Two Rhodes Scholars hail from Roseville

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Rhodes Scholars Priya Sury (courtesy University of Minnesota) and Prerna Nadathur (courtesy University of Chicago)

Thirty-two Rhodes Scholars are selected each year to represent the United States – and this year two of them are from Roseville (I’m no Rhodes Scholar, but my cell phone calculator tells me that’s 6.25 percent of the total.) They are Prerna Nadathur and Priya M. Sury.

Their bios from the Rhodes Scholarship site:

Prerna Nadathur, Roseville, is a senior at the University of Chicago where she majors in

mathematics and minors in linguistics and philosophy. She writes poetry and fiction, plays

violin in the University chamber orchestra, performs classical Indian dance, and has won

prizes for her piano performances. Prerna has also been a leader in student government and

in social justice activities, and founded a chapter of Students for a Democratic Society. She

has done independent research on social choice theorems, set theory and homology. At

Oxford, Prerna will do the M.Phil. in general linguistics and comparative philology.

Priya M. Sury, Roseville, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May, summa

cum laude, in anthropology and Spanish. She is currently studying for an M.D. degree at the

University of Minnesota. At Washington University, she was the first student ever chosen for

all three of its most selective merit scholarships. Priya has done anthropological work on the

use of yoga in western medicine, and been a research intern at the Mayo Clinic in biomedical

imaging and ovarian cancer. She has also done research on adolescent suicide in the

Dominican Republic. She has studied in Chile and Mexico, worked on an HIV/AIDS

educational initiative and as a tutor for underprivileged Hispanic students. Priya plans to do

the M.Phil. in medical anthropology at Oxford.

Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for one to three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. The Rhodes Scholarship, established in 1902, is the oldest international scholarship. Sury is the sixth University of Minnesota-Twin Cities student to receive a Rhodes Scholarship since 2001.

  • Anonymous

    I must point out that these wonderful young women are the daughters of three of my esteemed colleagues at the University of Minnesota. Raj Sury is a professor in the College of Pharmacy and an outstanding teacher and researcher. Ameeta Kelekar is the mother of Prerna Nadathur. Ameeta is a faculty member in the medical school; her husband Gopal is a professor in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. I doubt very much that a high school has had two Rhodes scholars in a single year. Very few universities have that many! This is an extremely good reflection on Roseville high school, although I know that Prerna also took some math courses at the U of M while at Roseville. Congratulations to all. This is a great achievement for all of Minnesota.

    Bill Gleason, U of M faculty and alum.