UW News

December 1, 2003

UW students heading to Oxford as Rhodes Scholar, London as Marshall Scholar

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Allyssa Lamb
Allyssa Lamb, a senior in classics and in biblical and ancient Near Eastern studies, was named last week as one of 32 Rhodes Scholars from the United States. Just the week before that, Jennifer Devine, a geography and international studies major, was named as a British Marshall Scholar.

Lamb is the UW’s first Rhodes Scholar who is African American. Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. As a Rhodes Scholar, Lamb will enter the University of Oxford in England next October where she plans to study Egyptology.

She is a three-time Jim Greenfield Scholar in classics and has twice been a Chester William Fritz Scholar in the humanities. During spring 2002, she participated in the classics department’s Rome spring seminar, studying Roman art and architecture in its historical and ideological context.

Jennifer Devine

Lamb worked last summer as research assistant for Sarah Culpepper Stroup, UW professor of classics, at the archaeological site of Tel Dor, Israel, a prominent ancient port city and cultural crossroad. Fascinated since childhood by ancient history, Lamb is especially interested in the blending of religious and literary traditions that occurred in Egypt during the Hellenistic Age. Her future plans include teaching at the college level and focusing her research on the Hellenization of the Near East.

The British Marshall Scholarships finance up to 40 young Americans to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Devine will graduate June 2004 and plans to pursue gender and development studies at the London School of Economics.

Devine is a 2002 graduate of the National Education for Women’s Leadership institute offered through the UW Center for Women and Democracy and was an intern for the center during the 2002 academic year. During February 2003, she became the first student representative to participate with the center on the “Women’s Mission” to Havana, Cuba.

She is the co-founder and chair of the executive board of the NEW Leadership Alumnae Association. Devine is a research assistant for geography’s Lucy Jarosz and Victoria Lawson investigating poverty, inequality and economic restructuring within rural poor communities in the Pacific Northwest. Devine is a Martin Family Honors, a James Hall and Rose Glazier, and a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial scholar. As a Rotary Scholar, Jennifer studied geography and international relations at the University of Seville in Spain during the 2000 academic year.