Priya Mallika Sury, a 2010 graduate of Washington University has been chosen for graduate study at the University of Oxford in England and will be pursuing courses in medical anthropology.
The prestigious Rhodes Scholarship is the world's oldest international fellowship and is awarded to students on the basis of their undergraduate academic achievements, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor. Sury is one of 32 students from the U.S., and approximately 80 worldwide, to be awarded the scholarship this year. 26 Washington University students have received the highly acclaimed honor since 1904 when the first American scholars were selected, and Ms. Sury is the first anthropology graduate to receive the award.
Sury graduated summa cum laude in May 2010 with a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology and Spanish. Her senior honors thesis, entitled "Yoga, Modernity, and Paradoxes of Upper Class Discontent" investigated connections between yoga and biomedicine. Currently in medical school at the University of Minnesota, Ms. Sury will begin her studies at Oxford in the fall of 2011. For the full Record article, click here.