Rhodes Scholar class of 2013

Clayton P. Aldern

Clayton P. Aldern

Minnesota, 2013

Current place of residence: Cedar

University: Brown University

Other information: Clayton is a senior at Brown where he majors in neuroscience. His work focuses on visual information processing and decision-making, and toward a better understanding of how human memory functions.  Clay is also active as a peer advisor, a journalist, as editor-in-chief of a magazine of the Brown Daily Herald, and is committed to increasing scientific literacy in American culture.  He also conducts research on treatment access for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury patients. 



J. Elizabeth Allan

J. Elizabeth Allan

Georgia, 2013

Current place of residence: Atlanta

University: University of Georgia

Other information: Elizabeth graduated from the University of Georgia in 2012, with bachelors degrees in Arabic, international affairs and economics, and a masters in international policy. Elizabeth’s interests focus on U.S. policy in the middle east and north Africa. She has studied in Morocco, at Oxford, as well as in Peru, Germany, China, India and South Korea. She is co-director of a tutoring and mentoring program for low income students that includes 200 volunteers, and is also a long-distance runner and white water rafter.



Madeleine Ballard

Madeleine Ballard

Québec, 2013

Current place of residence: Grand Gedeh, Liberia

University: Harvard University

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies (2011)

Other information: A Montreal native, Madeleine graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 2011 with an A.B. in Social Studies. A Harvard College Scholar, Conant Prize recipient, and Harvard Women’s Leadership Award winner, Madeleine wrote her thesis on indigenous approaches to HIV education in Mali. Madeleine has been involved with several global health initiatives including the Harvard Global Health and AIDS Coalition, SPINALpedia, Peer Health Exchange, and a member of the research team for the upcoming textbook of Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Arthur Kleinman and Dr. Jim Kim. She has also served as an overnight volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, was a four-year starter for the 2011 DII National Champion Harvard Radcliffe Rugby Club and your friendly neighborhood bartender at the Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub. Since graduating, Madeleine has served as a Frontline Health Worker Manager for Tiyatien Health in Konobo District, Liberia. 

Patrick Bateman

Patrick Bateman

Australia-at-Large, 2013

Current place of residence: Sydney

University: University of Sydney

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Economic and Social Sciences (Honours) and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (2011)

Other information: Patrick graduated with First Class Honours in both Law and in Government and International Relations.  He has since held posts with the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, and with the Human Dignity Trust. Whilst at Sydney, he was President of the University Students’ Union and President of the University Public Speaking Society. In 2011 he won World Champion at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition, and also won the Australian Championship. He has also volunteered with the Australian Human Rights Commission, and is currently volunteers for the telephone counselling service Lifeline Australia, and a number of LGBTI charities. For relaxation, Patrick runs, both long-distance road and cross-country, rows and fences. In the future, he hopes to qualify as a barrister and specialise in the protection of sexual orientation and gender identity minority rights.

James Bonifacio

James Bonifacio

New Zealand, 2013

Current place of residence: Christchurch

University: University of Canterbury

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics (2011) / Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics (Honours)

Other information: James is completing his Honours year in Maths and Physics. Fascinated by science from a young age, the focus of his interest now lies in theoretical physics. Alongside his own drive for understanding how the world works, James is passionate about teaching and inspiring others to learn, both fellow students and through volunteering at a local primary school and Refugee Homework Centre.  A black belt in Taekwondo - he won Gold in the 2011 New Zealand Black Belt Championships and Silver in the 2012 South Island Championships - James  enjoys the discipline physical challenge brings. He is currently training for the Coast to Coast World Multi-Sport Championship to be held in New Zealand in February 2013. Longer-term he aspires to contribute to the collective understanding of mankind through the study of theoretical physics.

Jennifer M. Bright

Jennifer M. Bright

New York, 2013

Current place of residence: Manhattan

University: Yale University

Other information: Jennifer is a senior at Yale majoring in ethics, politics and economics. Jenny has focused on the legal, medical, economic and political aspects of urban public health policy. She has interned for New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the New York Academy of Medicine and in the New York City Mayor’s office. She is also editor-in-chief of the Yale Undergraduate Law Review and the president of the Yale Urban Collective.



Joy A. Buolamwini

Joy A. Buolamwini

Tennessee, 2013

Current place of residence: Cordova

University: Georgia Institute of Technology

Other information: Joy graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012 where she majored in computer science. She is now at the Carter Center working on global mobile surveying tools. An entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded three businesses, she has established a mobile data system for use in Ethiopia, and a digital teaching tool for schools in developing countries. Joy also helped develop a program using a robotic teddy bear to help the recognition ability of autistic children. She has won a Fulbright for work in Zambia where she will work to expand access to education.



David M. Carel

David M. Carel

Pennsylvania, 2013

Current place of residence: Penn Valley

University: Yale University

Other information: David is a senior at Yale where he majors in economics. He cofounded an education technology start-up and performs as lead drummer in a West African dance troup and as an instructor in Rukdan Israeli dancing. He has become a leading advocate relating to HIV/AIDS, including as president of an AIDS coalition at Yale and as a national board member of the Student Global AIDS campaign. He has done extensive work at the community level in a small town in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, the country of his parents’ birth. He is fluent in Zulu and Hebrew.

Joanne Cave

Joanne Cave

Alberta, 2013

Place of residence: Sherwood Park, Alberta 

University: University of Toronto 

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Other information: Through her studies in women & gender studies and sociology, Joanne has developed a keen interest in equity issues, social policy, and building capacity in the non-profit sector. She founded and led Ophelia's Voice, a girls' leadership organization in Edmonton, AB, and currently organizes a network of young non-profit professionals in Toronto who are interested in advocating on sector-level issues. Joanne has interned with a Toronto city councillor, Ottawa's Caledon Institute of Social Policy, and a women's microfinance NGO in northern India. She also enjoys ballet, weightlifting, and outdoor activities. 

Louis Chambers

Louis Chambers

New Zealand, 2013

Current place of residence: Dunedin

University: University of Otago

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

Other information: Louis is completing his Honours in Law and his BA in Economics, with Environmental Management.  Alongside his legal studies, Louis’s love of debating won him the 2011 Australian Law Students Association Mooting Competition; he serves as President and Adjudicator for the University of Otago Debating Society and has co-founded Law for Change to inspire students and young professionals to pursue public interest legal careers. Louis is National Co-ordinator of Generation Zero, a youth advocacy organisation promoting international thinking on climate change issues. For relaxation, Louis enjoys mountain biking, running, snowboarding, rock climbing and more. Longer-term Louis hopes to contribute to environmental and climate change policy, whether via government or NGO.

Natasha Chilundika

Natasha Chilundika

Zambia, 2013

Current place of residence: Lusaka

University: University of Zambia

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Studies (2011)

Other information: Since completing her BSc in Agricultural Economics, Natasha has worked as a research assistant seeking to promote the interests of agricultural smallholder farming in the private sector. Whilst at University she served as Administrative Secretary for the University of Zambia Students Union Sports Council (UNZASU) and as Volleyball Team representative.  In her free time now Natasha enjoys dancing, and is closely involved in her local church. Longer term she envisages a policy role, influencing national approaches to economic policy with a view to alleviating poverty.

