Focus Students who were chosen as Rhodes Scholars

The FOCUS Program congratulates Gabriella (Elle) Diech on being chosen as a 2019 Rhodes Scholar.

Elle Diech was in the FOCUS cluster Ethics, Leadership, and Global Citizenship in 2016.  In addition to being chosen as a Rhodes Scholar, Diech was an Angier B. Duke Scholar and designed her own major at Duke -- Biological and Artificial Intelligence.  She hopes to pursue degrees in Computer Science and Global Governance at Oxford, and her long-term plans include working in the field of biosecurity and broader global catastrophic risk reduction.  To read more about Elle Diech, please see this article in Duke Today:

Previous FOCUS students who were named Rhodes Scholars are:


Kushal Kadakia (Genetics and Genomics)


Jay Ruckelshaus (Knowledge in the Service of Society, 2012)

Laura Roberts (Exploring the Mind, 2012)


Julia Parker Goyer (Athens in the Golden Age, 2003)


William Hwang (Exploring the Mind, 2002)

Adam Chandler (Origins, 2002)