Mitman tapped as Marshall Scholar
McLean student will pursue master’s in
physics at Oxford
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
“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.
In addition, Mitman has done research in the fields of neuroscience,
economics and physics, and he has three publications in circulation.
“It is a high academic honor to be a part of this community
of scholars,” Mitman said. “This is an incredible
Mitman’s eventual goal is to earn a Ph.D. in physics, and
while he enjoys research, he said he wants to be a teacher.
“We are thrilled to have Kurt win a Marshall Scholarship,”
said Nicole Hurd, assistant dean and director of the Center for
Excellence. “He has done extraordinary work both inside
the classroom and with the larger community. Whether it is his
research with the Harrison award or his leadership with the International
Relations Organization, his commitment to learning and sharing
Mitman was born at the U.Va. Medical Center while his parents
were graduate students at the University. They both work for the
State Department now.
Each year, hundreds of America’s brightest students compete
for the up to 40 awards given annually by the Marshall Scholarship
committee. The scholarship funds two years of study at any university
in the United Kingdom.
The Marshall Scholarship, which celebrates its 50th anniversary
this year, is funded by the British government in honor of U.S.
General George C. Marshall, who crafted the plan to rebuild Europe
after World War II. William Gwym won U.Va.’s first Marshall
Scholarship in 1954, soon after the program’s inception.