MIT Rhodes and Marshall Scholars

(adapted from an email by Professor Linn Hobbs, Chair, Committee on Foreign Scholarships)

In mid-November, two very talented MIT students were chosen as winners of the prestigious and highly competitive Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. Ali Alhassani was selected as a Marshall Scholar and Melis Anahtar was selected as a Rhodes Scholar. Kim Bernard, Program Advisor in the Distinguished Fellowships Office, advised all the major scholarship participants as they worked through the application and interview process.

Ali Alhassani, who hails from Natick, MA, is a technical engineering major in a pre-med curriculum with minors in biomedical engineering economics. He is the American-born son of Iraqi parents and was a standout scholar at Belmont Hill, before coming to MIT. He has interned at the WHO in Geneva and the National Children's Hospital in Washington, DC. His plans for the future came into sharp focus in 2005, when he volunteered to serve as a translator for a 12-year-old boy wounded in Iraq and flown to Boston's Spaulding Hospital for urgent medical treatment. Mr. Alhassani has also served as the Muslim Leader for the interfaith dialogue group, the Addir Fellowship, sponsored by the US Department of Homeland Security. As a Marshall Scholar, Ali will study health policy and financing at the University of London's School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, before attending medical school.

Melis Anahtar is the American-born daughter of two Turkish architects and is also majoring in Mechanical Engineering on a pre-med track. A talented young research scientist, Ms. Anahtar has performed significant research in two major MIT biomedical laboratories and at NIST and NIH, some of which has been already published. She is presently editor-in-chief of the MIT Undergraduate Research Journal (MURJ) and was selected as one of the top 10 College Women by Glamour Magazine in 2007. As a Rhodes Scholar, Melis will study biomedical technology at Oxford, before attending medical school.