Reshmaan Hussam is the daughter of Bangladeshi immigrants to this country. She was born in Virginia and graduated from MIT as a Burchard Scholar (a member of the Instituteâ€™s interdisciplinary honors program) in 2009 with a major in economics. She has undertaken empirical and interview-based research on such subjects as teenage pregnancy, dowries and independence of women in financial decisions, and the effects of patriarchy on the implementation of micro-credit. She has also taken leadership roles in MITâ€™s interfaith dialogue group and the MIT Muslim Students Association. She served as a youth columnist for Americaâ€™s Muslim Family Magazine and an editor of a Cambridge-wide journal on Islam and society, Ascent Magazine. Beginning in the Fall of 2010, she will pursue a PhD in developmental economics.