2010 British Marshall Scholarship awarded to Grace Eckhoff, Plan II, Dean's Scholars-Biology major
Posted: November 11, 2009
Grace Eckhoff researching drug resistant strains of tuberculosis.
Eckhoff is a Plan II Honors student in the College of Liberal Arts and an Honors biology major in the Dean's Scholars Honors program in the College of Natural Sciences. As a Marshall Scholar, she'll be pursuing a master of science degree in public health in developing countries at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Eckhoff grew up in Haiti, where her parents were doctors at a small hospital. While her parents were working, she'd often pass the time playing with the kids in the chronic illness ward, most of whom had tuberculosis. They were being treated there, rather than at home, precisely to preempt the development of drug resistant strains of tuberculosis.
Read about Grace's research on tuberculosis in Afghanistan.
"I am thrilled," says Eckhoff, "at the opportunity to study public health a at premier institution where the faculty not only teach about public health but are actively involved in improving the health of individuals all over the world."
"Grace is one of the most impressive students I have known in my time at UT," says David Laude, dean for undergraduate education in the College of Natural Sciences. "She combines a powerful intellect with an enormous capacity to do good in the world. The fluidity with which she transitioned her research on antibiotics resistance from the Freshman Research Initiative laboratory to Afghan clinics and hospitals was a remarkable accomplishment."
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.
Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honor of US Secretary of State George C Marshall, the Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.
As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.