Three Yale College seniors will be studying in England next year, having received Rhodes Scholarships, one of the highest academic honors awarded to college students. Four members of the Class of 2013 are also Britain-bound, as the winners of prestigious Marshall Scholarships.
Rhodes Scholarship winners
The three Rhodes Scholarship winners are Isabel Beshar, Suzanna Fritzberg, and Vinay Nayak.
Among the most prestigious awards for international study, Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 at the bequest of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. The award provides all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England to those students who best exemplify “academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness and leadership potential.”
Isabel E.E. Beshar (Saybrook ’14)
Beshar is a double major in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology and history of science, history of medicine. A Yale College Global Health Fellow who is currently working on two senior essays on different aspects of diabetes, Beshar has proposed to study medical anthropology at Oxford before going on to medical school and a career in global health.
Suzanna Fritzberg (Calhoun ’14)
Fritzberg is majoring in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and is committed to social justice and the alleviation of poverty in the United States through advocacy and public policy work. She spent last summer working at the Roosevelt Institute Four Freedoms Center Think Tank supported by an Arthur Liman Summer Fellowship and other Yale funding, and proposes at Oxford to study comparative social policy.
Vinay Nayak (Davenport ’14)
Nayak is a political science major who will study public policy and the social science of the internet at Oxford. Inspired by working on the 2012 Obama election campaign and by other experiences, he hopes to use social media to involve more people in the electoral process, inform them, and give them a voice in politics and government.
The four alumni Marshall Scholarship winners are Alyssa Bilinski, Tantum “Teddy” Collins, Natalia Emanuel, and Derek Park.
The Marshall Scholarships were established in 1953 as a British gesture of thanks to the United States for the assistance received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. Financed by the British government, the highly competitive scholarships provide an opportunity for American students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership to continue their studies for two to three years at a British university.
Alyssa Bilinski ’13
Bilinski was a political science major and a Global Health Fellow at Yale. She did modeling research in the Galvani Group as an undergraduate and is working as a data analyst Partners in Health this year. Bilinski hopes to improve global health policy through the application of evidence-based research and modeling. She will pursue a M.Sc. in health policy, planning, and financing — co-taught at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the London School of Economics and Political Science — followed by an M.Sc. in epidemiology at LSHTM.
Tantum “Teddy” Collins ’13
Collins majored in global affairs while a student at Yale. Next fall he begin studying for an M.Phil. in international relations at Oxford University. Collins is currently working for Stanley McChrystal on a book. He has taught in Jordan, studied in China (including a semester as a Richard U. Light Fellow), done research in Qatar (published in brief on the PBS NewsHour blog), and has been a freshman counselor at Yale.
Natalia Emanuel ’13
Emanuel, who studied economics as an undergraduate, currently works as a research assistant for the National Bureau of Economic Research. She will study evidence-based social intervention at Oxford University.
Derek Park ’13
Park, who was an intensive ecology and evolutionary biology major, is spending this year doing research at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. A former Beckman Scholar at Yale, Park will pursue doctoral work at Oxford, researching the evolutionary biology of cancer, before heading to medical school and a research career.