Kamille Adair

Kamille Adair

Jamaica & Mansfield 2012

Current place of residence: Greater Portmore, Jamaica

University: Norman Manley Law School, University of the West Indies

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (2009); Legal Education Certificate (2011)

Other Information: Kamille is passionate about human and social development, in particular the advancement of women.  She recently won a Certificate of Merit for her studies at the Norman Manley Law School and participated in the world's largest mooting competition, the Jessup International Law Mooting Competition in 2011, and earned the award as part of the 'Best New Team'.  She was Vice-President of the Norman Manley Law School Human Rights Committee, Secretary of the Students' Association Executive and Special Projects Coordinator for the Assembly Hall youth Group.  She also mentors with youth ministries, is a children and teens camp counsellor, and plays netball. Long-term Kamille plans to pursue a career in International Law.

Mohit Agrawal

Mohit Agrawal

Indiana & St John's 2012

Current place of residence: Galway, Ireland

University:
Princeton University (2007-2011); National University of Ireland, Galway (2011-2012)

Other Information: Mohit received his B.A. in Mathematics at Princeton and is currently reading for the Master’s in Economic Policy Evaluation and Planning at the National University of Ireland.  Elected early to Phi Beta Kappa and the winner of a Mitchell Scholarship, he was Co-President of Engineers Without Borders and proposed the Ghana School Library Initiative to construct a library in Ashaiman, Ghana.  Mohit also spent a semester at the National University of Singapore and developed tools for anti-cryptology systems for the National Security Agency. 

Aysha N. Bagchi

Aysha N. Bagchi

Texas & Pembroke 2012

Current place of residence: Jerusalem, Israel

University:
Stanford University (2007-2011); Rothberg International School, The Hebrew University (2011-2012)

Other Information: Aysha graduated from Stanford earlier this year, with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and History and Honours in Ethics in Society. She is now studying at the Rothberg International School in Jerusalem.  Aysha served as a member of Stanford’s task force to review undergraduate education, held many roles on the Stanford Daily, and co-founded the Stanford Immigrant Rights Project.  She also received major Stanford prizes for contributions to the university and for her scholarship. 

Eleanor Bath

Eleanor Bath

New South Wales & St John's 2012

Current place of residence:
Sydney

University:
The University of New South Wales

Current/recent course: BA/BSc Advanced Science/Arts

Other Information: Eleanor has taken three majors in her degree at UNSW - Biology, Politics & International Relations, and History; she is currently completing her Honours in Biology.  This year she was awarded the Alton & Neryda Fancourt Chapple Biological Science Award and the Faculty of Science Summer Vacation Research Scholarship - both for academic excellence and independent research.  Eleanor devotes much of her spare time to umpiring hockey at local, state and national level; was named NSW Junior Female Umpire of the Year in 2010 and mentors aspiring umpires and players.  Eleanor has also won numerous Best and Fairest awards in hockey, and Club Bowler of the Year and Best Batting Average for the Universities Women’s Cricket Club.  Eleanor is passionate about research and envisages a long-term career in academia.

Vrinda Bhandari

Vrinda Bhandari

India & Magdalen 2012

Current place of residence: New Delhi

University: National Law School of India University, Bangalore

Current/recent course: B.A./LL.B (Hons)

Other Information: Vrinda is completing the fifth and final year of her law degree. Driven into the study of law by her keen interest in using the legal system as a tool for social change in India, she has already published a number of articles.  Besides her course-work, Vrina has acted as Chief Editor of the Socio-Legal Review and Editor for the Indian Journal for Alternate Dispute Resolution.  An accomplished debater, she was named Best Overall Memorandum and Semifinalist at the 12th International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot in Singapore, Third Best Speaker at the 8th D.M. Harish GLC International Moot Court Competition in Mumbai in 2008 and was a Speaker on the Oxford and Cambridge Inter-Varsity Parliamentary Debate  Tournament in 2009. A keen sportswoman, Vrinda was five times a Delhi State basketball player participating in the National Championships (2002-2007) and last year she achieved 4th place in the Bangalore Midnight Half Marathon, running 21.1km in 2 hours.  Her career ambition is to contribute to a judicial system which provides equal access and timely justice for all.

Ziyaad Bhorat

Ziyaad Bhorat

Diocesan College, Rondebosch & St Anne's 2012

Current place of residence: Cape Town

University: University of Cape Town

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Business Science in Management Studies (Law & Economics Honours)

Other Information: Ziyaad is concurrently completing the final year of his Bachelor of Business Science, and his Honours year, specialising in Law and Economics. In addition to his studies, Ziyaad served on the Law Students’ Council, worked closely with the Constitutional Literacy and Service Initiative, an outreach programme teaching principles of Constitutional Law to under-resourced and disadvantaged schools in Cape Town, co-ordinated the Lexis Nexis Bar Exposure Program, was served as UCT project co-ordinator for the National High School Moots Competition.  To stay fit, Ziyaad enjoys playing squash, swimming and weight-training with friends. Ziyaad hopes to pursue a career in South Africa as an economist and lawyer in order to shape effective public policy in competition law and economics.

Felix Binder

Felix Binder

Germany & St Edmund Hall 2012

Current place of residence: Oxford, UK

University: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München; Center for Digital Technology and Management

Current/recent course: Diplom, Physics; Honours Degree in Technology Management

Other information: Felix is simultaneously completing his Honours degree in Technology Management and his Diplom in Physics from LMU.  As part of his studies for the Diplom, Felix spent a year at the EPF Lausanne and has been writing his thesis this year at the University of Oxford, as a visiting student. In addition to his studies, Felix found time to serve as Speaker of the Grüne Hochschulgruppe München (Munich Green Students’ Society) and served as student representative on the University’s governing body.  Felix enjoys mountain sports, is a keen snowboarder, a trained snowboard instructor, and rock climber; he also runs and participates in water and wind sports.  Felix envisages an academic career, combined with entrepreneurial social enterprise.

Alma Brodersen

Alma Brodersen

Germany & St John's 2012

Current place of residence: Munich

University: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Current/recent course: Masters of Arts in Musicology and Protestant Theology

Other Information: Alma is particularly interested in the Psalms, including the differences between the Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint, and she hopes to pursue a career in academia.  She was the Maximilianeum's MCR President in 2009-10 and has organised study tours in Sweden and Scotland for fellow scholarship holders.  Alma is a choir conductor, plays the trumpet, piano and organ, and she is actively involved in a variety of music groups.  She is also an avid ballroom and latin dancer, and enjoys jogging.

Alexis K. Brown

Alexis K. Brown

Wisconsin & New College 2012

Current place of residence: Madison, Wisconsin

University:
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Other Information: Alexis is a senior, majoring in English and History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, she was named the outstanding student in the English department.  She is founder and Editor-in-chief of The Madison Journal of Literary Criticism, and has been an editor and poetry reviewer of The Madison Review.  In addition, Alexis has taught reading and mathematics to children from low-income families and works as a Writing Fellow.  She is also a figure skating instructor and choreographer.

