Rockford Senior High School graduate nominated by Michigan State University students for prestigious award

October 7, 2016

Rebecca Carlson, a graduate of Rockford Senior High School and native of Rockford, Michigan has been nominated by Michigan State University (MSU) for a major graduate school scholarship award – the Marshall Scholarship

Carlson is an Honors College senior majoring in chemical engineering from the College of Engineering.

The Marshall Commission provides support to approximately 40 of the most outstanding undergraduates in the country to study at any university in the United Kingdom.

Along with Carlson, MSU nominated Joel Arnold, a recent graduate with degrees in social relations and policy from the James Madison College and urban and regional planning from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Clara Lepard, an Honors College senior majoring in zoology from the College of Natural Sciences.

The National and International Fellowship and Scholarship (NIFS) office at Michigan State University, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.

“These are students who have gone above and beyond during their time at university,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the Honors College. “MSU is proud to nominate these gifted and hard-working students for these major awards.”

Carlson has participated in and led research both on and off MSU’s campus. Currently, she is a research assistant in an applied biomolecular engineering lab and also a student ambassador for the Undergraduate Research Office.

Carlson was named an Evergrande Scholar, earning the opportunity the work at Harvard Medical School’s Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases. She is also part of the Red Cedar Undergraduate Research Journal (ReCUR) Student Editorial Board.

Carlson plans to study bioinformatics and theoretical systems biology.

“Through my international and interdisciplinary experiences, I hope to eventually foster partnerships with scientists worldwide, mentor budding scientists learning to speak the language of research, and develop innovative computational and experimental approaches to understanding the immune system,” Carlson said. “By becoming an engineer and scientist, I could both act as intermediary, serving as ‘interpreter’ across different fields, and contribute new knowledge through original research.”

MSU has produced 18 Marshall Scholars.