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2 for the Rhodes

By Rachelle Bowden in News on Nov 22, 2004 1:49PM

For the 3rd time in less than 10 years, more than one University of Chicago student has simultaneously won the Rhodes Scholarships. Andrew Kim and Ian Desai were among the 32 Americans selected as Rhodes Scholars for 2005. Chosen from 904 applicants, they will study at Oxford University on scholarship funds for 2 years.

Here are the overachievers' bios:

2004_11_ian_desai.jpgIan Desai, 22, is from Brooklyn, NY and graduated in 2004 from the U of C, where he majored in ancient studies. Ian was co-founder and executive director of the Chicago Society, a board member of South Asia Watch, and a founder of the Kashmir Project. Ian spent last summer tracing the journy of Jason and the Argonauts through Greece, Turkey and Georgia. Actually, we found his photos online and it looked like a good time. As a sidenote, is it wrong to say we think Ian looks H-O-T? Ok. Thought so. Forget we said that.. but wait, can't we appreciate his beauty as well as his brains? Ian intends to do the M.St. in Oriental Studies and European Lit at Oxford.

Andrew Kim is also 22 and hails from New Jersey. He graduated from the U of C in 2004 with a degree in political science. An accomplished cellist, guitarist and songwriter, Andy organized a task force to study the problem of youth prostitution in Chicago. If that's not enough, he also worked with the Chicago Homeless Coalition. Andy plans to do a D.Phil. in International Relations at Oxford. We're having a hard time finding a photo of Andy.. there are about 1,000 Andrew Kim's online, it seems.