KU senior advances in Rhodes scholarship competition
November 06, 2008
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Sue Lorenz, University Honors Program, (785) 864-3374
LAWRENCE - A University of Kansas senior from Shawnee preparing for a career in cancer research has advanced in the competition for one of 32 prestigious Rhodes scholarships awarded annually for graduate study at Oxford University in England.
Stephanie Ann Hill, a 2007 Goldwater scholar at KU and a biochemistry and chemistry major, has been selected for district interviews Nov. 21 and 22 in Kansas City, Mo. She is the daughter of Douglas and Mary Hill and a graduate of Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.
Two winners are announced from each of 16 districts following the Nov. 22 interviews by Rhodes Foundation representatives. KU students compete with finalists from colleges and universities in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Mississippi. Separate state interviews are no longer conducted.
Rhodes scholarships provide full tuition and fees for two years of graduate study at Oxford University, as well as a living allowance.
KU students have won 25 Rhodes scholarships since 1904, more than all other Kansas colleges and universities combined. Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and colonist, established the Rhodes scholarships in 1902. U.S. students between ages 18 and 24 who have demonstrated high academic achievement and leadership are eligible to apply for a university nomination.
Hill is a National Merit Scholar, a Chancellors Club Scholar and a Kansas Governor's Scholar. For the past three years, she has worked in the lab of Brian S. Blagg, assistant professor of medicinal chemistry, whose research includes the development of anticancer agents. Hill's contributions to recent findings by Blagg's team earned her the distinction as second author of an article submitted to the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Hill will also be a second author of a manuscript on results of another research project soon to be submitted for publication. Blagg said that for an undergraduate to earn two publications in three years is extraordinary. An accomplished violinist, Hill is in the KU Symphony Orchestra and was a concertmaster with the Kansas City Youth Symphony.