ST. JOHN'S, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Anthony Payne of Pasadena has been
selected as the next Rhodes Scholar from Newfoundland and Labrador. He
will commence post graduate studies at the University of Oxford in
England in 2014. Mr. Payne, 22, has completed a Bachelor of Music
(Honours) with a Minor in Statistics at Memorial University of
Newfoundland with a 4.0 grade point average, winning the 2013 Dr.
Maureen Volk Award for the top student in music and the University
Medal for Academic Excellence in Music, while at the same time
fulfilling requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Statistics. Mr.
Payne maintains a GPA of 3.97 in science and will complete his Bachelor
of Science in Statistics in May, 2014.
While at Oxford, Mr. Payne will pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in
Statistics with a research focus in applied probability. Mr. Payne's
passion for statistics is fuelled by his vision of applying new
knowledge and techniques to research in order to make a beneficial
difference to individuals and to society as a whole. He is currently
conducting research focused on statistical genetics, looking
specifically at environmental and genetic interactions contributing to
obesity in Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Payne's research is funded by
the Research and Development Corporation (RDC) of Newfoundland and
Labrador and The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of
Canada (NSERC), and is supervised by Dr. Taraneh Abarin.
Mr. Payne has studied piano seriously for nine years and is an
accomplished choral singer, having been selected to the Memorial
University of Newfoundland Chamber Choir and the National Youth Choir
of Canada. He was elected treasurer of Memorial University's Student
Music Society for the 2011-2012 academic year and elected co-president
for the 2012-2013 academic year. As co-president, Mr. Payne was
instrumental establishing a Student Music Society Scholarship and
raising an endowment of more than $10,000 for this cause. The first SMS
Scholarship was awarded in the fall of 2012.
Mr. Payne serves as Alumnus Representative on the Tuckamore Festival
Marketing Committee and has served as Student Representative on the MUN
School of Music Choral Search Committee. He has earned scholarships and
awards from the Statistical Society of Canada, Society of Actuaries,
Yvonne Belanger Memorial Bursary, Dr. Hugh O'Neill Prize in Piano, Dr.
Andreas Barban Memorial Scholarship, Mrs. Grace Morgan Scholarship in
Music, Centenary of Responsible Government Scholarship, MUN Alumni
Entrance Scholarship, R.F. (Bob) MacLeod Memorial Entrance Scholarship
in Music, and Mary C. Whitely Entrance Scholarship in Music.
In addition to his work as research assistant, Mr. Payne works as Ramp
Attendant for Porter Airlines in St. John's and has worked as Student
Assistant Supervisor/Audio and Video Technician and Undergraduate
Career Experience Program Research Assistant at Memorial University of
Newfoundland. Mr. Payne is also an avid baseball and softball player,
bowler and most recently, squash player.
The Rhodes Scholarship is an international postgraduate award for study
at the University of Oxford, one of the top universities in England. It
is widely considered the world's most prestigious scholarship.
Scholarship founder Cecil Rhodes stated that a scholar must exhibit:
proven intellectual and academic attainment of a high standard,
integrity of character, sympathy for and protection of the weak, the
ability to lead and the energy to use their talent to the full.
SOURCE: Newfoundland and Labrador Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee
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