In a dark, dank, dreary building in Romania, where elevators worked only intermittently and the heat barely worked at all, Associate Professor Timothy Kenny decided he wanted to teach.
Through her high school and undergraduate years in Egypt, Marie studied her television for examples of role models and people who made a difference in the world. "I would like to be good like them," she told herself. "I will do my best to do good."
It will take her four to six years to complete her Ph.D. in biology at the University of Connecticut, but 25-year-old Maryam said she won't visit her family in Iran until she is done.