Stephanie J. Bryson

Stephanie J. Bryson

California & St Catherine's 2012

Current place of residence: Washington, DC

University: California State University, Long Beach (2006-2011); Georgetown University (2011-present)

Other Information: Stephanie received her B.A. summa cum laude and as valedictorian from the California State University, Long Beach, in May and is its first Rhodes Scholar.  She majored in International Studies with a concentration in Western Europe, and minored in Political Science.  She is now at Georgetown University pursuing an M.A. in German and European Studies.  Stephanie also spent a year at the Humboldt University in Berlin and interned at the U.S. mission to the European Union in Brussels.  She has trained and supervised lifeguards in Del Mar and has worked in the Wounded Warrior Project and for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Elizabeth W. Butterworth

Elizabeth W. Butterworth

Massachusetts & New College 2012

Current place of residence: Princeton, New Jersey

University:
Princeton University

Other Information:  Liz is currently a senior at Princeton majoring in Classics. Elected early to Phi Beta Kappa, she has received high distinctions in Latin, Greek, history, archaeology, and literature. Liz has worked on excavations in Greece and Italy. She also founded and directed a music program for children from low-income families in Worcester.  Long-term she is interested in arts education and hopes to focus on education studies in Oxford.

Joshua D. Carpenter

Joshua D. Carpenter

Alabama & St Hilda's 2012

Current place of residence: Greensboro, Alabama

University:
The University of Alabama, Birmingham (2006-2010); The University of Alabama (2010-2011)

Other Information: Josh graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a B.S. in Accounting and Economics.  Josh is now a teacher with Teach for America in Marion, Alabama. Committed to education reform, he started a programme to train students to prepare tax returns for low-income families, and taught writing, economics and maths to students in the Birmingham city schools.  Josh also served as a White House intern and co-captained UAB’s mock trial team. 

Cheung Shun Yan Olivia

Cheung Shun Yan Olivia

Hong Kong & St Antony's 2012

Current place of residence: Hong Kong

University: The University of Hong Kong

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Social Sciences (Government and Laws)

Other information: Olivia completed her Bachelor of Social Sciences this summer and is currently volunteering full time for OMF International.  Alongside her studies at HKU, Olivia served as Chairperson of the Hong Kong Model United Nations Conference 2011; a keen debater, she was named Champion and Best Oralist of the Basic Law Mooting (inter-varsity) Competition in 2009; and as Internal Vice Chairperson of the Amnesty International chapter at Li Po Chun, sought to raise Hong Kong students’ awareness of human rights violations in Darfur and Myanmar.  Olivia has volunteered in the service of children in China and Thailand; speaks English, Cantonese and Putonghua fluently and is a beginner in French and Thai. She has interned for the Asian Migrant Centre, the Mekong Migration Network and for legal Chambers in Hong Kong.  Olivia looks forward to pursuing research in the field of comparative politics and to a long-term career in academia.

Nina R.W. Cohen

Nina R.W. Cohen

Pennsylvania & Worcester 2012

Current place of residence: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

University:
Bryn Mawr College

Other Information: Nina is a senior at Bryn Mawr, majoring in Philosophy and French, having taken a Junior Year Abroad at St. Anne’s College, Oxford.  Her thesis focuses on liberalism, republicanism, and the relationship of the individual to the state.  She has been active as a volunteer and tutor, worked for the late Senator Ted Kennedy, and on mental health issues for the Massachusetts legislature and the American Foreign Services Committee.  Nina is a classical musician and is deeply committed to issues of disability. 

Zachary A. Crippen

Zachary A. Crippen

Colorado & Christ Church 2012

Current place of residence: Colorado Springs, Colorado

University: United States Air Force Academy

Other Information: Zach is a senior at the United States Air Force Academy where he concentrates in Foreign Area Studies, in which he has been recognised as the top student. Zach is Vice Wing Commander and ranks second in military class rank. He captained the USAFA’s mock trial team and has studied in Israel and Egypt, and taken military training in Germany. 

Lauren Dancer

Lauren Dancer

Australia-at-Large & St John's 2012

Current place of residence: Sydney

University: Griffith University

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Laws and International Relations (2009); Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (2010)

Other information: Lauren has a keen interest in international human rights, including how the rights of ethnic minorities and indigenous people can be better protected and promoted. She is an active member of the New South Wales Young Lawyers Human Rights and International Law Committees, and the Women Lawyers’ Associations of New South Wales and Queensland.  Lauren has volunteered with the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service and has tutored survivors of trauma and torture.  She has served as President of the Griffith Organising Debating Society and has participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Hong Kong.  Lauren enjoys studying German and French, kayaking, hip hop and afro jazz.

Angela Darby

Angela Darby

Australia-at-Large & Christ Church 2012

Current place of residence: Melbourne

University: The University of Melbourne

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Architectural Studies (2010); Bachelor of Property and Construction and Master of Architecture

Other information: Angela is particularly interested in sustainable development and has recently worked at the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab, a sustainable think-tank in Melbourne.  Angela was the female Australian Modern Pentathlon representative in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and has shared her experiences as a mentor and speaker, including speaking at schools to promote the ‘Kids Try-athlon’ and mentoring the Active Girls Breakfast Initiative in Victoria.  She has also represented the University of Melbourne as the 2010 Australian University Games Women’s Team Captain and managed the Fencing Team at the 2011 Australian University Games, as well as being the recipient of two ‘Full Blue’ awards and one ‘Half Blue’ award in Fencing. In the future, Angela would like to help develop contemporary cities and urban landscapes which reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

Akul Dayal

Akul Dayal

India & Green Templeton 2012

Current place of residence: New Delhi

University: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering

Other Information: Akul is in the final stages of the BTech, focussing on Thermodynamics and Manufacturing Practices.  For recreation Akul looks to sports – especially cricket – and, where possible, combining physical exercise with travel and service.  During the course of his degree he won a series of academic awards and internships which allowed him both to undertake engineering projects and community service in the USA, Japan, and Hong Kong and to indulge his love of physical challenge by climbing Mount Fuji and trekking the Maclehose Trail.  Akul hopes to undertake research in aero-thermal engineering at Oxford and longer-term would like to contribute to developing and designing aerospace technologies.

Andrew Dean

Andrew Dean

New Zealand & New College 2012

Current place of residence: Ashburton

University: University of Canterbury

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (English)

Other Information: Andrew completed his BA with First Class Honours in English in 2010 and has published a number of articles.  Highly proficient in Mandarin Chinese, Andrew has spent three months this year as a solo traveller in the west of China and as a volunteer English teacher in Lanzhou.  Besides volunteer roles in China, Andrew has worked extensively for the Ashburton Safer Community Council with at-risk, underprivileged and abused children, leading a holiday programme primarily funded by Child Youth and Family.  Andrew enjoys playing cricket and coached a team of eight and nine year olds.  At Oxford he plans to continue his academic research within the English Faculty.

Sheiry Dhillon

Sheiry Dhillon

Ontario & Lady Margaret Hall 2012

Current place of residence: Brampton, Ontario

University: McMaster University

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Health Sciences

Other Information: Sheiry is currently completing her final year at McMaster University, specialising in Global Health. She is interested in improving access and quality of health care in low- and middle-income countries. Her current projects include piloting and evaluating a trauma team training course in Georgetown, Guyana, and assessing access to obstetric care in governmental hospitals in South Africa. Sheiry has also spent a semester in northern rural India completing a primary health research project for Jagori Grameen, a local NGO. Sheiry enjoys soccer and volleyball, as well as reading. She hopes to expand her work into the realm of policy decision-making and planning.

