Douglas Storace

Douglas Storace

DR. DOUGLAS STORACE Doug Storace earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Florida State University Biography Dr. Douglas Storace didn’t think he was particularly curious as a child. He grew up in Connecticut in what he describes as an average family. He developed an interest in music and studied piano with a classically trained…

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Roch Nianogo

Roch Nianogo

Roch Nianogo  Roch Nianogo earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health Biography The middle child of three boys, Dr. Roch Nianogo grew up in Ouagadougou (pronounced “Wagadugu”), which is the capital and largest city of Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa. Dr. Nianogo’s father, who is a…

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Elisa Canepa

Elisa Canepa

DR. ELISA CANEPA Elisa Canepa earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Temple University Biography Elisa Canepa was born and grew up in Genoa, Italy, a city on the Ligurian Sea. At the age of six, she discovered that she loved playing volleyball. Her passion for the sport carried well into her early adulthood,…

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Julia TCW

Julia TCW  Julia TCW earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Boston University Biography Julia TCW was born in South Korea but spent her early childhood in Rockville, Maryland. Dr. TCW’s early interest in science and biology was inspired by her grandfather, who helped raise her. A microbiologist and visiting professor at Duke University,…

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Sudeshna Das

Sudeshna Das

DR. SUDESHNA DAS  Dr. Sudeshna Das received funding from the Karen Toffler Charitable Trust in 2022 at Harvard Biography Dr. Sudeshna Das grew up in India. Her mother was an elementary school teacher, and her father was an engineer. She and her sister spent their childhood in various cities throughout India and Nigeria because of…

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Reena Gottesman

Reena Gottesman

REENA GOTTESMAN  Dr. Reena Gottesman earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2022 at Columbia University Biography Dr. Reena Gottesman grew up in New York. The oldest of five children, she developed an early interest in medicine, the sciences, and healthcare. She attributes some of this interest to the time she was able to spend with…

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Alberto Serrano-Pozo

Alberto Serrano-Pozo  Alberto Serrano-Pozo earned the Toffler Scholar Award at Harvard Medical School Biography Alberto Serrano-Pozo grew up in Málaga, Spain, with his parents and three siblings. From a very young age, Dr. Serrano-Pozo was motivated to study hard. His father always taught him that no matter what he chose to do, he should always…

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Catherine Psaras

CATHERINE PSARAS  Catherine Psaras is a 2021 Toffler Scholar at UCLA Biography Catherine Psaras grew up in New Jersey. The daughter of immigrants, Catherine’s mother is from England and her father is from Greece. As a child, she spent idyllic summers in Greece, where she remembers eating figs off of trees. Both of Catherine’s parents…

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Zhe Zhang

Zhe Zhang  Dr. Zhang is the inaugural Toffler Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. Biography Zhe Zhang was born in a town outside of Beijing, China. A curious child, she loved exploring the outdoors and remembers spending hours on end watching ants build their homes. She also enjoyed taking apart household items, like clocks, then putting…

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Cindy Beard

Cindy Beard  Cindy Beard earned the Toffler Scholar Award in 2021 at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health, Epidemiology Department. Biography Cindy Beard was born in Darnestown, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C. The daughter of two mechanical engineers, Beard grew up exploring and enjoying the outdoors with her parents and her brother. She credits…

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