Aidan C. de B. Daly

Aidan C. de B. Daly

New York, 2013

Current place of residence: Manhattan

University: Harvard University

Other information: Aidan is a senior at Harvard majoring in computer science, with a minor in molecular and cellular biology. Aidan has done research internships at Harvard in quantum computational chemistry, at NYU in DNA computing, and at the American Museum of Natural History in population genetics. He has developed an iPhone app for field scientists, directed video productions, is a book illustrator, is co-captain of the Harvard kendo club, and was coxswain on the varsity lightweight crew.



Julian De Freitas

Julian De Freitas

South Africa-at-Large, 2013

Current place of residence: New Haven

University: Yale University

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science

Other information: Julian is in the final year of his BA n Cognitive Science. He has published in academic journals and popular science literature, and has given talks and presentations at national and international conferences, including the forthcoming International Academy of Law and Mental Health. This year he won two research fellowships at Yale, for research in visual and auditory perception and was named a National Honor Society in Psychology Fellow. Alongside his studies, he has enjoyed performing musically, touring across America and worldwide. He is currently singer and Tour Manager with the Yale Wiffenpoofs A Cappella Group, and also served as President, Tour Manager, and Publicity Manager for the Yale Alley Cats A Cappella Group. Julian captained the Yale Road Running team, and enjoys creative writing. Beyond Oxford, Julian hopes to continue in academia in teaching and research.

Priyanka deSouza

Priyanka deSouza

India, 2013

Current place of residence: Mumbai

University: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Technology and Master of Technology

Other information: Priyanka will finish her dual Bachelor and Master’s course this year, majoring in Energy Science and Systems Engineering with a minor in Physics. Priyanka has authored a number of articles and conference presentations, and has interned with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, the University of Cambridge and the Singapore Membrane Technology Center amongst others.  In 2011 she worked for five months with the Slum Rehabilitation Society and the Center for Advances in Technology for Rural Areas, contributing to the improvement of the environment of re-housed communities - studying the water pumping and sewage systems of the Majas Colony and organising a clean-up campaign for the colony’s children. Currently she is leading an initiative to gather the ideas of students (across India) with respect to energy technologies in order to report direct to the government, as part of the Technology Vision 2035 programme.  For relaxation, Priyanka enjoys lawn tennis, music and magic, and is a champion chess player. Long term Priyanka aspires to combat climate change through academic research and policy making.

Natalya Din-Kariuki

Natalya Din-Kariuki

Kenya, 2013

Current place of residence: London

University: University of Oxford

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Language & Literature (2012)

Other information:  Beyond her strictly academic studies she is fascinated by the efforts of African writers to engage politically through community-based theatre and whilst at Oxford performed in Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have  Considered Suicide / When The Rainbow Is Enuf, the first theatre production to be staged at the Oxford Union.  She was a critic with the Oxford Theatre Review, contributed to Oxford University’s Poetry Society magazine, Ash, the feminist journal, Bluestocking, and co-founded the New African Writing Reading Group. She served as the Wadham representative to the Joint Consultative Committee at the English Faculty, and completed an academic exchange at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.  Natalya's long-term goal is to raise the profile of arts in the Kenyan national curriculum. She studied for a CELTA qualification at International House in London, and intends to use her qualification to teach English abroad prior to returning to Oxford.

Christopher B. Dobyns

Christopher B. Dobyns

Maryland/DC, 2013

Current place of residence: Highland, Maryland

University: Cornell University

Other information: Christopher is a senior at Cornell where he majors in African Studies with minors in Inequality Studies and Law and Society. Kit is a Udall Scholar who has studied Kiswahili and Zulu, taught English in Rwanda, worked at an orphanage in Tanzania, developed a curriculum for South Africa’s National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities, and created a curriculum on human rights abuses for a high school in Rwanda. He also founded a company that distributes low-cost energy in rural Nigeria and founded a nonprofit that provides consulting to social entrepreneurs.



Connor Emdin

Connor Emdin

Ontario, 2013

Current place of residence: Toronto

University: University of Toronto

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Global Health

Other information: Connor is in his final year at the University of Toronto, completing a Bachelor of Science. He is the co-founder of Salt for Survival, a student-run fundraising organization for salt iodization programs. His research interests are focused on increasing access to HIV treatment in Sub-Saharan Africa and using pulse oximetry to improve clinical care in low income health centers. Connor is also a marathon runner and enjoys reading on foreign policy. At Oxford, Connor intends to study the relationship between public policy and health outcomes in developing countries.

 

Megan Engel

Megan Engel

Praries, 2013

Current place of residence: Edmonton

University: University of Alberta

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Astrophysics (2012) / Master of Science in Condensed Matter and Biological Physics

Other information: Megan earned her BSc with First Class Honours in Astrophysics and is currently studying protein folding and energy landscapes on her way to an MSc in Condensed Matter/Biophysics at the University of Alberta. She has received numerous awards and scholarships including the Julie Payette NSERC Research Scholarship, the University of Alberta Gold Medal in Physics, and the André Hamer Postgraduate Prize. Megan has published multiple academic papers and has presented her research at various symposia. For the last two years, Megan has served as President of "The Last Alliance: The University of Alberta Tolkien Society", a group she co-founded. In addition to volunteering as an artist on the wards at the University of Alberta Hospital, Megan has volunteered her time teaching piano to underprivileged students and running a church choir. Megan is currently working toward her ARCT certificate in Piano and is an accomplished singer/songwriter; she has composed and recorded numerous original songs and plays and sings for weddings and local sporting events. She loves to skate and watch Star Trek in her spare time.  A deep faith in God fuels her commitment to exploring the universe with sophisticated theoretical machinery and she is eager to use the beautiful principles of Physics to find solutions to human problems that are hidden in the natural world. 

Alyssa Fitzpatrick

Alyssa Fitzpatrick

South Australia, 2013

Current place of residence: Adelaide

University: University of Adelaide

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

Other information: Alyssa is in the final year of her medical degree. During the course of her degree she took electives in Vietnam and in Oxford and found both experiences profoundly influential in different ways. Apart from her studies, Alyssa serves as Chair of Insight, the global health group of the University of Adelaide, and served as Publicity Officer for the Australian Medical Students’ Association’s Global Health Committee.  Alyssa enjoys and performs classical and contemporary ballet and performs with, and is on the executive of, the Adelaide University Medical Orchestra. Beyond Oxford, in the shorter term, she hopes to train in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and, in the longer term, to work within the global health arena from both a medical and public health perspective.

Amanda J. Frickle

Amanda J. Frickle

Montana, 2013

Current place of residence: Billings

University: The College of Idaho

Other information: Amanda graduated from The College of Idaho in 2012 where she majored in political economy and in history, and graduated summa cum laude.  Amanda has been very active politically, a leader in the Obama campaign in Montana, as student body president, as president of the Gay-Straight Student Alliance, and as an advocate for LGBT rights.  She has also worked for the Idaho ACLU, an executive officer on the feminist majority alliance, and has petitioned for sustainable environmental practices.  Much of her academic work has been in gender studies. 



Eleanor Gardner

Eleanor Gardner

Bermuda, 2013

Current place of residence: Baltimore

University: Johns Hopkins University

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy

Other information: Eleanor will finish her studies this year, majoring in political science and philosophy. While at JHU, she has held the post of Executive Director for the student-led Foreign Affairs Symposium, and represented the university at the 2012 Google Leadership Conference. Eleanor loves sports, and competes in swimming and sailing at university and international level. She is currently the JHU women’s varsity swimming team Captain, and has represented Bermuda as a member of the National Swim Team.  She has also represented her country in local and international regattas, and was selected by the Bermuda Olympic Association to be Bermuda’s Female Youth Ambassador for the youth cultural exchange programme during the Olympics. In the long-term, Eleanor’s academic interests and her observation of racial tensions in Bermuda and Baltimore lead her to explore solutions to social conflict.

