UI Rhodes scholar has environmental focus


Jeffrey Ding (Iowa Now/Bill Adams)
Jeffrey Ding (Iowa Now/Bill Adams)
KC McGinnis | November 24, 2015

A University of Iowa student who is passionate about environmental cooperation between the U.S. and China was awarded a prestigious Rhodes scholarship Sunday.

Jeffrey Ding, a UI undergraduate studying economics, political science and Chinese, was one of 32 Americans awarded a Rhodes scholarship out of 869 applicants. Ding, an Iowa City resident, is a 2015 Truman scholar and served as U.S. Foreign Service intern with the U.S. Department of State over the summer. He has been exploring ways to further cooperation between governments as well as effective student activism on environmental sustainability. He serves as the sustainability liaison for the UI student government, where he helped establish a $10,000 student government fund for Green Initiatives. He also helped more Iowa City residents participate in recycling through advocating for an apartment recycling mandate. Traveling to Guangzhou and Shanghai on an international grant, Jeffrey conducted research on the growth of China’s environmental governance in response to protests.

The Rhodes scholarship will give Ding the opportunity to study at Oxford University in England, a prize worth $50,000 for up to three years. He and the rest of the 2016 Rhodes scholarship class will begin his studies at Oxford in October 2016.

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