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Dartmouth senior Alison Crocker named Rhodes Scholar

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 11/21/05 • Contact Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

Alison Crocker
Alison Crocker (Photo courtesy of Dartmouth Ski Team)

Alison Crocker, a member of the Dartmouth Class of 2006, 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 American scholars chosen from among 903 applicants. The prestigious and competitive Rhodes Scholarships, oldest of the international study awards available to American students, were created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and colonial pioneer. Applicants were chosen on the basis of high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership and physical vigor. The annual selection process includes extensive evaluation and personal interviews.

Crocker is a double major in physics and mathematics at Dartmouth. Crocker works with Dartmouth's Women in Science Project, helping first-year students in the peer mentoring program. Crocker has also worked in research laboratories at Dartmouth studying the effects of the Northern Lights on radio transmissions, and at the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers' Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory building and testing an ice detection system.

"Alison brings great talent and a searching curiosity to her academic work," says John R. Thorstensen, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. "She works hard, but isn't a drudge or a grind -- her success seems to come from a genuine love of learning. She's never struck me as self-satisfied, or as a prima donna -- she always seems to be asking herself if she can do better, or understand something more deeply. This is the mark of a true intellectual."

She is also a member of the cross-country ski team, and she was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-American Team. The teams were named by the College Sports Information Directors of America. She's a hopeful for the U.S. Olympic team for the 2006 winter games at Torino, Italy. She also rowed on the U.S. junior national rowing team. With a grade point average of 4.0, she has received the Phi Beta Kappa Prize and is an NCAA Academic All-American. She participates in Dartmouth's Outing Club, where she is involved in hiking, backpacking, and cabin and trail maintenance. She is a member of the forestry team, participating in sawing, chopping, splitting, and fly-casting competitions.

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