M&I major Robert Ragotte awarded Rhodes Scholarship

Congratulations to Robert Ragotte! We are very pleased to announce that one of our M&I undergraduate majors, Robert Ragotte, is one of only 60 students worldwide to be chosen as 2016 Rhodes Scholars.  The Rhodes Scholarship is one of the most prestigious international scholarships and will allow Rob to join a community of future world leaders as he pursues his D. Phil. in Infection, Immunology, and Translational Medicine at the University of Oxford.



Robert Ragotte

British Columbia, 2016

Current place of residence: Vancouver

University: University of British Columbia

Current/most recent course: BSc (Hons) in Microbiology and Immunology

Other information: Robert Ragotte studies Honours Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. He is an outstanding undergraduate researcher, studying rare diseases of the immune system at the Child and Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital. Previously, he held research positions at the BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute and the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel. Robert competes at a national level in Nordic skiing as a member and coach of the UBC Nordic Ski team. Robert intends to pursue a D.Phil. in Infection, Immunology, and Translational Medicine, and a career as a clinician-scientist.


The Rhodes Scholarship:

The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford, and providing transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.  Established in 1903, the Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international graduate scholarship program in the world. Cecil Rhodes's vision in founding the Scholarship was to develop outstanding leaders who would be motivated to fight 'the world's fight' and to 'esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim', and to promote international understanding and peace. His will outlines four criteria to be used in the election of Scholars:

  • literary and scholastic attainments
  • energy to use one's talents to the full
  • truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship
  • moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one's fellow beings.

The Rhodes Scholarship selection committee seeks young women and men of outstanding intellect, character, leadership, and commitment to service.  The Rhodes Scholarships support students who demonstrate a strong propensity to emerge as 'leaders for the world’s future'.

At Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Rhodes Scholars join just over 20,000 students from more than 140 countries currently studying at the University, and are enriched by the stimulating and rigorous education and the vibrant cultural and community life. Nearly 8,000 Rhodes Scholars have gone on to serve at the forefront of government, the professions, commerce, the arts, education, research and other domains. They are well known advocates for expanded social justice, and have advanced the frontiers of science and medicine.