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Four Names as Marshall Scholars Marking Most Ever for Institute


David Tarin - The Tech
Guang-Ien Cheng G, Shelley M. Cazares '98, and Charles C. Wykoff '98 all received Marshall Scholarships, allowing them to study in England. Not pictured is Robert Grey '98.

By Krista L. Niece
Staff Reporter

For the first time in the scholarship's 44-year history, four MIT students have been named Marshall Scholars. In previous years, the award has been bestowed upon as many as three students.

MIT recipients this year were Shelley M. Cazares '98, Guang-Ien Cheng G, Robert Grey'98, and Charles C. Wykoff '98.

Shelley M. Cazares

Cazares, originally from California, is a senior in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, with minors in Biomedical Engineering and Spanish. Outside of the classroom, she is president of the Mujeres Latinas (Latina Women). She has volunteered at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as the Boston Museum of Science and the Boston Public Library.

Cazares looks forward to spending her upcoming year at Oxford University, where she will be involved in research in orthopedic engineering. Afterward, she hopes to attain her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, either at Oxford or at an American university, and conduct research on prosthetics.

"I know my research interests might change but this is what I'm working toward right now," Cazares said.

She attributed much of her success to her mother, who encouraged her, and MIT professors Helen Lee and Nicolas Wey-Gomez.

Guang-Ien Cheng

Cheng will spend his year in England at Cambridge University studying English language and literature. After receiving his bachelor's degree, he hopes to find an academic or editorial post in the fields of literature or the history of science.

Cheng is a graduate student from Maryland, currently studying for his master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Robert Grey

After earning his degree in Chemical Engineering from MIT this June, Grey will take advantage of his Marshall scholarship at Oxford University.

Grey's eventual plans include owning his own pharmaceutical firm. Toward this goal, he will earn his master's in molecular and cellular biochemistry.

Grey also has many commitments outside of his classwork. He is the second MIT football player ever to be named to the New England Football Writers All-New England team and is president of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Charles C. Wykoff

Oxford University is also the planned destination of Marshall scholar Charles C. Wykoff. He will receive his bachelor's in biology from MIT and pursue a doctorate in oncology. Wykoff plans for a career in medicine.

Wykoff is president of Sigma Chi and an All-American water polo player. During his years at MIT, he helped to found Score, an organization for the enhancement of racial relations and volunteered at Horizons Initiative, a support organization for homeless children.

Scholarship a gift of Britain

Created by the British government in gratitude to the United States' aid during the post-World War IIyears, the Marshall scholarship allows American students to study in England.

Criteria for the scholarship include distinguished academic performance, participation in extracurricular activities, and an indication of interest in world affairs.