Arushi Garg

Arushi Garg

India, 2013

Current place of residence: Hyderabad

University: NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad

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

Other information: Arushi will complete her joint BA/LLB this year. Alongside her studies, she has served on the Board if the NALSAR International Law Society.  A keen debater, she helped to organise the first NALSAR Comparative Constituent Assembly Debate looking into constitutional law and has participated in national and international mooting competitions, including winning ‘Best Speaker’ at the South Asia rounds of the Henry Dunant Memorial Moot Court Competition in 2011. She is Content Editor for the Environment Law and Practice Review, and is a prize-winning creative writer. Arushi’s longer-term goal is to work in international criminal law, whether in academia or practice.  

Julian B. Gewirtz

Julian B. Gewirtz

Connecticut, 2013

Current place of residence: Hamden

University: Harvard University

Other information: Julian is a senior at Harvard majoring in history. Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, his secondary field is English and he has won prizes for his poetry. Fluent in Mandarin, his senior thesis is on the influence of western economists on Chinese reform. Julian is publisher of the Harvard Advocate, writes for the Huffington Post on China-related topics, and is a columnist for the Harvard Crimson. He also founded and directed a program that connects U.S. and Chinese young people, and has worked for Facebook, and for Alibaba in China.

Rhiana E. Gunn-Wright

Rhiana E. Gunn-Wright

Illinois, 2013

Current place of residence: Oak Lawn

University: Yale University

Other information: Rhiana graduated from Yale in 2011 with majors in African American studies and women’s gender and sexuality studies. She now works at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research in Washington, DC. Rhiana’s senior thesis won prizes from both of her departments. Her interests focus on the complex causes of inequality, poverty, and disadvantage. She has been extremely active in community service, working for the Yale Women’s Center, New Haven school children, grandmothers caring for children orphaned by HIV-AIDS in Uganda, and in Chicago for wards of the state. In Washington, she works as a health outreach volunteer with sex workers.



Heloise Greeff

Heloise Greeff

South Africa-at-Large, 2013

Current place of residence: Cape Town

University: University of Cape Town

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Mechatronics

Other information: Heloise is in the final year of her Bachelor of Science. Alongside her studies, Heloise has served Chairperson of Engineers Without Borders, with whom she led a project to introduce solar water heaters to disadvantaged communities around Cape Town. She served also as Secretary for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Executive Committee at UCT, and as a First Year Mentor within the Electrical Engineering Department. In 2011 she developed and presented a Top 5 product showcase as a South Africa delegate to the Top 100 Brightest Young Minds conference. Beyond engineering, Heloise is an enthusiastic sportswoman, and enjoys travelling. Longer-term, she hopes to contribute to improving access to medical care through low-cost technologies.

Margaret C. Hayden

Margaret C. Hayden

Maine, 2013

Current place of residence: Brunswick

University: Stanford University

Other information:  Margaret is a senior at Stanford where she majors in human biology and ethics in society. Her honors thesis is on the ethical implications of biological conceptions of mental illness and personhood. She has published two papers, has served as a patient advocate, and is passionate about the medical, sociological, political and moral contexts of mental illness. She is also a varsity squash player and a varsity sailor.

Christian H. Heller

Christian H. Heller

North Dakota, 2013

Current place of residence: Beulah

University: United States Naval Academy

Other information: Christian is a senior at the United States Naval Academy, where he majors in history and minors in Arabic. He has interned at the U.S. Army War College and at the Office of Naval Intelligence. His academic work is focused to enable him to develop a broad understanding of the middle east. He is passionate about physical fitness, a marathoner and an amateur body builder; he is proud that he lost 115 pounds to attend the Naval Academy and to serve in the military. He has done submarine training, and attended the Marine Corps selection program at Quantico.



Allan J. Hsiao

Allan J. Hsiao

Kentucky, 2013

Current place of residence: Louisville

University: Harvard University

Other information: Allan is a senior at Harvard with majors in economics and east Asian studies. Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, Allan is editor-in-chief of the Harvard Asia Quarterly, a professional academic journal, and the only undergraduate on its editorial board, senior editor of the Harvard Health Policy Review and of the Harvard Global Health Review. Allan was also an executive producer and director of the Identity 2012 Fashion Show, and president and co-founder of the Harvard actuarial society. He has attended a summit for young leaders in China, and has studied in Korea and Japan.



Kiley F. Hunkler

Kiley F. Hunkler

Missouri, 2013

Current place of residence: Glendale

University: United States Military Academy

Other information: Kiley is a senior at the United States Military Academy where she majors in engineering psychology. She has the highest academic average in her department and is one of a small number of seniors endorsed to attend medical school directly out of West Point, which will now be deferred until after her course at Oxford. She is a battalion commander and is captain of the women’s lacrosse team. Kiley has interned at Walter Reed and worked at regional hospitals in Ghana.



Benjamin Hunn

Benjamin Hunn

Tasmania, 2013

Current place of residence: Tasmania

University: University of Tasmania

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) (2010)/ Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (2012)

Other information: Ben will complete his MBBS this year. Mid-degree he took a year out from his medical curriculum to work on his Honour's thesis, researching Alzheimer's disease, and earlier this year he took an elective in neuropathology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School in further pursuit of his interest in neurodegenerative disease. Following medical voluntary work in 2010 in the former Sudan, Ben founded the Tasmanian Medical Auditing programme to provide assistance to South Sudanese hospitals and medical practices. Throughout his time at UTAS, Ben has served in a number of leadership positions including as a member of the Executive Council of the Australian Medical Association (Tasmania) and as President of the University of Tasmania Medical Student’s Society. For relaxation, Benjamin continues his involvement in athletics, particularly marathon running. Beyond Oxford, he hopes to train in clinical neurology and neuropathology and longer term he aspires to become a neurologist researching degenerative diseases of the brain.

Micah A. Johnson

Micah A. Johnson

Ohio, 2013

Current place of residence: Canton

University: Yale University

Other information: Micah is a senior at Yale where he majors in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and psychology with a neuroscience concentration. Micah was elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa and won the Hunt Lyman prize as the outstanding junior at Yale intellectually and socially. His academic focus has been on brain disorders. He has done research on Parkinson’s disease and worked in Ghana to design and develop a plan to improve mental health care. He founded a program at Yale that assists in public health programs in Latin America, and is executive editor of the Yale Journal of Medicine and Law. He is also a professional magician and was the international junior champion in close-up magic.



Rafiullah Kakar

Rafiullah Kakar

Pakistan, 2013

Current place of residence: Lahore

University: Government College University, Lahore

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (Honours) (2011)

Other information: Rafi graduated this year as the top student in his year group, with a Gold Medal and a place on the GCU Academic Roll of Honour. At university, he served as the General Secretary and President of Quaid-e-Azam Political Science Society, and has won certificates of distinction for his participation in extra-curricular activities. He was also selected for the Higher Education Commission Scholarship for the students of FATA and his native Balochistan. While at GCU, he also participated in the US State Department Global UGRAD Exchange Program and studied at Augustana College for one term in 2010. His research interests are identity politics and foreign policy in Pakistan, with a special focus on Balochistan.  His work has been published in a number of national and international publications, including the Journal of Asian Politics and History. For relaxation, he enjoys playing cricket and football, and competing in quizzes and debating competitions. Longer-term, he hopes to impact policy-making in Pakistan through a career in academia.