Rebecca Dixon

Rebecca Dixon

Maritimes & St Hilda's 2012

Current place of residence: New Brunswick

University:  Mount Allison University

Current/recent course:  Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Relations

Other information: Rebecca is currently completing her honours thesis in International Relations with a focus on community participation, urban development, and urban citizenship in New Delhi. She has been very active in campus extra-curricular groups such as the Atlantic International Studies Organization, Oxfam, the Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, Rights and Democracy, and the student newspaper, The Argosy. Rebecca is originally from Ottawa and has studied abroad at American University in Washington D.C. and at Salem International College in Überlingen, Germany. She sings and plays the clarinet and enjoys poetry, yoga, and trekking. Rebecca envisages a career path working initially at the logistical level of development in the global south, before returning to Canada to concentrate on policy development focussing on development and human rights.

Edward Doddridge

Edward Doddridge

Tasmania & Magdalen 2012

Current place of residence: Hobart

University: University of Tasmania

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Mathematics

Other Information:  Edward read for the BSc in Mathematics and Physics and is currently completing his Honours year in Applied Mathematics.  Edward’s studies at UTAS attracted a number of academic prizes. Nevertheless, he also found time to play for the University Union Men's Hockey Club and was a member of the winning team in the Australian University Rogaining Championship in 2010; he also won the two-man, one-day division of the 2007 Freycinet Challenge.  He is a keen bushwalker, an accomplished sailor and a self-taught celestial navigator.  He is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Tasmanian Sail Training Association, volunteers for the Tasmanian State Emergency Service and as a member of the Search and Rescue Team.  At Oxford he hopes to conduct research in the field of Ocean and Climate Science, where there is great scope for the contribution of mathematicians.

Brianna R. Doherty

Brianna R. Doherty

California & New College 2012

Current place of residence: Providence, Rhode Island

University: Brown University

Other Information: Brianna is a senior at Brown where she will receive a B.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience. Much of her work focusses on understanding how autism spectrum
disorders affect the ability of children to feel empathy toward others.  Brianna is also a painter, a DJ, and a dancer; and studied art history in Florence.  She is a peer advisor and a leader of the Brown outdoor leadership program and a certified wilderness first responder.

Ronan S. Farrow

Ronan S. Farrow

Maryland/DC & Magdalen 2012

Current place of residence: Washington, DC

University:
Bard College (2002-2004); Yale Law School (2006-2009)

Other Information: Ronan graduated with double majors in Philosophy and Biology from Bard College in 2004.  He was the College’s youngest graduate ever, at age 15.  He is now its first Rhodes Scholar.  He graduated from Yale Law School in 2009, where he edited the Yale Journal of International Affairs. He is currently Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Global Youth Issues, and before that was Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs. He has been a political commentator on three networks and in many national publications, and is a songwriter and guitarist.  He grew up with fourteen adopted siblings from seven countries speaking six languages. 

David Favara

David Favara

South Africa-at-Large & Balliol 2012

Current place of residence: East London, South Africa

University: University of Cape Town Medical School

Current/recent course: MBChB (2009)

Other Information: David graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School in 2009 and was the recipient of the 2009 national Golden Key Award for excellence in Health Sciences. He is currently working as a medical intern at East London Hospital Complex, is leading a small retrospective study on the burden of attempted suicide patients, and his work was recently published in two scientific journals. David was formerly President of the University of Cape Town Medical Society and in 2009 was recognised with an award as the 'most outstanding student leader in a society or student organization'.  He has been involved in HIV awareness campaigns and served on a number of outreach projects for SHAWCO Health, including as co-manager of a new paediatric clinic at the Imizamo Yethu Township. In 2011, David attended the International Surgery Week Conference in Yokohama, Japan. In his free time, he serves as cantor for the East London Hebrew Congregation, enjoys playing the violin and is a keen swimmer and runner.

Victor Finkel

Victor Finkel

Victoria & Brasenose 2012

Current place of residence: Melbourne

University: Monash University

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Music (2007), Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (2011)

Other Information: Having completed two successive degrees at Monash - in Jazz Performance and Aerospace Engineering, Victor is working now as a consultant with McKinsey & Company.  A professional musician, Victor both sings and plays the trumpet.  In 2010 he played co-lead and solo trumpet in the Melbourne Youth Jazz Orchestra and in Bahia, one of Melbourne’s leading salsa bands. Victor is a keen debater and this year won the 2011 World University Debating Championships, being named Best Speaker of the tournament.  Long-term Victor envisages a career in public sector consulting, helping governments shape just and equitable economic development strategies.

Alisha Gabriel

Alisha Gabriel

Constituency: Bermuda (Coming up in 2013)

Current place of residence: Dublin, Ireland

University: The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Medicine

Other Information: Alisha is interested in public health issues in Bermuda and she has conducted research on the transmission of MRSA through stethoscope use, as well as receiving a grant to work with the solar disinfection organisation SODIS.  Alisha founded two student societies, the Bermuda Medical Students’ Society and the Bioethics Society, where she is President.  She has volunteered with a house for homeless teenage mothers and Amnesty International, and has raised funds for teachers in Africa.  Alisha is an avid long distance swimmer and was Captain of the Varsity Swim Team. 

Samuel M. Galler

Samuel M. Galler

Colorado & Magdalen 2012

Current place of residence: Cambridge, Massachusetts

University: Harvard University

Other Information: Sam is a Harvard senior who will graduate with a Bachelor's in East Asian studies and Global Health & Health Policy, and a Master’s in East Asian Regional Studies.  His thesis is on the politics of Chinese NGOs and HIV/AIDS.  Sam was a research intern at Tsinghua University, founded a web-design firm, and as a former competitor in the World Youth Chess Olympics, co-founded a chess academy for middle and elementary school children.  He is also president of an a capella group and a vocal jazz ensemble.

Nabeel N. Gillani

Nabeel N. Gillani

Virginia & New College 2012

Current place of residence: Providence, Rhode Island

University:
Brown University

Other Information: Nabeel is a senior at Brown majoring in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science.  Nabeel has also served as a research assistant on a biotechnology project, as a Microsoft project manager, and is conducting research in Brown’s Optimization Laboratory on electricity restoration for disaster relief.  He founded a Providence-based microfinance organization as well as an outreach program in the Providence public schools to help younger students learn maths.

Byron D. Gray

Byron D. Gray

Washington & Magdalen 2012

Current place of residence: Seattle, Washington

University: University of Washington

Other Information: Byron is a senior at the University of Washington with majors in Political Science; Law, Societies and Justice; and Asian studies.  His senior thesis is on family law, human rights and religious sectarianism in India. Byron won U.S. State Department scholarships for the study of Urdu and Hindi, and worked for an NGO in rural northern India.  He has also studied the status of immigrants in Italy and worked on human rights and religious violence in South Asia. 

Anand R. Habib

Anand R. Habib

Texas & Balliol 2012

Current place of residence: Stanford, California

University:
Stanford University

Other Information: Anand graduated from Stanford in June with a B.S. in Biology and honours in International Security Studies.  He is currently on a global health fellowship in Haiti where he is working in a variety of community health programs.  Winning top university awards for his academic work, he also distinguished himself as a leader of many public service programs at Stanford, in his communities in California and Texas, and in India, Mexico, Guatemala and Haiti. 

