The two Northwestern students who won Rhodes Scholarships are Anna Yermakova, a senior from Buffalo Grove, and Mallory Dwinal, a senior from Gig Harbor, Wash.
Yermakova, who has majors in biochemistry, piano, and the history and philosophy of science and logic, is originally from Russia and emigrated to the U.S. at age 11. Since then she has won national awards for piano and French, has done research in chemical engineering and nanotechnology, neuroscience and biomedical engineering. She also has competed in ballroom dancing, salsa and flamenco.
Dwinal is also a senior with majors in Spanish, economics and international studies. She also studied at Qinghua University in Beijing. In 2006, she founded a program that coordinates and funds programs in the Chicago public schools in English as a second language. She also has been leader of a daily meals program at a homeless shelter. She is ranked among the top students in the country in impromptu and extemporaneous speaking. She plans to do a master’s in comparative and international education at Oxford.