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Three from Stanford to be Rhodes scholars

A current senior, two recent grads, will be among 32 at Oxford next fall

A Stanford University senior as well as two recent graduates are among the 32 Americans who will head to Oxford University next fall as Rhodes scholars, according to a weekend announcement by the Rhodes Trust.

Senior Meredith Wheeler, a history and political science major from Fort Collins, Colo.; Emma Pierson, who graduated this year with a bachelor's in physics and a master's in computer science; and Miles Unterreiner, who earned a bachelor's in history in 2012 and a master's in history in 2013, were selected according to the Rhodes criteria of outstanding scholarly achievements, character, commitment to others and to the common good and leadership potential.

Wheeler, the Stanford senior, has researched comparative democratization, post-coup repression and Islamic party politics in Egypt and Islamist political organizations in Morocco.

She chairs the Stanford in Government organization, is on the editorial board of both the Stanford Daily and Stanford's undergraduate history journal, and is a member of Stanford's Alpine ski team.

Wheeler plans to pursue a master's in philosophy in modern Middle Eastern studies at Oxford.

Pierson, who now works for the personal genomics and biotechnology company 23andMe, was president of the Stanford Debate Society and has done statistical analyses of sexism in sports and in responses to sexual assault trials. She plans to pursue a doctorate of philosophy in computational biology at Oxford.

Unterreiner, who currently works at the Santa Barbara think tank The Frontier Group, was a writer, columnist and opinions editor at the Stanford Daily, was president of the Stanford American Civil Liberties Union board and served on the editorial board of Stanford's undergraduate history journal. He also was a member of Stanford's varsity track and field and cross-country teams.

He plans to pursue a master's of philosophy in international relations at Oxford.

— Palo Alto Weekly Staff

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