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U of M, Augsburg Students Named Rhodes Scholars

Two Minnesotan college students were named Rhodes Scholars on Sunday, KSTP reported.

Brian Krohn, a senior majoring in chemistry at Augsburg College, and Ashley Nord, a physics, astrophysics and global studies senior at the University of Minnesota will study at Oxford University in England next year under the prestigious scholarship, the Star Tribune said.

Krohn, the first Rhodes Scholar from Augsburg, presented some of his biodiesel research to Congress members earlier this year, KSTP said.

Nord plans to pursue a career in biophysics after earning a doctorate in condensed matter physics at Oxford, WCCO reported. Nord is from Rapid City, S.D.

Krohn and Nord were among the 31 out of 769 applicants selected for 2009, WCCO said.

The Star Tribune reported that, according to the scholarship trust, 32 United States students were selected for the scholarship.

Rhodes Scholarships were created by Cecil Rhodes, a British philanthropist, in 1902. The awards are the oldest international study scholarships for U.S. students, the Star Tribune said.