University of Texas at Austin student awarded Marshall Scholarship

Dec. 16, 2002

AUSTIN, Texas—A student from The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded one of this year's prestigious Marshall Scholarships to study in Great Britain.

Michael M. Hoffman, an Austin native, is a biochemistry/Plan II Honors student. He is conducting research for a thesis in the biochemistry laboratory of Dr. Andrew Ellington at the university, and is president of the Texas Student Publications Board, which oversees The Daily Texan, KVRX Radio, KVR-TV and other student media groups.

“I’m really excited about studying at (the University of) Cambridge,” Hoffman said. “I owe this award in large part to the excellent instruction and mentorship I have received from the faculty of the university. UT has provided me with a wealth of unique opportunities, such as the chance to do biochemistry research and participate in university policy-making.”

The Marshall Scholarship, established by the British as a way of thanking the American people for the Marshall Plan, provides for two or three years of study at any institution of higher education in the United Kingdom. Up to 40 scholarships are awarded annually, allowing students to gain an understanding and appreciation of Britain.

Marshall scholars receive about $50,000 for their studies at the university of their choice. Hoffman will attend the University of Cambridge next fall, where he will pursue a doctor’s degree in bioinformatics.

For more information contact: Robin Gerrow, College of Liberal Arts, 512-232-2145.