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  • 낸시 고(20, 하버드대) 2017 로즈 장학생 선정 [Big Apple People]
  • sukie
    Nov 21, 2016
  • 뉴욕 출신 낸시 고(Nancy Ko, 20, 하버드대) 2017 로즈 장학생 선정

    히브리어, 아랍어 능통...옥스포드대서 중동 역사 연구 계획


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    한국계 여학생 낸시 고(Nancy Ko, 20, 하버드대 4년)가 2017 로즈장학생(Rhodes Scholar) 32명 중 한명으로 선정됐다. 

    스태튼아일랜드에서 제주도 이민자 가정(고대봉, 고연복)에서 태어나 브루클린 벤슨허스트로 이주해 성장했다. 낸시 고의 부모는 러시아계 유대인, 아랍계 이민자들이 몰려사는 동네에서 청과상회를 운영했다. 스타이브센트고교를 거쳐 하버드대에 조기전형으로 입학한 낸시 고는 김치를 먹으면서 유대어(히브리어)와 아랍어를 유창하게 구사한다. 옥스포드대학교에서 중동 근대사를 전공한 후 유대역사 교수를 희망하고 있다. 15살 때 아버지 고대봉씨가 뇌동맥질환으로 세상을 떠났다. 뜨개질과 달리기가 취미이다.


    뉴욕 출신 로즈장학생은 낸시 고를 비롯, 마이아 실버(Maia Silber) , 사라 월처(Sarah Waltcher), 노아 렘닉(Noah Remnick) 등 4명이다. 2017 로즈 장학생엔 전국에서 약 900명이 지원했다. 로즈 장학생은 2-3년간 영국 옥스포드대에서 연구 비용을 받게 된다. 장학금은 연간 약 6만8000달러선이다. 


    로즈 장학생은 영국의 자선사업가 세실 로즈(Cecil Rhodes)의 유언에 의해 설립된 로즈 장학재단(The Rhodes Trust)에서 매년 미국·독일·영연방 국가의 젊은이 85여명을 선발해 영국 옥스퍼드 대학교에서 무료로 공부할 기회를 주는 제도이다. 빌 클린턴 전 미 대통령, 빌 브래들리 전 상원의원, '타임'지 편집국장 월터 아이작슨, 페미니스트 학자 나오미 울프, 한국계 영화감독 그렉 박(Grg Pak), 코리 부커 전 뉴왁시장, 배우 미아 패로의 아들 로난 패로 등이 있다.



    2017
    RHODES SCHOLARS ANNOUNCED


     

    WASHINGTON, DC/November 19, 2016 – Elliot F. Gerson, American Secretary of the

    Rhodes Trust, today announced the names of the thirty-two American men and women chosen

    as Rhodes Scholars representing the United States. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for

    two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England and may allow funding in

    some instances for four years. Mr. Gerson called the Rhodes Scholarships, "the oldest and best

    known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to

    American college graduates." They were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil Rhodes, British

    philanthropist and African colonial pioneer, and are provided in partnership with the Second

    Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors. The first class of

    American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904; those elected today will enter Oxford in

    October 2017.


    Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. First, applicants must be endorsed by their

    college or university. This year approximately 2,500 students sought their institution’s

    endorsement; 882 were endorsed by 311 different colleges and universities. Committees of

    Selection in each of 16 U.S. districts then invite the strongest applicants to appear before them


    Applicants are chosen on the basis of the criteria set down in the Will of Cecil Rhodes. These

    criteria are first, academic excellence. This is a critical but only threshold condition. A Rhodes

    Scholar should also have great personal energy, ambition for impact, and an ability to work with

    others and to achieve one’s goals. In addition, a Rhodes Scholar should be committed to make a

    strong difference for good in the world, be concerned for the welfare of others, and be conscious

    of inequities. And finally, a Rhodes Scholar should show great promise of leadership. In short,

    we seek outstanding young men and women of intellect, character, leadership and commitment

    to service. Gerson said “these basic characteristics are directed at fulfilling Mr. Rhodes’s hopes

    that the Rhodes Scholars would make an important and positive contribution throughout the

    world. In Rhodes’s words, his Scholars should 'esteem the performance of public duties as their

    highest aim.'"


