Boston University Student Receives Rhodes Scholarship

in College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, News Releases, Student News
November 24th, 2003

Contact: Alison Koski, 617/353-2240 | akoski@bu.edu

(Boston, Mass.) –Richard Malins of Hawaii is the seventh Boston University student to receive a Rhodes Scholarship based on his academic achievement, integrity, leadership potential, and physical vigor. This year marks the 100th anniversary of American students earning this honor and entering the University of Oxford for two to three years of study.

A recent Beckman Scholar, Malins presented his findings on the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease at the Beckman Center for the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering. His primary focus is on the functioning of the human brain, and he plans to spend his time at Oxford studying degenerative disorders associated with aging.

In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Malins said, “I had convinced myself that there was no way I was going to win a scholarship, so I went to the interviews very relaxed.”

Malins is a senior double majoring in chemistry and neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences. The son of Captain Chester J. and Christina A. Malins of Pearl City, Hawaii, he is a graduate of Iolani School in Honolulu. At Boston University, he is a Trustee Scholar, a Harold Case Scholar, and also the winner of the Mason Memorial Prize for Excellence in Chemistry. Malins is the second Boston University Trustee Scholar to be named a Rhodes Scholar
In addition to academics, Malins been involved in 25 productions as president of the Boston University Stage Troupe, plays the viola in the Boston University orchestra, and has tutored disadvantaged children.

Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The university offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, and engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.

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