California-North, 2015

University: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Other information: Elliot H. Akama-Garren, Palo Alto, is a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology majoring in Biology. He has maintained a 5.0 G.P.A. (on a 5.0 scale), including one semester where he took as many courses most college students take in a year. His research, which has led to many publications, including in the Journal of Immunology, focuses on novel ways to manipulate the immune system to treat human diseases, especially cancer. His work has been conducted not only at M.I.T.’s Koch Institute, but at Stanford, Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital. Elliot is also Editor-in-Chief of the MIT Undergraduate Research Journal, has designed and taught four, seven-week-long courses for middle and high school students, and volunteers in the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter. He is also President and Co-Captain of the M.I.T. Men’s Ice Hockey Team.