    Applicants in the United States may apply either through the state where they are legally

    resident or where they have attended college for at least two years. The district committees met

    separately, on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 in cities across the country. Each

    district committee made a final selection of two Rhodes Scholars from the candidates of the state

    or states within the district. Two-hundred thirty applicants from 95 different colleges and

    universities reached the final stage of the competition, including eight that had never before had

    a student win a Rhodes Scholarship.


    The thirty-two Rhodes Scholars chosen from the United States will join an international group

    of Scholars chosen from eighteen other jurisdictions around the world. In addition to the thirtytwo

    Americans, Scholars are also selected from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, China, the nations

    of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya,

    Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (South Africa, plus Botswana, Lesotho,

    Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), Syria/Jordan/Lebanon/Palestine, the United Arab Emirates,

    Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Ninety-five Scholars will be selected worldwide this year, usually

    including several who have attended American colleges and universities but who are not U.S.

    citizens and who have applied through their home country.


    With the elections announced today, 3,420 Americans have won Rhodes Scholarships,

    representing 318 colleges and universities. Since 1976, women have been eligible to apply and

    532 American women have now won the coveted scholarship. This year, women constituted

    53% of the applicant pool—the first time in the history of the Rhodes Scholarships that more

    women than men applied. Fifty-six percent of the finalists were women, and 18 of the winners

    (56%), tying the record number from 1995. Nearly 2,000 American Rhodes Scholars are living

    in all parts of the U.S. and abroad.


    The value of the Rhodes Scholarship varies depending on the academic field and the

    degree (B.A., master’s, doctoral) chosen. The Rhodes Trust pays all college and university fees,

    provides a stipend to cover necessary expenses while in residence in Oxford as well as during

    vacations, and transportation to and from England. The total value of the Scholarship averages

    approximately US$68,000 per year, and up to as much as approximately US$250,000 for

    Scholars who remain at Oxford for four years in certain departments.

    The full list of the newly elected United States Rhodes Scholars, with the states from which they

    were chosen, their home towns, and their American colleges or universities, follows. Brief

    profiles follow the list.



    American Rhodes Scholars-elect for 2017

    (Subject to ratification by the Rhodes Trustees after acceptance by one of the colleges of Oxford University)


    DISTRICT 1

    Massachusetts

    Joshua B. Pickar, Lexington, is in his final year at the University of Chicago Law School. He

    graduated from The George Washington University, summa cum laude, with a double major in

    international affairs and security policy in just two years. He speaks Russian, French and

    Spanish, is learning German, Italian and Arabic, and plans a career in international law and

    diplomacy. Josh has also studied in Japan, and worked in the office of then-Senator John

    Kerry. He successfully advocated for an LGBT Iraqi refugee’s relocation to the United States

    after he had been beaten by his family and exiled, and assisted the efforts of a deaf and mute

    Honduran who had been tormented for his disabilities to gain American citizenship. At

    Oxford, Josh will read for the M.Sc. in Global Governance and Diplomacy, followed by the

    M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy.


    Massachusetts

    Maia Silber, Cortlandt Manor, New York, is a senior at Harvard College, where she

    concentrates in history and literature. She has won many leading prizes for her creative writing

    as well as for her scholarship in English literature and American history. She is the chair of

    the magazine of the Harvard Crimson, a writing tutor, and an investigative reporter who wrote

    more than a dozen stories on drug addiction for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. She has also

    written for the New York Times, Public Books, The Aperture Foundation, and Harvard Magazine.

    Her work has helped urge public officials to make anti-overdose drugs more widely available.

    She was also a research intern for Poetry in America. At Oxford, Maia plans to do the M.Phil.

    in British and European History.


