MSU Rhodes Scholar Will Study Zoology At Oxford

Nov 20, 2017

One of the Rhodes Scholars named over the weekend is a recent Michigan State University graduate. The selection committee chooses 32 Scholars every year, and Clara Lepard is now just the 18th Rhodes Scholar in MSU history.


Lepard earned a degree in Zoology this year from the MSU College of Natural Science. It’s a field in which she already has extensive experience.

Lepard earned a degree in Zoology this year from the MSU College of Natural Science. It’s a field in which she already has extensive experience.

This past summer, Lepard worked at the MSU Research on the Ecology of Carnivores and their Prey Lab in Uganda. "I was in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, studying lions and how they impact the behavior of other species," she explains, "and that helps up understand why they're important to keep around and what impacts they have."

While there, Lepard also worked on a community anti-poaching initiative.

As for being MSU's 18th Rhodes Scholar, Lepard says "it's an honor to be counted among them. I'm still just blown away by this news and the opportunities that are in front of me now."

Lepard's studies at Oxford begin next October.