Stefater advances toward Rhodes Scholarship
RELEASED: Nov. 3, 2005
DANVILLE, KYTony Stefater, a Centre College senior from Louisville, is one step closer to a Rhodes Scholarship.
He has been named a district finalist in the Rhodes Scholarship competition and will interview in Washington, D.C., on November 18-19 for one of two Rhodes Scholarships from District V.
Stefater will compete against candidates from Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., for the prestigious award. A total of 32 Rhodes Scholars will be named from 16 districts in the United States. The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest international study award available to American students and provides up to three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.
A biochemistry and molecular biology major, Stefater says scientific research appeals to him because it’s like “working intricate puzzles,” whether it be in describing new biochemical pathways or developing new drugs that will improve lives.
He won a Goldwater Scholarship as a sophomore, has had publications in refereed journals, and did internships in important labs on two coasts. He spent two summers conducting cancer research in a lab at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland as well as a summer in a molecular trauma lab at Stanford University in California. Should he win the Rhodes Scholarship, he hopes to continue his research into angiogenesis, the process by which new blood vessels develop.
He is a writer for the student newspaper, the Cento, and a member of the Colonel Corps, which conducts campus tours for the admission office. In the spring he will participate in Centre’s program in Strasbourg, France.Centre has had seven Rhodes Scholars, including most recently Michael Lanham ’00 of Gravel Switch, Ky. In the last 40 years, Centre has produced two-thirds of the state’s Rhodes winners.
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