Johns Hopkins senior named Rhodes Scholar

Peter Kalugin is JHU's first recipient of the award since 2012
Amy Lunday
Johns Hopkins HUB

Peter Kalugin is Johns Hopkins University's newest Rhodes Scholar.

The senior is one of just 32 men and women who received the good news Saturday evening that they had won one of the most famous academic awards available to American college students.

Kalugin will graduate in May with a degree from the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences in molecular and cellular biology and mathematics with a minor in physics.

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years. Chosen from among 877 applicants endorsed by 305 different colleges and universities, Kalugin will enter Oxford in the fall of 2015 to pursue an MSc in Oncology, a two-year degree that will allow him to take courses while conducting research.

"The news is still sinking in, but I'm very excited about the opportunity," Kalugin wrote in an email on Sunday from his home while spending time with his family in Albuquerque, N.M. "I've spent a year at Oxford previously and it was one of the best experiences that I have ever had, so going back is a real privilege."

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