CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard seniors Tessa Haining from the women’s heavyweight rowing team and Isaac Robinson from the men’s heavyweight rowing team were selected for the Class of 2023 Rhodes Scholars.
Haining, from Newton, Mass., works on a combined focus in chemistry and comparative literature. Haining is writing her doctoral thesis on the 20th-century French metaphysical philosopher Gilles Deleuze. She is a violinist and executive producer of Harvard’s student-led orchestra. Haining is co-director of the university’s Eating Concerns Hotline and Outreach Service and serves as a peer counselor. At Oxford, Haining will earn an M.Phil. in history of science, medicine and technology. This year, Haining secured a spot in the Radcliffe 1V this fall, finished tenth in the Championship Eight at the Head of The Charles and second in the Varsity Eight at the Princeton Chase.
A native of Milton, Mass., and a pure math and computer science concentrator, Robinson has done research or internships at the National Institutes of Health, Jane Street, Meta, and the Beijing Genomics Institute. Robinson created and filled the position of Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Ethical Technology at Technology for Social Good. He is co-president of the Harvard College Democrats and has two patents pending. He will earn an M.Sc. in Advanced Computer Science at Oxford. Sitting in two Harvard Club 4 A spots at the Head of the Charles, Robinson helped his boat to 18th place.
“This year’s Rhodes Scholars, representing the United States — chosen by 16 independent committees across the country meeting simultaneously — will head to Oxford University in England next October to pursue graduate degrees across the social sciences, humanities, and biological and human sciences acquire physical sciences. said Elliot F. Gerson, American secretary of the Rhodes Trust, in a statement. “They already inspire us with their accomplishments, but even more so with their values-based leadership and selfless ambition to improve their communities and the world.”
Haining and Robinson were among 32 US students who received the prestigious scholarship from 2,500 applicants.
“Tessa came to Radcliffe from a small local high school team, where she was a good athlete, but it wasn’t until she got to Harvard that she began to see and trust herself as an effective Division I athlete.” Liz O’Leary, Said The Friends of Radcliffe Rowing Head Coach for Women’s Heavyweight Crew. “Tessa has endless enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and a real commitment to building a positive, competitive, fearless team. She is a leader by example, a vocal and dynamic teammate with a particularly optimistic spirit. Tessa could always see being good in her teammates, supporting them, standing up for them, but never letting them or herself “off the hook”. We are incredibly proud of her Rhodes Scholarship award!”
Charlie ButtThe Bolles-Parker Head Coach for Harvard Men’s Heavyweight Crew and Assistant Coach Pat Lapage said, “Isaac is an incredibly driven and talented young man with a great work ethic and fantastic character – it’s hard to imagine anyone more deserving of this award than Isaac, and we’re lucky to have him on the team. We wish him all the best in his efforts across the pond next year!”.