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Engineering grad newest Rhodes Scholar

By Jackey Locke

She was born and raised in St. John’s, N.L., and stayed close to home when she chose to study engineering at Memorial. But now that Gillian Langor is a Rhodes Scholar, all that is about to change.

“Being a Rhodes Scholar is an incredible honour,” said Ms. Langor. “The chance to study at Oxford is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I’m very lucky to have. Winning the scholarship is a dream come true, but studying at Oxford is the real test.”

With an engineering degree on her resume, she’ll take this opportunity to pursue another passion.

“I plan to study social anthropology at Oxford. It’s something that I’ve always been interested in. I hope to have a career that reconciles my education as a mechanical engineer with my passion for international development and design,” she said.

The mechanical engineering graduate has never been afraid of a challenge. During her time at Memorial she was very involved in MUN’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders where she travelled to Ghana and worked with the local government on programs aimed at improving the livelihoods of subsistence farmers. And after completing her studies this past May, she strapped on a backpack and set off for South America.

Ms. Langor said she wanted to extend a sincere thank you to her family, friends, professors and mentors for their incredible support over the years. The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has been particularly good to her, she added. Her engineering education and relationships formed there are impossible to leave behind.

Ms. Langor was chosen as the Newfoundland and Labrador Rhodes Scholar from six highly-qualified finalists and, while she says that winning the scholarship comes as quite a shock, there is no doubt she’ll rise to the challenge.