Samuel Burnim- Macmillan Scholar
An aspiring pediatric neurologist from Haverhill, Massachusetts, Samuel Burnim graduated from Bowdoin College in May 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry. Outside of class, much of Samuel’s free time was devoted to tutoring peers, helping children with disabilities, and coordinating the school’s student-led mentoring groups. He is honored to be a Macmillan Scholar and to have the opportunity to pursue an MSc in Health Systems and Public Policy at the University of Edinburgh. Studying in Edinburgh will provide Samuel with the resources to learn how physicians can more effectively contribute to healthcare systems that ease the burden on families of children with intellectual disabilities. Samuel is thrilled to learn about Scotland’s healthcare system, and to immerse himself in the culture that has been so welcoming and gracious to him.
Rachael is undertaking a PhD in Politics at Princeton University. She intends to focus on politics of developing and authoritarian countries, looking at the interaction between democracy and development. A native of Dundee, Rachael studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford. Since graduating, she has been working as a researcher for a major group of charitable trusts in the UK, primarily working on international development in East Africa. In the past, Rachael has worked with a range of development NGOs including Women for Women International and Innovations For Poverty Action and completed development projects in Tanzania and the Federated States of Micronesia.
After studying for five years for an undergraduate Master’s degree, Owen graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MSci in Physics & Mathematics. He is interested in the potential of physics to solve some of the difficulties faced by society, and in particular the generation of clean, sustainable energy. Having gained some research experience in materials science while working with the Materials and Condensed Matter Physics group at Glasgow, he is now going to continue his studies by working for a doctorate at MIT in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He is very excited to be moving into such a cutting-edge environment for research, and hopes to use materials science to contribute in some way to a more sustainable future.
Kelly Provan is a recent graduate of the University of St. Andrews where she attained an undergraduate degree in International Relations. Thoroughly enjoying her time as a St. Andrews student, Kelly developed a great passion for the subjects she studied, focusing particularly upon post-conflict peacebuilding in Latin America. Such interests led her to Mexico City in the summer of 2013 where she worked for an N.G.O. driven to address issues of corporate transparency and accountability in the region. While the small and tightly knit community of St. Andrews has become her home over the last four years, she looks forward the change of scene that will come with a 2 year masters programme in International Relations at NYU. Set in the relevant and exciting setting of New York City, this programme is a fantastic opportunity to bridge the gap between her undergraduate readings and the reality of policymaking in one of the world’s political capitals.