November 20th, 2011 | University

Two Elis earn Rhodes

Oxford's Christ Church College, in winter.
Oxford's Christ Church College, in winter. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Two Yalies, Helen Jack ’12 and Ronan Farrow LAW ’09, are among 32 students nationwide who were awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for study at the University of Oxford, according to an announcement from the Rhodes Trust early Sunday morning.

Jack, a Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology and International Studies double major from Hanover, N.H., has a background in public health. She participated in Yale’s Global Health Initiative in 2009 and 2010, and worked for the Earth Institute’s Millennium Cities Initiative in Ghana to help reform public health and the treatment of mental health issues. She is an active participant in Amnesty International, Physicians for Human Rights, and the New Haven Syringe Exchange, as well as a captain of the Yale Road Running Club.

Jack has proposed to read for the Master of Science degree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention at Oxford before continuing on to medical school and what she hopes will be a career as a physician and health advocate, said Katherine Dailinger, Yale’s Director for International Fellowships.

In 2004, Farrow graduated from Bard College at the age of 15 with double majors in Philosophy and Biology. Farrow works as an adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton LAW ’73, focusing on youth issues. In the past he has also worked on humanitarian and NGO issues. Farrow has been a contributor to the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal and other publications. At Yale, he edited the Yale Journal of International Affairs, and now plans to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy in international development at Oxford, Dailinger said.

“They are students of whom Yale can be very proud, and for whom I am just delighted,” Dailinger said.

In the United States, two Rhodes Scholars are elected in each of 16 districts around the country. This year’s Rhodes class marks the fourth time since 1976 that more women (17) than men (15) have been elected for the scholarship. Elections in other countries will conclude in mid-December.

Jack and Farrow, who were among 210 candidates interviewed from 99 different colleges, will head to the University of Oxford next fall.