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Four seniors named 2007 Marshall Scholars

Princeton NJ — Princeton seniors Tamara Broderick, Neir Eshel, Tianhui (Michael) Li and P.G. Sittenfeld have been awarded 2007 Marshall Scholarships for graduate study in England.

recipients of the 2007 Marshall Scholarships

Princeton’s recipients of the 2007 Marshall Scholarships are (from left) Tianhui (Michael) Li, P.G. Sittenfeld, Tamara Broderick and Neir Eshel. (photo: John Jameson)

They are among 43 students from U.S. colleges and universities to win the prestigious awards, which cover the cost of living and studying at a British university of the recipient’s choice for two or three years.

The Marshall Scholarships were established in 1953 as a British gesture to the United States for the assistance received after World War II under the Marshall Plan. The scholarships are awarded to American students who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership potential.

Broderick, a native of Parma, Ohio, is concentrating in mathematics and also is pursuing certificates in applications of computing and in applied and computational mathematics.

She will enroll in a one-year master’s program in mathematics at the University of Cambridge and then pursue research in probability theory. She ultimately hopes to become a professor of mathematics and to serve as a role model for other women in the field.

Broderick was awarded this year’s Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award, which is given to the undergraduate who, at the end of the junior year, has achieved the highest academic standing for all preceding college work at the University.

Broderick also has received a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the George B. Wood Legacy Sophomore Prize, the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, the Quin Morton ’36 Writing Seminar Essay Prize, the Manfred Pyka Memorial Physics Prize and the Eugene Taylor Prize in Physics.

She is co-president of the Math Club and has been active in Princeton Engineering Education for Kids, a program through which undergraduates visit elementary schools and teach children basic principles of engineering using Lego toys. She has been an undergraduate fellow and peer adviser at Mathey College and has served as an Outdoor Action leader.

In summer 2005, Broderick was one of 24 undergraduate mathematics students to conduct research as part of the Director’s Summer Program of the National Security Agency and was one of two students asked to return for a special international program the following year.

Eshel, a native of Bethesda, Md., is a molecular biology major and a candidate for a certificate in neuroscience. He plans to pursue two one-year master’s programs, in clinical neuroscience and public health, at the University of London.

Eshel has gained extensive research experience in neuroscience at Princeton and in internships with the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Mental Health. He has co-written several published papers based on his research, including two that were recently published with Eshel as the lead author.

Eshel plans to use his Marshall Scholarship to chart a path toward a career linking his interests in neuroscience and public health.

Eshel has served as the managing editor of The Daily Princetonian, and has received the student publication’s Class of 1961 Newspaper Writing Award as well as a first-place award for investigative reporting from the New Jersey Press Association. He has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship and the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence. Eshel also is a member of the Klezmocrats, a klezmer ensemble, and has been an undergraduate fellow and peer adviser at Rockefeller College.

Li, who is from Portland, Ore., is a computer science major and a certificate candidate in mathematics. He will enroll in a one-year master’s program in mathematics at Cambridge, and then plans to pursue doctoral research in mathematics, focusing on information theory.

Li, whose research interests also include mathematical finance and physics, hopes to a build a career focusing on questions that can be tackled with the same interdisciplinary approaches he has employed as an undergraduate.

Li has held internships with the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Google, Intel and Bloomberg’s quantitative financial research division. He also has pursued interdisciplinary research in his independent work at Princeton, including a software development project that incorporated mathematical proofs.

Li is co-chair of the Undergraduate Research Symposium’s steering committee. He has been an undergraduate fellow and peer adviser at Rockefeller College and a peer adviser for incoming students in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Sittenfeld, a native of Cincinnati, is an English major and a certificate candidate in American studies. He will utilize the Marshall Scholarship to enroll in a new one-year master’s program in English literature and American studies at the University of Oxford, followed by a one-year master’s program in economic and social history.

Sittenfeld is planning to pursue a career in journalism, building on his experience as president of the Princeton University Press Club, the country’s oldest organization of professional student-journalists. Sittenfeld has contributed to The New York Times, The Trenton (N.J.) Times, the Princeton Alumni Weekly and The Daily Princetonian, among other publications.

Sittenfeld won the English department’s Francis Biddle Sophomore Prize for essay writing. He is an undergraduate fellow of Forbes College, a member of the student advisory board of the Program in American Studies and an Orange Key campus tour guide.


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