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Rhodes honors go to three young scholars at the University of Chicago

Nov. 18, 2007

Two recent graduates and a fourth-year student in the College of the University of Chicago are among 32 American men and women to be chosen Rhodes Scholars this year.

The University of Chicago ties Stanford University for the most Rhodes Scholars in the new class announced Saturday, Nov. 17.

The University of Chicago students selected this year are:

  • Isra Bhatty, Glenview, Illinois, is a 2006 graduate of the College, with concentrations in Economics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She is a first-year student at Yale Law School. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a third-year student and won many prizes for leadership and scholarship at the University of Chicago. She founded a tutoring program in Chicago, was an English-Urdu translator of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, led a Chicago coalition on criminal justice reform and chaired Chicago’s inner-city Muslim Action Network. She founded and captained the intramural champion women’s football team and is a hip-hop artist and poet. At Oxford she plans to study evidence-based social intervention.
  • Andrew Hammond, Washington, D.C., is a 2007 graduate of the College with a concentration in Political Science. He is now a fellow at the Center of the Study of Social Policy in Washington. A Truman Scholar, he wrote his thesis on youth policy and has written extensively on issues relating to poverty and children in poverty. He was director of the student ACLU chapter and editorial editor of the Maroon, a University of Chicago student newspaper. He has also written two children’s plays that have been performed and has won an award for his opera singing. He plans to study comparative social policy at Oxford.
  • Nadine Levin, Washington, D.C., is a fourth-year student majoring in Biological Sciences. She is a concert violinist and a student of Spanish literature who was elected as a third-year student to Phi Beta Kappa. She has done extensive work in immunology, including work on the development of an experimental vaccine for bubonic plague. A nationally competitive ultimate Frisbee player, she is also a Goldwater Scholar. She worked three months at a public hospital in Bolivia and plans to study global health science at Oxford.

Dean of the College John W. Boyer said, “We are extremely proud of Isra, Andrew and Nadine, both for their signal academic achievements and for their strong leadership contributions to our community. They represent the core values and traditions of the College in a superb way.”

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. The Rhodes Scholarships, the oldest and best known award for international study, were created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist. The first class of Rhodes scholars entered Oxford in 1904. Those most recently selected will enter Oxford in October 2008.

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