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Reed senior awarded Churchill Scholarship

PORTLAND, OR (March 5, 2004) - Reed College senior Moira Gresham of Cheney, Washington, has become the second Reed student in two years to be awarded a prestigious Churchill Scholarship to study for one year at Churchill College at England's Cambridge University. Gresham, who is majoring in mathematics and physics at Reed, is interested in using the opportunity to further her study of particle physics on a theoretical level.

Gresham is working on her senior thesis exploring growth problems in two dimensions. She was a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for the 2003-04 academic year and has had internships studying particle physics at the CERN particle accelerator in Geneva, Switzerland, and at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Palo Alto, California. Gresham plans to attend graduate school after her studies in Cambridge, pursue a Ph.D. in physics, and eventually go on to conduct theoretical research and teach at the university level.

Physics at Reed College
Moira Gresham is the second senior in two years to be awarded a Churchill Scholarship to Cambridge University while studying physics at Reed College. Andrew Essin '03, from Monrovia, California, was awarded a Churchill Scholarship in 2003. The first Churchill Scholarship awarded to a Reed student was to Mimi Cutler '76, who studied biology.

Reed's physics department has been recognized by the American Institute of Physics for its high numbers of graduates in relation to all other United States institutions of higher education. The National Task Force for Undergraduate Physics also recognized the department in 2002, praising its high rate of graduation and retention, as well as its non-competitive "cohesive, supportive, and collegial attitude." The report concluded, "It is difficult for even a casual visitor to the department to come away without an appreciation of the enthusiasm and cohesiveness of the faculty and students in understanding and carrying out the department's mission."

Churchill Scholarships
The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States was established in 1959 as an expression of American admiration for one of the great leaders of the free world. The Foundation undertook to encourage the exchange of knowledge and the sharing of ideas in science and technology between the United States and Great Britain. The Foundation's Churchill Scholarship Program offers American students of exceptional ability, enrolled at one of the institutions participating in the program, the opportunity to pursue graduate studies in engineering, mathematics, and the sciences at Cambridge, one of the world's great universities. The Scholarships also provide the opportunity to experience life in Britain, to forge friendships with British students and those from many other countries who are enrolled at Cambridge, to see something of Europe and lands beyond, to see the United States from a new perspective, and to gain personal insights from living abroad and adjusting to new challenges.

At least eleven Churchill Scholarships, tenable for one year, are offered annually. For more information on the Churchill Scholarships, visit

For further press information, please contact Beth Sorensen, Office of Communications,at 503/777-7574 or at .

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915). Visit for further information.

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