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Three Stanford students receive Marshall scholarships

STANFORD -- Three Stanford women students are among 40 Americans to receive Marshall scholarships this year for study in Great Britain.

They are Kathryn (Kate) Clark of Belmont, Mass.; Michelle Mello of Modesto, Calif.; and Allison Moore of Southborough, Mass.

Clark, 22, received her bachelor's degree in biology in June and will complete a second major, in design, this month. She did an honors thesis in biology, investigating chromosomal abnormalities in northern Italian house mice.

Although she entered Stanford as a pre-med major, the time she spent during her junior year at Stanford's program in Oxford "opened my eyes to other options," Clark said. At Oxford, she had tutorials in both invertebrate zoology and Greek art history and began to do environmental studies. She hopes to continue those studies at Cambridge University, where she plans to work for a master's degree in environment and development.

She would like to earn an advanced degree in conservation biology, with the goal of doing research and planning for a governmental or non- profit agency.

She was a research intern this summer and fall with the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont, where she created digitized maps from aerial imagery and telemetry data, combining her interests in biology and design.

She was a member of the Stanford Band, where she played the drums for three years. She also served as the band's graphics coordinator for a year, where her design efforts included the infamous "spotted owl versus the timber industry" show at the University of Oregon. The show offended many Oregon fans and resulted in a one-game suspension for the Band.

Mello, 20, is a senior completing a double major in political science and applied ethics. She plans to use her Marshall award to study for a master's degree in social policy, probably at Oxford.

Like Clark, Mello spent time at Stanford's program in Oxford, where her focus was on the British health care system and its philosophical underpinnings. She is doing an honors ethics thesis on universal health care for the United States, with comparative looks at the Canadian and British health care systems.

She plans to go to law school and would like to work on social welfare issues for either a non-profit organization or a law firm that would allow her to take pro bono cases.

Her campus activities have included a term as chair of the student government's financial aids advocacy office, which does both lobbying and student counseling, and serving as an advising assistant for freshmen and a theme assistant in the American Studies theme house. She was also a member of the Stanford debate team for two years. In fact, she and Erez Kalir, one of Stanford's two 1993 Rhodes Scholars, first met as high school debate opponents.

Moore, 20, a senior majoring in public policy, who is completing her undergraduate work in three years, is spending fall quarter at the Stanford in Washington program, where she has an internship at the Office of Management and Budget.

She plans to use her Marshall award to study for a master's degree in economics at Cambridge. She is interested in labor economics, particularly women in the labor force.

Earlier this year, Moore was one of 75 students to win a $30,000 Truman scholarship, awarded to undergraduates who are committed to a career in government or public service organizations.

She plans to do an honors thesis looking at the issue of when free speech causes harm, and how the courts have dealt with that issue.

Moore has worked as a research assistant to a visiting scholar at Stanford's Institute for Research on Women and Gender and as a volunteer for the Women and Poverty Project, a Washington, D.C.-based organization aimed at improving the lives of poor women and children. She also has been involved in the Stanford Republicans Club and the College Republican Coalition for Choice.

Her future plans include earning either a law degree or a doctorate in economics. She is interested in government service, but unlike President-elect Bill Clinton, she said, she would probably seek an appointive, rather than an elective, post.

All three Marshall scholars cited professors who have been of particular help in their academic careers. Taking a class from economics Professor Roger Noll got her "hooked on microeconomics," Moore said. Mello has been working with political science Professor Richard Brody since she was a sophomore, she said, and taking classes from Rachel Cohon, assistant professor of philosophy, reinforced Mello's interest in applied ethics. Just before she went to Oxford, Clark took an art class from Jody Maxmin, associate professor of art and classics. Maxmin, who did her graduate work at Oxford, arranged an introduction for Clark to a curator in the department of antiquities at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum, enabling her to study Greek and Roman art. Barbara Snapp, undergraduate research coordinator in biology, also has been very helpful, Clark said.

A total of 42 Stanford students have been honored with Marshall scholarships since the program began in 1954.

The scholarships were established by the British government as an expression of thanks for aid given by the United States under the Marshall Plan.



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