Max Harris

Max Harris

New Zealand & Balliol 2012

Current place of residence: Wellington

University: The University of Auckland

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Conjoint

Other Information: Max completed his BA/LLB (Hons) earlier this year.  During his university career he competed regularly in debating, public speaking and mooting competitions and was President of the University of Auckland Debating Society.  For relaxation, he plays social soccer, tennis, squash and cricket.  Currently, Max is Clerk for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Zealand.  Max will continue his studies in law at Oxford and in the longer term he hopes to contribute towards essential law reform and the advance of indigenous issues in New Zealand.

Mark Hassall

Mark Hassall

Constituency: South Australia (Coming up in 2013)

Current place of residence: Adelaide

University: University of Adelaide

Current / recent course: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Other information: Mark has won a series of scholarships during his studies at the University of Adelaide, most recently the Royal Australian College of Physicians’ John Snow Scholarship.  In addition, he has been selected for medical electives in Oxford and in Cambridge in 2012.  Mark is an accomplished public speaker, runs marathons and sails.  In 2010 he won the Young Endeavour medallion for 'excellence and leadership' and was short-listed for the South Australia 'Man Alive!' male role model award.  Longer-term Mark aspires to become a medical specialist and leader in Indigenous public health, with the specific aim of closing the Indigenous Australian life expectancy gap.

Mark Hearson

Mark Hearson

Prairies & Harris Manchester 2012

Current place of residence: Headingly, Manitoba

University: University of Manitoba

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering

Other Information: Mark was awarded the Donald K. Johnson Leadership Award in Engineering in both 2010 and 2011 and won a Transportation Association of Canada AECON Undergraduate Scholarship in 2010.  He has held several leadership positions with the University of Manitoba Engineering Society, including as Vice President of Communications.  Mark is also an active member of the University of Manitoba Institute of Transportation Engineers Student Chapter, serving two terms as President and conducting summer employment experience in road design and construction across Canada and in Costa Rica.  He competes in indoor and beach volleyball, and he plays the piano, guitar, drums, and saxophone. 

Helen E. Jack

Helen E. Jack

New Hampshire & Pembroke 2012

Current place of residence: Hanover, New Hampshire

University:
Yale University

Other information: Helen is a senior at Yale with majors in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, and in International Studies. A leader in Amnesty International, she is also active in Physicians for Human Rights and the New Haven Syringe Exchange.  Helen worked for the Earth Institute’s Millennium Cities Initiative in Ghana and is committed to public health reform and issues of health equity.  She is also captain of the Yale club road running team and is a triathlete. 

Mary-Dan Johnston

Mary-Dan Johnston

Maritimes & Jesus 2012

Current place of residence: Halifax, Nova Scotia

University: St Thomas University

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Globalization and Justice

Other Information: Mary-Dan is particularly interested in international health issues and was recently selected as one of two student representatives to travel to Houston and attend the 'Student Research and Ideas Symposium'.  She has won the St Thomas Outstanding Scholar Award twice. She spent eight months as a member of L’Arche Cape Breton, which is part of an international organisation of communities dedicated to sharing life with people with intellectual disabilities in order to learn about the richness of life. Mary-Dan has coordinated letter-writing campaigns and film festivals to highlight issues of environmental justice with Students for Sustainability, and she is Vice President for the Student Union. She is also treasurer of the Swing Society, and enjoys cross-country running at varsity level and yoga.  She hopes to pursue a career with the World Health Organisation.

Mukoma Kalumba

Mukoma Kalumba

Zambia & Linacre 2012

Current place of residence: Lusaka

University: The University of Zambia

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Pharmacy

Other Information: Mukoma graduated in the Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2009 and was awarded the Shelys Pharmaceuticals Best Overall Graduating Pharmacy Student Award.  She now practises as a District Pharmacist in the Isoka District Health Office.  She hopes to continue her studies in pharmacology in Oxford and longer-term to continue in and contribute to the growth and betterment of pharmacological profession in Zambia.

Nikita Kausahl

Nikita Kausahl

India & Exeter 2012

Current place of residence: Pune

University: University of Pune

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science (2008); Master of Science in Geology (2010)

Other Information:   Nikita completed her Master’s in Geology in 2010, specialising in Quaternary Geology and Climate Change.  Her fascination with the beauty of nature, and consequent love of the Earth Sciences, led to her travelling across India as an instructor for a wildlife and trekking organisation, and working for ACWADAM - the Advanced Centre for Water Resources Development and Management - a not-for-profit organisation which develops solutions for groundwater problems.  Nikita is an avid reader, a black belt in karate and speaks and reads in six languages. She hopes to continue her research in the area of integrated dendro-ecological studies, especially as they pertain to the evolution, adaptation and extinction of civilizations. 

Anne Kelly

Anne Kelly

Prairies & Merton 2012

Current place of residence: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

University: University of Saskatchewan

Current/recent course: B.A. (Honours) English (2010); M.A. English

Other Information: Anne is currently completing her thesis entitled 'Towards an Aesthetic of Retreat:  Neo-Stoicism, Recusant Culture and Gardens in Seventeenth-Century Scotland'. Fluently bilingual (English/French) she has presented her work internationally most recently at the University of Padua, Italy, in July, 2011. She also won the Dean's Scholarship in 2011-12 and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Master's Scholarship in 2010-11. Anne is a repeated all-star second base women’s fast-pitch softball player at the Canadian junior and university levels, and she is also a volunteer coach. She also volunteers with Ten Thousand Villages.  Anne intends to pursue her interest in Medieval Studies at Oxford.

Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar

India & Balliol 2012

Current place of residence: Roorkee

University: Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Current/recent course: Integrated Master of Science in Chemistry

Other Information: Amit is in the final year of the five-year Integrated MSc in Chemistry.  In addition to formal degree work, Amit has won a number of research fellowships for summer internships - the Indian Academy of Sciences fellowship (2008 & 2009), the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana fellowhip and the DAAD fellowship (2010) to pursue a research internship at the Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany. Akul is a keen writer and reader of Hindi poems and articles.  Indeed, in 2008 he was selected as one of the top 10 Hindi poets of Uttarakhand.  He also lists trekking, rafting, mountaineering, cricket, table tennis and chess as relaxing occupations.  Amit sees his future as a research Chemist.

Emma F. LeBlanc

Emma F. LeBlanc

Rhode Island & Keble 2012

Current place of residence: Damascus, Syria; Manchester, New Hampshire

University:
Brown University (2006-2011); Southern New Hampshire University (2010-2012)

Other Information: Having graduated from Brown University in June 2011 with a B.A. in Sociology, Emma is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction at SNHU where she is writing a novel.  She is living near Damascus, Syria, where she is conducting research on Syria’s marginalized Bedouin community.  Emma is an accomplished photographer with many public exhibitions, who has published over 40 articles and photographs. 

Spencer B.L. Lenfield

Spencer B.L. Lenfield

Michigan & Lady Margaret Hall 2012

Current place of residence: Cambridge, Massachusetts

University:
Harvard University

Other Information: Spencer is a senior at Harvard concentrating in history and literature. Winning top distinction as a scholar of the humanities since his freshman year, Spencer has won prizes for his work on Flaubert and Virginia Woolf, and has been Editor-in-Chief of a student literary magazine, arts columnist for the Harvard Crimson and contributing writer for Harvard Magazine.  He is also an accomplished pianist and poet.  Spencer was born in Korea and adopted as an infant by his parents in Kalamazoo. 

