Since graduating in June, Timothy McGinnis ’13 has kept busy, working for Wellbody Alliance (former Tiger of the Week Dan Kelly ’03’s healthcare nonprofit, which serves patients in Sierra Leone), taking pre-med courses at Harvard University Extension School, and running the New York City marathon. Last week, McGinnis added another item to his agenda: In the fall, he’ll travel to Oxford to begin studies in the history of science, medicine, and technology and global health sciences as a Rhodes scholar.
McGinnis is one of two Princetonians to receive the Rhodes this year, joining undergraduate Adam Mastroianni ’14, a psychology major whose campus activities include Quipfire! improv comedy, Triangle Club, and a co-hosting role on the campus late-night talk show All-Nighter.
McGinnis, who majored in anthropology, had a nontraditional path through Princeton that included a two-year leave to study at Deep Springs College in California. After returning, he wrote his senior thesis about a medical anthropology project that he conducted at Wellbody’s Sierra Leone clinic in the summer of 2012.
In the project, McGinnis managed to “relate lessons learned in Sierra Leone to other dilemmas of care closer to home,” his adviser, Professor Carol Greenhouse, said in a University release. After Oxford, McGinnis hopes to continue his studies in pursuit of a medical degree.
McGinnis and Mastroianni join a group of more than 200 Princetonians who have studied as Rhodes scholars since 1904, a list that includes notable alumni such as Nicholas Katzenbach ’43, Paul Sarbanes ’54, Neil Rudenstine ’56, Bill Bradley ’65, Randall Kennedy ’77, Eric Lander ’78, and University president Christopher Eisgruber ’83.
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