Daniel Kaliski

Daniel Kaliski

South Africa-at-Large, 2013

Current place of residence: Cape Town

University: University of Cape Town

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Economics and Applied Statistics (2011)

Other information: Daniel graduated last year as the top Social Sciences student, and has remained at UCT as a tutor and research assistant within the School of Economics. A keen debater, he has also coached others in debating. He won the 2011 National Universities Debating Championships, and was Best Speaker at the 2012 Championships.  He has served as Chair of the UCT Debating Union during the last year and as Training Director for the Township Debating League for aspiring young debaters from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Daniel is passionate about social justice, and a keen reader of philosophy. Longer term, he would like to contribute to the academic study of economics within South Africa, or to influence public policy within the South African economy. 

Jalnidh Kaur

Jalnidh Kaur

India, 2013

Current place of residence: New Delhi

University: St Stephen’s College

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

Other information: Jalnidh will complete her Bachelor of Arts this year. In addition to formal academic prizes, Jalnidh achieved second prize in the ‘Budding Economist’ Quiz at Confluence National Economics Festival and pioneered the business plan ‘EurekaWow’ which promotes the concept of senior-to-junior knowledge sharing. Alongside her academic work, Jalnidh founded Éclair, now a country-wide organisation with over 100 volunteers offering informal schooling for children living on the streets. Jalnidh served as Youth Co-ordinator for the Punjab division of the Civil Society Against Drugs movement during the Punjab Assembly Elections in 2012. Longer-term, she would like to help combat the extreme social disparities in the world around her through contributing to value-based interventions based on social science research.

Rachel R. Kolb

Rachel R. Kolb

New Mexico, 2013

Current place of residence: Los Ranchos

University: Stanford University

Other information: Rachel graduated from Stanford in English in 2012, and with a minor in human biology. She is now a candidate at Stanford for an M.A. in English. Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, she is managing editor of the Leland Quarterly and an opinion columnist for The Stanford Daily. She has been active with Christian ministries and in disability advocacy. She has won numerous prizes for her writing and has for two years been president of the Stanford equestrian team, representing Stanford in the national finals. She is deaf; her Rhodes interview included the use of a sign interpreter.



Anupama Kumar

Anupama Kumar

India, 2013

Current place of residence: Bangalore

University: National Law School of India University

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

Other information: Anupama is in the fifth and final year of her studies in law. Alongside her academic work, Anupama served on the Student Advocate Committee, the Disciplinary Committee, and on the organising committees for the NLSIR Symposia 2011 and 2012. A keen debater, she has taken part in national and international mooting competitions, winning the Richard Baxter Award for Best Applicant Memorial in the World at the Philip C. Jessup Memorial International Moot in 2012. Anupama volunteers with the Academic Support Programme at NLSIU and for Putani Express, a project to improve the literacy skills of local children. For relaxation she enjoys karate, quizzes, and writing. Longer-term, Anupama envisages a career in litigation as a means of contributing to legal scholarship, the development of law through the Courts, and to society as a whole.

Catherine Laporte-Oshiro

Catherine Laporte-Oshiro

California - North, 2013

Current place of residence: Larkspur

University: Yale University

Other information: Catherine is a senior at Yale majoring in ethics, politics and economics. Her concentration is on Chinese state capitalism and she aspires to a career in public service related to China. She has studied Mandarin in Beijing and interned with a non-profit organization in Hong Kong and taught English in Nanjing. She also served as president of the Yale undergraduate economics association. She is team captain of the Yale Fed Challenge Team, analyzing the state of the U.S. economy. Cate also served as an economics intern for Senator Dianne Feinstein and has been active in the Yale Political Union.



Christopher Linegar

Christopher Linegar

Diocesan College, Rondebosch 2013

Current place of residence: Cape Town

University: University of Cape Town

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics

Other information: Chris is completing the final year of his degree on a bursary from Denel Dynamics.  His thesis project has been selected to be presented at the SAIEE National Competition later this year.  Serving as Web Editor at UCT's Varsity Newspaper, he was extensively involved in promoting the growth of online student media at UCT, and has initiated several internships in journalism and web development.  Building on his experiences tutoring Maths and Physics, Chris is pursuing an outreach initiative aimed at making electronic learning resources available to underprivileged school pupils across South Africa.  For recreation, he is an avid photographer and enjoys mountain biking.  Chris envisages a career in autonomous robotics, through which he hopes to encourage students to aspire to higher levels of robotics research in South Africa.

Benjamine Y. Liu

Benjamine Y. Liu

Connecticut, 2013

Current place of residence: Westlake Village, California

University: Yale University

Other information: Benjamine graduated from Yale last year with a major in biology. He is now studying for an M.Phil. in computational biology at Cambridge University on a Mellon Fellowship. Ben also won a Goldwater Scholarship and Yale College’s highest honor, the Alpheus Henry Snow prize, for intellectual achievement and character. He has extensive public health experience, including in China, the Dominican Republic, and England, and has many publications in neuroscience. He also launched a musical and educational program in the Los Angeles County jails.



Melvyn Lubega

Melvyn Lubega

South Africa-at-Large, 2013

Current place of residence: Johannesburg

University: University of Cape Town

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Business Science and Actuarial Science (Honours) (2011)

Other information: Melvyn completed his degree at UCT last year and, since then, has been working for the Boston Consulting Group. Whilst at UCT, he served as Vice-President of the Students’ Representative Council, and as the student member of the University Finance Committee. He served, too, as a member of the Management Team for the South Africa-Washington International Programme, participating in forums held at the World Bank and with the South African Mission to the United Nations, where he focussed on private-sector investment in Africa. Melvyn co-founded the African Student Leaders’ Summit which drew delegates from 11 African countries, and represented South Africa at the 2011 G20 Youth Summit in Paris. For relaxation, Melvyn runs long-distance and plays basketball. Long term, Melvyn hopes to be at the heart of creating the mutually beneficial public-private partnerships which will form the necessary underpinning for the development of the African continent.  

Dakota E. McCoy

Dakota E. McCoy

Pennsylvania, 2013

Current place of residence: Wexford

University: Yale University

Other information: Dakota is a senior at Yale where she majors in ecology and evolutionary biology. Cody is a Goldwater Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and won the Frances Gordon Brown prize for intellectual distinction, leadership and service. She has several peer reviewed publications and has done research projects in ecology, primate cognition and evolutionary biology. She is a member of the varsity track and field team, where she throws the javelin and runs hurdles—and is in Yale’s top 10 of all time in each discipline. She also volunteers for the Special Olympics and sings a capella.



Sarah McCuaig

Sarah McCuaig

Quebec, 2013

Current Place of Residence: Montreal

University:  McGill University

Other information: Sarah is a Greville Smith Scholar completing her Bachelor of Science in Interdepartmental Honours Immunology. Sarah discovered her passion for scientific research at the age of 15 after investigating the effects of ingesting antibacterial toothpaste on probiotic bacteria as a prize winning science fair project. She has since worked in immunology/biochemistry laboratories at the University of Waterloo and Meakins Christie Laboratories in Montreal. Sarah runs for and captains McGill’s Varsity Cross Country and Track teams, has won multiple provincial and national medals, and has been recognized as the top female athlete in Quebec for academic excellence and leadership. Sarah’s love of children has fueled her involvement with KidsAbility and a “cuddles” program for infants in a neonatal intensive care unit. Sarah hopes to become a clinician scientist and remain an advocate of the importance of basic scientific research in the medical field.