    DISTRICT 2

    New Hampshire

    Sarah A. Waltcher, New York, New York, graduated from Dartmouth College in 2016 as

    valedictorian. She is currently a Teaching Resident in sixth-grade science at Brooklyn Prospect

    Charter School in New York City. An English major, she has taken her academic interests

    into an array of community and activist projects, including non-profit organizations such as

    Telling My Story and Breakthrough New York that bring teaching in the arts and literature to

    underserved communities. Both her scholarly work and her work as a student activist at

    Dartmouth have addressed issues including the environment, sexual violence, and race. Sarah

    writes extensively and plans to pursue a degree in English at Oxford.


    New Jersey

    Laura A. Courchesne, Fair Haven, is a senior at the University of Georgia, where she majors

    in economics and religion; she has a perfect academic record. She has conducted

    destabilization, conflict, and peacekeeping research at Oxford, Princeton, and the U.S. Army

    War College, has interned with the International Red Cross and at the Carter Center, and

    has conducted fieldwork in Bali relating to terrorism. Combining perspectives from sociology,

    anthropology, and organizational behavior, her thesis examines the impact of American drone

    strikes on local communities in conflict zones. At Oxford, Laura plans to do the M.Sc. in

    Social Anthropology, followed by the M.Sc. in Politics Research.


    DISTRICT 3

    New York

    Nancy Ko, New York City, is a senior at Harvard College, where she concentrates in history

    and Near Eastern languages and civilizations. The daughter of Korean immigrants, with

    proficiency in both Hebrew and Arabic, as well as four additional languages, she is writing her

    senior thesis on the political life of Jews in Iran during the Persian constitutional revolution of

    1905. She is an organizer of Open Hillel, dedicated to promoting open discourse about Israel

    and Palestine, and is one of the senior editors of the Harvard Undergraduate History Review. She

    has won college and national awards in history, Jewish studies, and German language and

    literature. She is also a skilled knitter and a marathoner. At Oxford, Nancy will do the M.Phil.

    in Modern Middle Eastern Studies.


    New York

    Noah Remnick, New York City, graduated from Yale College in 2015 with a B.A. in History.

    Since then, he has been a James Reston Fellow and reporter for the New York Times. He coauthored

    the paper’s coverage of an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, provoking major

    reforms in city inspection programs, and wrote an investigative article on persistent police

    abuse of transgender people, prompting changes in police policy. While at Yale, he was editorin-chief

    of The Politic, a staff writer for The Yale Herald, editor-in-chief of the Yale Historical

    Review, and won many prizes for his writing. He is especially interested in issues of race and

    urban politics. At Oxford, Noah intends to do an M.St. in American History and a Master of

    Public Policy.


    DISTRICT 4

    Pennsylvania

    Spencer D. Dunleavy, Philadelphia, is in his senior year at Harvard College, where he

    concentrates in chemistry, with psychology as a secondary field. Spencer intends to pursue a

    career in medicine, with a commitment to teaching and primary care; he attributes this

    directly to his own family’s experience dealing with chronic illnesses. As Harvard’s Red Cross

    director, he has taught CPR, first aid, and life support to more than one thousand people. He

    founded a nonprofit organization, Raise Uganda Now, that has raised more than $30,000 for 

    an orphanage. He is an avid intramural sports participant. At Oxford, he plans to read for an

    M.Sc. in education, focusing on research design and methodology, and an M.Sc. by research

    in Primary Health Care.


    Pennsylvania

    Meghan M. Shea, West Chester, is a senior at Stanford University, where she is majoring in

    Environmental Systems Engineering. She is interested in biological oceanography, with a

    focus on environmental DNA and microbial source tracking. Meghan has developed

    innovative methods for water filtration and oil spill bioremediation, and has worked with

    small-island developing states on climate change resiliency. Meghan plays in Stanford’s steel

    pan drumming group and has volunteered for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. At Oxford,

    Meghan will pursue an M.Phil. in Nature, Society, and Environmental Governance.


