Alumna Receives Rhodes Scholarship to Study at Oxford
Claire Halloran, DSHA ’16, was named one of 32 recipients of the prestigious 2020 Rhodes Scholarship, which provides the opportunity to study at Oxford beginning next fall.
She will graduate from MIT this spring, majoring in materials science and engineering with minors in energy studies and public policy. She was chosen from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants who had been nominated by their colleges and universities to receive the scholarship.
Halloran’s research focuses on abating climate change, from improving solar-to-fuel conversion reactors to creating low-cost batteries. She is the founder of the MIT Climate Action team, which supports climate change mitigation policies. She is also active as a peer educator on issues of sexual violence, healthy relationships, and cultural values.
At Oxford, Halloran will pursue a Master of Science in energy systems and a Master of Public Policy. She aspires to become a policy leader who will advocate for technically sound legislation that is appropriate for a wide array of social contexts, including using technology to accomplish rapid and just decarbonization in the United States.
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