It’s been an exciting fall for our Honors Huskies! Two Honors students have been selected for two of the most prestigious international academic fellowships in the last two weeks.
The University Honors Program congratulates Honors student Kritika Singh, COE’20, on her selection as a 2020 Rhodes Scholar. Singh, representing Virginia, is one of 32 U.S. college students selected out of a pool of 939 applicants.
The University Honors Program also congratulates Michael Tormey, COE’20, on his selection as a 2020 Marshall Scholar, representing Maine. Tormey is one of 46 U.S. college students selected for the honor.
Singh, named a 2019 Truman Scholar this past spring, additionally was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship in 2018. She studies bioengineering, global health, and chemistry at Northeastern. Singh’s focus through her time at Northeastern has thought about the intersection of biomedical research, clinical practice, and global health policy.
The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest international fellowships in the world. 32 U.S. students are selected yearly, who can come from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. As stated on the official website, “Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead.”
Graduating in May, Tormey is currently on co-op with the City of Boston’s Transportation Department, has led two Alternative Spring Breaks, and is an Honors Ambassador. He welcomed our first-year Honors Huskies this September as the student speaker for the Honors Induction Ceremony. Tormey studies civil engineering and economics, a premier example of interdisciplinary study.
The Marshall Scholarship, created in 1953, serve as an academic representation of the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. Named for General George C. Marshall, namesake of the Marshall Plan, which provided economic aid to the United Kingdom post-World War II, the scholarships are awarded to the best and brightest U.S. college students to study at the British university of their choice for either one or two-year graduate programs. Up to 50 awards are selected per year. Recipients come from a “wide range of disciplines, who in turn pursue an even wider set of careers following their Scholarships. Academics are now joined by visual and performance artists, businesspeople, financiers, government servants, politicians, entrepreneurs, educators, scientists, physicians, and lawyers, among many others,” according to the official website.
Tormey will spend one year at the University of Leeds studying transportation planning and engineering. His second year will be at the London School of Economics, with a focus on regional and urban planning studies. Eventually, he plans to work on behalf of a major U.S. city, bringing together teams of engineers and city planners to improve public transit and make it more efficient.
A list of all 2020 Marshall Scholars can be found here.