    DISTRICT 5

    Maryland/DC

    Cameron D. Clarke, Richmond, Virginia, is a senior at Howard University, where he is a

    double-major in community health education and biology. He is author of six publications

    and lead author on five, and a certified EMT. As co-president of Howard’s chapter of the Peer

    Health Exchange, he has worked tirelessly both at Howard and in local public and charter

    schools as a health educator and peer leader. He is also a news editor of The Hilltop, Howard’s

    student newspaper, and is currently a Congressional intern with the House Committee on

    Science, Space, and Technology. In his career, he intends to combine biological anthropology,

    public health, and medicine. At Oxford, he plans to read for the M.Sc. by research in Primary

    Health Care.


    Maryland/DC

    Aryn A. Frazier, Laurel, is a senior at the University of Virginia, where she double-majors in

    African-American and African Studies and the Honors Program of the Department of Politics.

    Teachers and peers alike describe her as the most influential activist at the university. She

    currently serves as president of the university’s Black Student Alliance, and has a long record

    of political engagement with a range of organizations that includes Legal Aid Justice Center’s 

    youth leadership program and multiple campaigns for elected office. She plans to read for the

    M.Phil. in Comparative Politics at Oxford.


    DISTRICT 6

    Georgia

    James C. Pavur, Atlanta, will graduate from Georgetown University in December with a BSFS

    in science, technology, and international affairs. An inventor, his current project is to create a

    sub-$100 computer-brain interface to help paralyzed and injured individuals type. He and

    some friends collaborated to convert an abandoned physics laboratory into a workshop

    dedicated to the development of new technologies. A junior member of Phi Beta Kappa, he

    has won numerous awards at national hackathons, is a mentor for women coders, and is a

    founding member of a creative writing club. He is especially interested in cyber policy. James

    plans to do the D.Phil. in Cyber Security at Oxford.


    South Carolina

    Jory M. Fleming, Columbia, is a senior at the University of South Carolina, where he is

    double-majoring in geography and marine science. He is interested in three-dimensional

    mapping and data visualizations related to sea level rise, aquatic habitat, and underwater

    archeology. Jory has worked on funded research projects for the National Oceanographic and

    Atmospheric Administration, the National Park Service, and National Geographic. He has a

    perfect academic record and has received numerous fellowships and awards, including the

    Truman Scholarship and the Goldwater Scholarship. Jory’s extracurricular interests include

    training service dogs, volunteering for a child literacy program, and church activities. At

    Oxford, he will pursue an M.Phil. in Geography and the Environment.


    DISTRICT 7

    Florida

    Lucinda M. Ford, St. Augustine, is in her final year at the United States Naval Academy,

    where she majors in ocean engineering. During her time at the USNA, she has spent

    significant time in both Singapore and Rwanda. She will take up a commission as a submarine 

    officer upon graduation. 

    Lucy sings in the Academy’s Women’s Glee Club, mentors young

    people through the Arundel County Teen Court, and runs marathons, placing first in her age

    group in the North Face Endurance Challenge. She plans to read for the M.Sc. in Nature,

    Society, and Environmental Governance at Oxford.


    Florida

    Christian E. Nattiel, Madeira Beach, is a senior at the United States Military Academy, where

    he is double-majoring in mathematical sciences and philosophy. He is interested in narratives

    of struggle, social justice, and self-determination. Christian is president of the Cultural Affairs

    Seminar, which champions diversity and inspires cadets through mentorship and tutoring.

    He was awarded the Superintendent’s Award for Achievement, the Distinguished Cadet

    Award, and the Black Engineer of the Year Award for Military Leadership. Christian is a

    member of the men’s handball team. At Oxford, he will pursue an M.Sc. in Comparative

    Social Policy, followed by the Master of Public Policy.


    DISTRICT 8

    Oklahoma

    Kirk P. Smith, St. Louis, Missouri, is a senior at the University of Tulsa, where he majors in

    mechanical engineering and is a Presidential Scholar. He has done clean energy research

    there, at the Colorado School of Mines, and in Germany, where he investigated polymeric

    solar thermal collectors. He is captain of the Tulsa Cross-Country Team, active in Big Brother

    Big Sisters of Oklahoma, and built an electric car while in high school and an electric bicycle

    while in college. Passionate about energy sustainability, at Oxford. Kirk plans to do a D.Phil.

    in Engineering Science.


