EUGENE, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A recent graduate of the University of Oregon, who hopes his research will help unravel the dynamics that lead to conflict between groups and develop better cooperation in multicultural societies, has been named a 2007 Rhodes Scholar. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.
Andrew Shipley, who was a Rhodes finalist in 2005, is one of 32 Americans to receive a Rhodes Scholarship this year. He is the first University of Oregon graduate in more than a dozen years to be named a Rhodes Scholar and joins 18 others who have received the prestigious award.
“I’m really thrilled,” Shipley said. “This is an incredible honor and I could not have done this without the mentors and friends I made at the University of Oregon. There have been amazing people with me the whole way.”
Shipley, who received bachelor’s degrees in political science and psychology at the UO, plans to begin a three-year doctoral program at Oxford next fall. Shipley is current involved in a research project, funded by a Fulbright fellowship, which studies national identity and ethnic attitudes amongst Maori and European New Zealander youth.
“This is fabulous news,” said Dave Frohnmayer, university president and a 1962 Rhodes Scholar. “It’s a life-changing experience. Anyone who has had this opportunity recognizes it as rare — a very special occasion.”
“Drew is so bent on learning that he is simply unafraid to see and admit an error or shortcoming and then move on towards strengthening or replacing a view,” said John Lysaker, a professor of philosophy and one of Shipley’s mentors at the university. “That evidences, I think, that here is a beautiful mind in the sense of one well-ordered, properly directed, and virtuous at its core,” he added.
As an undergraduate, Shipley earned a 4.04 GPA and has presented papers and posters at multiple academic conferences and conducted research in Ghana, the French West Indies and Ecuador. He founded the Springfield Creative Community Project, a student-run organization that provides free evening painting and creative writing classes to adults in Springfield, Ore.
In addition to his academic accomplishments, Shipley is a triathlete who plays tennis and has worked as a writing tutor.