2020-21 MWC Scholars

2020-21 MWC Scholars

Georgetown University Scholars

Graduate Scholars, $15,000 Award 

Megan E. Barefoot
  • 1st Year Scholar
  • MD/Ph.D. Tumor Biology Program
  • Researching liver damage from reperfusion injury after liver transplat.
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

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
  • 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
  • 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-White
  • 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
  • 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

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