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Dartmouth senior and graduate among Marshall/Rhodes winners

Dartmouth College senior Peter W. Noteboom of Livingston, Mont., has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship for 2005, and 2004 Dartmouth graduate Tucker Murphy has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for Bermuda

Peter W. Noteboom
Peter W. Noteboom

The highly competitive Marshall Scholarships, valued at approximately $60,000 each, allow U.S. students to study at a British university of their choice. Noteboom '05 plans to use his scholarship to study for an advanced degree in economics at the University of Oxford in England. Specifically, he hopes to become involved with Oxford's Centre for the Study of African Economics (CSAE).

A double major in economics and government at Dartmouth, Noteboom is particularly interested in the political and economic issues of developing countries, and how economic systems affect social change at the international level. He hopes to pursue a career in a multinational organization involved in economic aid in Africa.

Noteboom's résumé includes internships at Banc of America Securities in New York City and at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham, N.C. He has spent time as an independent contractor, studied cooking in Bologna, volunteered on a game preserve in Tanzania, and biked across the United States. He is also a captain of the men's heavyweight crew team at Dartmouth.

"Being awarded a Marshall Scholarship is an honor," says Noteboom. "I'm excited to be able to pursue my interests at Oxford. This education will have a tremendous impact on my life and future."

Financed by the British government, the Marshall Scholarships were established in 1953 as a gesture of thanks to the United States for assistance received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. This year, 43 Marshall Scholarships were awarded out of close to 900 applicants. In addition to intellectual distinction, the selectors look for individuals who are likely to become leaders in their field and make a contribution to society. More than 1,000 young Americans have received Marshall Scholarships since the program's inception. Prominent past Marshall Scholars include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, former president of Duke University and Wellesley College Nannerl Keohane, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tom Friedman of The New York Times, and noted inventor Ray Dolby.

Rhodes scholar Tucker Murphy '04 hopes to apply his scholarship to study for a master of science degree in integrative bioscience at Oxford.

Tucker Murphy '04
Tucker Murphy '04

The alumnus grew up snorkeling and collecting shells in Bermuda, and this, he says, focused his interests in evolutionary biology. While working on another island, Tierra del Fuego, between high school and college, he read Darwin's journals and explored beaches that contained artifacts of the Fuegian Indians. He arrived at Dartmouth committed to studying biology and anthropology.

"I was lucky at Dartmouth to encounter a number of passionate professors and coaches who encouraged independence" Murphy says. "They presented education and athletics as much more than just the pursuit of a grade or a race result ... [they're also] a chance to force the limits of your imagination and your will. I'm happy for the opportunity the Rhodes will allow me to continue this effort."

At Dartmouth, Murphy studied the research of noted evolutionary biologists Stephen Jay Gould and E.O. Wilson and received the anthropology department's McKennan prize for his freshman paper on Gould's theory of neoteny. Murphy also worked to bring scientific ideas to a broader audience. In this pursuit, he served as writer and associate editor of the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science, contributed to grant proposals in children's education as the "Crittercam Intern" at the National Geographic Society, and volunteered at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vt.

Murphy's interests spanned several disciplines at Dartmouth; he received academic citations for distinguished work in Spanish literature and architecture as well as biology and anthropology. He participated on both the heavyweight crew team and the cross-country ski team. More recently, he completed a studio-based architecture course with Harvard Design School's Career Discovery Program.

At Oxford, Murphy plans to combine his interests in biology and design in the field of biomimetics, which adapts naturally evolved structures, materials, and surfaces for use by humans. According to Murphy, this design philosophy is gaining in popularity, particularly in England, as architects and biologists alike look to nature, not only for inspiration but also for efficient and economical solutions to design challenges.

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.


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Last Updated: 7/24/18