University of Delaware student awarded Rhodes scholarship

Neuroscience major to study public health
Wade Malcom
The News Journal

A University of Delaware student who has made several humanitarian trips to underdeveloped countries has been named one of America's 32 Rhodes scholars for 2010.

Senior neuroscience major Matthew T. Watters will use the award to study for a master's degree in global public health science at Oxford University in England.

It will be a fitting pursuit for a student who has spent semester breaks working in hospitals in Haiti and southern Sudan.

"He's very passionate about global health and providing health to these underdeveloped countries," said Jeffrey Rosen, a UD professor of psychology and neuroscience who wrote a recommendation for Watters' application.

Watters spent the summers of 2008 and 2009 in Haiti, before the devastation caused by this year's earthquake, working as an emergency medical technician with the St. Boniface Haiti Foundation.

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