This autumn, College Honors alumni Byron Gray ('12) and Cameron Turtle ('12) "crossed the pond" and began their studies at Oxford as 2012 Rhodes Scholars. When they were selected as Rhodes Scholars in 2011, the University of Washington was the only public university in the country with more than one Rhodes Scholar: other than the UW, only Ivy League schools boasted more than one Rhodes Scholar.
Byron Gray, from Post Falls (Idaho), completed a major in political science, law societies and justice, and Asian studies. In his Honors thesis, Gray examined family law, human rights and religious sectarianism in India. Leading up to his work, he studied Urdu and Hindi thanks to U. S. State Department scholarships and worked for an NGO in northern India. At Oxford, he plans to continue work on contemporary India with particular focus on socio-legal studies.
Cameron Turtle, from Pullman (WA), pursued a major in bioengineering and has done extensive work in cardiac therapeutics, benefitting from Mary Gates and Goldwater scholarships. Turtle founded Point of Care Technologies, a company that develops molecular medical diagnostic devices that interface with Android-based mobile equipment and co-founded Bioengineers Without Borders, a student organization that offers opportunities for service in global health. At Oxford, he will study cardiovascular medicine.
Regarding his experience with the Honors Program, Cameron states: "The Honors community at the UW played an essential role in the high-quality education I received as an undergraduate. I built a strong scientific background in challenging and fast-paced Honors chemistry, physics, and organic chemistry courses. I broadened my understanding of how science and engineering can be applied through Honors courses in the arts, international studies, and social sciences. Finally, I was inspired by the range and depth of activities presented in Honors seminars and events. I will be forever grateful to the community of students, professors, and staff that make the Honors program at the UW so outstanding."
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