Jordan Anderson, a senior in Biomedical Sciences, was recently awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, joining only three former Auburn University students with this recognition.
"Mr. Anderson is truly an outstanding person who represents all for which Auburn University stands," says COSAM Dean Stewart Schneller. "I convey my gratitude to him for this honor he has brought to our University and to his family for sharing this wonderful individual with us. My colleagues in COSAM and those across campus are to be congratulated for providing an academic environment that has nurtured and mentored Jordan to this exceptional accomplishment."
The Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest international fellowship, was created in 1902 at the request of Cecil Rhodes to bring outstanding students from across the world to study at Oxford University in England. The Roanoke, Va., native began the application process last August with the help of Dr. Paul Harris of the Honors College. After being named a District Seven finalist, Anderson traveled to Birmingham in November to begin a two-day interview process with 12 other finalists from Tennessee, Alabama and Florida.
"There were so many great and qualified candidates, and to be in their company was a great honor," Anderson recently said. "When they announced my name, I was overwhelmed at first, but then felt very honored and excited." Anderson was the first Auburn student since 1980 to receive the recognition.
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Anderson, who is also a decorated member of the Auburn University swimming and diving program, maintains a 3.91 GPA and plans to obtain a master's degree at Oxford in the global health science discipline, which is a program geared toward a better understanding of the health conditions in third-world countries.
"The long-term goal is to give me a better understanding of the problems in countries that I want to one day work in," Anderson said. "With the help of a future dental degree, I'd like to develop medical solutions from a dental perspective."