Paul Manning

Paul Manning

Maritimes, 2013

Current place of residence: Canning, Nova Scotia

University: Dalhousie University

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

​Other information: Paul is currently completing his B.Sc in Agriculture, majoring in Environmental Science with a specialization in organic agriculture. He's been active with student government, serving three years on the executive committee and serving as president for the last two years. Originally from the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, Paul has spent two summers of his undergraduate degree researching lowbush blueberry entomology, and another abroad in Ethiopia as an intern on a Canadian International Development Agency project.  He runs on his campus' cross country team, and enjoys hiking, yoga, painting and photography. Passionate about the roles of insects within sustainable agriculture, Paul plans to pursue his interests in beneficial insect ecology through the Department of Zoology at Oxford.

Dalumuzi Mhlanga

Dalumuzi Mhlanga

Zimbabwe, 2013

Current place of residence: Cambridge, Massachusetts

University: Harvard University

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies

Other information: Dalumuzi will complete his Bachelor of Arts this year, focussing on civic engagement and democracy in Africa. Whilst at Harvard, he served as Director of the Leadership Institute and Vice President of the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa. He has also been appointed Student Representative to the Harvard Faculty Committee on Public Service to advise the Dean of Student Life and the Dean of Harvard College on student voluntary programmes. He founded the ‘Lead Us Today Trust’, which provides leadership training to high school students in Zimbabwe. Dalumuzi is a keen runner and football player, and enjoys singing and listening to music, theatre, and comedy. Longer-term, aspires to a role in formulating public policy on education, thereby contributing to broadening the aspirations of young Zimbabweans.

Victoria Miyandazi

Victoria Miyandazi

Kenya, 2013

Current place of residence: Nairobi

University: Kenyatta University School of Law

Current/ recent course: LLB (2012)

Other information:  Victoria completed her LLB this year.  Alongside her studies and motivated by her passion for human rights and humanitarian issues, Victoria serves on the International Committee of the Red Cross.  Victoria has also been active as a leader in several youth organisations, including Africa Model United Nations, CTF – Kenya, and Metro Kenya Youth and Children Organisation, where she was part of a team that organised the first Street Children Festival for orphaned and abandoned children.  For relaxation, Victoria  plays the guitar, signs, camps, and hikes - including the ascent of Mount Kenya, thereby achieving one of her childhood ambitions. Longer-term, Victoria sees herself helping to shape policy as an advocate for the rights of those who do not have a voice in society, specifically contributing to the eradication of violent conflict and to ensuring justice for victims of violence.

Naseemah Mohamed

Naseemah Mohamed

Zimbabwe, 2013

Current place of residence: Warren, Rhode Island

University: Harvard University

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies and African Studies (2012)

Other information: Naseemah graduated Cum Laude in her Bachelor of Arts degree this year. She currently works for the Center for African Cultural Excellence, which she co-founded this summer. Whilst at Harvard, she served as President of the African Students Association, Co-director for the Pan African Drum and Dance Ensemble, and Secretary for the Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa. She also founded the Zilolonge Arts-Literacy Project, which pairs teachers and artists to facilitate arts-based learning in a school in Zimbabwe. For relaxation, Naseemah enjoys ice-skating, reading, poetry recital, fishing, and knitting. In the long term, she aspires to channel her passion for education into policy work, to promote education reform in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Khomotso Moshikaro

Khomotso Moshikaro

South Africa-at-Large, 2013

Current place of residence: Pretoria

University: University of Pretoria

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Laws

Other information: Khomotso will complete his studies in law this year. Alongside his academic interest in law, he has been regularly involved in national and international mooting competitions. He was the Best Oralist and Winner of the national rounds of the 2012 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, and was one of the Top 40 Oralists of the 2012 International Round. He has was a Judge and Assistant at the 2011 National Schools Moot Court Competition, and served as the Chairperson of the University of Pretoria Moot and Debate Society during 2012. For relaxation, Khomotso reads fantasy novels, and writes poetry and short stories.  Longer term, a career in public service, practising as an attorney and a judge.

Rachel M. Myrick

Rachel M. Myrick

North Carolina, 2013

Current place of residence: Charlotte

University: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Other information: Rachel is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she majors in political science and global studies and minors in creative writing. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, she has written for the undergraduate law journal and extensively for a student magazine. Rachel is also the student body vice president and chair of the student advisory committee to the chancellor. She also designed a cultural enrichment program for children at a domestic violence shelter in Belize.



Ela Naegele

Ela Naegele

Germany, 2013

Current place of residence: New Haven

University: Yale University

Other information: Ela will complete her Bachelor of Arts this year, majoring in history and philosophy. Whilst at Yale, she has held posts as Co-President of the Young Israel House, and as President and Treasurer for the German Community of Yale Undergraduates. She is also an International Student Ambassador for Yale within Germany. Alongside academic pursuits, she has studied for a diploma in the French horn, piano, and music theory at the Bern University of the Arts and at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. Ela’s activities and interests have led her to consider the power of law in realising social justice, and longer-term she hopes to pursue a career in international and human rights law.

Kiron Neale

Kiron Neale

Trinidad & Tobago, 2013

Current place of residence: San Fernando

University: University of the West Indies

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science  (2012)

Other information: Kiron majored in Geography and Environment & Natural Resource Management, completing his BSc with First Class Honours. Kiron won the Caribbean Academy of Sciences Studentship to present his undergraduate dissertation on alternative fuel sources at the Caribbean Academy of Sciences General Meeting and Conference in November 2012. He currently works as an Associate Professional in the Environmental Policy and Planning Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. Beyond his academic and personal commitment to the environment, Kiron’s interests  embrace the visual arts, and sport of many kinds; as a track athlete he was the 60m gold medallist and 300m silver medallist at the University of Alberta Campus games, where he spent a semester on exchange.  Longer term, Kiron wishes to contribute to environmental policy development in the wider Caribbean.

Katharine Noonan

Katharine Noonan

Australia-at-Large, 2013

Current place of residence: Perth

University: University of Western Australia

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

Other information: Katharine will complete her MBBS this year. Since beginning her studies, she has been involved in the ‘Dr YES’ programme, providing educational sessions to high school students on health issues such as sexual health, alcohol, drugs, and mental health. She has been closely involved in the Western Australian Medical Students’ Society, and was awarded the 2012 Joel Carson Memorial Award for services to the Society.  She has also volunteered with charities which aim to encourage the career aspirations of young Indigenous secondary school students, and to reduce kidney disease and diabetes amongst the wider Aboriginal population. Katharine is a keen debater, and was declared a Grand Finalist at the 2012 Australian Medical Students’ Association National Debating Competition. During leisure time, Katharine enjoys hockey, tennis, swimming, hiking, and travelling. Beyond Oxford, she hopes to work in child and adolescent psychiatry and contribute to public policy on mental health issues.

