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Hillsborough HS Graduate Jasmine Brown Named a Rhodes Scholar

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Hillsborough HS graduate Jasmine Brown was honored with a proclamation by Mayor Gloria McCauley, left and Deputy Mayor Doug Tomson for being selected a Rhodes Scholar. Credits: Rod Hirsch
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HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Jasmine Brown, a 2014 graduate of Hillsborough High School, was honored by the Township Committee Tuesday for being named a Rhodes Scholar, one of 32 university and college students nationwide selected for the prestigious fellowship.

Mayor Gloria McCauley and Deputy Mayor Doug Tomson presented Brown with a proclamation.

Brown will spend a year at Oxford University in England pursuing her studies.

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The American Rhodes Scholar Class of 2018 was elected in November.  The scholars will begin their studies at Oxford in October 2018.

Brown and the other 31 Rhodes scholars were selected from a pool of 866 candidates who had been nominated by their colleges and universities.

Two other Rhodes Scholars in the Class of 2018 are from New Jersey - Christopher J. D'Urso of Colts Neck, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania and Jordan D. Thomas of Newark, a senior at Princeton University. 

Brown is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis, where she majors in Biology, with a focus in Neuroscience. While her primary focus has been neuroscience, she has also done cancer research at the Broad Institute, pulmonary research at Johns Hopkins, and studied behavioral science at the University of Miami.

 At Washington University she continues extensive research to identify protective genes against cognitive defects following West Nile induced encephalitis.

 She founded the Minority Association of Rising Scientists and serves as its president, working to provide minority students in STEM research resources and a community to be successful.

 She has tutored high school students and danced in a theater production.

 Her long-term goal is to combine her passion for science with her passion for diversity, while serving as a role model and mentor for the next generation of scientists. Jasmine will do a D.Phil. in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at Oxford.

While a student at Hillsborough High School, Brown participated in track and field and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society.

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, according to the Rhodes website.

The Rhodes Trust, a British charity established to honor the will and bequest of Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full financial support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors.

 Upon Cecil Rhodes' death, the scholarships were created in 1902. The first Rhodes Scholars arrived at Oxford in 1903 and a year later, the first U.S. Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.

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