Country's Brogan Named Marshall Scholar
David Brogan, a
Vanderbilt biomedical engineering senior who combines his studies with cross-country
competition and community involvement, has been chosen to receive one of the
prestigious Marshall Scholarships.
Brogan is one
of 40 U.S. students chosen this year to participate in the British government-financed
scholarship program established in 1953 as a way of thanking the United States
for its assistance after World War II. The highly competitive scholarships provide
an opportunity for American students who have demonstrated academic excellence
to continue their studies for two to three years at the British university of
their choice. The scholarships are worth about $60,000 each.
Brogan plans to
use his scholarship to pursue a master of philosophy at either Kings College
of London or Oxford University. He hopes eventually to become a physician and
to explore combining medical imaging techniques with surgical practice to develop
innovative methods of treatment.
the work that he has done with Professor of Biomedical Engineering Robert Galloway
with focusing his interest on image-guided surgery. "Vanderbilt is one
of the leaders in the field," he said.
The Marshall Scholarship
affords him the opportunity to continue and enhance his research in a unique
setting while receiving a great new perspective, he said. After completing his
studies in England, Brogan said he will return to the United States for medical
"This is a
wonderful accomplishment for David, who represents the best of what Vanderbilt
has to offer -- a full and rewarding experience both within and outside the
classroom," said Chancellor Gordon Gee. "This honor is a reflection
of his hard work and dedication as well as the influence of his professors,
teachers and mentors."
About 800 college students apply each year for the Marshall Scholarships, which
are awarded on the basis of academic distinction and leadership potential.
include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer; Duke University President
Nannerl Keohane; Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Tom Friedman of the New York
Times and Dan Yergin, author of The Prize; and noted inventor Ray Dolby.
A letterman on
Vanderbilt's Cross Country Team and a member of the Southeastern Conference
Academic Honor Roll, Brogan is also a published scholar, having written a paper
on "Progress Toward Automation of Biological Electron Microscopy"
for the National Cancer Institute, where he worked as an intern last summer.
He is coauthor of another NCI paper currently being developed.
He is treasurer
of the Biomedical Engineering Society and past president of the Engineering
Council, the governing body of the undergraduate engineering college.
Engineering faculty are extremely proud of David Brogan's accomplishment in
winning this prestigious scholarship," said School of Engineering Dean
Ken Galloway. "David's dedication to the highest standards of academic
excellence, leadership, community service and his engineering discipline have
been exemplary in his time at Vanderbilt. He represents our superb School of
Engineering student body very well."
Among his favorite
experiences, Brogan counts his work at local elementary schools to demonstrate
entertaining science experiments for fifth- and sixth-graders as part of Vanderbilt
Student Volunteers for Science. Through the YMCA Urban Services Mentoring Program,
he spent a year helping tutor inner city school students for two hours each
night, four nights a week. He also participated in Alternative Spring Break
and Vanderbilt Kids Zone, a program that promotes student athlete interaction
with school children, and he volunteers at Warm Springs Rehabilitation Institute.
The son of Mary
and John Brogan of San Antonio, Texas, Brogan graduated first in his class at
Robert E. Lee High School in San Antonio in May 1999, and attends Vanderbilt
on full scholarship. A National Merit Scholar and Eagle Scout, he has been on
the Dean's List every semester at Vanderbilt. He is the recipient of a Tau Beta
Pi Scholarship, Robert Byrd Honor Scholarship, Harrawood Engineering Honor's
Scholarship and a Nashville Engineer's Association Scholarship.