West Point Cadets Selected For Stamps Scholars Program

By West Point Public Affairs

Date: Wednesday, Feb 07, 2024 Time: 5:11 EST RELEASE NO: 02-24
Stamps Scholarship Recipients

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Thirteen cadets from the U.S. Military Academy have been selected as Stamps Scholarship recipients. This program provides exceptional students the opportunity to experience studying abroad, academic conferences, and leadership trainings. 

"Congratulations to our newest Stamps Scholars and their mentors! This cohort has an already impressive record of impact,” said Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Shane Reeves. “From nanomaterials to unmanned aerial vehicles to International Affairs, I look forward to seeing how this opportunity will elevate their work.”

About the Stamps Scholars

Cadet Catherine Brodsky, Class of 2026, is a Life Science major from Millburn, N.J. Her research focuses on the invention and synthesis of novel porous nanomaterials for catalytic, energy and sensor applications. Brodsky is interested in live tissue engineering and plans to use the Stamps Scholarship to explore pathways to engineer muscular films for cardiac tissue. After West Point, she aims on becoming an Army surgeon.

Cadet Benjamin Evans, Class of 2026, is a Mechanical Engineering major from Vero Beach, Fla. He is particularly interested in applying new technologies to aircraft design. Evans plans to use his Stamps Scholarship to continue research on morphing wing technology and connect with fellow Stamps alumni in the aerospace industry. He aspires to attend graduate school and earn his doctorate degree in Aerospace Engineering.

Cadet Mason Harris, Class of 2026, is a Law and Legal Studies major and American Foundations minor from Heber Springs, Ark. He is interested in learning more about the public defense system in America and is passionate about Constitutional rights. Harris plans to use the Stamps Scholarship to intern with public defenders to learn more about their role in the justice system and the challenges they face.

Cadet Qinglang Lao, Class of 2026, is a Space Science major from Superior, Colo. She leads a team researching how solar events affect radio wave propagation in Earth's upper atmosphere. She is developing a device to inform commanders of how solar events will specifically impact their military operations. Lao will be using her scholarship to seek expertise from other universities and national labs such as NASA, while pursuing research opportunities through conferences.

Cadet Garret Longstaff, Class of 2025, is a Chemical Engineering major from Ocean City, N.J. He is interested in investigating how advances in material science and bioengineering can alleviate energy security and healthcare scarcities. Longstaff hopes to use this scholarship to continue research on energetic nanomaterials and flexible electrode biosensors at both the U.S. Military Academy and Harvard University.

Cadet Miles Manney, Class of 2026, is a Law and Legal Studies major with a minor in Terrorism Studies from Kansas City, Mo. He is interested in the intricate roles and responsibilities that come with high office positions, especially in the context of American politics. He hopes to use this opportunity to attend academic conferences to present his research and eventually have his work published.  

Cadet Benjamin Nguyen, Class of 2025, is an Electrical Engineering major from Fountain Valley, Calif. He is interested in studying electricity resilience in developing countries. Nguyen hopes to use this opportunity to expand his research scope from power grids on Army installations to larger communities and eventually developing countries.

Cadet Michael Nguyen, Class of 2026, is a Life Science major from Fort Bend County, Texas. He is interested in understanding the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease. Nguyen hopes to make a lasting impact on the fight against neurodegenerative diseases and to safeguard the well-being of others as an Army physician. He will apply the lessons learned from this research to best protect his future patients and their loved ones.

Cadet Johnathan Pinc, Class of 2026, is a Chemistry major from Medina, Ohio. He is interested in studying medicinal chemistry and small-molecule drug discovery. Pinc hopes to use this opportunity to partake in West Point’s Academic Individual Advanced Development program at the University of Padova in Padua, Italy to study in silico molecular modeling.

Cadet Supria Shroff, Class of 2026, is a Life Science major from Acton, Mass. She aims to study medicine, with research interests in microbiology and infectious disease. She hopes to use this scholarship opportunity to continue her research utilizing bacteriophage therapy to combat illness due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Shroff hopes to eventually become an infectious disease physician-scientist in the Army.

Cadet Brandon Tran, Class of 2026, is an International Affairs and Chinese double major from Fountain Valley, Calif. He is interested in studying the relationship between Vietnam and China from 1975 to the present.  Tran hopes to use this opportunity to fund a summer study trip to Singapore to work with prominent researchers and subject matter experts in the region. 

Cadet Maximilian Walsh, Class of 2026, is an Applied Psychology major from San Antonio, Texas. His current research interests include educational psychology, behavioral implications of nuclear weapons, and Just War Theory. As a Stamps Scholar, he plans to attend academic conferences to better understand how the world's greatest minds are tackling complex problems facing our civilization today. 

Cadet Elizabeth Wu, Class of 2026, is a Chinese major from Bethesda, Md. She is most interested in studying the geopolitics of China, and hopes to use this opportunity to learn and share a better understanding of China throughout the U.S Army.

About the Stamps Scholars Program
The Stamps Scholars Program was founded by E. Roe Stamps and his late wife Penny in 2006, with the purpose of enabling extraordinary educational experiences for extraordinary students. Through partnerships with institutions across the nation (and into the U.K.), Scholars receive generous grants for individually designed enrichment activities such as research, community service projects, and travel.

To learn more about the Stamps Scholars Program, visit https://www.stampsscholars.org/

About West Point

The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City.  It was founded in 1802 as America's first college of engineering and continues today as one of our nation’s premier leader-development institutions, consistently ranked among top colleges in the country.  Its mission remains constant—to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army. For more information, go to www.westpoint.edu.