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Dartmouth senior wins Canadian Rhodes Scholarship

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Posted 11/24/08 • Media Contact: Latarsha Gatlin • (603) 646-3661

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Kathryn Twyman
Kathryn Twyman (photo by Bridget Thomas)

Kathryn S. Twyman ’09 has won a Canadian Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England. Twyman was notified of the award after Canadian national competitions Nov. 22.

Twyman, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, is a double major in chemistry and physics with a minor in biology. She is an active member in Dartmouth’s Women in Science Project (WISP) as well as the Dartmouth Varsity Women’s Crew team.

While at Oxford, “I intend to study for a Ph.D (D.Phil) in physical chemistry, specifically looking at ultracold reactions of carbonyl species and Rydberg molecules,” Twyman said.

Twyman has won numerous awards at Dartmouth for both her academic and athletic abilities. She won the Furstenberg Memorial Scholarship, was named a Rufus Choate Scholar for students in the top 5 percent of their class and was chosen as a Presidential Scholar in her junior year. She received the John L. Zabriskie Jr. ’61 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2008 and was selected to join the prestigious Casque and Gauntlet Senior Honor Society earlier this year.

In 2007 Twyman received the All-Ivy Academic honor awarded to varsity athletes who display athletic excellence and high academic achievement. The same year, she competed with the varsity women’s crew team in the NCAA Division I National Rowing Championship and won the Collegiate Lightweight World Indoor Rowing Championship in 2007.

She has been awarded eight academic citations: two in biology, three in chemistry, one in engineering and two in physics.

Wendy Lavash, the varsity women's crew coach, said she isn't surprised at Twyman's award. "In a word, Kathryn is driven. She sets high goals and maintains very high standards, whether out on the water or up on campus in the classroom. She is the perfect example of athletic performance complementing academic achievement."

Kathy Cottingham, associate professor of biology, who taught Twyman in a biostatistics class and wrote a letter of recommendation on Twyman’s behalf for her Rhodes Scholarship application said, "Kathryn is a superb example of a scholar-athlete, someone who combines individual excellence in the classroom and research laboratory with teamwork out on the water. I am very pleased to hear that she won this prestigious award, as I have difficulty imagining a person who better meets the description of a Rhodes Scholar."

More than 60 applications were submitted for the Canadian Rhodes Scholarship in the western region of Canada which includes Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba provinces; Twyman was one of three to win the award.

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