Noelle Ntumy

Noelle Ntumy

Botswana, 2013

Current place of residence: Gaborone, Botswana

University: University of Botswana

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science (2009) / Master of Science in Applied Microbiology

Other information: Noelle will complete her Master’s this year, whilst also working for the Global Institute for Bio-Exploration, investigating the medicinal properties of plants indigenous to Botswana. She is a teaching assistant at the university, and has contributed her work on local plants to two academic publications. She serves as Secretary for the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Bahái’s of Garabone, and teaches in Sunday school. During her leisure time, Noelle enjoys creative writing and has co-presented a young people’s weekend radio show. Beyond Oxford, she hopes to pursue cancer research and ultimately aspires to an academic teaching career.

Ayodele Odutayo

Ayodele Odutayo

Ontario, 2013

Current place of residence: Brampton

University:University of Toronto

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Health Sciences (2009) / Doctor of Medicine

 Ayo is a 4th year medical student at the University of Toronto. He has a longstanding interest in Nephrology research and has worked as a research trainee at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. Having spent the first 12 years of his life divided equally between Nigeria and the British Virgin Islands, Ayo also has a keen interest in healthcare quality improvement, both locally within Canada and internationally. He has served as the co-director of the University of Toronto International Health Program (UTIHP), interned at the World Health Organization, volunteered in South Africa and represented Canadian medical students on the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Committee on Healthcare and Promotion. Ayo enjoys basketball and playing the steel drums.

Geoffrey Pascoe

Geoffrey Pascoe

Victoria, 2013

Current place of residence: Victoria

University: Monash University

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours) (2011)/ Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Science

Other information: Geoffrey is currently completing his studies, and does so as a Dean’s Scholar of the Faculty of Engineering. Academically, Geoff's interests tend toward mobile robotics and he hopes to contribute - at Oxford and perhaps beyond - to transformative changes in technology in the field of transportation.  Alongside his studies, Geoff has indulged his other passion, politics, serving both as President of the Monash University Liberal Club and a member of the Executive Committee of the Young Liberal Movement of Victoria. As a change from robotics and politics, Geoff umpires for the Victorian Football League Senior Squad. Whilst Geoff is unclear of the exact path his future career will take, he is clear that he will be working on ideas and technologies that impact people's lives for good.

Tara Paterson

Tara Paterson

British Columbia, 2013

Current place of residence: Victoria

University: University of Victoria

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Other information: Tara is in her final year of an honours degree in Women’s Studies and Political Science at the University of Victoria where she was also Chairperson of the Students’ Society. Her passion for social justice has driven her studies and activism. Interested in issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights, Tara has held positions with several international and local organizations. Most recently Tara travelled to Manila, Philippines to work for the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights and is currently the Student and Youth Representative for the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada.



Laura Pittman

Laura Pittman

Newfoundland, 2013

Current place of residence: St John’s

University: Memorial University of Newfoundland

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Engineering

Other information: Laura is currently completing her final year of studies at Memorial University and will graduate in April with a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) and a minor in Mathematics.  She has always been passionate about helping others and is currently working on an outreach project focused on introducing elementary school girls to engineering while eliminating a structural safety concern at a local elementary school.  She has also dedicated her time at Memorial to improving the undergraduate experience of her fellow students by holding roles such as Vice President Academic on Memorial’s Engineering Student Society, Director of Languages and Volunteers for the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students Annual Congress (2011) and Professional Development Director – Newfoundland on the Atlantic Council of Engineering Students.  In recognition of her volunteerism and outstanding work terms she was awarded the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education Student of the Year Award for 2011.  Outside of her involvement with Memorial, Laura spends her time coaching and playing volleyball as well as playing soccer and the piano.  In the future, Laura aspires to improve the lives of others through her interests in biomechanics and business.    

Kameel Premhid

Kameel Premhid

KwaZulu-Natal, 2013

Current place of residence: Durban

University: University of KwaZulu-Natal

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and Political Science (2010) / Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Other information: Kameel’s twin passions are politics and law, with particular focus on the relationship between government, civil society, and the international community. An active member of the Democratic Alliance since 2004, Kameel served as Chief Whip for the KZN Youth Parliament (2008-2010), and continues to serve as elected Branch Committee Member for one of the Durban Wards.  A keen debater, Kameel won 2nd Best Individual Speaker at the Pan-African Universities’ Debating Championships in Bulawayo, 2011; was invited to serve as an Independent Judge in the 2012 World Universities’ Debating Championships and has a long history of coaching young people in KwaZulu-Natal Schools’ Debating Association.

Daniel A. Price

Daniel A. Price

California - North, 2013

Current place of residence: Grass Valley

University: University of California, Berkeley

Other information: Daniel is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, where he will graduate with two B.S. degrees, one in bioengineering, and one in electrical engineering and computer sciences. He also has a major in physics. He has done research in medical robotics at Johns Hopkins, and at Berkeley to develop a new imaging modality known as magnetic particle imaging. He aspires to a career applying his interests in medical devices and medical robotics to address global health care needs.



Vinesh Rajpaul

Vinesh Rajpaul

South African College School, Newlands, 2013

Current place of residence: Cape Town

University: University of Cape Town

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science in Physics & Applied Mathematics (2009) / Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (Honours) (2010) / Master of Science in Astrophysics

Other information: Vinesh completed his BA at UCT with First Class Honours and is now working on a research-based Master’s in Astrophysics, with a focus on exoplanetary science.  He has already authored a number of peer-reviewed publications in this area. He is passionate about improving educational opportunities for young people in Southern Africa and in 2010 he raised funds to establish a merit scholarship for students from poor backgrounds, to encourage and recognise hard work and academic excellence, and has volunteered for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town since 2006.  For light relief, Vinesh enjoys language (French), literature and music (piano), “dabbles” in art and photography (with international recognition), and enjoys a number of outdoor activities, including running, cycling and hiking. Beyond Oxford, Vinesh would like to establish an exoplanet research group in South Africa and hopes to contribute, longer-term, to the development of education policy in South Africa.

Kalyani Ramachandran

Kalyani Ramachandran

Current place of residence: New Delhi

University: St Stephen’s College

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts in History (Honours) (2012)

Other information: Kalyani graduated this year with First Class Honours. In November 2011, she won the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Scholarship. This year she received the Department of History Prize for Academic Proficiency and served as Secretary to the History Society.  Alongside her academic work, Kalyani is an accomplished pianist and photographer.  In 2011 she took a summer course in photojournalism and studio photography at the Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris and interned briefly with the Department of Photography at The Hindu in Bangalore. She has combined her love of imagery with history as curator of an exhibition of visual images of the Indian independence movement. Kalyani also enjoys tennis, film, and theatre.

Joseph W. Riley

Joseph W. Riley

Tennessee, 2013

Current place of residence: Athens

University: University of Virginia

Other information: Joseph is a senior at the University of Virginia where he majors in Chinese, and is in the honors program in government and foreign affairs. A Truman Scholar, and a Jefferson Scholar, Joe is ranked the number one Army cadet in the national ROTC. He is coauthoring a book on Sino-American relations and has done field research on Chinese mineral extraction industries in Africa. He has attended 101st Airborne Division Air Assault school, and Army Airborne Infantry school, and founded an organization to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Fund and to help bridge the civil military divide.



