2020-21 MWC Scholars

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Georgetown University Scholars

Graduate Scholars, $15,000 Award 

Megan E. Barefoot

Forster Family Scholar

  • 1st Year Scholar
  • MD/Ph.D. Tumor Biology Program
  • Researching liver damage from reperfusion injury after liver transplant.
    Nicole Wagner

    ARCS/MWC Endowment Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Biology
    • Researching the survival mechanisms of primitve microbial life in a perennially frozen, methane-rich Antarctic lake
    Daniel N. O'Brien

    ARCS/MWC Endowment Scholar

    • 2nd Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Physics
    • Researching design and development of novel medical devices for biomarker sensing in non-invasively sampled human interstitial fluid.
    The George Washington University Scholars

    Graduate Scholars, $15,000 Award 

    Benjamin P. Bowman

    Mars Foundation Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Engineering
    • Research in graph theory, machine learning, and applied cybersecurity, to develop new graph-based techniques for modeling knowledge derived from source code to detect vulnerabilities. 
    Isaiah J. King

    Patricia and Duncan Sparrell Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Computer Engineering
    • Research in machine learning on graph data structures to provide deeper knowledge about data in less time
    Laith Z. Samarah

    ARCS-MWC Chapter Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Chemistry
    • Research entails chemical analysis to unravel the intricate molecular framework behind the natural association between legumes and nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
    John Hopkins University

    Graduate Scholars, $15,000 Award 

    Savahannah Est-Whitte

    Forster Family Foundation Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
    • Research attempts to stimulate the immune sysetm to specifically target diseases including melanoma and inflammatory bowel disease.

     

    Adam Li

    ARCS/MWC Chapter Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
    • Research entails localizing the epileptogenic zone in the brain of epilepsy patients using intracranial EEG data.
    Alexandra Rindone

    Hesse Endowment Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
    • Research platform will be applied to develop targeted therapeutics to regenerate lost bone resulting from large craniofacial injuries.
    University of Maryland

    Graduate Scholars,  $15,000 Award

    Laura A. Paquin

    Bill and Marilynn Sweetser Scholar

    • 2nd Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Aerospace Engineering 
    • Research in the development of aircraft and spacecraft that will be subjected to high-speed and high-temperature flows
    Julia C. Sell

    ARCS/MWC Chapter Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Physics
    • Research focuses on using light, with an added kick of momentum, to interact with matter in a way that is currently in accessible in traditional electronics.
    Micahael J. Zuzak

    Lockheed Martin Scholar

    • 2nd Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Electrical Engineering
    • Research to prevent malicious activity, such as piracy, trojan insertion, and reverse engineering within custom integrated circuits.
    University of Virginia

    Graduate Scholars, $15,000 Award

    Audrey C. Brown

    Danaher Corporation Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Molecular Generation, Cell, & Developmental Biology
    • Research to identify how metabolism of the malaria-causing parasite, Plamodium falciparum, changes in response to stressful conditions to prevent the emergence and spread of drug-resistant malaria.
    Samantha M. Perez

    JCM Foundation Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar 
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
    • Research focuses on the translational nexus of combining basic molecular biology and engineering principles to selectively target deadly cancers.
    Stephanie Michaela Rikard

    McNichols Family Foundation Scholar

    • 1st Year Scholar
    • Ph.D. Candidate, Biomedical Engineering
    • Research to design novel therapeuitc interventions to improve outcomes for patients who experience acute myocardial infarction.