degree in Human Science and is currently enrolled as a medical student at the Johns Hopkins University. In college, he worked as an EMT, founded a student mental health organization, and researched social isolation and space exploration microbiology. To advance his passions in spaceflight, medicine, and mental health, Ben plans to study Human Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Edinburgh and Space Physiology and Health at King’s College London. He has a love for adventure, enjoying SCUBA, skydiving, hiking, sailing, traveling and meeting new people.

Elizabeth Keto

US University: Harvard University

Elizabeth Keto studies History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University. She has experience in education and curatorial work at the National Gallery of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and she is a director of the Harvard Student Art Show. She is an editor at The Harvard Crimson, the college’s newspaper, and The Harvard Advocate, its literary quarterly. This fall, she will pursue Master’s degrees in Art History and Curating the Art Museum at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She plans to pursue a career as a curator, with a focus on working for more equal representation of artists of all identities in museums.

Rebecca Kuang

US University: Georgetown University

Rebecca Kuang studies Chinese history at Georgetown University, focusing on military history, collective memory and the legacy of traumas in Chinese society. She spent a gap year teaching debate and rhetoric to high school students in China, during which she wrote the first novel in a trilogy that is being published by HarperCollins. She has a passion for teaching: she has been an instructor at summer debate institutes for five years running, and leads a mentor group for Georgetown sophomores interested in creative writing


Jamie Kwong

US University: University of Southern California

Pasadena, California native Jamie Kwong is a Warren Bennis scholar and Schaeffer Government Service fellow at the University of Southern California, where she majors in international relations while concurrently pursuing a master's in public diplomacy. She interned at the State Department’s Office of WMD Terrorism and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and currently serves as a Korean Studies Institute Fellow researching North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. Jamie plans on earning a PhD in War Studies at King’s College London with the long-term goal of helping the world move towards nuclear disarmament.