Ds Scholarship

Two Penn students named 2022 Rhodes Scholars

Nicholas Thomas Lewis (left) and Raven Kariyawasam were Rhodes Scholarship recipients. (Photos by Nicholas Thomas Lewis and Raven Kariyawasam)

Two members of the Class of 2022 Pennsylvania have been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, which awards students funding for up to three years of graduate study at Oxford University.

Nicholas Thomas-Lewis Senior College Student from Kimball, Nebraska and Wharton and Senior Engineering Raven Kariyawasam from Colombo, Sri Lanka raised the total number of Rhodes Scholars to 33. The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest international scholarship program in the world, offering 102 scholarships every year to students from all over the world. .

This is the fifth year in a row that Penn students have been among the scholarship recipients. In 2020, college graduate Mackenzie Firestone was selected for the Rhodes Scholarship, and in 2019, two Pennsylvania students won scholarships.

Thomas Lewis is a double major in Science, Cognitive Health and Societies with a minor in Neuroscience. His interests include mental health and addiction, as well as how to combat these issues from a social perspective. Thomas Lewis said his majors allowed him to gain a more comprehensive understanding of these topics.

Thomas Lewis said: “I have always found that I really wanted to do something that could make a difference and a difference in society, and studying at Oxford would really give me the opportunity to do that.”

He plans to pursue a master’s degree in Medical Anthropology, Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, a research-based program that focuses on the study of practices and policies surrounding issues such as poverty and mental health.

Thomas Lewis, who will be one of 32 American Rhodes Scholars for 2022, said he draws a lot of inspiration from his family. Thomas Lewis said his father had been suffering from alcoholism which led him to make sure no one else had what he went through.

He said youth-based intervention is necessary to break the cycles of intergenerational issues such as addiction.

In addition to coursework, Thomas Lewis is co-chair of the Admissions Dean’s Advisory Board, a tour guide for the Kite & Key Association, and a member of Penny Loafers a cappella.

Kariyawasam teaches finance, entrepreneurship and innovation at Wharton and bioengineering at Penn Engineering. He attended the University of Pennsylvania as a bioengineering major and soon became interested in engineering and healthcare programs. His curiosity about why a certain lab technology did not exist in his home country and had not been applied to the real world led him to add the degree from Wharton in addition to engineering.

Kariyawasam said he mainly focuses on the relationship between health care programs and the social and cultural barriers that can limit access. He said that some of the notable research projects he worked on during his time in Pennsylvania include the Electronic Medical Record System for Low-Resource Countries and the Self-Monitoring Toolkit for Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Low-Resource Settings.

Outside of class, Kariyawasam is an executive board member of the Wharton Health Care Collegiate Club, DJ at WQHS, Editor-in-Chief of the academic journal Biotechnology Synapse, and Vice President of the Phi Sigma Biological Honor Society.

Kariyawasam said he decided to apply for Rhodes because of the opportunity to study at Oxford Martin School where he can integrate his interests in business and STEM.

He will be joining a special program on global epilepsy within the Martin School that focuses on epilepsy in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. will follow up. elephant. Academic degree, which is known as a Ph.D. In the United States, in engineering sciences with a concentration in bioengineering.

“I really wanted to find a place that suited me,” he said of Oxford. “Since I was an international student, I’ve been in America for five years. I kind of want to see what happens across the pond as well.”



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