Indiana University celebrates achievements of alumna Jennifer Huang

Jenny Rhodes speaks from behind a podium
Jenny Huang stands nearby while her family greets IU Provost Lauren Robel
IU President McRobbie talks with two students

From the top: Jennifer Huang, IU almuna and Rhodes Scholar, speaks at a reception at Bryan House; Huang's family greets IU Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel; IU President McRobbie talks with students during the event. Photos by Chaz Mottinger, Indiana University

At a reception hosted by Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie, the IU community gathered to celebrate Jennifer Huang, an IU almuna and the university's newest Rhodes Scholar.

"We were excited to announce in November that Jenny, who graduated from IU in December 2017 with degrees in mathematics and social and cultural analysis, was one of 32 college students to receive the prestigious academic award," McRobbie said at the event.

The Rhodes scholarship is the oldest and best-known award for international study and covers all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

Huang is IU's fourth recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship in the past 10 years and the 18th awardee since 1905. IU has now had two Rhodes Scholars in the past three years.

During Huang's time at IU, McRobbie got to know her when she served on the Board of Aeons for two years and as a presidential intern.

McRobbie and Huang were joined by faculty, administrators and students from IU Bloomington at the gathering in honor of Huang's achievements.

"Jenny is a rare and refreshingly different kind of student, a pure thinker who defined herself in terms of her intellectual interests -- in her words, 'the fledgling questions that I want to answer' -- rather than in terms of a particular profession or academic field," McRobbie said. "Her intellectual curiosity is grounded by her strong pragmatism and humane concern for others. All of us at IU are enormously proud that she has been named a Rhodes Scholar."