MEET OUR EXPERT REVIEW COMMITTEE!
An accomplished and inspiring group of professors, graduate students and undergraduates who are passionate about research, believe in the Questioz cause, and have very graciously volunteered to review our contributors' projects and provide some excellent constructive criticism.
Kirkland Williams (Social Sciences)
Kirkland Williams recently earned a Masters of Arts in Religion from Yale University. Prior to matriculating to Yale, he earned a B.Sc. in Economics and a BA in Religion in Jamaica, where he was born. Kirkland believes in interdisciplinary studies and wishes to pursue doctoral studies in Economics with the aim of shaping policies in NGOs and government agencies. In addition to his goal to be an influential policy maker, Kirkland enjoys teaching. This year, for instance, he was co-director for residential life at the Yale Young Global Scholars program, which brings together talented high school students from around the world to engage intellectually with each other. Kirkland speaks English and French fluently, has visited over seven different countries in Latin and South America, and loves to interact with people of different cultures. He supports Questioz's vision because he believes in young people shaping possibly redefining existing schools of thought in academia through their written ideas.
Dan Ruprecht (Humanities)
Dan Ruprecht is currently in the last year of a History and Classics double major at Stanford, with concentrations in American History and Ancient Language and Literature. He is the Managing Editor of the Herodotus Journal, Stanford's undergraduate History research journal, where he helps edit, revise, and publish the outstanding work of his peers. He also works as a writing tutor for a year-long freshman philosophy intensive, Stanford's Structured Liberal Education, and he worked in a similar position at the Stanford Summer Humanities Institute. Dan believes that offering high-achieving young students the opportunity to see their work published will not only motivate them to think more critically about their topic, their writing, and their interests, but also provide positive feedback for students who really are doing phenomenal work before they've even entered their undergraduate years. Further, Questioz would allow those students to work with editors and learn what the revision process is all about. High school ought to prepare students to think critically about the world around them, and train them to present their thoughts in a coherent manner. Questioz will take us one step closer to that ideal.
Austin Justice (Humanities)
Austin R. Justice is currently studying History and Classics at the University of Illinois with special interest in the histories of race, slavery, and abolitionism in the nineteenth century Atlantic world. In 2016, he was named a Humanities & Social Sciences Scholar by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a Burkhardt Scholar by the Department of History, and the 2016-17 Bastian Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. Austin also serves on the editorial board for the History Department’s unique digital humanities initiative SourceLab as well as its Student Advisory Council. Devoted to accessible education, he’s been involved with helping younger students succeed in the humanities for the past several years through the Kentucky Historical Society, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and tutoring. Austin firmly believes in programs like Questioz that provide high school students the opportunity to have their original work read, reviewed, and critiqued such that they can grow intellectually and refine their academic skillsets in preparation for future study.
Ritu Gaur (Natural Sciences)
Ritu Gaur is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Biotechnology at the South Asian University (SAU) in New Delhi. She has been deeply involved in research and academia for the past 15 years. At SAU, Ritu teaches Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering and Virology to Masters and Ph.D. students. She is currently involved in pathbreaking research focusing on studying the mechanism of interaction of HIV proteins with cellular proteins and developing novel antivirals against AIDS.
Ritu supports Questioz because she believes that it is an excellent platform to bring together young minds, is passionate about promoting intellectual interactions among students, and is thrilled to be supporting the research initiatives of high school students around the world.
Muhammad Hamza Waseem (Engineering)
Muhammad Hamza Waseem is a research-oriented sophomore at the Department of Electrical Engineering of the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. His interests lie in modern physics, machine learning and e-learning. He reviews manuscripts for three international science journals. Hamza currently co-heads the Research and Innovation wing of the UET Science Society, where he aims at infusing a drive for research among the undergraduate body of his university. He is also the Chief Editor of Technopolitan, the annual magazine of the IET UET Chapter. Passionate about science outreach, Hamza is a science communicator at Khwarizmi Science Society, which aims at popularizing science at grass root level. He loves to read literature, especially classics and detective fiction. Hamza feels that opportunities for scientific inquiry at both the undergraduate and high school levels are extremely rare - especially in developing nations - and that something ought to be done about that. Thus, he could not help but find his goals resonate with those of Questioz, a journal that promotes high school research in all academic disciplines.