Two Canadian Harvard Seniors Tapped for Rhodes Scholarship, Joining Four Americans | News

The Canadian Secretary of the Rhodes Fund announced Sunday that two Canadian seniors from Harvard University have been awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, joining the four Harvard seniors announced as US Rhodes Scholars the day before.

Maya Burhanpurkar ’22 and Ramiz A. Razzak ’22 make up two of the 11 Canadian Rhodes Scholarship recipients and will join over 100 Rhodes Scholars from around the world. The scholarship is payable for postgraduate studies to recipients at the University of Oxford starting in October 2022.

Of the 11 Canadian researchers, Harvard and the University of British Columbia each produced two—equivalent to the highest number from one school. Seven of the 11 recipients were women, keeping with the record 22 women among the 32 recipients selected for the US Rhodes Scholarship.

While the selection process for the American scholar Rhodes took place almost for the second year in a row, the Canadian commission hosted in-person interviews.

“This was actually something I was very happy with,” Razak said. “We had to organize the whole cocktail event and then the interviews in person, which was a really, really great experience.”

He added, “You’re just in a room with all kinds of really smart and kind people, and you realize that once you’re at that point, there’s a lot of luck.” “I consider myself very grateful that it worked.”

Razak – who focuses in applied mathematics and economics with a high school diploma in philosophy and hails from Broussard, Quebec – plans to study economic and social history at Oxford.

“One of my favorite quotes from John Maynard Keynes is – the famous economist from the 1920s and 1930s – that any good economist must somehow reconcile being a good mathematician, a good philosopher, a good historian, a good politician or statesman, etc. Razak said. “This is something I definitely want to bring into the kind of research I do.”

Burhanpurkar, a physics concentrator with a high school diploma in computer science from Oro-Medonte, Ontario, plans to study theoretical physics, machine learning and philosophy at Oxford. She said she felt “extremely grateful” for the support she received during the application process.

“I was really grateful for the opportunity to study for the first time at Harvard, which I really never imagined I would get,” Burhanpurkar said. “I am most grateful to have the opportunity to study next fall at Oxford which is – I would have never expected this when I was in high school.”

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