University of Rochester Student From Zimbabwe Wins a Rhodes Scholarship


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The 32 Rhodes scholars from the United States were recently announced. Eight Africn Americans won Rhodes Scholarships, 25 percent of the awards. Profiles of these African American Rhodes Scholars will be published shortly on JBHE. But Rhodes Scholars are chosen from 23 other jurisdictions (more than 60 countries) around the world as well. Some of those selected are students at universities in the United States. Kudzai Mbinda, a senior chemical engineering major at the University of Rochester in New York from Harare, Zimbabwe, was one of two Rhodes Scholars chosen from 10 finalists competing in the Zimbabwe competition. This marks the second consecutive year a University of Rochester student has been awarded the scholarship. Beauclaire Mbanya Jr. of Cameroon was selected last November and currently is at Oxford pursuing a master’s degree relating to sustainable energy. Mbinda is a member of the University of Rochester’s Chem-E Car team, the Pan-African Students Association, and the varsity track and field team, where he holds the school record in the indoor 60-meter dash. Mbinda plans to pursue a master’s degree in energy systems at Oxford.