Catherine Danielle Leonard

Catherine Danielle Leonard

Newfoundland & Worcester 2012

Current place of residence: Portugal Cover - St Philip's, Newfoundland

University:
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics and Applied Mathematics

Other Information: Danielle finds the beauty of the natural world exciting, and is dedicated to understanding and explaining the intricacies of nature through the constructs of mathematical physics. Her passion in this area has thus far led her to conduct research at two different Canadian universities, and to one published paper in this field as well as many academic presentations. Danielle has won several awards related to her field, including the 2011 Canadian Association of Physics Best Student Presentation award in the Division of Theoretical Physics, and the 2010 Dean's Book Award for Physics. As well as her scholarly interests, Danielle has been involved in efforts to inspire the movement of her university toward becoming a Fair Trade campus, as well as several campaigns of the campus Oxfam group. Danielle also enjoys Ballroom and Latin dance with the university club, running mid- to long-distance races, writing poetry, and playing clarinet.  Danielle anticipates that the study of physics will be, for her, a lifelong pursuit.

Stephanie Lin

Stephanie Lin

California & Hertford 2012

Current place of residence: Cambridge, Massachusetts

University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Other Information: Stephanie is a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she majors in Biology and minors in Applied International Studies.  In addition to winning many academic awards, she is active with the MIT Global Poverty Initiatives, directing projects in Mexico, and is a founding resource co-ordinator for Health Leads Boston.  Stephanie is editor-in-chief of MIT’s only journal of arts and letters, and has undertaken biochemical research at the Chao Cancer Research Center and the Whitehead Institute relating to lung cancer, Epstein-Barr virus and Kaposi’s sarcoma virus.

Anne Makena

Anne Makena

Kenya & Somerville 2012

Current place of residence: Isiolo

University: Moi University

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry

Other Information:  Anne describes herself as a scientist whose passion is community development through science-oriented interventions.  She completed the BSc from Moi University - Chepkoilel Campus – where she was named best student in Biochemistry this year.  Aside from her studies she has been an active participant in student leadership, serving as the first female Secretary General on the Chepkoilel Students Governing Council (2010/11), as Vice Chair of the Chepkoilel Catholic Students Association (2009/10), as Campus Co-ordinator of the International Movement of Catholic Students (IMCS), Chepkoilel Chapter (2009/11) and, most recently, representing IMCS-Kenya in the 2nd UN Alliance of Civilisation Summer School in Lisbon, Portugal.  She volunteers for Adopt-a-Child, a mentoring programme for primary school children, and for AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare), working with poor HIV infected and affected families in Eldoret.  Anne hopes to continue long-term in research, focussing on environmental science, and hopes to help shape policy for sustainable development in Kenya.

Sebabatso Manoeli

Sebabatso Manoeli

South Africa-at-Large & St Antony's 2012

Current place of residence: Welkom, South Africa

University: Amherst College

Current/recent course: BA Political Science and Black Studies (2011)

Other Information:  Sebabatso was a Mandela Scholar at Amherst College in the U.S., where she was also able to spend a semester at the American University in Cairo learning about regional integration and inter-state cooperation in Africa. Sebabatso is a keen public speaker, representing South Africa at the International Debate Exchange Program in the U.S., and speaking at the 55th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. In 2011, she attended the Harvard Africa Business Conference and she is actively involved in the Harambe Endeavour, an entrepreneurial coalition of young Africans seeking innovative business solutions to Africa’s economic challenges. Sebabatso led an anti-human trafficking service trip in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup and has recently joined the African Leadership Academy as an External Relations Analyst.

Sabeeha Mansoor

Sabeeha Mansoor

KwaZulu-Natal & St Peter's 2012

Current place of residence: Cape Town

University: University of Cape Town

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Business Science Economics

Other Information: Sabeeha has a passion for education, and has volunteered at Help2Read and the Al-Noor Orphanage, mentoring and teaching children.  She has won many debating and public speaking awards, and also took part in a competition which involved memorising twenty plays by William Shakespeare.  In the future, Sabeeha would like to work closely with the Department of Education in South Africa to create a competent and motivated teaching base in schools.

Charles Masaki

Charles Masaki

Kenya & Oriel 2012

Current place of residence: Nairobi

University: University of Nairobi

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Human Anatomy (2008); Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (2011)

Other Information:  Alongside the demands of the MBChB, Charles has found time to teach in the Department of Human Anatomy at the University of Nairobi, chaired Medical Students Against AIDS (MESA), the Academics Committee of the Association of Medical Studies and the Association of French Speaking Medical Students.  He gained a Certificate in Advanced HIV Management from the University of Washington, won a two-month Wellcome Trust Scholarship paediatric elective at the University of Oxford (2010), an Infectious Diseases Elective at the University of Manitoba (2010); and his BSc thesis gained him an International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) fellowship in Egypt (2009). Not content with these activities, Charles plays the clarinet, is a keen public speaker and presenter, and has served as Captain of the Medical School College Swimming Team and played for the Field Hockey Team.  He hopes to further his studies in global health at Oxford and longer-term to influence global health policies.

Dr Vinay Menon

Dr Vinay Menon

Australia-at-Large & Magdalen 2012

Current place of residence: Perth

University: University of Western Australia

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Medical Science in Paediatrics (2009); Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (Honours) (2010)

Other information: Having completed his MBBS, Vinay is working as Junior Medical Officer (Intern Doctor) at the Royal Perth Hospital.  Vinay has volunteered extensively both in Australia - with indigenous communities, Sudanese refugees and the homeless - and overseas, as Youth Health Educator in the slums of Istanbul, Carer for HIV children and leprosy patients in rural India, and Medical Assistant in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp in Tanzania.  He was elected as National Youth Leader (2008-2010) for the Australian Red Cross and is now Special Councillor on the National Council.  Vinay was Western Australia Youth Citizen of the Year (2008) and received the National Young People’s Human Rights Medal (2009).  Long-term Vinay’s ambition is to serve as a leader in public health to create meaningful change for children in communities most ravaged by preventable disease.

Matthews Mmopi

Matthews Mmopi

Botswana & Jesus 2012

Current place of residence: Gaborone, Botswana

University: Harvard University

Other information: Matthews completed his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard earlier this year, having majored in Economics with a minor in African and African American Studies. Whilst at Harvard, Matthews served as President of the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College, a choral society of over 150 members; as Director of Enterprise for the Harvard African Business and Investment Club and as Chair of the Ann Radcliffe Trust/Women’s Center Community Fund Advisor Board.  He served as volunteer with Harvard College Women’s Center, with the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and served as Programme Co-ordinator for the Harvard Black Students Association.  This summer he interned for the Harvard Committee on African Studies.  Matthews’ long-term aspiration is to contribute to the reform of the socio-economic and political structures underpinning chronic poverty and gender inequity in Africa.

Kelsey R. Murrell

Kelsey R. Murrell

Kansas & St Cross 2012

Current place of residence: Lawrence, Kansas

University: The University of Kansas

Other Information: Kelsey is a senior English major at the University of Kansas.  A national, regional, and university prize-winning writer and playwright, her senior thesis combines refugee narratives, trauma theory and the historic status of refugees.  Much of her work focuses on issues of social justice.  Kelsey is also a Student Senator, community volunteer and peer mentor.  She has conducted study and research in both Peru and Costa Rica and for The London Review.