    Texas

    Mikaila V. Smith, Austin, will graduate next month from the University of Texas, where she

    is a Presidential Scholar, with majors in social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management

    and Chinese. Her research and career interests focus on international and long-term strategies

    for refugee populations. She has done an environmental internship in Australia, U.S. State

    Department-sponsored language study in China, and interned in a foreign policy think tank 

    in Washington. 

    She has been an active volunteer working with ranch animals, in a shelter for

    victims of domestic violence, and with school-aged refugee children. She is also a certified yoga

    teacher. Mikaila plans to begin her studies at Oxford with an M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced

    Migration Studies, followed by an M.Sc. in Global Governance and Diplomacy.


    DISTRICT 9

    Indiana

    Morgan K. Mohr, Bloomington, is a senior at Indiana University majoring in history and

    political science. She is an avid campaigner for progressive issues and social justice, having

    performed her first door-to-door canvassing campaign at age six. She has worked on a wide

    array of local, state, and national political campaigns, including as director of operations for

    John Hamilton’s mayoral campaign in Bloomington in 2015, and as a senior intern to the

    Clinton Presidential campaign’s chief operating officer in 2016. At Indiana University,

    Morgan founded two student groups committed to combatting injustice and volunteered with

    Bloomington Planned Parenthood. She also interned at the U.S. Equal Employment

    Opportunity Commission and at the White House in the Office of the First Lady. She will

    pursue an M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy at Oxford.


    Indiana

    Christa Grace Watkins, Milroy, is a senior at the University of Notre Dame majoring in

    philosophy. She has gained national recognition for her work in sexual assault prevention,

    legal and policy reform, and victim advocacy. Grace is a Truman Scholar and a member of

    Notre Dame’s student government, where she founded the first support group for victims of

    sexual violence. She serves as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Legal Affairs for Jubilee

    Initiative for Financial Inclusion, a student-run organization that aims to replace predatory

    payday lending with low-interest micro-loans and financial literacy classes. She also works with

    a non-profit group building the first secondary school in the Jonglei State of South Sudan to

    teach non-violence and entrepreneurship. She intends to pursue a D.Phil. in Socio-Legal

    Studies at Oxford.


    DISTRICT 10

    Illinois

    Olivia A. Klevorn, Chicago, is a senior at Yale College, where she majors in anthropology.

    Active in the performing arts, she directs the Heritage Theatre Ensemble, which presents the

    works of black artists, and is president of WORD, a student-run poetry association. Her

    mother and grandmother were among the first African-Americans to move to Ferguson,

    Missouri, when the city was virtually all white. Much of her academic work is focused on the

    problem of disinvestment in low-income minority communities and the resultant inequality in

    home ownership. At Oxford, Olivia intends to do a D.Phil. in Socio-Legal Studies.


    Ohio

    Pasquale S. Toscano, Kettering, is a senior at Washington and Lee University, where he is

    majoring in English and Classics. He plans to embark on a career as a scholar of literature,

    with a particular interest in literary reception. Pasquale was partially paralyzed in an accident

    several years ago, and has developed a strong interest in studying disability in literature as he

    worked on rebuilding his capacity to walk. His research has ranged across millennia and

    considered, among other writers, the works of Virgil, John Milton, Phillis Wheatley, and

    Marilynne Robinson. At Oxford, Pasquale intends to pursue one M.St. in Early Modern

    English and a second M.St. in Classical Literature.


    DISTRICT 11

    Michigan

    Aaron C. Robertson, Redford, is a senior at Princeton University, where he is majoring in

    Italian. Aaron’s research focuses on transnationalism and linguistic exchange in Afro-Italian

    literature. He is particularly interested in issues of authenticity, self-representation, and

    translation in contemporary Afro-Italian biographies. Aaron serves as co-editor-in-chief of the

    Nassau Literary Review and has written for the Detroit Metro Times and The Daily Princetonian.

    He has also published a one-act play. Aaron was awarded the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

    At Oxford, he will pursue an M.Phil. in Modern Languages.


