A Macaulay Honors College student who attends Brooklyn College is one of only two students from New York state to receive a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for next year. Zujaja Tauqeer, who fled Pakistan with her parents to escape persecution when she was 7, is the third Rhodes Scholar from Brooklyn College and the seventh from the University since the inception of the award.
She will enter the University of Oxford in England in October 2011, where she will study for a master’s degree in the history of medicine, concentrating on the relationship between state and science in Pakistan. Tauqeer has done research in the neuroscience of autism, has written about radicalization in Pakistan and is enrolled in a combined degree program for a medical degree at the New York Downstate College of Medicine.
In Pakistan, both of Tauqeer’s parents were doctors who traveled to remote villages to provide free medical care. The family received political asylum in the United States after her father was arrested and her parents’ clinic destroyed by vandals because they are Ahmadis, an Islamic sect.
Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at Oxford.