African American Student at Wake Forest University Wins a Rhodes Scholarship

Brandon E. Turner, a senior biophysics major at Wake Forest University with minors in sociology and chemistry, was named a Rhodes Scholar. As one of 32 American winners of the prestigious Rhodes award, he will travel to Oxford University and receive a scholarship for graduate study.

While at Wake Forest, Turner won the American Physical Society Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors, directed volunteers for a homeless shelter in Winston-Salem, and is a rugby player selected for state and southern United States all-star teams. He is conducting biomedical research to analyze proteins which will be used to develop new drugs. During summer break, he served as director of a program in Cameroon that built school computer labs, and trained Cameroonian children in basic computer skills.

Turner plans to study for a master’s degree in global health science at Oxford. He also wants to pursue a master of public health degree. Turner plans to conduct further research on chronic diseases in developing countries.

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