The Intellectual Pursuits Of Kurt Mitman, U.Va.’S Sixth Marshall
May 7, 2004 --
What drives an undergraduate student to perform research in three
separate fields, pursue two unrelated majors and start one journal
of international affairs?
Kurt E. Mitman, an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia.
22, who graduates in May with dual degrees in physics
and economics, is U.Va.’s sixth Marshall Scholar and
one of 40 students at the University to have received a national
Scholarship since 1989.
say Mitman has been productive as an undergraduate would
be a gross understatement. Over the past four years, this
energetic student has excelled at undergraduate research, earning
a Harrison Undergraduate Research Award and the satisfaction
of investigating such topics as neuroscience and sealed-bid
find problems and pose questions,” he said. “I challenge
myself to see if I can do [new things]. I want to jump
in and see what I can contribute.”
has published articles in Astrophysical Journal and, as a member
of the International
was instrumental in creating the Wilson Journal of International
Affairs, a quarterly publication that focuses on foreign
affairs and honors former president and U.Va. alumnus
spent his third year studying natural sciences at Pembroke College
at the University of Cambridge, England.
to the Marshall
Scholarship, he will return to England this fall to
pursue a master’s
degree in physics at Oxford University.
A McLean, Va., resident, Mitman has also been engaged
in student life as a Lawn resident and as a member
has made the most of his undergraduate career with two distinguished
and unrelated majors, he studied abroad, he was engaged
in research, lived on the Lawn and started an international affairs journal,” said
Nicole F. Hurd, assistant dean of the Center for
Undergraduate Excellence, which serves as a clearinghouse for undergraduate
research projects. “He’s leaving a remarkable legacy. I don’t
know anyone who has done all of that in such a short
period of time.”
the record, Mitman’s connection to U.Va. goes
back 22 years — he was born at the Medical Center in 1982, while
his father, Matthias Mitman, was a graduate student
and his mother, Susan Elliot, was an instructor at the School of Nursing. Both
parents now work at the State Department.
Matt Kelly, (434) 924-7291