Ishan Nath

Ishan Nath

Georgia & Magdalen 2012

Current place of residence: Stanford, California

University:
Stanford University

Other Information: Ishan is a senior at Stanford where he will receive Bachelors’ degrees in Economics and Earth Systems, and with a minor in Mathematics. His senior thesis focusses on clean energy and a national cap-and-trade emissions trading system.  Ishan also interned at the Office of Economic Policy at the White House and served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy.  A Truman Scholar and a Udall Scholar, Ishan is also a marathon runner and has served as an editorial writer for the Stanford Daily and a political columnist.

Michael Ndlovu

Michael Ndlovu

South Africa-at-Large & Lincoln 2012

Current place of residence: Durban, South Africa

University: University of KwaZulu-Natal

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Business Science in Economics

Other Information: Michael is from the Embo Township in KwaZulu-Natal and he is particularly interested in how economics helps to address the imbalances of the past, and strengthen global competitiveness. He has won numerous Dean Commendation awards and is an economics tutor. Michael is also a keen actor and musician who has won the McDonald Trophy as 'Best Actor', and the Boast Trophy for 'Greatest Contribution to Music and Drama'.

Katherine Niehaus

Katherine Niehaus

South Carolina & Trinity 2012

Current place of residence: Stanford, California

University:
Stanford University (2006-2011)

Other Information: Kate received her B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering at Stanford in 2010 and an M.S. in 2011, in Biomedical Devices.  Her class and research work focuses on biomechanics and her interests lie in its applications to high technology entrepreneurship. Kate also captained Stanford’s varsity track and cross country teams, won the Pac-10 5,000 metres, and won Academic-All American status.  She also served as a mentor and tutor for students from low-income families. 

Michael Noonan

Michael Noonan

Québec & St John's 2012

Current place of residence: Chateauguay, Québec

University: Concordia University

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Ecology

Other Information: Michael is completing his undergraduate degree in ecology, focusing on fish behaviour and conservation.  He has been published in the journal Fish and Fisheries and he has conducted conservation work in the Galapagos Islands. Michael is an elite athlete who has competed for Canada at a number of international wrestling tournaments, and claimed a team national title at the varsity level. He won the Concordia President’s Award for combined achievement in athletics and academics in 2010-11.  Michael has also worked with the 78th Fraser Highlanders at the Stewart Museum, demonstrating military tactics and the regiment's history.

Qhelile Nyathi

Qhelile Nyathi

Zimbabwe & St Antony's 2012

University:  University of KwaZulu-Natal

Current place of residence: Durban

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science (Actuarial Science) (2010); Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Financial Mathematics

Other information:
Qhelile completed her BSc in Actuarial Science in 2010 and is now completing her Honours year in Financial Management at UKZN as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar.  Qhelile won the Sasol Golden Key Excellence Award (Business & Management) in 2010 and her active leadership in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE-UKZN) has culminated in her role as President.  She works part-time as an Academic Tutor in the School of Statistics and Actuarial Science and as Writing Place Consultant in the Faculty of Management Studies at UKZN.  In her spare time, Qhelile writes poetry which she hopes one day to publish.  Longer term, Qhelile hopes to contribute to the advancement of financial institutions in Africa.

Favour Nyikosa

Favour Nyikosa

Zambia & Imperial College, London 2012

Current place of residence: Lusaka

University: The University of Zambia

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Other Information: Favour completed his BSc with Distinction earlier this year, having majored in Software Engineering and is currently working as a Software Engineer and Developer on an electronic health record project with the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric Aids Foundation and Center for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health.  In addition to his academic studies, Favour served as Chair of the Electoral Commission of the UNZA Computer Society and as Secretary General of the UNZA Chassa Old Boys Association.  Favour has many passions – economics, creative writing, medicine and financial analysis.  In the shorter term he hopes to continue in the field of Computer Science, and learning more about Financial Analysis and Data Mining; longer-term expects to continue in academia and to teach.

David Obert

David Obert

Prairies & St John's 2012

Current place of residence: Boston, Massachusetts

University: McGill University; Harvard Medical School

Current/recent course:
Bachelor of Science in Biology (2010); M.D. Medicine

Other Information: A J.W McConnell Scholar, David graduated from McGill with a BSc in Biology in 2010 and is now in his second year of the M.D. programme at Harvard Medical School.  David is currently involved in a Harvard/NATO study examining health sector stabilization and reconstruction in fragile states and is the HMS student representative to the Association of American Medical Colleges.  He has also been active in a conservation/public health project in Uganda (Kibale Health and Conservation Centre) and in teaching health education to teenagers in Boston schools.  David is an avid outdoors and sports enthusiast and particularly enjoys scuba diving, surfing and mountain biking.  A former competitive alpine skier, he enjoys skiing recreationally and is a certified ski instructor. 

Rachel Paterson

Rachel Paterson

Western Australia & St Edmund Hall 2012

Current place of residence: Perth

University: University of Western Australia

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science (Advanced Science Programme)

Other Information: Rachel completed her BSc in the research-focussed Advanced Science course, majoring in Biochemistry and Genetics, in 2010. Since January 2011 she has been working as a Graduate Research Assistant in the Australian Inherited Retinal Desease Register at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Rachel's favoured sport is Australian Rules Football and as a member of the Claremont Women’s Football Club (CWFC) and player 'leadership group' has worked hard to promote and develop Women’s Football in Western Australia. She is a Member and Deputy of the International Committee of the Nedlands Rotary Club, volunteers for the Oaktree Foundation 'Generate' programme, and the 'Live Below the Line' anti-poverty campaign. In 2010, Rachel founded 'Team Riley', a group aiming to raise awareness of mental illnesses, to raise funds and to act as a support network.  Rachel hopes to undertake further biomedical research at Oxford and, long-term, to improve the health of the most disadvantaged communities through medical research.

David S. Poritz

David S. Poritz

Massachusetts & St Anthony's 2012

Current place of residence: Providence, Rhode Island

University:
Brown University

Other Information: David is a senior at Brown majoring in Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean studies. A Truman Scholar, David started and maintains two organisations focused on the environmental impact of the oil industry on the lives of people in the Amazon.  One of these organisations has developed a certification system for environmental and social standards; and the other supports more rigorous environmental regulation.

Jonathan Reader

Jonathan Reader

Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch & Corpus Christi 2012

Current place of residence: Stellenbosch

University: Stellenbosch University

Current / recent course: Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Economics)

Other information: A Mandela Rhodes Scholar, Jonathan graduated Cum Laude in the Bachelor of Commerce (Law) in 2010.  He is now in the final stages of his Honours year, focussing on Economics.  Jonathan has been an active participant in the Stellenbosch University community, serving as Chairperson of the Stellenbosch Chapter of the United Nations Association of South Africa, on the executive committee of Habitat for Humanity, as current affairs editor of the University’s student newspaper, Die Matie, and now, as part of the Emerging Maties programme, mentors a group of eight first-year students to develop their leadership potential.  For relaxation, Jonathan turns to sport – enjoying running, hockey, ultimate Frisbee and extensive hiking in the beautiful Western Cape.

