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3 Californians win prestigious Rhodes scholarships for study at England's Oxford University


LOS ANGELES — Three college students from California are among the 32 new Rhodes scholars who have been chosen to pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England.

Megan G. Musilli, a senior math major at the U.S. Naval Academy and a native of El Dorado Hills, plans to become a physician in the Navy.

Musilli's research includes the study of traumatic brain injury and MRI scanning techniques and the concept of genetic algorithms and state machines in data compression. She plans to study medical anthropology at Oxford.

Cameron Platt of Santa Barbara is a senior at Princeton She won the Class of 1870 Old English Prize awarded to the university's top scholar in the fields of Old English, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies.

Platt serves as the president of Princeton University Players and has participated in both production and acting roles in multiple performances and theaters. She will pursue master degrees in English and American studies and in medieval studies at Oxford.

Hassaan Shahawy of Pasadena is a senior at Harvard, where he is pursuing a double major in history and near eastern languages. He is the vice president of the Harvard Islamic Society and co-founder of the Ivy League Muslim Council.

Shahawy has volunteered at the Children's Cancer Hospital in Cairo, Egypt and mentors prison inmates in Norfolk, Massachusetts. He plans to pursue a master's degree in Islamic studies and history.

The Rhodes scholarships cover all expenses for multiple years of study at Oxford starting next October.

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