UT senior from Oak Ridge named a Rhodes Scholar, starts Oxford studies in October

An Oak Ridge resident who is a senior at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville is among 32 U.S. men and women who have been named Rhodes Scholars and will start all-expenses-paid studies at Oxford University in England next October.

Lindsay E. Lee of East Pasadena Road is a math and Spanish major at UT. She has completed research at the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, at Vanderbilt Medical Center, and at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She has also served as the president of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council, as opinion columnist at the student newspaper, as a volunteer for the homeless, and in a children’s hospital, the Rhodes Trust announced Saturday.

The Rhodes Scholars were selected from 857 applicants endorsed by 327 colleges and universities. The Rhodes Scholarships pay all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford and sometimes allow four years of funding. The value of the scholarships varies depending upon the academic field and the chosen degree, but the average value is about $50,000 per year.

The Rhodes Trust said Lee was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at three years old, and she is is a passionate and highly successful advocate for disability issues locally, nationally and globally.

“She plans to use her mathematical modeling expertise for analysis of successful health policy grounded in healthcare equality for all,” the Rhodes Trust said.

Lee, who has also studied in Barcelona and Tokyo, plans to complete a master’s in philosophy in comparative social policy at Oxford.

The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer, and they are provided in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain, and other generous benefactors, the Trust said.

U.S. recipients are selected from 16 districts. The 32 Rhodes Scholars chosen from the United States will join an international group of scholars chosen from 14 other jurisdictions around the world, the Trust said.

Visit the Rhodes Trust website for links to the press release and a list of winners and their profiles.

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