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Three win presitigious British scholarships

Please do this again -- prabhat

Three win prestigious

British scholarships

By Prabhat Mehta

An MIT senior has been awarded a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University, England, and two others from MIT have been awarded Marshall Scholarships for study at any British university.

Darcy D. Prather '91 is one of 32 American students to receive Rhodes Scholarships, which fund at least two years of study at Oxford. Prather plans to graduate this spring with degrees in electrical engineering and science, technology and society. He served as president of the MIT chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers in 1989-90.

As inside linebacker for MIT's football team, Prather has broken several school tackling records, including tackles in one game (23). He has also received All-America honors.

At Oxford, Prather will study politics, philosophy and economics for a bachelor's degree. He hopes to one day open an inner-city secondary school in the Middle West.

Rachel A. Harmon '90 and Terry C. Totemeier '91 were among the 40 students awarded Marshall Scholarships this year. Harmon, who graduated last year with a degree in civil engineering (women's studies minor), currently works in the Office of the Manhattan Borough President as a New York City Urban Fellow. She plans to study political science at the undergraduate level at the London School of Economics.

Harmon said she is interested in eventually obtaining a doctorate degree in public policy and continuing work in municipal government.

Totemeier plans to graduate this spring with a degree in materials science and engineering, after which he plans to study metallurgy at Cambridge University. He hopes to obtain a doctoral degree in metallurgy, and then teach and conduct research at the university level. He is currently involved in a project studying fatigue damage in riveted aluminum panels, the material of airplane fuselages.

Rhodes Scholarships have been offered annually since 1903 under a bequest left by English financier and colonizer Cecil J. Rhodes. Marshall Scholarships have been awarded annually since 1954 by the British government "as a practical expression of the British people's appreciation of the generous aid given by the United States under the Marshall Plan," according to a press release from the British Consulate-General, Chicago. Like the Rhodes, the Marshall Scholarship is typically good for two years of study.

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Linn W. Hobbs, who assists applicants for Marshall Scholarships, said the number of applicants for Rhodes and Marshalls this year was about twice the typical number. He attributed the increase in part to a heightened publicity effort this year.