Seven Harvard students selected as Rhodes Scholars from the United States and South Africa | New


Seven members of Harvard’s class of 2023 have been selected as Rhodes Scholars to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford.

Six Harvard students – Tessa KJ Haining ’23, Isaac A. Robinson ’22-’23, Lauren Kim ’23, Henry A. Cerbone ’23, Brian H. Wee ’23 and Amisha Kambath ’22-’23 – were rewarded the American stock market, announced on Saturday the American secretary of the Rhodes Trust. They join Marcus B. Montague-Mfuni ’23, who received a South African Rhodes Scholarship last week.

The prestigious award, established in 1902, enables students from all over the world to pursue postgraduate studies at Oxford. This year, 2,500 students applied to the United States for 32 allocated places.

For the fourth consecutive year, Harvard College produced the most American Rhodes Scholars. Yale had the second most this year, with five.

Harvard has produced 385 American Rhodes Scholars since the first Americans received the award in 1904, followed by Yale with 263.

This year’s application round marked the third year in a row that U.S. students have participated in the application process virtually, but it has resumed in person for some parts of the world. Montague-Mfuni, editor-in-chief of Crimson Editorial who is the newspaper’s diversity and inclusiveness chair, had to fly between the United States and South Africa.

Finalists from each of the 16 Rhodes Scholarship districts in the United States met on Zoom on Saturday for a final round of interviews. The finalists stayed together in a Zoom room for hours during deliberations.

“We had some really good conversations that covered a lot of different facets of life,” said Brian H. Wee ’23, a chemical and physical biology and government concentrator who lives at Lowell House. “We ended up doing some origami as well, using different tutorials we found on the web.”

Once the recipients of a borough have been determined, the deliberating authorities announce the two recipients at roll call.

“I think my whole body kind of twitched, and then immediately after that my thought was, ‘Did I hallucinate my name? “Immediately the next question was, ‘Oh my God, I don’t know how to check that they pronounced my name correctly. “”

Tessa KJ Haining ’23, a chemistry and comparative literature concentrator at Adams House, said her first thought was to tell her parents.

“Even as the adult you think you are, you’re still there wanting to tell your parents,” she said.

Recipients said the application process gave them the opportunity to reflect on their own character and motivations.

“It solidified a lot of my own thoughts and feelings about what I wanted to study and where I wanted to go,” said Montague-Mfuni, a Dunster House resident who focuses on psychology.

Henry A. Cerbone ’23, an Adams House resident pursuing a special concentration in Autonomous Systems Ontology, said the process of pursuing a special concentration was helpful when applying for the Rhodes Fellowship.

“When you’re applying for a special concentration, you really need to have a pretty definite sense of yourself,” he said. “The great people at the Office of Special Concentrations make sure you have that sense of self and I think that’s really helpful for Rhodes.”

The seven students will study a range of fields at Oxford, from biology to the history of science, medicine and technology.

Lauren Kim ’23, a chemistry concentrator at Eliot House, said that as a potential medical school candidate, she wanted to spend her time as a Rhodes Scholar understanding medicine “from more than one angle. simple scientific angle”.

“I want to study medical anthropology at Oxford to kind of talk to people from other disciplines about how they see health care somehow fitting into their profession and their lives,” he said. she declared.

Students will begin their studies in the UK in autumn 2023.

“I still have to finish my topology p-set, so some things never change,” said Isaac A. Robinson ’22-’23, a math and computer science concentrator at Eliot House. “Nothing fundamentally different from yesterday. Everyone is the same person. The world goes on, but it’s certainly good cause for reflection.

The Rhodes Trust will announce the awards for its remaining constituencies around the world in the coming weeks. Last year, two Harvard students received Canadian Rhodes Scholarships.

– Writer Rahem D. Hamid can be reached at [email protected]


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