Marissa Mueller was flattered when her professors at the University of Iowa suggested she apply for a Rhodes Scholarship.
It’s the most prestigious graduate fellowship in the world, so the biomedical engineering pre-med student from Petrolia was honoured by their faith in her.
She was announced Monday as one of 11 Canadian recipients in the Class of 2021.
“I think I’ll still be shock for the next little bit,” said Mueller, 20. “I don’t see that changing any time soon.”
The Lambton Central graduate is in her senior year at Iowa on a track and field scholarship. She throws the javelin.
She’ll leave next fall for her two years of studies at the University of Oxford in England.
“It’s overwhelming in the best way possible,” she said.
Scholarship recipients are chosen for not only their intellect but also their character, leadership and commitment to service.
“It is a life-changing opportunity for exceptional young people with the potential to make a difference for good in the world,” said the Rhodes Trust website.
Mueller will work towards her master of science degree by research in surgical sciences. She’s focused on the molecular mechanisms, clinical applications and ethical implications of stem cell research and regenerative technologies.
See more on her Wednesday in the Observer.