Student from Rochester, Minn. chosen as Rhodes Scholar for 2017

Ahmed Ahmed of Rochester, Minnesota was chosen as one of 32 Rhodes Scholars for 2017. Photo courtesy of the Cornell University Office of Undergraduate Biology. 

A college student from Rochester, Minnesota is one of 32 Americans who were chosen as Rhodes Scholars and will pursue post-graduate studies at Oxford University in England.

The Rhodes Trust announced the 2017 scholars-elect on Saturday. The scholars are chosen from a pool of 882 selected students from 311 different colleges and university. 

Ahmed M. Ahmed, a senior at Cornell University, is a first generation Somali immigrant whose family immigrated to the United States from a refugee camp in Kenya, the announcement said. He plans to pursue a master's degree in research in organic and medical chemistry at Oxford and eventually hopes to attend medical school.

Ahmed is majoring in biology at Cornell. He has worked as a student advisor, teaching assistant and tutor on campus. He also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and served with the university's emergency management services.