University of Pittsburgh
March 2, 2003

Pitt's Marshall Scholar Wins 2003 Emma W. Locke Award

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February 28, 2003

PITTSBURGH—Cynthia Kinnan, a senior pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and economics as well as an Asian Studies certificate, was named 2003 Emma W. Locke Award winner today during the University of Pittsburgh's Honors Convocation at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.

Established in 1946 by Charles A. Locke in memory of his mother, the award is presented annually to a graduating senior in recognition of high scholarship, character, and devotion to the ideals of the University. The student must have at least a 3.85 QPA and plan to continue his or her education after graduation.

Also a 2003 Marshall Scholar, Kinnan was selected for the Marshall from more than 950 candidates nominated by more than 50 institutions throughout the United States. For two decades, Pitt honors students have won more Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships than any other college or university in Pennsylvania, private or public. Pitt students have won Marshall Scholarships during five of the past six years, a record unmatched by any public university in America.

A leading debater during each of her four years at Pitt, Kinnan was selected as a Debate All-American for 2002 and has served as a president of the Amnesty International Chapter on campus. In addition, she is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She also is a tutor for the University Challenge for Excellence Program.

Fluent in Chinese, Kinnan is interested in the economy and culture of China, where her research of economics in Shanghai and Nanjing last summer with Professor Thomas Rawski reinforced her long-term career goals of teaching, doing research, and consulting.

Kinnan plans to earn a Master of Science degree in global market economics at the London School of Economics. A graduate of Golden Senior High School in Golden, Colo., she is the daughter of Neil and Kathryn Ramsey.