Alison Crocker '06 has been chosen a Rhodes Scholar by the American Secretary of the Rhodes Scholarship Trust. She will study for a doctorate in astrophysics at the University of Oxford in England.
Crocker, from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was one of 32 scholars chosen from among 903 applicants. The prestigious Rhodes Scholarships, oldest of the international study awards available to American students, were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Applicants are chosen on the basis of high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership and physical vigor.
A double major in physics and mathematics, Crocker works with Dartmouth's Women in Science Project, helping first-year students in the peer mentoring program. She has participated in research in labs at Dartmouth studying the effects of the Northern Lights on radio transmissions and at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory building and testing an ice detection system.
Crocker is a member of the cross country ski team, was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-American Team, and is a hopeful for the U.S. Olympic team for the 2006 winter games in Torino, Italy. An NCAA All-American, Crocker received the Class of 1948 Scholar-Athlete Award, the Phi Beta Kappa Prize and is an active member of the Dartmouth Outing Club.
By SUSAN KNAPP
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Last Updated: 5/30/08