    Minnesota

    Ahmed M. Ahmed, Rochester, is a senior at Cornell University majoring in biology. His

    research in biochemistry has focused on the development of new synthetic strategies for

    producing polymers. He has also performed laboratory work on the oncogenesis of the

    Epstein-Barr virus and a study of brain plasticity at the University of Pennsylvania. Ahmed

    serves as a student advisor in biology and a teaching assistant in biochemistry. In addition to

    tutoring fellow students in organic and general chemistry, he mentors disadvantaged AfricanAmerican

    students at Cornell, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, and served with

    Cornell’s Emergency Management Services. Ahmed is a first-generation Somali immigrant

    whose family immigrated to the United States from a refugee camp in Kenya. He will pursue a

    master’s degree in research in Organic and Medical Chemistry at Oxford.


    DISTRICT 12

    Arkansas

    Lauren C. Jackson, Little Rock, is a senior at the University of Virginia, where she is majoring

    in political and social thought. Lauren is interested in the intersection of media and

    humanitarian policy, and has worked for CNN, the International Rescue Committee,

    National Geographic, and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian

    Affairs. She received a full merit scholarship the University of Virginia and a $20,000

    Jefferson Public Citizens research grant to study post-genocidal PTSD in Rwanda. Lauren’s

    extracurricular interests include cycling, hiking, graphic design, and photography. At Oxford,

    she will pursue an M.Sc. in Global Governance and Diplomacy and an M.Sc. in Refugee and

    Forced Migration Studies.


    Kansas

    Shegufta A. Huma, Bel Aire, is a senior at the University of Kansas, where she majors in

    political science. A Bangladeshi immigrant and hijabi, she has served on the University Senate

    since 2013, and was Vice President in 2015. She also founded the Imagine Coalition,

    advocating for marginalized students, was president of the Muslim Student Association,

    and served on the City of Lawrence Fair Housing Committee. She has won prizes for her

    contributions to the University and for her scholarship in political science. She is fluent or

    proficient in six languages, and was earlier recognized as one of the top 20 sophomores at the

    University. She dreams “of restoring the United States’ role as a destination for vulnerable

    people seeking refuge and solace for their suffering,” and is particularly dedicated to working

    toward justice for Muslim immigrants. At Oxford, Shegufta plans to do the M.Sc. in Refugee

    and Forced Migration Studies, followed by the Master of Public Policy.


    DISTRICT 13

    Colorado

    Hannah K. Carrese, Colorado Springs, graduated from Yale University in May 2016, where

    she majored in humanities. She studied classics, grand strategy, and statecraft in pursuit of her

    focus on the nexus between political theory and human rights. Hannah has worked

    extensively with refugees and victims of human trafficking in the United States and abroad.

    She is currently on a fellowship in Mexico working on refugee and migration policy, and

    working with an NGO, Sin Fronteras, helping to settle Central American refugees in Mexico,

    and interviewing refugees and migrants in Mexico and the U.S. She is a classically trained

    violinist and enjoys playing tennis, soccer, and hiking. At Oxford, Hannah will pursue an

    M.Phil. in Politics.


    South Dakota

    Joshua Carter, Watertown, will graduate from Montana State University with dual degrees in

    mechanical engineering and microbiology. His research has focused on the molecular

    mechanisms of disease and the development of prosthetics, and he has authored several

    articles in scientific journals, including Science. Josh serves as a volunteer with children with

    disabilities at a local non-profit named Eagle Mount, leads the Bozeman Bike Kitchen that

    builds bicycles for disadvantaged children, and is an avid outdoorsman and Eagle Scout. He

    will pursue a master’s in Clinical Neuroscience at Oxford.


    DISTRICT 14

    Oregon

    Pema M. McLaughlin, Portland, graduated from Reed College in May 2016, with a major in

    religion. Raised in the Buddhist tradition, Pema’s thesis addressed whether traditional

    Buddhist ritual and doctrine can serve the needs of modern Americans. Pema has also

    conducted research on Daoism and on the role of women in the Nation of Islam. Pema is

    proficient in Chinese and Tibetan, and intends to study Sanskrit. Pema volunteers for

    Portland’s Books to Prisoners Program and the Children’s Book Bank. At Oxford, Pema will

    pursue an M.Phil. in Buddhist Studies.


