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College Senior Awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Monday, November 24, 2008

Jisung Park '09 has won a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a M.Sc. in nature, society and environmental policy at Oxford University in England.

Park, who is from Shelton, Conn., and is majoring in economics and political science, has traveled the world studying sustainable development and the constantly shifting line where environmentalism and economics merge.

"Jisung is an outstanding student," said Michael Pippenger, associate dean of fellowship programs and study abroad. "He has really worked hard to create a curriculum for himself dealing with economics and sustainable development. A lot of the activities he has done have allowed him to test his theories."

While at the College, Park has traveled to the rainforests of Australia and spent his junior year studying at Oxford. On campus, he is on the editorial board of Consilience, a journal of sustainable development. He also sings in the a cappella Uptown Vocal Group and is on the male practice squad of the women's basketball team.

The Fellowships Office at Columbia has helped students and alumni win three Rhodes Scholarships, a Marshall Scholarship and 18 Fulbright Scholarships in the last three years.

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