The University of Chicago Magazine

February 1997


College marshals a double

Oxford-bound: Mona Knock (left) and Jessica Sebeok, both fourth-years in the College, will study in Britain as Marshall scholars. Two fourth-year students in the College were among 40 American students--out of approximately 800 candidates from around the United States--named as this year's Marshall scholars. Mona Knock and Jessica Sebeok each won scholarships to attend Oxford University in England next fall. Financed by the British government, each scholarship provides full tuition and expenses for two or three years of study at a British university.

Knock, who is concentrating in chemistry, is a member of the early admission program of the Pritzker School of Medicine. She is a marathon runner, a world-traveled concert violinist, and a certified single-engine pilot. At Oxford, Knock intends to study chemistry, particularly the spectroscopic analysis of materials to determine their properties and interactions, before returning to Chicago for graduate research.

Sebeok's concentration is in Eastern European history, with a focus on Hungary, the Hungarian language, and contemporary Hungarian cultural issues. Currently an intern at the Journal of Modern History, Sebeok has performed with the University Chorus and Motet Choir and is an editor for a campus newspaper, the Free Press. She plans to study Russia and Eastern Europe at Oxford before pursuing a career in journalism or government service.

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