MSU's Hansen plans to use Rhodes Scholarship to study water policy in the world's neediest areas

Carol Schmidt
MSU News Service

Katy Hansen, whose long-held desire to serve gained focus when she became involved with the efforts of Montana State University's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, will have the opportunity to impact water policy on a grander scale as a result of her selection as a recipient of a 2011 Rhodes Scholarship, arguably the most prestigious scholarship in the world.

Hansen learned of her award Saturday at regional finalist interviews in Seattle. She is one of just 32 U.S. recipients of the Rhodes, given by the Rhodes Trust for advanced study at Oxford University, one of the world's most distinguished universities.

Hansen graduated from MSU in May with a bachelor's degree in industrial and management engineering and a minor in economics. She is currently an MSU graduate student on a Boren Fellowship working on water resource management in the Negev Desert near the Red Sea.

"When they called my name it was a huge shock," said Hansen, who was one two Rhodes recipients selected from 16 finalists in the region that includes Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Hansen said that with her selection comes responsibility as well as gratefulness for the team from MSU who supported her nomination and mentored her during her years as a student.

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