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12/08/93

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Five Stanford students receive Marshall Scholarships

STANFORD -- Five Stanford University students and recent graduates have received Marshall Scholarships this year, the highest number in campus history.

The winners are Angela Bakker, a co-terminal student in English and biology; Nicholas Beim, a 1993 graduate in philosophy and Slavic languages; Steven Farmer, a senior in international relations; Amy Marx, a senior in public policy and economics; and Lisa Nellor, a 1992 graduate in American studies.

They are among 37 American students chosen this year for the honor, which is considered second only to the Rhodes Scholarship in prestige. Winners receive fees and living expenses for up to three years of graduate study in Britain.

Bakker, 23, comes from the small town of LaCenter, Wash. Despite injuries suffered in an auto accident shortly after her high school graduation, she kept a demanding schedule at Stanford that included working as a teaching assistant in chemistry and human biology, and as a volunteer for Special Olympics and the Stanford Centennial Celebration.

In 1992-93, she initiated and organized a seminar in bioethics through Stanford's Human Biology Program. She also served as a research assistant at Stanford's Children's Hospital, studying long-term effects on the parents of pediatric cancer survivors. She will use her time in Britain to prepare for a career in immunology.

Beim, 23, was born in London and grew up on the East Coast. Early in high school he was inspired by a Russian immigrant teacher and developed a deep interest in U.S.-Russian relations. During the summer of 1989, he worked as a production assistant for a "60 Minutes" report on the Afghan War, interviewing veterans about their service in the Red Army. He also spent a year as an exchange student in Moscow.

At Stanford, Beim founded and directed the first student exchange program between Stanford and Moscow State University. He hopes to pursue his interests in international relations through an academic career in international law.

Farmer, 21, also was born in London. The son of an oil executive, he grew up in a variety of places, from Bahrain to Hungary to Texas. He also acquired an interest in medicine, and at Stanford his interests have merged: His international relations major has a focus on African affairs and international health.

Last summer, Farmer did research in Zimbabwe, assessing the impact of AIDS on the health sector there and the efficacy of current treatment for AIDS patients. He also has done research for the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention and served as vice president of the Stanford Student Alumni Network and resident assistant at Serra House. He plans to continue his studies by pursuing a joint management/M.D. degree.

Marx, 21, was a champion hurdler as a Massachusetts high school student, and she continued competing as a member of the Stanford varsity women's track team in her freshman and sophomore years. The granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, she also has served as executive director of the Stanford Jewish Student Association.

Marx's academic interests lie in the area of environmental policymaking. She has held environmentally related internships in both the state and federal governments, and is working on a senior honors thesis about equity and waste siting decisions. In Britain she hopes to earn a degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Nellor, 23, is a native of Kansas City, Kan., who developed an early talent in art. At Stanford she pursued her own interdisciplinary study of the history of art; her senior honors thesis analyzed recent debates over the National Endowment for the Arts.

Nellor also served as head resident assistant at Branner Hall, a writer and editor for the Stanford Daily, director of a program for prospective freshmen, an oral interpreter for deaf students, and an aerobic exercise instructor.

Since graduating she has been working at the Smithsonian Institution to launch an educational workshop on Japanese American women's issues. In Britain she plans to pursue a master's degree in the history of art, which she hopes will lead to a career in museum leadership.

The Marshall Scholarships were established by the British government in 1953 as an expression of thanks for aid given by the United States after World War II under the Marshall Plan.

More than 800 candidates apply for the British Marshall Scholarships each year. This year's winners bring to 47 the number of Stanford students who have received the honor.

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