Masiello '03 is Wellesley's Ninth Rhodes Scholar
November 22, 2004
Mass. -- Elizabeth "Betsy" Masiello,
Wellesley College Class of 2003, has been named one of 32 Rhodes
Scholars chosen from the U.S. this year. A computer science major
and economics minor at Wellesley, Masiello is pursuing graduate studies
in the Technology and Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. She is the ninth Wellesley College student to win
the prestigious honor since women were allowed to apply in 1976.
At MIT Masiello is studying the economic and technical aspects
of authentication technologies and their impact on security. In
her honors thesis at Wellesley, she argued that biometric surveillance
threatens to erode anonymity even though the technology does not
function very well.
“The Rhodes Scholarship is an incredible honor and opportunity,” said
Masiello. “I feel very fortunate to have been awarded this
honor that will allow me to build on work that I began at Wellesley
and have continued at MIT. I am certainly most grateful to the
many professors and classmates at Wellesley who challenged and
inspired me throughout college and who continue today to offer
encouragement and guidance. The most valuable learning happens
away from the classroom and books in our interactions with others
and our shared experiences - I've been blessed both at MIT and
at Wellesley to be surrounded by amazing people and feel I can
never thank them enough.“
to her academic work, Masiello excelled outside the Wellesley
classroom. She was a four-time All-American field hockey
player, a stand-out lacrosse player, a First-Year Mentor, and a
student liaison to the Committee on Faculty Appointments.
to use athletics as a vehicle for contributing to her community. Last
year, she founded Team Up 4 Education, a volunteer organization
for mentoring high school athletes at the Cambridge Rindge and
Latin High School in Cambridge, Mass. She also coaches high school
field hockey players in the United States Field Hockey Olympic
scholarship will support Masiello's study for two years at the
University of Oxford. There she plans to study economics
and interact with researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute,
a multi-disciplinary research center examining the technical, economic, social, political, and legal
implications of the Internet.
At Oxford, she will join fellow Wellesley alumna, Heather
Long, class of 2004, who was named a Rhodes Scholar last year.
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an
excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For
more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.