Six Princeton students and alumni have earned scholarships to pursue graduate study in Great Britain or Ireland in the coming academic year. Three — Stephen Hammer ’09, Scott Moore ’08, and Timothy Nunan ’08 — will be Rhodes scholars; Michael Shih ’09 will be a Marshall scholar; Michael Solis ’07 will be a Mitchell scholar in Ireland; and Alexander Barnard ’09 is the recipient of the Sachs Scholarship, a Princeton honor named for Daniel Sachs ’60.
Hammer, Moore, and Nunan are among 32 Americans in this year’s Rhodes class. Princeton has had three recipients in each of the last two years. The Class of 2008 now boasts five Rhodes winners (Moore, Nunan, and 2008 honorees Sherif Girgis, Brett Masters, and Landis Stankievech).
Hammer, a classics major and a member of Princeton’s Army ROTC, will pursue a master’s degree in theology at the University of Oxford, delaying the start of his work as a platoon leader. In his Rhodes application, he wrote that his studies at Oxford would be “fundamental to the integrity and vigor” of his leadership, in the Army and in a planned legal career.
Moore, a Woodrow Wilson School graduate, plans to study for a master’s degree in nature, society, and environmental policy at Oxford. The Rhodes is the third in a string of honors for Moore. As a junior, he was named a Truman scholar, and as a senior, he earned a Fulbright fellowship. He currently is studying Chinese environmental policy at Peking University in Beijing.
Nunan, a German concentrator who will seek a master’s degree in modern European history, is also a Fulbright fellow this year. An aspiring historian, he is translating writings of the German jurist Carl Schmitt at the University of Göttingen in Germany. At Princeton, he won his department’s top prize for his senior thesis about anti-totalitarianism in interwar Europe.
Shih, one of 40 American students to be named a Marshall scholar, is a Wilson School major and a nationally ranked member of the Princeton Debate Panel. He will split his two-year stay in the United Kingdom, pursuing a master’s degree in international relations at Cambridge in the first year and studying for a master’s degree in modern Chinese studies at Oxford in the second.
Solis, one of 12 Mitchell scholars, will study international human rights law at the National University of Ireland in Galway for one year. He was a Wilson School major and worked for the National Human Rights Commis-sion of Korea in Seoul as a Luce Scholar in 2007–08. This year, he is conducting research as a Princeton in Latin America fellow in Santiago, Chile, with Human Rights Watch and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences.