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James Marek ’18 Awarded a Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

The British Embassy in Washington, DC announced that James Marek ’18, a senior at Duke University, is one of 41 students who have been awarded a Marshall Scholarship to pursue post-graduate studies in any field at any university in the United Kingdom. The award covers all university fees, cost-of-living expenses, and many other costs. Over 1,000 students applied for the prestigious scholarship, which is awarded each year to high-achieving American students.

Marek is a civil engineering major with a minor in economics. He has spent much of his time involved with Duke Engineers for International Development (DEID), helping to design and construct vehicular bridges in Uganda as part of a Duke Engage team, and in West Virginia as a project manager and lead designer for DEID. As a Bass Connections fellow, he has worked on developing a seismic monitoring and notification system to provide early warning for earthquakes in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.  He plans a career in operations research to improve public transportation systems.

Marek has an interest in videography and recently completed a project on Super 8 film about a personal road trip through the Great Smoky Mountains. He has also served as a tour guide for Duke’s Undergraduate Admissions office, a physics peer tutor in the Academic Resource Center, and a teaching assistant in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A resident of Yardley, PA, Marek was the Student Marshall for the Class of 2018 at La Salle College High School (student with the highest GPA). He was also as a member of the State Championship Cross Country Team in 2017 and active in several service initiatives including Face to Face, Mann on Main Street, Pheed Philly, Secret Santa, and Operation Desert Son. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments, and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent, and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

View the full list of this year's winners: https://marshallscholarship.org/the-scholars/winners-of-the-2022-scholarship

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