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Three from MIT Win Marshall Scholarships

By Sarah Y. Keightley
Editor in Chief

Danielle C. Goodman '95, Lik Mui '94, and Jeffrey M. Tomasi '95 were named Marshall scholars, along with 37 other students nationwide, said Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Linn W. Hobbs.

More MIT students were granted scholarships this year than in the past several years, according to the MIT News Office.

The British Marshall scholarships allow American citizens who have recently graduated from a four-year university to study at a school of their choice in the United Kingdom.

Each award pays for two years of schooling, and can be extended for a third year. The scholarship includes includes tuition, a personal allowance, and travel costs to and from Britain, totaling on average about $22,000.

"It's really great for MIT to have three people," Goodman said. "It's a really good reflection on MIT, and all the work Professor Hobbs does for the program."

"MIT is very successful, as it should be," Hobbs said. "The cream of the cream is here, and I'd be surprised if we didn't do well."

"I knew that I wanted to take some time off before entering medical school, and I wanted to have the opportunity to study abroad," said Goodman, who is majoring in political science.

In her application, Goodman said that she wants to work toward a master's degree in public health at the University of Edinburgh. This "would enable me to continue my research in maternal health and explore the abilities of governments to address public health problems. Edinburgh offers an ideal environment to combine my interests in medicine and public policy," she wrote.

After her British education, she wants to "become a physician in the National Health Service Corps., specializing in pediatrics or obstetrics and gynecology," according to her application.

Mui majored in electrical engineering and is currently a first-year student in the Harvard/MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. In his personal statement Mui said, "I would like to be a medical engineer with social, economic, and managerial perspectives."

Mui plans to get a degree in the engineering, economics, and management program from Oxford University. After starting a software business with friends, "I now realize that in order to gain the greatest satisfaction through my engineering skills, I have to know the economics and management of engineering very well. An abroad study at Oxford will also enable me to gain an international experience through interacting with people from different nationalities," he wrote.

"I had never even heard of the scholarship until this year," Tomasi said. Tomasi is a physics major, with a minor in philosophy. He would like to continue studying physics at Cambridge University, and being a four-year member of the MIT heavyweight crew team, he hopes to continue rowing in England.

"My crew coach went to Cambridge, and he told me a lot of great stories about rowing and the atmosphere there after I initially had the impulse" to apply, Tomasi said.

"I just want to do some traveling. I've never done much traveling so this is going to be a great opportunity for me," Tomasi said.

"In the future I hope to use my experience gained in Britain as an active researcher involved in projects which integrate teams from across the globe," Tomasi wrote.

Intense application process

Applicants apply from five regions of the country, and students can choose to apply from where they live or where they go to school, Hobbs said. Each region interviews about 18 to 20 candidates, Hobbs said. Then, each region sends a list to the ambassador's commission in Washington, he said.

Goodman was interviewed in the British consulate in Boston before a panel of six people. Hobbs, a past recipient of the scholarship, chaired the Northeast region's panel, Goodman said.

The advisory council, made up of the regional chairs and the British ambassador, met on Dec. 2 to discuss the final list. The council then called the winners, Goodman said.

MIT students' applications are handled by the Graduate Dean's Office, and candidates need a minimum grade point average of 4.7 to apply, Hobbs said. Universities recommend students for the scholarship, and MIT normally submits about nine candidates, Hobbs said.

The Marshall program was started by the British Parliament in 1953 "as a practical and enduring gesture of thanks on behalf of the British people for assistance received from the United States in the aftermath of the Second World War," according to the program's brochure.