December 5, 2008

Two Student-Athletes Among MIT's Four Marshall Scholars

Dec. 5, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT graduate student David Reshef and senior Nate Sharpe, both members of the men’s Track and Field team, were awarded Marshall Scholarships, allowing them to study for up to two years at a British University. The two student-athletes were among four winners of this prestigious award from MIT, which led all United States colleges and universities in recipients this year.

Reshef, a member of the track team since his sophomore year, captured a sixth place finish in the 800 meters at last year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship. Since graduating in June with a degree in electrical engineering, Reshef is currently pursuing a Master’s of Engineering in the same field. Outside the classroom, Reshef has gained valuable experience performing research at both the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School-Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Working alongside fellow MIT alumnus Pardis Sabeti (’97), a former Rhodes scholar, Reshef has studied epidemiological patterns in malaria outbreaks. He has designed a software program used to analyze similarities in outbreaks, such as population density, proximity to wells and religious makeup of the community. Impressed by the potential of his research, both the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Clinton Foundation have provided Reshef with datasets to be analyzed.

Sharpe, a senior captain of the track and field squad, finished seventh in the pole vault at the NEWMAC Championship last year. He is set to graduate with a degree in Mechanical Engineering next June. This past summer, Sharpe completed an internship with Apple in Cupertino, Calif., where he redesigned an iPod to be used by paraplegics. Sharpe hopes to pursue a pair of graduate degrees at Cambridge University, a Master’s of Philosophy in Engineering for Sustainable Development and a Master’s of Philosophy in Engineering.

Marshall Scholarships have been awarded to U.S. students every year since 1953 by the British government as a gesture of thanks to the United States for aid received under the post-World War II Marshall Plan. Classmates Richard Lin and Anjali Tripathi will join Reshef and Sharpe in continued study under the program.

Earlier this month, fellow MIT student-athlete Matt Gethers, a senior fencer, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to read for a degree in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Programme at Oxford University.