16 New England students among 2023 Rhodes Scholars

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16 New England students among 2023 Rhodes Scholars
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The class of 2023 includes three students from MIT, four from Harvard and five from Yale.


The campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, which this year hosted four students selected as Rhodes Scholars. Gretchen Ertl/The New York Times

Half of this year’s newly elected Rhodes Scholars grew up in New England or are currently studying here.

The selected students – 32 in total – will go to the University of Oxford in England next October to pursue major higher education, with two or three years of free study. The class of 2023 includes three students from MIT, four from Harvard and five from Yale.

Here are the 16 scholars from or studying in New England.

New England natives

Tessa KJ Haining—Newton, Massachusetts

A senior at Harvard University, Haining is currently completing a double major in chemistry and comparative literature. She is also a varsity rower, violinist, and co-director of the Harvard Dietary Concerns Outreach and Helpline. At Oxford, Harding plans to complete a master of philosophy in the history of science, medicine and technology.

Alice NC Hauser—Kennebunk, Maine

A student at Wake Forest University in North Carolina, Hauser majored in philosophy and piano performance. She has musical and legal fields, and also works to mentor Syrian refugees. At Oxford, Alice will be pursuing an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies.

Isaac A. Robinson – Milton, Mass.

Robinson is a computer science and math major at Harvard University. He is a college heavyweight rower and co-chair of the Harvard College Democrats, and plans to complete a Master of Science in advanced computer science at Oxford.

Margaret T. Williams – Greenwich, Connecticut

A native of Connecticut, Williams is an economics major at the United States Military Academy. She interned at the White House and plans to work as an army engineer. She is also an athlete, with accolades in lacrosse and soccer. At Oxford, she plans to complete a Master of Philosophy in Development Economics.

University students

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John B. Cook – Long Island City, New York

After graduating from MIT this year, Cook began his master’s at the same school in electrical engineering and computer science. At Oxford, he will pursue an MSc in Internet Social Sciences.

Matthew Kearney – Austin, TX

Kearney is a senior majoring in electrical engineering and computer science and philosophy at MIT. His research interests include artificial intelligence and machine learning. He is also captain of the MIT cross-country team. He will pursue an MSc through a research degree in statistics at Oxford.

Jupneet K. Singh – Somis, CA

A chemistry graduate from MIT, Singh is a cadet lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force’s ROTC program. She plans to become a military surgeon and has done research in biochemistry. Singh has also created several local youth programs. At Oxford, she will pursue an MSc in evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation.

Harvard University

Henry A. Cerbone – Albright, West Virginia

Cerbone is a Harvard senior pursuing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science with a concentration in self-taught robotics. He is also an opinion columnist and photographer. At Oxford, Henry plans to complete a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology.

Amisha Kambath – San Ramon, CA

Kambath is a social studies major at Harvard. She worked in several political programs in college and interned at the NAACP. Kambath plans to complete an MA in English Studies (English and American Studies) at Oxford.

Lauren Kim – Chicago, Illinois

A Harvard graduate, Kim will receive a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and engineering science and a master’s degree in chemistry and chemical biology this year. Kim’s passions and accomplishments revolve around public health. At Oxford, she will pursue a Master of Science in International Health and Tropical Medicine.

Brian H. Wee – Erie, Colorado

Wee is a Harvard double major in Chemical Biology and Physics and Government. He has extensively studied the impact of COVID-19 on immunocompromised people and volunteers at the Harvard Homeless Shelter. Wee plans to complete the Masters of Science in International Health and Tropical Medicine.

Yale University

Sophie M. Huttner — Sarasota, Florida

Huttner is a global affairs specialist at Yale. Among other extracurricular activities, she works as a volunteer interpreter in Spanish and Portuguese for women fleeing gender-based violence. She plans to complete an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at Oxford.

Henry Large—Washington, D.C.

Large is a senior at Yale, where he majored in history and Spanish and played rugby. Her academic and volunteer work around the world revolves around Latin American migration crises. At Oxford, he will pursue a Master of Philosophy in Latin American Studies, then plans to join the Marine Corps.

James A. Mullins – Hershey, Pennsylvania

A senior at Yale, Mullins majors in ethics, politics and economics. He has interned at several policy-oriented organizations and served as Co-Chair and Solidarity Chair of the Yale Black Men’s Union. He plans to complete an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Oxford.

Ulysteen J. Oates – Knoxville, Tennessee

Oates is a political science major at Yale. He completed several policy-oriented internships and served in Yale student government. At Oxford, Oates intends to pursue a Masters of Philosophy in Politics.

Veer Sangha – Columbia, Missouri

Sangha is a Yale College senior majoring in Computer Science, Statistics, and Data Science. His research focuses on artificial intelligence and healthcare. Veer will be pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Health Data Science at Oxford.

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