    Washington

    Anthony W. L. “Wilder” Wohns, Tacoma, graduated from Harvard University in 2016,

    where he concentrated in human evolutionary biology, with computer science as a secondary

    field; this year, he is reading for an M.A. in biological anthropology at the University of

    Cambridge. Wilder runs avidly, cycles, and climbs mountains; he is also certified as a

    Wilderness EMT. In addition, he plays the violin, is a black belt in taekwondo, speaks

    Japanese proficiently, and has won prizes for his collections of books and maps. Wilder has a

    strong interest in a research career working on computational genomics, which he ties to a

    range of important issues in science, history, anthropology, and ethics; to this end, at Oxford,

    he plans to read for a second bachelor’s degree in computer science and philosophy.


    DISTRICT 15

    Arizona

    Oscar De Los Santos, Laveen, graduated from the University of Southern California in 2015

    with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is the son of Mexican immigrants. Oscar

    graduated as a Truman Scholar, Phi Beta Kappa, with USC’s Order of the Laurel and Palm,

    its highest honor, reserved for twenty undergraduates each year. The city council of Los

    Angeles honored him as an emerging leader. He has served as an intern to the National

    Economic Council and the House of Representatives, and worked as the youngest Florida

    field organizer for the 2012 Obama campaign. Oscar is currently a lobbyist and manager of 

    public policy for the Association of Arizona Food Banks, and in the 2015-16 academic year,

    he taught English and social studies to sixth graders at the Champion South Mountain School

    in Phoenix. He has a special interest in the theology of Reinhold Niebuhr; at Oxford, he plans

    to read for a Master of Public Policy and an M.St. in Theology with a focus on Christian

    ethics.


    California-North

    Alexis A. Doyle, Los Altos, is a senior at the University of Notre Dame, where she is doublemajoring

    in biological sciences and international peace studies. She is interested in leveraging

    partnerships and diverse viewpoints to generate better health outcomes. Alexis’s thesis focuses

    on bipartisan approaches to evidence-based family planning in the United States. She has also

    worked extensively in Guatemala on the prevention of parasitic infections, and led a team of

    rural healthcare volunteers through the Appalachian Service Learning Program. Alexis’s

    extracurricular activities include training guide dogs for the blind, long-distance running,

    backpacking, and doing puzzles. At Oxford, Alexis will pursue the M.Sc. in Comparative

    Social Policy.


    DISTRICT 16

    California - South

    Nicole A. Mihelson, Fullerton, will graduate from Johns Hopkins University in December

    2016, with a major in neuroscience. Her research focuses on the brain tumor glioblastoma

    multiforme and the use of viruses for their tumor-fighting capacity. Nicole is also interested in

    maternal mental health, childhood and adolescent nutrition, and social determinants of

    health. Nicole has received numerous scholarships and research awards and has authored

    multiple peer-reviewed publications. She is proficient in French, Hebrew, and Spanish. Her

    extracurricular activities include salsa and merengue dancing, cooking, running, yoga, and

    politics. At Oxford, Nicole will pursue a D.Phil. in Oncology.


    California - South

    Caylin L. Moore, Carson, is a senior at Texas Christian University majoring in economics.

    He overcame poverty, homelessness, and an abusive father incarcerated on a life sentence 

    for murder to become a campus leader and Division One football player at Marist and then

    TCU. Caylin was selected to the Fulbright Summer Institute to study the trans-Atlantic slave

    trade at University of Bristol and was chosen to attend the Public Policy and International

    Affairs Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University. He is the founder and president of

    “S.P.A.R.K.,” a youth outreach organization of student-athletes who encourage disadvantaged

    children to attend college, as well as a volunteer for the Children’s Defense Fund. He will

    pursue a Master of Public Policy at Oxford. 

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