There probably is a profile and resume that fits the conventional image of a Rhodes Scholar. And then, there is Beth Shapiro. Beth Shapiro, the University of Georgia's 18th Rhodes Scholar, is also its first female Rhodes Scholar. If the Rhodes image is simply one of academic excellence achieved by burrowing through a rigorous tunnel of narrow academic pursuits, then you would not picture Beth Shapiro. She has briefly travelled the university's academic map. Shapiro, who sings a bit of jazz and enjoys a little Wild Turkey, is a blaze of energy. She's witty and poised, and she probably never will be accused of being an intellectual snob. Her goal is to one day connect scientific work and its importance to the everyday person and she believes her journalism background will prove useful. Currently a teaching assistant in ecology and biology, she sees herself as a teacher and researcher. Shapiro, whose home is in Lindale, near Rome, said it still has not registered with her completely that she will soon walk on pavements and in halls of colleges where some of the best and brightest have tread. This year's 32 Rhodes Scholars were chosen from 909 applicants. The scholarships, created in 1902 by the will of British statesman and philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, provide two or three years' of study at Oxford University in England. 'I am really in awe of going to Oxford,' Ms Shapiro said. 'It is astonishing to be in the atmosphere where so many incredible and interesting people studied.' But there is no sign that the 22-year-old is intimidated by the experiences ahead. She may even get an early start next summer using the third of her Foundation Fellows trips abroad to begin her work in Edinburgh, Scotland.