Murrell named Rhodes Scholar

Ian Cummings
The University Daily Kansan

Kelsey Murrell, a senior from Kearney, Mo., recently won a Rhodes Scholarship, according a University announcement Saturday. Murrell will graduate from the University Honors Program in May 2012, and will receive funding to attend the University of Oxford for at least one year. The scholarships are awarded to 32 students annually.

Murrell is an English literature and creative writing major and will study refugee migration patterns at Oxford, according to a University Relations press release. She received an undergraduate research award for her studies in immigration narratives and is working on a seniors honors thesis on refugee stories. She is also a playwright and founder of the Contemporary Student Alternative Theatre, an organization of writers and performers on campus. Murrell was one of only 10 students admitted to the Dean’s Scholars Program in the fall of 2010 and was one of 20 University sophomores chosen for the University Scholars Program. The University has sent 26 students, including Murrell, to Rhodes Scholarships - more than any other university in Kansas.

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