Two Indian Americans among Rhodes Scholars for 2018

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The scholarship, established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, is considered to be the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world.

Jaspreet Singh (left) Credit: U.S. Air Force Academy. Samarth Gupta (right) Credit: LinkedIn.

Two Indian American students have been selected as Rhodes Scholars for 2018. Samarth Gupta of Acton, Massachusetts, and Jaspreet “Jesse” Singh of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, are among 32 Rhodes Scholars selected for the prestigious scholarship.

The scholarship, established in 1903 under the will of Cecil Rhodes, is considered to be the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world. It supports outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford for two years or more.

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Samarth Gupta, Acton, is a Harvard senior concentrating in Economics. A Truman Scholar, his senior thesis explores how increased access to health care contributes to community housing stability.

He emigrated to the United States from India with his family when he was two. He has done extensive research on the causes and consequences of eviction on individual and community health, interned with the City of Boston Office of Housing Stability and with the White House Council of Economic Advisors.

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Gupta is a captain of the Harvard College Running Club. He was one of two students on the Harvard General Education Standing Committee, and was a staff writer for the Harvard Political Review. He intends to study Comparative Social Policy at Oxford.

Jaspreet “Jesse” Singh, Oak Ridge, is a senior at the United States Air Force Academy where he is pursuing a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering.

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Singh’s research addresses questions of policy, ethics, and the management of military assets and nuclear weapons. In his career, Singh intends to bridge the divide that exists between technology and policy.

He interned at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and conducts ongoing research at the Center for Aircraft Structural Life Extension. Singh has completed several ultramarathons. At Oxford, Singh will read for an M.Sc. in Engineering Science.