Shiv Gaglani is a member of the Harvard Class of 2010. As an undergraduate he studied biomedical sciences and engineering as well as health policy, and graduated magna cum laude with highest honors. He has been doing research since his freshman year in high school and has completed 10 projects in the fields of tissue engineering, stem cell biology, spinal cord injury, behavioral science, health policy, neuroscience, nanotechnology, infectious disease and biotechnology. In addition to being inducted into the National Gallery for America’s Young Inventors, Shiv won the American Academy of Neurology Neuroscience Research Prize, as well as awards at the International Science and Engineering Fair (second place in Medicine and Health three years in a row), Siemens Competition (regional finalist) and Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (national finalist). A participant in the Research Science Institute and member of the 2006 USA Today Academic First Team, Shiv has also published his research in BMC Neuroscience and the Journal of Cell Transplantation. In college Shiv remained active with research by founding the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association, serving as chief executive officer of the international undergraduate research journal, the Journal of Young Investigators, and participating in the Harvard College Research Program as well as the Program for Research in Science and Engineering. You can contact Shiv by visiting his website.
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Maria Elena De Obaldia
Maria Elena (Ellen) De Obaldia is currently an Immunology Ph.D. candidate and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Med into Grad Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, where she conducts basic research on blood cell development or hematopoiesis. Ellen graduated in June 2008 from Harvard, where she concentrated in biology. While at Harvard, Ellen received grant support from the Harvard College Research Program (HCRP) and was a Program in Science and Engineering (PRISE) fellow. As a high school sophomore, Ellen was awarded first place and best of category awards in microbiology at the 2002 Intel ISEF in Louisville, Kentucky. As a junior, Ellen won second place award in microbiology at the 2003 Intel ISEF. Ellen also was selected as a regional finalist in the Siemens Competition as a senior in 2004. Ellen attended the Research Science Institute at MIT during the summer of 2003, and was named to the USA Today Academic First Team in May 2004. Ellen’s research has been published in the Journal of Virology and Circulation Research.
Scott Duke Kominers
Scott Duke Kominers (www.scottkom.com) is a Ph.D. candidate in business economics at Harvard University. In 2009, he completed his A.B. at Harvard in mathematics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a minor in ethnomumusicology. He then completed his A.M. in Business Economics, also at Harvard, in 2010. Scott has published 17 research articles (in mathematics, economics and musicology), as well as expository articles, puzzles and haiku. He was recently awarded the AMS-MAA-SIAM Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research in Mathematics by an Undergraduate Student and the Thomas Temple Hoopes Prize for his undergraduate thesis. He is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, a Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program Fellow, and a Terence M. Considine Fellow. Additionally, he has been supported by grants from the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative, the Harvard Mathematics Department, the Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering, and the Center for Excellence in Education. Scott conducted number theory research at the 2004 Research Science Institute, for which he was named a semifinalist in the Siemens and Intel Science Talent Search competitions, a regional finalist in the Junior Sciences and Humanities Symposium, and a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). At the ISEF, he was awarded the first place AMS Karl Menger Prize and the second place grand award in the mathematics category.
Dayan (Jack) Li is a Molecular and Cellular Biology major in the Harvard Class of 2011. In high school, Jack spent two summers conducting angiogenesis research in Dr. David Roberts’ Laboratory at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. With this project, he was selected as a 2007 Intel Science Talent Search Semifinalist and was named an Intel Foundation Young Scientist for being one of three top project presenters at the 2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Since freshman year at Harvard, Jack has studied the Sonic Hedgehog signaling pathway in vertebrate development as a student researcher in the McMahon Laboratory at the Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. Outside the laboratory, Jack has served as Co-Chair of the Special Projects Committee and Chair of the Seminars Committee in the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association. In addition, he has served as President of the Harvard Chapter of The Triple Helix, an international undergraduate journal of science in society. He is also the journal’s 2010-2011 Executive Editor-in-Chief at the international division, and presented his Triple Helix work at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2010, Jack was awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for his research in the McMahon Laboratory and for his academic work at Harvard.
Carol Y. Suh
Carol Yoon Joo Suh is a member of the Harvard Class of 2011. She is a molecular and cellular biology concentrator and is currently involved in stem cell research through the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Carol has been involved with the Harvard College Undergraduate Research Association (HCURA) since her freshman year and served as president during her junior year. During college, she has received the Herchel Smith Research Fellowship, the Harvard College Research Program grants, and was a fellow in the Harvard College Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE). In high school, Carol primarily focused on studying biomedical applications using microfluidics. And in her senior year of high school, Carol was selected as a 2007 Intel Science Talent Search Finalist and was also named to the USA Today Academic First Team in 2007. She was also an Intel International Science and Engineering Fair finalist from 2005 to 2007 and was awarded third place in medicine and health in 2006 and 2007.