MIT Students Win Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships


Adapted from MIT News Articles

Two MIT students have won prestigious Rhodes Scholarships to study at Oxford University in Britain next year, and four MIT students have won Marshall Scholarships, allowing them to study for up to two years at a British university. With four Marshall winners, MIT tied Harvard and the Naval Academy for the most Marshall Scholarships awarded this year.

In response to the Marshall Scholarship news, Chancellor Philip Clay said, “Since 1953, the Marshall Program has served as a great opportunity for American students to engage British culture. The program is a wonderful opportunity for MIT students to explore how citizens of other countries address the great questions and urgent challenges their generation will have to address.”

All Rhodes and Marshall candidates were endorsed by Kimberly Benard, Program Advisor for Distinguished Fellowships, and Professor Linn Hobbs, Chair of the Presidential Committee on Distinguished Fellowships.  People who know potential future candidates should contact Kimberly Benard at

Matthew Gethers - Rhodes Winner
Gethers is a biological engineering major and political science concentration, who has worked extensively with the Public Service Center and UROP. He will now travel to Oxford University to read for a degree in the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Programme.

Alia Whitney-Johnson - Rhodes Winner
Alia Whitney-Johnson, is a senior in civil & environmental engineering, former Truman Scholar and one of Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women. In 2005, she founded Emerge Global, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower young Sri Lankan mothers. She plans to continue her education in international development, so that she can expand Emerge Global and found similar organizations elsewhere and has therefore decided to undertake the MSc course in development studies at Oxford’s Queen Elizabeth House.

Richard Lin - Marshall Winner
Lin, of Richfield, Ohio, and Taiwan, is a double major in materials science and engineering and biology, with double minors in history and applied international studies. His great passion, however, is traveling to developing countries, gaining an understanding of people’s needs, and engineering devices to make their lives better. Lin plans to dedicate his life to such service efforts and will join Oxford’s School of Public Health before entering medical school.

Anjali Tripathi - Marshall Winner
Tripathi, from Woodland Hills, Calif., arrived at MIT having already proven herself as a gifted scientist, through two internships with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and a research project in Caltech’s Seismological Laboratory. She has participated in multiple UROP experiences throughout her years at MIT. Tripathi will travel to Cambridge University to study at the Institute of Astronomy and then to earn an advanced certificate in mathematics.

David Reshef - Marshall Winner
Reshef, of Livingston, N.J., graduated from MIT in June with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science, and is currently completing the requirements for an MEng degree in the same field. He has supplemented his academic training with research in the field at both Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He will begin pursuing a doctorate in epidemiology at Oxford University this coming fall.

Nathaniel Sharpe - Marshall Winner
Sharpe, a mechanical engineering major from Canton, Mass., has supplemented his coursework with academic research and a technical internship. Sharpe has excelled at finding innovative solutions to complex problems, and has decided that he wishes to continue this sort of work at Cambridge University. He plans to use his mechanical engineering skills in his future career in designing sustainable energy solutions, and therefore proposes to earn two degrees: an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development and an MPhil in Engineering.