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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 13, 1976)
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friday, februery 13, 1975
xf ora awaiting Rhodes scholar from Nebraska
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r Jim Steckelburg, UNL's Rhodes Scholar, relaxes in the basement of Ferguson Hall. He
was selected to attend Oxford University in England.
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After his selection last fall as one of Nebraska's two
Rhodes Scholarship candidates, Jim Steckelburg, 21, said
he could not believe it.
But he had little time for disbelief. Two days later he
was in Rochester, Minn., being interviewed for regional
finalist with 1 1 others from six states.
And after what Steckelburg described as "two long,
long days of interviews," the names of the four regional
winners were read, including his.
"I wasn't sure it was right until everyone else left the
room," he said. "There were just three other people and
myself up there, so I thought it must be true."
There are eight regions in the nation, each with four
regional scholarships, and the 32 winners receive scholar
ships to Oxford University in England for a minimum of
two years. They have an option of renewing for a third
year, which Steckelburg said he would do.
He said the scholarship is worth about $17,000 a year
plus travel money.
Currently a research assistant in UNL's Computer
Science Dept., Steckelburg said he will use the schola.
ship,to receive his Ph.D. in mathematics. He'was grad
uated from UNL in December with a dual major in math
and computer science. .
"When I enrolled (fall 1972), I thought math was
interesting, but my other major was physical science,"
said the Fremont native. "Whe.n I was a sophomore, I
took a computer course just for fun.
"The next semester, 1 took another one and it just
snowballed from there."
The program at Oxford allows a great deal of travel
time as well as the intensive study, he said. Each student
works with a tutor on a one-to-one basis, with no lec
tures or class meetings, he said. Steckelburg said these
sessions meet daily for 8 to 10 weeks, with an 8 to 10
week break between each.
During the vacation period, Steckelburg said that he
plans to travel throughout Europe and hopes to return
to Turkey, where he earlier visited as an exchange student
with the American Field Service.
"When 1 do complete my work there I hope to do
some research and pursue some of my own ideas," he said.
Steckelburg currently is the president of Pi Mu Epsilon,
math honorary society, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
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