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Three students win scholarships for Oxford study

Two MIT seniors have won Marshall scholarships, and a third has been awarded a Rhodes scholarship. All three will study at Oxford University after they graduate this spring.

Ramy A. Arnaout, a biology major from Chestnut Hill, MA, and Martin J. Gilkes of Plano, TX, who is majoring in materials science and engineering with a minor in Japanese, are recipients of Marshall scholarships.

Mr. Arnaout's activities have included serving in several editorial positions at The Tech, including editor in chief, as a panelist and presenter at Tech Day last spring, and as a Web consultant for the Department of Biology. He will study politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford and plans a career at the intersection of science, medicine, government and service.

Mr. Gilkes has been a Freshman Mentor, a student advisor for minority student recruitment, an undergraduate representative to the Faculty Committee on Academic Performance and a varsity basketball player. He expects to obtain the MEng in materials, economics and management at Oxford and eventually work as an international management consultant specializing in technology industries.

The Rhodes scholar is Pardis Sabeti of Orlando, FL. A biology major with a minor in chemistry and mathematics who has worked in biotechnology, been president of her class and founder of the Freshman Leadership Program, she plans to obtain a second bachelor's degree in human sciences, an interdisciplinary field combining social and biological science.

Thirty-two Americans were named 1997 Rhodes scholars, from an applicant pool of 990. MIT endorsed Marshall applications from seven of its students; four were interviewed at the regional level (there are five US regions which each handle about 150 applications), and two were among the 40 national awardees.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on December 11, 1996.

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