UCI alumna named 2011 Rhodes Scholar

Claudia Koerner
Orange County Register

UCI alumna Megan Braun has been named a 2011 Rhodes Scholar.

The 23-year-old from Coronado will travel to Oxford University in England, where the scholarship will pay all expenses for a two-year master's program. The value of Rhodes scholarships, which were announced Sunday, averages about $50,000 a year.

Braun completed her courses at UCI in July. She earned a degree in history with a minor in philosophy. She spent five weeks over the summer at Cambridge University in England, studying war crimes law.

"That exposure to a new culture, new curriculum and a new way of thinking definitely expanded my horizons," she said.

She's looking forward to continuing her studies on international relations in England, especially experiencing the hands-on teaching style and tight-knit university community.

With studies in international human rights law and the rules of war under her belt, Braun hopes to go to law school after Oxford.

Her plan is to combine a love for American history, her experience growing up with a father in the military and interest in current issues into a career with entities such as the State Department, United Nations or U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps.

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