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Twyman '09 will study physical chemistry at Oxford

Kathryn S. Twyman '09 has won a Canadian Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England.

Kathryn S. Twyman ’09

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 varsity women's crew team.

While at Oxford, she says, "I intend to study for a Ph.D. in physical chemistry, specifically looking at ultracold reactions of carbonyl species and Rydberg molecules."

She also plans to continue her athletic pursuits. "It's interesting that the tradition of rowing is so strong in Oxford-it will be exciting to participate in that," she says.

At Dartmouth, Twyman 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.

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

Wendy Lavash, varsity women's crew coach, says 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, on campus, or in the classroom. She is the perfect example of athletic performance complementing academic achievement."

Associate Professor of Biology Kathy Cottingham, who taught Twyman in a biostatistics class and wrote a letter of recommendation for Twyman's Rhodes Scholarship application, says, "Kathryn combines individual excellence in the classroom and research laboratory with teamwork on the water. I have difficulty imagining a person who better meets the description of a Rhodes Scholar."

Twyman was notified of the award following the Canadian national competitions Nov. 22. 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.

Rhodes Scholars at Dartmouth

Since the first American Rhodes Scholars were named in 1904, Dartmouth has had 72 Rhodes winners. The first Dartmouth woman selected for a Rhodes was Mary Cleary '79, in 1980. See a complete list.




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Last Updated: 12/17/08