NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Three Tri-State Area college students are among the 32 students who have won prestigious Rhodes scholarships this year.
The scholarships will take them to the University of Oxford in England for two years of special studies.
One of the students, Paolo Poggioni Singer, is a Harvard University senior from the Bronx. He said he is interested in finding solutions to urban poverty — especially in the developing world. Last year, he worked as a White House intern.
Also representing Harvard from the Tri-State Area is senior Alexander Joel Diaz of North Bergen, N.J. He plans to focus his studies on comparative social policy.
“I didn’t know if it was real at first,” he said Sunday about learning that he had been chosen as Rhodes Scholar. “There were feelings of joy and tears of joy. I don’t cry too much, but this has been a dream of mine and it’s a blessing to just receive this tremendous award.”
Diaz has focused his so far on studies and research on the cognitive mechanisms that underlie unconscious race, ethnic and gender bias. He also worked with leading law enforcement authorities to use psychological research to achieve less biased trials.
The final winner from the Tri-State Area is Isabel Beshar, from Rye, Westchester County. Beshar is a senior at Yale University, where she is studying biology and the history of science and medicine. At Oxford, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in medical anthropology.
She has worked as a medical volunteer in Panama and Ecuador, and has published papers on diabetes research.
In all, 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars were announced early Sunday. They are listed here by geographical region:
Jessica Wamala, Milford, N.H., Villanova University
Alexander Joel Diaz, North Bergen, N.J., Harvard University
Elizabeth Hockfield Byrne, Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University
Katherine Elida Warren, Bainbridge Island, Wash., Harvard University
Isabel Emma Eggleston Beshar, Rye, N.Y., Yale University
Paolo Poggioni Singer, Bronx, N.Y., Harvard University
Evan Barrett Behrle, Oxford, Penn., University of Virginia
Alexander Gerard Wang, Doylestown, Penn., New York University, Abu Dhabi
Timothy Michael McGinnis, Charlotte, N.C., Princeton University
Charles Samuel Tyson, Chapel Hill, N.C. University of Virginia
Brian Westfall McGrail, Arlington, Va., Williams College
Emma Pierson, Arlington, Va., Stanford University
James O’Connell, Tampa, Fla., Wake Forest University
Lindsay Evans Lee, Oak Ridge, Tenn., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Melissa Loreice McCoy, Dallas, Texas, Georgia Institute of Technology
John Mikhael, Dallas, Texas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Adam Mastroianni, Monroeville, Ohio, Princeton University
Courtney Wittekind, Mason, Ohio, Carnegie Mellon University
Vinay Nayak, Oak Brook, Ill., Yale University
Calla Glavin, Birmingham, Mich., United States Military Academy
Drew Alan Birrenkott, McFarland, Wis., University of Wisconsin
Samuel Martin Greene, Spring Green, Wis., University of Chicago
Donald Mayfield Brown, Vicksburg, Miss., Mississippi State University
Joshua Allen Aiken, Eugene, Ore., Washington University, St. Louis
Meredith Lukens Wheeler, Fort Collins, Colo., Stanford University
Erin Alexandra Tanith Mauldin, Albuquerque, N.M., United States Military Academy
Suzanna Marie Fritzberg, Lake Forest Park, Wash., Yale University
Andrew Scott Lea, Richland, Wash., Harvard University
Miles William Unterreiner, Santa Barbara, Calif., Stanford University
Clarke Knight, Henderson, Nev., Smith College
Aurora Catherine Griffin, Westlake Village, Calif., Harvard University
Zarko Perovic, San Diego, Calif., University of California, Berkeley
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