뉴욕 출신 낸시 고(Nancy Ko, 20, 하버드대) 2017 로즈 장학생 선정
히브리어, 아랍어 능통...옥스포드대서 중동 역사 연구 계획
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.
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
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
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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