Skip to main content

Each year on the Saturday prceding the Thanksgiving holiday,  new American Rohodes Scholar class is elected. These outstanding students re selected from a pool of candidates nominated by their colleges and universities. They commence their studies at Oxford the following October, widely across the Unviersity's academic disciplines. 


This year's DISTRICT 8  winners from Texas :

Melissa L. McCoy, Dallas, graduated summa cum laude from the Georgia Institute of 
Technology in 2012 with a major in chemical engineering. She then studied 
entrepreneurship and technology at Singularity University at NASA Ames Research Park in 
California. At Georgia Tech she founded an organization focused on social entrepreneurial 
technology and co-founded an organization to solve the problem of post-disaster water 
scarcity, which was piloted in partnership with the Red Cross in a Chilean town decimated by earthquake. Melissa was also co-founder and COO of another tech company for which she co-invented and patented a digital manufacturing authentication technique. She intends to do the M.Sc. by research in environmental chemical engineering at Oxford. 

John Mikhael, Dallas, is a 2013 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he majored in mathematics, and where he is continuing his research in cognitive 
neuroscience. Of Lebanese as well as U.S. citizenship, his research focuses on the algorithms that underlie our ability to perform functions such as language and social perception. John has also worked as a tutor and lecturer in math, physics and biology in summers in Syria and Lebanon, and has been active as a peer health advocate and in interfaith relations. At Oxford, he plans to continue his research on the brain with a D.Phil. in neuroscience. 

Click to view the entire list of winners.