“Other people win the Rhodes Scholarship, not me,” says Rhodes Scholar winner Braden O’Neill, ’09 BSc. “I am humbled, excited and have a lot of work ahead of me, but this is an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Currently in his second year in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, O’Neill’s area of interest is the impact of medical humanities and patient experience on health policy. While at the University of Oxford in England O’Neill plans to work with the Health Experiences Research Group, a world-renowned team undertaking qualitative research to understand people’s experiences of health and illness.
Those chosen for this prestigious scholarship—established in the will of Oxford graduate Cecil Rhodes in 1902—not only have to excel academically, but they also have to demonstrate character, leadership ability and physical rigour. O’Neill, a former competitive swimmer, worked as an outreach worker in Edmonton and plays a key role in a student-run medical clinic for homeless people in Calgary.
O’Neill is the 65th U of A alumnus to be honoured with a Rhodes Scholarship, placing the University behind only McGill and UBC as the Canadian university with the most such scholarships, and well ahead of such American powerhouses as Berkeley, UCLA and Michigan State.
Go to www.canadianrhodes.org to learn more about the Rhodes Scholarships.