Jessica Glennie, Sai Gourisankar, and Mark Jbeily
I’m delighted to report that among UT’s thousands of outstanding students, we now have a Marshall Scholar and two Rhodes Scholars.
The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding students for two years of study at the University of Oxford. Thirty UT Austin students have now received the award in its history. Approximately 83 scholarships are awarded each year. Our Rhodes Scholars are Jessica Glennie and Sai Gourisankar.
Jessica Glennie, an architecture student and member of UT’s varsity women’s rowing team, will focus on environmental policy and change during her time at Oxford. She is interested in the world’s environmental and social management issues and plans to be an architect and environmental leader. The Rhodes Scholarship is administered through various English-speaking nations. Jessica’s scholarship comes via New Zealand, where she attended Macleans College before coming to UT. A native of South Africa, Jessica received the Big 12’s 2014 Dr. Gerald Lage Academic Achievement Award.
Sai Gourisankar, a Plan II student, will focus on mathematical modeling, scientific computing and theoretical physics. After completing his two years at Oxford, he plans to return to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. Sai is particularly interested in understanding and solving problems at the intersection of chemical engineering and mathematics. Sai is one of 32 Rhodes Scholars selected in the United States this year.
Mark Jbeily, also a Plan II student, has won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, which allows Americans to do graduate study in the United Kingdom. He is one of 34 Marshall Scholars this year. Mark is a recipient of the ROTC Leadership Award and wants eventually to help develop America’s national security strategy in a rapidly changing and interconnected world. Mark will pursue a Master of Philosophy degree in International Relations at Oxford University. At UT, he is currently drawing upon an interdisciplinary arts and sciences degree to study literature, philosophy, science, mathematics, and language (Arabic), as well as to explore courses in United States government and the classic texts that shaped and continue to shape our civic life.
I know you join me in congratulating Jessica, Sai, and Mark.
What starts here changes the world.