Former Stanford cross-country and track standout Kate Niehaus has been named a Rhodes Scholar. Niehaus finished her track eligibility last spring as she was pursuing her master's degree in bioengineering.
The Columbia, S.C., native earned a bachelor's degree in biomechanical engineering in 2010 and a master's degree in bioengineering in 2011 - both at Stanford. Her class and research work focused on biomechanics and her interests lie in its applications to high technology entrepreneurship.
She plans to pursue a doctorate of philosophy in systems approaches to biomedical science at Oxford.
Niehaus was a member of the 2006 and 2007 NCAA title cross-country teams for Stanford and a national qualifier on the track at 5,000 meters. She won the 2010 MPSF title in the indoor 5,000 meters and earned the NCAA Elite 88 Award for having the top GPA at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
The four other Rhodes Scholars with ties to Stanford are alumni Aysha N. Bagchi, Anand R. Habib, Tenzin Seldon; and senior Ishan Nath.
All told, 107 Stanford students and alumni have been named Rhodes Scholars.
The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Scholars are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements as well as their character, commitment to others and to the common good, and for their potential for leadership in whatever careers they choose.
"We are proud that our students have been recognized by the Rhodes Trust not only for their academic strength, but for their dedication to pursuits outside the classroom," said Provost John Etchemendy.