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Four Students Are Awarded Marshall Scholarships

BySanjay Basu
Staff Reporter

This year, MIT added four names to its ever-growing list of Marshall Scholars.

The Marshall scholarship, which gives recipients a full scholarship to the British university of their choice for two years, is awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and the capability to make significant contributions to society.

This year's Marshall scholars were Orli G. Bahcall '99, Valencia M. Joyner G, Yuka N. Miyake '99, and Paul T. Oppold '99.

Orli G. Bahcall

Bahcall, a biology major and political science minor, will attend Oxford University next year, where she will study the history of medicine. The child of two college professors, Bahcall said that she "learned to be driven internally to be driven by a desire to satisfy myself rather than to satisfy others."

She acted upon that desire here at MIT as President of the Biology Undergraduate Student Association and as a founding editor of the Biology Undergraduate Journal. Bahcall was also an associate news editor of The Tech, a teaching assistant in cell and molecular biology, and an intern at the National Institutes of Health.

Since her freshman year, Bahcall has conducted research in DNA replication. She plans to work in science and public policy.

Paul T. Oppold

Like Bahcall, Oppold will continue his education at Oxford where he plans to study medical and orthopedic engineering.

Oppold is currently president of the Undergraduate Association and a member of Pi Tau Sigma. He is also a member of the engineering honor society Tau Beta Phi.

At MIT, Oppold studied mechanical engineering. He helped design drug pumping machines at Medtronic, Inc. He also works at MIT's Newman Laboratory and recently designed a robotic therapy machine there.

"I hope to use my understanding, compassion and motivation to include Oxford as a piece of my beautiful puzzle of medical inventions," Oppold said. Oppold was inspired to enter the medical engineering field by his brother Joe, who suffered and recovered from a cerebral aneurysm.

Yuka N. Miyake

Miyake is a Course 6 major and the co-president of the MIT Society of Women Engineers. Like Oppold, she is a member of Tau Beta Pi. She is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the EECS honor society.

As a freshman crew coxswain, Miyake used to ask her crew: How much do you want to win?' "It is a question that I ask myself frequently as I challenge myself to proceed boldly in the face of difficult questions and insurmountable odds," she said.

Miyake worked at the MIT Precision Motion Control Laboratory last year and has also worked at the Wireless Semiconductor division of Hewlett-Packard Co., Intel Corp., and Rocketdyne, a division of Boeing Co.. She was named an Intel Woman Science and Engineering Scholar National Science Foundation Fellow.

Valencia M. Joyner

Joyner is studying electrical engineering and computer science and will receive a Masters of Science degree this year. She is the only Marshall scholar planning to attend Cambridge University, where she hopes to obtain a doctorate in engineering. She would like to become a professor.

"I don't tend to think of myself as a brilliant student, but over the years I have come to fully recognize that every effort toward success is another opportunity for my community to shine," she said.

Joyner competes with the MIT equestrian team and participates in both the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Gospel Choir. She has been honored by Microsoft Corp., Citibank (now Citigroup Inc.), Intel Corp., and Toshiba Inc..

The Marshall scholarship was created in honor of former Secretary of State General George C. Marshall, as a gesture of thanks to the U.S. for aid given to Great Britain after World War II. Marshall scholars receive a full scholarship to the British university of their choice.

Students apply from five regions of the country, either from their college region or their home region. Applicants are then interviewed by a six-person panel at the British consulate.Students from MIT need at least a 4.7 grade point average to apply.