The Rhodes Scholarship is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious international fellowships. The program provides full financial support for its recipients to pursue graduate study at the University of Oxford. Each year, 32 students from the United States receive this honor. In 2017, two of them were members of SigEp.
“Rhodes Scholars are chosen not only for their outstanding scholarly achievements, but for their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever domains their careers may lead,” wrote Elliot Gerson, American secretary of the Rhodes Trust, on rhodesscholar.org.
Josh Carter, Montana State ’17, plans to pursue a master’s in physiology, anatomy and genetics at Oxford — and if his undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and microbiology are any indication, he will flourish in the program. Carter spent his undergraduate years researching the molecular mechanisms of disease and the development of prosthetics. His work has been published in academic journals, including Science. Eventually, he hopes to develop smart prosthetics and make them readily available to people across the globe.
Carter credits his SigEp experience with an important role in his development. “From the moment I joined, I’ve had older brothers who were Rhodes finalists, Goldwater Scholars and just all-around incredible individuals,” he said. “As I moved forward, serving as a chapter officer, going to Carlson Leadership Academy, and serving as the Residential Learning Community chair, the experience helped me develop my leadership and community outreach skills that have helped to make me qualified for a Rhodes Scholarship.”
Fellow 2017 Rhodes Scholar Noah Remnick, Yale ’15, also said his chapter brothers played an important role in his college experience. “I was really lucky to be surrounded in my chapter of SigEp by a group of guys who were always challenging and encouraging me,” Remnick said. “I learned as much from them as I did from a lot of my classes.”
As an undergraduate at Yale, Remnick was a staff writer for the Yale Herald and editor-in-chief for both The Politic and the Yale Historical Review. In 2015, he received a SigEp National Competition Scholarship.
After graduating, Remnick was named a James Reston Reporting Fellow with The New York Times. He remains a reporter with the paper. His work includes feature articles, news stories and investigative reporting, including an article on police abuse of transgender people that led to a change in police policy. At Oxford, he plans to study history and public policy with a focus on race and urban politics in order to better inform his future work.