Syed Ali Asad Rizvi

Syed Ali Asad Rizvi

Pakistan & Brasenose 2012

Current place of residence: Multan, Pakistan

University: National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Electronics Engineering (2010)

Other information: Syed won the President’s Gold Medal for securing the highest GPA at the National University of Sciences and Technology.  He has represented the Pakistan Navy Engineering College in the Google ‘International Design your Campus’ Competition and was short-listed in the National Physics Talent Contest.  Syed was elected Chairperson of the IEEE student branch for two consecutive years and organised the inaugural Karachi section student congress. He also represented the IEEE student congress in Singapore.  Syed was Chief Editor and creative designer for the annual university magazine and he has taught ‘railway children’ from the slums. Syed enjoys oil painting and photography, and he is a keen swimmer, table tennis and volleyball player. Syed is particularly interested in speech recognition for human-machine interactions and would like find solutions to help the illiteracy problems in Pakistan.

Cory J. Rodgers

Cory J. Rodgers

Pennsylvania & Keble 2012

Current place of residence: Somerset, Pennsylvania

University:
University of Pittsburgh

Other Information: Cory has majored in Biological Sciences, History and Philosophy of Science and African Studies, with a minor in Chemistry, at the University of Pittsburgh. He has conducted research and language study in Tanzania and Mongolia, and tutored refugee families from Somalia.  Cory is founder and president of the Pitt Chapter of Americans for Informed Democracy, has undertaken research on pertussis outbreaks in U.S. hospitals and on DNA replication, and is passionate about health equity.

Phillippe-André Rodriguez

Phillippe-André Rodriguez

Québec & Exeter 2012

Current place of residence: Montréal

University: Université du Québec à Montréal

Current/recent course: BA International Relations and International Law

Other Information: Phillippe-André is particularly interested in political and legal theory, as well as human rights and intellectual history.  He is Assistant Chief Editor of the Québec Journal of International Law and is Vice-President of the student association of the Québec Society of International Law. Phillippe-André has also participated in the National Model United Nations and conducted an internship at the Secretariat of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean Studies in St Lucia, working on a report on consumer protection and human rights.  Phillippe-André created a soccer league in Montréal to facilitate integration for young immigrants and set up a project supporting Haitian migrant workers. His hobbies include playing bass in a band and writing articles about art. 

Amanda Rojek

Amanda Rojek

Constituency: Queensland (Coming up in 2013)

Current place of residence: Brisbane

University: University of Queensland

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery

Other Information: Amanda is passionate about bringing adequate and timely healthcare to struggling and underprivileged communities.  She most recently volunteered as a Remote Area Medical Volunteer in Chicago, for Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans, and for the International Red Cross as an Emergency Services Volunteer in Australia.  In addition to studying and volunteering, Amanda likes to hike and has trekked to Mount Everest Base Camp and climbed to the summit of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo. She also enjoys playing futsal and netball.

Miriam Rosenbaum

Miriam Rosenbaum

New York & University College 2012

Current place of residence: Princeton, New Jersey

University:
Princeton University

Other Information: Miriam is a senior at Princeton where she is completing a Master’s in Public Affairs, with minors in African American Studies, Judaic Studies, and Near Eastern Studies Language and Culture.  Miriam grew up in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community.  At Princeton, she is President of the Sexual Harassment/Advising Resources and Peer Advising Group, and President of the Interfaith Dialogue Group. Miriam also works with severely disabled children.  She is interested in further study with a focus on bioethics, health equity and healthcare policy.

Brett A. Rosenberg

Brett A. Rosenberg

New York & Corpus Christi 2012

Current place of residence: Cambridge, Massachusetts

University:
Harvard University

Other Information: Brett is a senior at Harvard concentrating in History.  Alongside her formal studies, Brett works as Head Research Assistant to Professor Niall Fergusson. She is an editorial columnist for the Harvard Crimson, a fiction and poetry editor for Tuesday Magazine, and has written for the New York Times and Harvard Magazine. Brett has also been a peer advisor and a member of the Kuumbu Singers, a choir dedicated to black creativity and spirituality.

Carrie H. Ryan

Carrie H. Ryan

Tennessee & Green Templeton 2012

Current place of residence: Sewanee, Tennessee

University: Sewanee:
The University of the South

Other Information: Carrie is a senior at The University of the South majoring in Cultural Anthropology.  President of the student body and a Student Trustee, she also co-founded the Diversity Coalition and won the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award for all public and private universities in Tennessee.  Carrie also founded an organisation fostering relationships between public school students and residents of retirement communities, and researched elder care in India related to her extensive academic work in gerontology. 

Tenzin Seldon

Tenzin Seldon

California & St John's 2012

Current place of residence: Albany, California

University:
Stanford University

Other Information: Tenzin is a senior at Stanford University majoring in honors Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity,with a Feminist Studies minor. A Truman scholar, she is an emerging leader in the Tibetan diaspora, having served as Regional Coordinator for Students for a Free Tibet and executive member of San Francisco Team Tibet. As a fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine's Center for Compassion, Tenzin hosted a dialogue with the Dalai Lama and Chinese students in 2010 and created a critical thinking program for Tibetan refugee children. Tenzin has served as Diversity Chair for the Associated Students of Stanford University, on the Board of Directors for Stanford Daily, and in various student advisory groups including Program on Human Rights and First Generation/Low-Income. Tenzin is involved in interfaith dialogue and is a student coordinator for President Obama’s Interfaith Challenge. Her thesis will focus on intergenerational differences in India.

Shmona Simpson

Shmona Simpson

Cayman Islands & Trinity 2012

Current place of residence: Porton Down, Wiltshire, UK

University: Royal Holloway, University of London (2006-2009);  University of Oxford (2009-2010)

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences; Master of Science in Global Health Science

Other information: Shmona completed her BSc in Biomedical Sciences two years ago, and subsequently completed the MSc in Global Health Science at Oxford. Last year she spent three months at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam developing a rapid laboratory diagnostic for the Enterovirus 71 which causes Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease in children. She is currently working as an Immunologist at the Centre for Emergency, Preparedness and Response of the Health Protection Agency in the UK.  Aside from her interests in public health, Shmona is an accomplished pianist, winning 5 Gold Awards for Achievement in Music and one for Literary Achievement at the Cayman Islands National Festival of the Arts.  Long-term, Shmona aspires to play a leading role in public health in the Cayman Islands.

Sarah N. Smierciak

Sarah N. Smierciak

Illinois & St Antony's 2012

Current place of residence: Cairo, Egypt

University:
Northwestern University (2007-2011)

Other Information: Sarah graduated from Northwestern in June with majors in History and in Middle East Language and Civilization.  She has also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo and at Damascus University.  Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, she is now living in Cairo, and developing a curriculum for orphans and street children in a special school recognized by the United Nations.  She has published articles on social justice, published her photography, and serves as a docent on Egyptian art at The Field Museum.  Sarah is an accomplished triathlete. 

Sarah St John

Sarah St John

British Columbia & Wolfson 2012

Current place of residence: Burnaby, British Columbia

University:  Simon Fraser University

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences

Other information:  Sarah has enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of the Health Sciences degree which she is close to completing.  Her passion for humanitarian issues and sustainability has driven both her studies and her extra-curricular activities. She has volunteered for the Humanitarian Issues Program of the Canadian Red Cross since 2006, and in 2010 was selected as the Red Cross Canadian Youth Delegate to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico.  She has also served as Board Member, and External Chair of Sustainable SFU.  During her tenure as a Board Member, she carried out a successful campaign to establish over $100,000 of annual funding through a sustainable fee now included in all undergraduate tuition.  Long-term her sights are set on public policy work.  For relaxation Sarah enjoys day-hiking, multi-day wilderness backpacking, running, biking, and Cuban Salsa.

