MSUToday
Published: Dec. 10, 2019

Student earns Marshall Scholarship

Contact(s): Kristin Janka Millar CLACS office: (517) 353-1690 kristin@msu.edu, Kristen Parker University Communications office: (517) 353-8942 cell: (517) 980-0709 klparker@msu.edu

Emily Steffke, an Honors College senior majoring in neuroscience in the College of Natural Science and English in the College of Arts and Letters, has been named a Marshall Scholar.

Steffke was also named a Goldwater Scholar in May.

“I am deeply honored to have been granted this opportunity to leap to the forefront of international health discourse and so excited to pursue a doctorate of philosophy in oncology at Oxford,” she said. “It is inspiring to know that the Marshall Commission not only values my pursuits and achievements during my time at MSU, but also believes in my ability to further blossom into a leader capable of addressing some of the world’s greatest health concerns.

“I am incredibly grateful to all of my mentors across so many disciplines at MSU, as well as my family and friends, whose belief and support has been unwavering.”

Steffke is from Beal City, Michigan. She is an undergraduate researcher at MSU’s Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. Steffke is also the co-founder and president of Reach Outside, a service organization through which MSU students help underprivileged children in the Lansing area experience a variety of outdoor sports.

“In addition to an outstanding academic record, Emily is a leader in civic engagement and community service and has an absolute passion for cross country and track,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the Honors College. “She is a shining example of the caliber and potential of all MSU students.

“This accomplishment also highlights the important contributions that faculty and staff make in helping prepare students achieve their goals.”

Steffke’s research focuses on genetic mechanisms of cancer immunosurveillance escape.

“I am thrilled (but entirely unsurprised) that Emily has won a Marshall Scholarship,” said A.J. Robison, associate professor in the Department of Physiology. “She is one of the finest neuroscience students I have ever known and a world-class research mind. She achieved this success as a varsity athlete and a concert pianist, while also earning a degree in English.

“In short, Emily is a true Renaissance woman and represents the very best of Michigan State’s values and achievements.”

The Marshall Commission provides support for up to 50 of the most outstanding undergraduates in the country to study at any university in the United Kingdom. Marshall Scholarships pay tuition and fees, personal travel, book allowances and a living stipend for up to three years of study.

Emily Steffke, a 2020 Marshall Scholar