By Matt Kelly
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.
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.”
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.
addition, Mitman has done research in the fields of neuroscience,
economics and physics, and he has three publications in circulation.
is a high academic honor to be a part of this community of scholars,”
Mitman said. “This is an incredible opportunity.”
eventual goal is to earn a Ph.D. in physics, and while he enjoys
research, he said he wants to be a teacher.
are thrilled to have Kurt win a Marshall Scholarship,” said
Nicole Hurd, assistant dean and director of the Center for Undergraduate
Excellence. “He has done extraordinary work both inside the
classroom and with the larger community.
it is his research with the Harrison award or his leadership with
the International Relations Organization, his commitment to learning
and sharing knowledge is inspiring.”
was born at the U.Va. Medical Center while his parents were graduate
students at the University. They both work for the State Department
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
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.