Class of 2021 Penn World Scholars
| Meri Kavtelishvili, Georgia |
Academic areas of interest: Physics, Economics, Gender Studies
Activities and interests: Social activism, volunteering, research, entrepreneurship
Future plans:I plan to become a physicist, and along with doing research, I will devote my time and energy to empowering girls and women to pursue science fields.
| Lloyd T. Maodzeka, |
Academic areas of interest: Computer Engineering, Nanotechnology, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Mathematics, Ancient History, Psychology, Musicology and Entrepreneurship.
Activities and interests: Rugby, Chess, Robotics, 3D Simulation and Virtual Reality, Debate, Soccer, Camping, Ancient Art and History, Hiking and 'making things'.
Future plans:Major in Computer engineering and minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship. Invent, innovate and implement. Start a business with an engineering or more generally technology basis, then grow and develop it. My ultimate goal is to be happy and explore the world.
| Daria Kulakova, Russia |
Academic areas of interest: Neuroscience( esp. decision-making process), Abnormal Psychology, Biology, Classical Music.
Activities and interests: playing the piano, reading, running, going to the gym, volunteering, traveling, learning new languages.
Future plans:I'm extremely interested in studying self-harming behaviors and other mental disorders. Integrating Psychology and Neuroscience, I aspire to explore the underlying causes of the diseases and hope to make my contribution to the development of these sciences. Additionally, I'm eager to create a network of volunteers who will travel to Cambodia and assist children with their studies.
| Tathagat Bhatia, |
Academic areas of interest: Philosophy, Mathematics, Cognitive science, and Logic
Activities and interests: Volunteering for environmental and LGBT+ causes, learning Russian, film, music, and comic art
Future plans:Understand how my academic interests fit with each other and how they can be used to effect change in society. I look forward to a career either in research or consultancy.
| Hyacinthe Uwizera, Rwanda |
Academic areas of interest: Electrical and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Mechatronics, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, and Psychology.
Activities and interests: Dance, Pray, Community Service, and Photography.
Future plans:Basically, make the world a better place. I just want to use my education to help the undeserved, and everyone. I think that after my studies, I will go back to my country make a change, and from there go from place to place making an impact.
| Yan Li, Ireland |
Academic areas of interest: Electrical Engineering and Business Innovation (with considerable interest in Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Design)
Activities and interests: Tennis, running, violin, tinkering, Olympiad competitions, Model UN, organizing clubs/events, exploring, volunteering, and mentoring
Future plans:I have always been enthusiastic about entrepreneurship as well as environmental sustainability/renewability, cutting-edge tech, research, poverty reduction, and various other social concerns " I aspire to one day create a start-up of my own, encompassing all of my passions and interests, to ultimately deliver a positive impact on society and the world at large.
| Beverlye L. Gedeon, Haiti |
Academic areas of interest: Economics, Business/ Entrepreneurship, Environment, Philosophy, Mathematics, Computer Science, International Relations
Activities and interests: Volleyball, languages, community service, debate, writing, traveling, listening to music, watching movies, interacting with people of diverse backgrounds, discovering new things
Future plans:I am looking forward to become a better thinker capable of identifying nowadays' ecological issues and bringing effective solutions to them. First of all, I would like to help to prevent and reduce the negative impacts of the natural disasters which affect my motherland every year. Furthermore, I want to bring the citizens of the world to develop a safer relationship with the environment while applying entrepreneurial principles. I also wish to manage my own green company.
| Farah Abdelrahim, Egypt |
Academic areas of interest: Economics, international relations, political science, law, and chemistry
Activities and interests: Fashion designing, playing the piano, reading, event organization, dancing, and debating
Future plans:Either going back to Egypt to help develop its economy through efficiently using underutilized resources, or possibly pursuing a career in the United Nations.
| Cristina Pogorevici, Romania |
Academic areas of interest: Social Entrepreneurship and International Relations
Activities and interests: Traveling around the world to understand and experience authentic lifestyles; Impact of positive leadership and education to empower youngsters; Innovation worldwide.
Future plans:Founding a successful business with great social impact.
Academic areas of interest:Natural Sciences, Public Health, Economics, Business, Geopolitics, Foreign Languages.
Activities and interests:Entrepreneurship, volunteering, counseling, skiing, music, Russian literature.
Future plans:I aspire to dedicate my career to significantly improving the global healthcare system for all the citizens in this world. I believe that we all have the right to live a healthy and happy life with the people we love and I want to be that somebody who people will remember for being devoted to making the world a better place.