Rhodes Scholars: Eight for Eight

January 31, 2001

 

Baugh: Duke's thirtieth winner of the coveted award.


David Matthew Baugh, a senior from Raleigh, has become the university's thirtieth winner of the Rhodes Scholarship. His selection for the Rhodes gives the school eight Rhodes Scholars in the past eight years. Baugh was one of only thirty-two students from 950 applicants at 327 colleges and universities selected to win the scholarship, which provides two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. Winners were selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential, and physical vigor, among other attributes.

 

Baugh, who won a Truman Scholarship last March, is completing a self-designed curriculum in international development and health. He says that his career goals involve health advocacy and improving existing national public-health programs, as well as designing and implementing initiatives aimed at increasing both prevention activities and health access for underserved groups of people.

The A.B. Duke Scholar has chaired the University Honor Council, co-chaired the Academic Integrity Review Committee, and served as co-president of the Duke unit of the American Red Cross. His extensive public-service activities have included work with Genesis Home, the St. Francis Inn Urban Outreach, and the Bigger Buddies Mentorship Program. Last January, he traveled to rural Haiti to work on rural health initiatives, as part of the Haiti Family Health Ministries, with a medical team of Duke physicians and students [Duke Magazine, September-October 2000]. In May 1999, he presented public-health-related research and policy recommendations at the International Summit of Young Leaders, held in Taipei, Taiwan. Baugh says he plans to work at the National Security Council in Washington this summer. He projects the topic of his master's thesis at Oxford will be on the politics of humanitarian interventions.