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Howard University student Cameron Clarke earns prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford

GIFTED: Cameron Clarke

GIFTED: Cameron Clarke

HOWARD UNIVERSITY student Cameron Clarke has been selected as one of 32 students nationwide to receive the prestigious 2017 Rhodes Scholarship.

Cameron, a double biology and community health major, arrived on campus as a high achiever with 42 advanced placement credits.

He participated in faculty-led research at Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia through a Howard-National Science Foundation grant, in addition to studying at Columbia University’s School of Public Health.

This summer, Clarke conducted research at the National Institutes of Health’s Center for Cancer Research, as an Amgen Scholar.  Currently he works as an intern in the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, conducting science policy research for members and staff.

After graduating from Howard next summer, Clarke will undergo a two-year program at the University of Oxford in England.

Ultimately, Cameron plans on going to medical school, working in public health policy and doing clinical research.

The Rhodes Scholarship program is designed to provide special educational opportunities for future world leaders over a two-year period at Oxford University in England.

Only 32 scholars (two from each of the 16 U.S. districts) are selected annually, based on scholastic achievement, leadership ability, strength of character and physical vigor among other qualifications.

Once admitted to Oxford University, Rhodes Scholars have the opportunity to read for the Oxford B.A. in any of a number of subjects or may be admitted to read for a higher degree.

In some cases, study is extended to a third year.

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