Verena Schenzinger

Verena Schenzinger

Germany, 2013

Current place of residence: Munich

University: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Current/recent course: Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biotechnology (2008) / Bachelor of Science in Physics (2011) / Master of Science in Physics

Other information: Verena will complete her Master’s in physics this year.  Interested in promoting the sciences in education and in explaining physics and its implications to a broader audience, Verena has taught both university and high school students and is also completing a qualification to teach mathematics and physics at secondary school level. For relaxation, Verena runs, dances – ballroom and latin, and plays double bass and piano. Whilst on the one-year Maximilaneum Exchange programme at Merton College, Oxford, Verena also discovered a passion for rowing. Beyond Oxford, Verena hopes to continue in academia, both with her own research and in promoting the understanding of science in the public sphere.

Mubeen A. Shakir

Mubeen A. Shakir

Oklahoma, 2013

Current place of residence: Oklahoma City

University: University of Oklahoma 

Other information: Mubeen is a senior at the University of Oklahoma where he majors in biochemistry. Dedicated to a career in medicine, particularly oncology, he has interned at Columbia University and at the University of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and in its departments of pediatrics and urology. He has also worked in a program for entrepreneurs where he is developing an iPod application to detect concussions in collision sports. Mubeen also co-founded an education program for underprivileged youth in Oklahoma and tutors for children and teens in the Oklahoma Muslim community, and is an opinion columnist for the student newspaper.



David Sherwood

David Sherwood

Western Australia, 2013

Current place of residence: Perth

University: University of Western Australia

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science (2011)/ Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (Honours)

Other information: Dave is currently completing his degree in chemistry.  Whilst at UWA, he won research placements at Monash University and the Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland; and won the Fogarty Foundation Scholarship.  He has remained closely involved with the Foundation’s on-going programmes to provide tutoring for disadvantaged high school students. Profoundly influenced by what he saw of unequal access to high quality education, in 2011 Dave established a not-for-profit company to organise tutoring for over 500 primary school students at 11 remote schools. For relaxation, Dave plays competitive sport - soccer, netball, badminton -  and enjoys camping and water sports. Longer-term Dave hopes to contribute to broad educational reform, ensuring that an individual's life prospects are not restricted by their place of birth. 

Edward Stace

Edward Stace

New Zealand, 2013

Current place of residence: Dunedin

University: University of Otago

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

Other information: Edward will complete his medical studies in the coming year. During the course of his medical degree, he took a year out to undertake research on Bone Banking, graduating BMedSc with First Class Honours.  A keen sportsman, he was invited to join the New Zealand Rowing Squad but declined in favour of his studies.  Instead, he joined the Territorial Army where he was promoted, this year, to Lieutenant. He continues his sporting involvement, hiking, running and playing rugby; this year he won first place in the Army’s Twin Peaks Battle Tab.  Alongside competitive sport, he is a jazz trumpeter.  He hopes to continue medical research at Oxford and, longer-term, he envisages a career in medicine, with the aim of influencing national approaches to preventative medicine and public health.

Evan R. Szablowski

Evan R. Szablowski

California - South, 2013

Current place of residence: Bakersfield

University: United States Military Academy

Other information: Evan is a senior at the United States Military Academy where he majors in mathematics. He has also studied at Al-Akhawayn University in Morocco, and worked on projects encouraging entrepreneurship in Ethiopia, and on emerging markets in the Czech Republic. Evan is also a triathlete, conducts a West Point choir, and was a member of the first American team ever to win the Sandhurst military competition.



Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor

Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch, 2013

Current place of residence: Stellenbosch

University: Stellenbosch University

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Law (2009) / Bachelor of Arts in English (Honours) (2011); Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

Other information: Helen graduated Cum Laude in Law and in English (Honours) and is now completing her LLB. At Stellenbosch, Hockey has taken a back seat in favour of her studies and of her interest in music. An accomplished pianist and violinist, she also teaches the violin and performs in a professional music group based in Cape Town, Camerata Tinta Barocca.  Earlier this year, Helen attended a Summer School at King’s College, London, exposing her to the internal workings of the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey. This experience has confirmed her longer-term aspirations to become an advocate or a judge. Helen is keenly interested in the place of justice in law, particularly in the field of human rights law. 

Jacob Taylor

Jacob Taylor

New South Wales, 2013

Current place of residence: Sydney

University: The University of Sydney

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Languages with combined Honours in Social Anthropology and Chinese Studies (2010)

Other information:  Jacob's interest in how culture takes hold of our bodies and minds has led him towards a keen interest in the emerging field of neuroanthropology.  Having completed his degree in 2010, Jacob has combined meanwhile his interests in rugby and China as a member of the Partnership Development Team of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue, and as the China Consultant and Liaison for the Australian Rugby Union.  Alongside his career as Vice-Captain of the national Rugby Sevens team, Jacob has established the Engaging China Project which seeks to promote the study of the Chinese language in Australian schools.  Longer-term, Jacob hopes to contribute to the growing body of knowledge in neuroanthropology, before seeking to influence more broadly the incorporation of empathic knowledge into the way we educate, govern, and do business worldwide.

Vincent F. Taylor

Vincent F. Taylor

Jamaica, 2013

Current place of residence: Kingston

University: University of the West Indies

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Electronics (2011) / Master of Philosophy in Computer Science

Other information: Vincent completed his BSc with First Class Honours and is currently researching the scope of wireless sensor network security. He has used his talents in electronics to assist in the design and development of websites for charities such as the I Believe Initiative. He combines this with a passion for amateur radio as a webmaster of the Jamaica Amateur Radio Association. Vincent also represents the Department of Computing on the Faculty of Science and Technology Graduate Students’ Social Events Committee, and has won the Professor Sir Kenneth Hall Award for Excellence in Philanthropy for his extra-curricular activities. During his leisure time, he enjoys middle-distance running and weightlifting, and amateur astronomy.  Long-term Vincent envisages contributing to technological advancement in developing countries.

Joseph W. Thiel

Joseph W. Thiel

Idaho, 2013

Current place of residence: Boise

University: Montana State University

Other information: Joseph is a senior at Montana State University where he majors in chemical engineering; he will also get a B.A. in liberal studies, with a focus on politics, philosophy and economics. He is the only student representative on the Board of Regents of the Montana University System. Joe was the vice president of Engineers Without Borders at Montana State and served as a student senator. He has done summer work related to the storage of spent nuclear fuel and in biofilms engineering. He is keenly interested in international development and worked in western Kenya on an engineering project to provide water to rural primary schools.



Thomas Toles

Thomas Toles

Current place of residence: Winnipeg, Manitoba

University: University of Manitoba

Other information: Thomas is in his final year at the University of Manitoba where he is completing a Double Honours BA in English and Psychology. When not doing schoolwork, he fills his time with theatrical pursuits. He loves acting, directing, and improvisation. Thomas is a comedy aficionado and enjoys writing stand-up and comedic rap music. He hopes to become a professor so he can share his enthusiasm about the arts with as many people as possible. Thomas also dreams of writing for The Onion one day, to aid in joyfully pointing out the ridiculousness of modern culture.

Maka B Tounkara

Maka B Tounkara

Zambia, 2013

Current place of residence: Lusaka

University: University of Zambia

Current / recent course: Bachelor of Arts in Economics (2012)

Other information: Maka won the Citi Bank Scholarship for best overall final year student in economics, and graduated this year with Distinction. During the course of his degree he served as Vice President of the University of Zambia (UNZ) Business and Economics Association and was elected Business and Finance Chairperson for the Council of Hall Representatives. Maka also contributed to a scheme to raise awareness and understanding of HIV within the University community. By way of recreation, Maka is a keen football player. Maka is working currently as an Intern in the Budget Office of the Ministry of Finance and as a Staff Development Fellow in the economics department at UNZ.  Longer term, Maka envisages a career as an academic engaged in policy work.