Astrid E.M.L. Stuth

Astrid E.M.L. Stuth

Wisconsin & University College 2012

Current place of residence: Princeton, New Jersey

University:
Princeton University

Other Information: Astrid is a senior at Princeton majoring in East Asian Studies and studied Mandarin at Tsinghua University in Beijing for a year (2010-2011).  A keen debater, she has competed for the United States in China, in Chinese; she is also president of a Princeton a capella group and co-founded and directed an initiative for American and Iraqi youth.  Astrid aspires to a career in public diplomacy, with a special focus on U.S.-China relations. 

Sujit Thomas

Sujit Thomas

India & Magdalen 2012

Current place of residence: New Delhi

University: St Stephen’s College, Delhi; University of Delhi

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - History (2010); Master of Arts - Sociology

Other Information:  In his final year of a Master’s in Sociology, Sujit regards himself as first and foremost a historian whose interest lies in understanding the long term processes of historical change within societies.  Aside from his academic studies, he chose to focus on history in his extra-curricular activities, serving as President of the History Society at St Stephen’s College (2009-2010) and devouring historical fiction.  Thanks to a grant awarded to him by the European Studies Programme of the University of Delhi, Sujit undertook independent fieldwork in Paris earlier this summer, studying the traveller community in Paris in affiliation with L’École des Haut Études en Sciences Sociales.   In Oxford he hopes to focus on modern British and European history. His long term ambition is to mentor, research and develop the facilities and resources necessary for students to study European history in India.

Briar Thompson

Briar Thompson

New Zealand & Somerville 2012

Current place of residence: Hamilton

University: The University of Waikato

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Communication Studies

Other Information: Briar completed her Bachelor of Communication Studies in 2010 and is now completing her Honours year, majoring in Public Relations.  She is a Volunteer Service Worker for Refugee Services, working with displaced families in Hamilton, and is concurrently completing a Certificate in Refugee Resettlement.  In the longer-term Briar would like to help shape New Zealand’s policy in developing solutions to the regional and global issues facing the Pacific region as a result of climate change.

Brandon E. Turner

Brandon E. Turner

North Carolina & St Catherine's 2012

Current place of residence: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

University:
Wake Forest University

Other Information: Brandon is a senior Biophysics major at Wake Forest University with minors in Sociology and Chemistry. Brandon has won awards and scholarships for his work in physics, directed volunteers for a homeless shelter, and is a rugby player selected for state and southern United States all-star teams. He is Project Director/Creator of the Cameroonian School Lab Project which builds computer laboratories in schools, and trained Cameroonian children in basic computer skills. 

Cameron W. Turtle

Cameron W. Turtle

Washington & St John's 2012

Current place of residence: Seattle, Washington

University: University of Washington

Other Information: Cameron a senior at the University of Washington, majoring in Bioengineering.  A Mary Gates Scholar and a Goldwater Scholar, he has done extensive work in cardiac therapeutics. He co-founded Bioengineers Without Borders at the University of Washington, providing opportunities for service in global health.  Cameron is also a successful social entrepreneur, founding and now serving as CEO of Point of Care Technologies, a company that develops molecular medical diagnostic devises that interface with Android-based mobile equipment. 

Elizabeth Nosizwe Vale

Elizabeth Nosizwe Vale

St Andrew’s College, Grahamstown & Linacre 2012

Current place of residence: Cape Town

University: University of Cape Town

Current/recent course: Masters in Sociology

Other Information: A Mandela Rhodes Scholar, Beth was the 2010 recipient of the Dean of Students Leadership Award at Rhodes University.  She is particularly passionate about AIDS awareness in her country.  She was the President of the Student HIV/AIDS Resistance Campaign (SHARC) where she also hosted an HIV/AIDS benefit concert, an art auction, and several awareness weeks.  Beth also co-founded the 'My Body My Choice' Campaign, and the Students in Solidarity with Abahlali baseMjondolo Campaign, and was an active member of the Rhodes University Save Zimbabwe Campaign.  Beth also enjoys attending art and literary festivals and events, and exploring parts of Southern Africa.

Steven Wang

Steven Wang

Ontario & Lincoln 2012

Current place of residence: Cambridge, Ontario

University: The University of Toronto (2011)

Current/recent course: Bachelor (Honours) of International Relations

Other Information: Steven is a recent graduate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto. He has also studied abroad at Sciences Po, Paris and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Steven has presented his work at West Point and the Canadian Political Science Association, focusing on the relationship between China and the West. At seventeen, Steven founded Community Action by Youth, a grassroots initiative dedicated to empowering youth to address issues of poverty and climate change. Steven also helped start a development group in Kenya to coordinate projects in micro-finance. He has been a youth delegate at the U.N. Commission for Sustainable Development and is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. He enjoys travelling, especially in the Middle East and Africa, and has played in a number of string orchestras.

Chrystelle Wedi

Chrystelle Wedi

South Africa-at-Large & St Hugh's 2012

Current place of residence: Pretoria, South Africa

University: University of Pretoria

Current/recent course: MSc Medical Immunology (Research); MBChB (2010)

Other Information: Chrystelle was born in the Demographic Republic of Congo (DRC) but has spent the last twenty years living in South Africa.  She is passionate about the issues affecting the DRC including socio-economic and gender inequalities in the country, and hopes to pursue a career which enables her to improve healthcare for women and children in Africa.  Chrystelle is currently conducting an internship in a local township at Kalafong Hospital and is an active volunteer Secretary General of Vandelo NGO which works in the DRC, where she has helped establish free medical and psychological care for women and children who have been victims of gender-based violence.  Chrystelle also enjoys basketball, netball and public speaking.

Victor Yang

Victor Yang

Kentucky & St John's 2012

Current place of residence: Cambridge, Massachusetts

University:
Harvard University

Other Information: Victor is a senior at Harvard concentrating in History and Science.  A U.S. Presidential Scholar, and elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, his academic focus has been on Medicine and Society.  Victor also studied abroad for one semester at Oxford, where he won the Oxford Law Society essay competition.  He is conducting research with a view to driving reform in Medicaid reimbursement policy, was a public policy intern with the National League of Cities, conducted a project on HIV/AIDS antiretroviral services in South Africa and taught English in Bulgaria.  He was also a staff writer for the Harvard Crimson

Anna Zawilska

Anna Zawilska

South Africa-at-Large & St John's 2012

Current place of residence: Durban, South Africa

University: University of Kwazulu-Natal

Current/recent course: MSc Engineering; BSc Engineering (Electronic) (2010)

Other Information: Anna is passionate about human-computer interaction, and computational and biological learning and modelling; during her undergraduate degree she designed a system controlled by gestures and body movements to help disabled people.  She is the recipient of the 2010 Woman in Science and Agriculture Scholarship, and was a finalist in the South African Women in Science Awards 2011. Anna is actively involved in the student organisation GirlEng, which helps to inform and motivate young girls from disadvantaged backgrounds to join the fields of science and technology. She is also a mentor, participates in her church youth group, is a keen pianist and enjoys playing golf and tennis. Anna hopes to pursue a career developing easily-accessible technology for all.