Harvard Undergrad & Recent Grad Named 2015 Rhodes Scholars
Ben Sprung-Keyser, of Los Angeles, California, has had an undergraduate career of superlative achievement, both in and out of the classroom. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, and with a perfect academic record, his interests focus on labor economics, and particularly issues relating to unemployment. His two-man team won the 2014 World Universities Debating Championship and in 2013, he was the youngest national champion ever of the American Parliamentary Debate Association. Ben won the Young Playwrights Inc. National Playwriting Competition; his play was performed in New York City in 2012. He organized a program to teach debate skills to disadvantaged students in Boston, a program that has been expanded to students in China. He is research assistant to Professor Larry Summers, and for James Poterba, the president of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Ben plans to do the M.Phil. in Economics at Oxford.
Friederike Reuter, who graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Economics in 2014, has been awarded one of two Rhodes Germany scholarships for 2015. Her research interests include labor economics and economic history, which she developed further at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She recently found a new interest in studying the politics, history and indigenous populations of Central and South America. During her time at Harvard, she spent a semester studying abroad in Southern France and traveled through Colombia, South Africa and Swaziland in the summers. Friederike looks forward to the advanced curriculum afforded by this award, and also plans to pursue the M.Phil. in Economics while at Oxford.