Oxford and beyond

Rhodes winners bring big aspirations to big challenges in science, economics
Peter Reuell
The Harvard Gazette

They may have different approaches — one wants to teach computers to “think” like humans, and by doing so unlock the secrets of how the brain works; the other is interested in economics and public policy — but both Ruth Fong ’15 and Benjamin Sprung-Keyser ’15 share a desire to improve the world around them.

And their hopes were just given a major boost.

Fong and Sprung-Keyser were among the 32 Americans named as Rhodes Scholars on Sunday. The scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic awards in the world, covers the full cost of two or three years’ study at the University of Oxford.

Harvard has now produced a total of 350 Rhodes Scholars.

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