Megan Armknecht is a senior studying English Literature and History at Brigham Young University. Besides discussing Romantic poetry and nineteenth-century American and European history, Megan also enjoys discussing current global events and foreign policies. Megan is from Lindon, Utah.
From 2011 to 2013, Ethan Busby was a Student Scholar at the Wheatley Institution. In April of 2013, he graduated magna cum laude from BYU with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Statistics. While at BYU, he also worked as a Student Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy and helped carry out the 2012 Utah Colleges Exit Poll. Since graduating in 2013, Ethan has gone on to graduate school at Northwestern University. There he is currently a PhD student focusing on Political Psychology. His research centers on the nature of partisanship, emotions in politics, and political decision-making. Other work he has done deals with experimental manipulations of threat and the nature of populist attitudes, specifically as they relate to vote choice.
Kristen Nicole Cardon is a graduate student in English at Brigham Young University. She is the recipient of the 2013-14 P.A. Christensen award for graduate students, and she is presently writing her thesis on two film adaptations of Shakespeare’s play As You Like It. Cardon graduated summa cum laude with University Honors from Brigham Young University in 2013. She has studied at Oxford and Cambridge and conducted field research in northern India in 2011. Her undergraduate Honors thesis discussed T. S. Eliot’s collaboration with Renaissance dramatists in terms of media theory. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key International Honor Society, and the BYU Women’s Studies Honor Society. Cardon currently serves as secretary of the Women’s Studies Honor Society and co-managing editor for the Women’s Studies journal. After leaving BYU, Cardon plans to earn a doctorate degree in English literature and work as a professor of English. Aside from her academic interests, Cardon is a certified yoga instructor and an enthusiastic albeit novice rock climber.
Thomas Cook is currently a graduate student at Stanford University pursuing a PhD in chemistry. He is a member of Dr. T. Daniel P. Stack’s research group and is pursuing research in developing discrete molecular catalysts on heterogeneous surfaces for energy-related reactions. He is a 2012 Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Scholar and worked at Nalco, an Ecolab company, as an intern as part of the award. While at Brigham Young University he worked with Dr. Daniel Ess on computational research exploring the mechanism of an enantioselective enolate allylation reaction. He graduated from Brigham Young University magna cum laude with a B.S. in chemistry.
Jonathan Keith is a pianist, composer and teacher. He began playing the piano at age 3, won his first piano competition at age 5, and at age 9, he began his study under Dr. Irene Peery-Fox, professor at Brigham Young University. Jonathan now has a full teaching studio of his own and is a member of Encore Teacher’s Association and Music Teacher’s National Association. Jonathan has appeared as a soloist with the Utah Symphony, Utah Valley Symphony, American Fork Symphony, and the BYU Symphony many times and has performed across Europe and the United States in competitions and concerts. He has won first prizes and performed in winners recitals including the World Piano Pedagogy Conference in Anaheim CA, the International Festival for Creative Pianists in Grand Junction CO, and Boise ID, the International Music Academy of Pilsen, Czech Republic, and the Hyde Park Concert Series in London. Although he loves performing, Jonathan is also an aspiring commissioned composer. He was the national winner of the 2006 Reflections composition competition and the national winner of the MENC composition festival. He has won “best original composition” three times in a row at the International Festival for Creative Pianists and was also awarded best improvisation, best arrangement of a pop song, and most versatile pianist (www.pianofestival.org & magazines including NPR, in a major article in the April 2003 issue of Clavier, and in other music publications such as Piano & Keyboard, Piano Today, and the London-based Piano magazine). Jonathan was recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts for his Piano Concerto No. 1 (2007), his String Quartet was premiered at the International highScore Festival in Pavia, Italy (2012), and he won first prize in the Barlow endowment contest for his piano trio (2013). As a graduate from Brigham Young University and a Wheatley Institution scholar, Jonathan plans to earn his doctoral degree and pursue a career in composition and pedagogy, hoping to one day give back part of his knowledge and resources to the success of future students. Jonathan and his wife Karissa currently reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is earning a Master’s degree in piano performance and pedagogy and she is finishing an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Wellness.
Matthew J. Lelegren currently attends the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelors of science in Biochemistry with a Minor in Spanish and University Honors. As an undergraduate, he worked in Dr. Daniel Simmons’ laboratory as a Research assistant for 3 years. During that time, he received two Undergraduate Research Awards through the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (2011, 2012) as well as an ORCA grant (2013). As a Honors Student, he completed an Honors Thesis which includes some of the data obtained from his laboratory work. Matthew is Married to Kate Lelegren and they have one daughter, Eloise.
Jonathan Wright is a medical student at Stony Brook University in New York. He graduated from BYU in April 2013 with a BS degree in Biochemistry. During his time at BYU, Jonathan worked for Dr. Paul B. Farnsworth doing analytical chemistry research. His research focused on ambient desorption/ionization mass spectrometry and how different plasma gas mixtures affect ionization mechanisms and sample detection. Prior to studying at BYU, Jonathan served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brasilia, Brazil. He currently lives on Long Island with his wife Sara and their son Parker.