Villanova senior Joana Petrescu earns

Marshall Scholarship for British study

RADNOR TOWNSHIP A Villanova University student has received the Marshall Scholarship and will study cancer biology at the University of Cambridge in England, the school announced.

Joana Petrescu, a senior from Warrington, will join 33 other students chosen from U.S. universities for two years of postgraduate study at institutions in Britain. This is the first time a Villanova student has received the prestigious award.

Petrescu is a triple major in biochemistry, French, and honors. She has participated in research projects at Villanova, Thomas Jefferson University, and at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in pediatric oncology.

She is an academic tutor for fellow students as well as at a Philadelphia elementary school. She is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society.

The Marshall Scholarship, named in honor of former U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall, was first awarded for the 1954 school year.

- Mari A. Schaefer