Jenny Tran

Jenny Tran

Australia-at-Large, 2013

Current place of residence: Melbourne

University: The University of Melbourne

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

Other information: Jenny completes her BMedSci/MBBS  this year. In addition to her studies, whilst at Melbourne, Jenny has served as Student Officer and Treasurer of the Medical Students’ Society, and as National Leadership and Development Seminar Delegate for the Australian Medical Students’ Society in 2012. She is currently Director of “REACH” (Realising Education and Access to Collaborative Health), Australia’s first student-run clinic project to deliver free community health care. She has also been the Lead Lecturer and Facilitator for the “Cancer in Samoa” Nurse Education programme on behalf of the Samoa Cancer Society. For relaxation, Jenny rows, runs and plays football. Longer-term, Jenny aspires to become a global leader in clinical care, research and advocacy, specifically helping to close the gap in healthcare equality.

Andrew Trotter

Andrew Trotter

Queensland, 2013

Current place of residence: Brisbane, Australia

University: Queensland University of Technology / Australian National University

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (2011) / Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (2012)

Other information: Andrew completed his BA with Distinction and LLB with First Class Honours in 2011.  Whilst at QUT, he was awarded the Golden Key Asia-Pacific Outstanding Achievement Academic Award (2010), the Tom Cain Trophy for Outstanding  Achievement (2011) (Best Mooter) and the Tom Cain Trophy for Outstanding Achievement (2011).  Apart from academic study and debating, Andrew played cricket, acquired fluency in French and Japanese, conversational Spanish and a useful level of Mandarin. Having completed the GLDP at ANU earlier this year, Andrew is now working as Associate to the Hon Justice Atkinson at the Supreme Court of Queensland.  Beyond Oxford, Andrew hopes practice at the Australian bar, whilst continuing to engage in research and law reform to improve the quality of criminal and human rights law. 

Caroline Whidden

Caroline Whidden

Current place of residence: Sackville, New Brunswick

University: Mount Allison University

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

Other Information: Caroline is currently completing a dual degree program that has allowed her to engage meaningfully with two diverse intellectual areas that interest and motivate her greatly. Throughout her time at Mount Allison, Caroline has been very involved in extra-curricular and public service activities such as Global Brigades, Women’s Varsity Soccer, Atlantic International Studies Organization, the MASSIE program, and the student newspaper The Argosy. Caroline has spent time in Honduras through Global Brigades participating in community-led development projects, including a community-based microfinance initiative in El Canton. She has spent two summers studying abroad and traveling in India. She loves to dance, particularly highland and swing dance and enjoys running, skating, film, and trying new food! Caroline envisions a career path in medicine or development policy to affect global health.

Katie D. Whitcombe

Katie D. Whitcombe

Arizona, 2013

Current place of residence: Mesa

University: United States Naval Academy

Other information: Katie is a senior at the United States Naval Academy where she majors in Chinese. She is tied for first in her class in academic order of merit, and is in the top 2% in overall order of merit, and is Brigade Character Development Officer. Katie’s primary interests lie in working with the peoples of the western and southwestern Pacific. She is on the varsity track and field team where she sprints and hurdles. She also plays the flute and is a dancer. She co-founded Operation Wounded Warrior on her campus, and volunteered last summer in the Philippines to work with girls victimized by human trafficking.



´╗┐Georgianna H. Whiteley

´╗┐Georgianna H. Whiteley

Minnesota, 2013

Current place of residence: Wayzata

University: Luther College

Other information: Georgianna is a senior at Luther College where she majors in chemistry and minors in biology. Annie has done research on Maasai traditional medicine and the distillation of plant oils for that community’s economic development. She has also worked on projects at the nanoscience and nanotechnology institute at the University of Iowa. She is active as a youth mentor, and in Habitat for Humanity and other community projects. She is a varsity tennis player.

Benjamin B.H. Wilcox

Benjamin B.H. Wilcox

Illinois, 2013

Current place of residence: Winnetka

University: Harvard University

Other information: Benjamin is a senior at Harvard majoring in history, with a focus on Latin America and the United States. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, he has done policy and community work with a Brazilian NGO, and his senior thesis relates to race and Brazilian history. Ben is also president of the Harvard-Radcliffe chorus, active in the international relations community, and has written for the Harvard Crimson and the Harvard Political Review. A cyclist, Ben has also logged 10,000 miles pedaling across North America and Europe.



Rachel M. Woodlee

Rachel M. Woodlee

South Carolina, 2013

Current place of residence: Greer

University: Wofford College

Other information: Rachel is a senior at Wofford College where she majors in business economics and Chinese language and culture. Rachel is fluent in Mandarin, and a junior member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is captain of Wofford’s Division I volleyball team. She has traveled in several regions of China, lived with a family in Tibet, and has also studied in Peru and India.



Nina M. Yancy

Nina M. Yancy

Texas, 2013

Current place of residence: DeSoto

University: Harvard University

Other information: Nina is a senior at Harvard majoring in social studies. Nina has interned in the British House of Commons, for CNN, and for the Center for American Political Studies. She has been a teacher and director of Citystep, an organization that provides dance instruction to low income youth, and worked with developmentally challenged youth in Peru. She is also a member of the Harvard Ballet Company and a choreographer for the Expressions Dance Company.  Nina was recently chosen to be the first class marshal of her graduating class.



Phillip Z. Yao

Phillip Z. Yao

New Jersey, 2013

Current place of residence: North Caldwell

University: Harvard University

Other information: Phillip is a senior at Harvard where he majors in physics and minors in philosophy. Phil is passionate about expanding access to education and technology and has mentored in New York City's Prep for Prep program, worked in the New York City Mayor’s office on a new computer science curriculum, and founded a virtual library that will reach over a million students in India with Pratham while on a summer fellowship. Phil was chair of education policy on the Harvard Undergraduate Council for two years, and continues to contribute to its education committee. He is also for a third year on the University's educational policy committee, which comprises deans and department chairs, with oversight on undergraduate educational policy. Phil is also a pianist and a poet.



Daniel W. Young

Daniel W. Young

Virginia, 2013

Current place of residence: Charlottesville

University: Cornell University

Other information: Daniel is a senior at Cornell majoring in philosophy and minoring in South Asian studies. He spent last spring semester in Nepal conducting research for his senior thesis on the social activism on Dalit (“untouchable”) castes. His work in philosophy is focused on the intersection of normative ethics and political theory. Daniel is active in the Cornell prison education program, offering liberal arts courses to men in maximum and medium security prisons. He is also active in Cornell’s outdoor education program and sings with the Cornell glee club.



Qili (Cherry) Xu

Qili (Cherry) Xu

Hong Kong, 2013

Current place of residence: Hong Kong

University: The University of Hong Kong

Current/ recent course: Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (2012) / Postgraduate Certificate in Laws (PCLL)

Other information: Cherry completed her LLB with First Class Honours, graduating first in her year, and will complete the PCLL this year. She is a senior editor of the Hong Kong Journal of Legal Studies, and represented her university in the 2012 Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Following participation in a voluntary programme at the Thai / Myanmar border, Cherry leads a media project to help raise awareness for legal and political activism in the area. For light relief, she enjoys literature, music, photography, and drawing. Her passion for law is borne of a keen sense of justice, and she hopes to develop this in the future as a barrister in Hong Kong and China.