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Rhodes, Mitchell Scholarships Awarded to Two Dartmouth Seniors

Two Dartmouth students are recipients of prestigious postgraduate scholarships. Adam Levine '08 from Bronx, N.Y., has been named one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars for 2008, and Travis Green '08 from West Palm Beach, Fla., has been awarded a 2008 George J. Mitchell Scholarship.

Adam Levine '08
Adam Levine '08 (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)
Adam Levine

Completing a triple major in anthropology, art history, and mathematics and social sciences, Levine plans to use the scholarship to study for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in classics at the University of Oxford. His undergraduate thesis in art history is an examination of canonical images of Christ, a subject he hopes to continue researching at Oxford, applying art history, anthropology, and mathematical network analysis. The interdisciplinary nature of Oxford's classics department makes it a particularly good fit for his interests, he says.

Levine's long-term goal is a career in museum management and curating. "I love the fact that a museum exhibit can change the way people look at the world," he says.

He has worked at the Hood Museum of Art; was an intern and research assistant in the anthropology department of the American Museum of Natural History in New York; and interned this past summer in the pre-Columbian art, African and Oceanic art, and antiquities departments of Sotheby's Auction House in New York.

As a Presidential Scholar, Levine worked as a research assistant for Professors Kirk Endicott and Robert Welsch in anthropology. He is currently working with Welsch and is a research assistant to Joel Levine, professor of mathematical social sciences. He has edited and co-authored several scholarly publications. In addition, he is a member of the Dartmouth boxing club/team and is training for the Vermont State Golden Gloves Championship, light-heavyweight division.

The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Criteria for selection include high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership, and physical vigor.

Travis Green '08
Travis Green '08 (photo courtesy Dartmouth Scholarship Advising Office)
Travis Green

Mitchell scholarships are awarded annually to 12 Americans under the age of 30, to pursue a year of postgraduate study at any university on the island of Ireland.

Green is completing a major in natural and artificial intelligence while also serving as student body president. He will use his scholarship to pursue a doctorate degree in neuroscience at University College, Dublin, working with the university's Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research. "I hope to continue to build on my research to construct a computer model that uses genetically derived rules to simulate the human brain," Green says.

Green entered Dartmouth interested in how policy can affect our lives but soon became engrossed in science and technology. As a Presidential Scholar, he worked with Dartmouth Medical School Professor Maiko Saito in studies of the nematode C. elegans. He also participated in the Africa Foreign Study Program, researching the Boskop skull, believed to have belonged to a hominid with mental capabilities beyond those of modern humans. In his current internship with the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, he has constructed parts of algorithms that mimic human brain function, built robot-control software that behaves like motor neurons, and worked toward his self-designed independent major focusing on the genetic basis for human brain growth and potential computer systems that self-organize along similar rules.

The Mitchell awards are named after former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell (D-Maine), who spearheaded the historic Good Friday Agreement of 1998 that produced peace in Northern Ireland. The Mitchell Scholarship program "recognizes outstanding young Americans who exhibit the highest standards of academic excellence, leadership, and community service" and "seeks to link future American leaders with the island of Ireland."

By REBECCA BAILEY

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Last Updated: 5/30/08