Dec. 5, 2003-
Jan. 17, 2004

Vol. 33, Issue 22
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Students share independent research
Mitman tapped as Marshall scholar
Getting in on the plan
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A ‘Quandt-um’ leap in international activity
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CHoosE (Christian Hoos Exalt) was one of the a capella groups that performed Dec. 1 at U.Va. Night on the Downtown Mall.

Students share independent research
Presentations celebrate undergraduate scholarship

By Matt Kelly

Versha A. Patel started nervously but gained confidence as she spoke about her research into traditional African medicine and its potential for combating AIDS. Standing in front of a laptop and controlling the displays on the screen to her left, she outlined her research techniques and detailed what her work could mean to the AIDS-ravaged continent.

Patel, a fourth-year French and biology major who did her research as an independent study with biology professor Michael P. Timko this past summer, is part of a recent explosion in undergraduate research at the University. Full story.

Mitman tapped as Marshall Scholar
McLean student will pursue master’s in physics at Oxford

Kurt Mitman By Matt Kelly

Fourth-year student Kurt Elliott Mitman will pursue a master’s degree in physics at Oxford University in Oxford, England, for the next two years, after being named U.Va.’s sixth Marshall Scholar.

“I was so ecstatic, I yelled out loud in University Hall,” Mitman, 21, said after being told he had won. “This is an affirmation of four years of academic work and research.”

Mitman, from McLean, spent his third year studying natural sciences at Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge, England. He is a Harrison Award winner, Goldwater Scholar, Lawn resident, Echols Scholar and member of the University Guides. He is also involved in the International Relations Organization at U.Va. Full story.

Getting in on the plan

By Dan Heuchert

If there’s one truism about master plans, it is this: they change.
In an effort to better inform the community about its master planning efforts, the University has pledged to formalize the way that the city of Charlottesville and Albemarle County participate in its planning process. Specifically, U.Va. has reconstituted its Master Planning Council — charged with advising the University president on long-range physical planning issues — which includes nonvoting representatives from the city and the county. Full story.

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