wins 2003 Rhodes Scholarship
Dubé, a Carolina senior, has won a 2003 Rhodes Scholarship
to Oxford University in England.
An international studies major with a minor in business administration,
Dubé, of Lévis, Québec, will use the scholarship
to earn a master's degree in developmental studies, specializing
in African studies. She plans a career combating HIV/AIDS in developing
countries, her goal since she volunteered for Operation Crossroads
Africa in Tanzania in 2000, the summer after her freshman year.
particular experience shook up my life drastically, that of playing
with African orphans infected with AIDS and watching them laugh
despite their affliction," said Dubé, who is writing her
honors thesis on the prevention of AIDS in East Africa.
Dubé intends eventually to lead an international organization
or consult for relief agencies and, through either, to implement
new, more effective strategies against the spread of HIV/AIDS.
She also hopes to become a college professor.
In her Rhodes application, Dubé wrote that when she attended
the 14th International AIDS Conference in Barcelona last July,
"I noticed a shortage of anthropological and ethnological studies
related to HIV/AIDS in resource-poor settings. I felt uncomfortable
with the top-down approaches to prevention usually used by organizations
in the field, because they sometimes overlook social and cultural
factors that are essential influences in prevention programs."
At Oxford, she will study interactions among culture, development
and HIV/AIDS in East Africa, seeking evidence that more effective
change in behavior related to the spread of the disease will require
better understanding of people's sociocultural references and
Dubé graduated from Couvent de Lévis in 1997 and
from Le Petit Seminaire de Québec, a bilingual international
baccalaureate program, in 1999. She earned her black belt in karate
at age 11.
Dubé brings to 36 the number of Rhodes Scholars from Carolina
since the program began in 1902. Two Carolina students won the
honor in 1987; 14 have become Rhodes Scholars since 1980.
outstanding achievements in academics, service and leadership
make her an excellent choice for this rare honor," said Chancellor
James Moeser. "I am certain she will use her Oxford degree in
ways that contribute to society and honor her alma mater."
The award pays all tuition, fees and living expenses for two years
at Oxford, plus most travel expenses to and from the university.
The scholarship will cover a third year at Oxford if it is needed
for a student's area of study.
Eleven Canadian and 32 U.S. students were chosen Dec. 7 for the
prestigious scholarships, created in the will of English statesman
Cecil Rhodes. Dubé participated in selection interviews
for the province of Québec, held Dec. 6-7 in Montreal.
The committee chose two winners from 14 nominees in the province
who were invited to interview.
Each October, Oxford welcomes about 88 new scholars from 19 countries.
Rhodes set standards for these scholarships to his alma mater,
including literary and scholastic achievement; physical vigor;
truth, courage, devotion to duty, protection of the weak, kindliness,
unselfishness and fellowship; moral force of character and instincts
to lead. Rhodes implied that he expected scholars to contribute
to the betterment of society.
Dubé came to Carolina in 1999 on a Morehead Award, a full
four-year scholarship modeled on the Rhodes. The awards -- to
60 to 70 Carolina freshmen annually for excellence in academics,
leadership and character and physical vigor -- include funding
for four summer enrichment experiences.
is a tribute to the University and the Morehead Foundation," said
English Professor George Lensing, interim director of distinguished
scholarships and coordinator of Carolina's Rhodes nominees. "The
summers she was able to spend in Africa and Barcelona opened a
new world for her. She is a recognized leader, particularly in
service projects, on campus."
Dubé credited Lensing and Charles Lovelace, the Morehead
Foundation's executive director, for skill in readying her for
Rhodes competition: "I cannot be thankful enough that UNC prepared
me so well in the mock interviews." Lensing lauded faculty on
the Carolina Rhodes candidate selection committee, chaired by
Associate Professor of Law Andrew Chin, for its Rhodes-like interviews
to choose Carolina nominees, and other faculty who assisted in
Dubé has a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9, has made
the dean's list every semester and been inducted into Phi Beta
Kappa, the nation's highest honor society.
Last spring she won the Jane Craig Gray Memorial Award for the
junior woman judged most outstanding in leadership, character,
scholarship and service, as well as a $900 grant from the Carolina
honors program that allowed her to study cultural factors in HIV/AIDS
prevention in East Africa.
She was inducted into the University's three highest honorary
societies: the Order of the Golden Fleece, recognizing 20 to 30
upperclassmen for outstanding contributions to the University;
the Order of the Old Well, recognizing five to 10 students for
exemplary public service; and the Order of the Grail-Valkyries,
recognizing students for outstanding achievements in scholarship,
public service, leadership and character.
Last year Dubé won a Ford Motor Co. Golden Key Undergraduate
Scholarship for a junior judged most outstanding in character,
leadership, service and scholarship. She won the same award for
sophomores, the UNC Annual Merit Award, in September 2000.
Dubé is president of the Assisting People in Planning Learning
Experiences in Services (APPLES) service-learning program and
the UNC-Chapel Hill United Nations Organization. She is treasurer
and senior marshal for the class of 2003.
Dubé has led an alternative spring break in which Carolina
students helped build housing for low-income families through
Habitat for Humanity, helped operate the Great Decisions Lecture
Series and served as an orientation counselor for international
Aiming to portray the effects of HIV/AIDS on Africans for Carolina
students, Dubé presented a photography exhibit of her work
in Tanzania in the student union in November 2000. She founded
and chairs a University UNICEF Campus Group, which raises awareness
of developing countries and money for UNICEF.
know, wholeheartedly, that I want to join the worldwide effort
in combating HIV and AIDS," she wrote in her Rhodes essay. "I
can best serve the needs of these victims by making myself into
a true humanist, a continuing student of the wider humanities
and social sciences as well as a researcher and field scientist."
Stuck on the road, Dubé barely makes her
interview in time to win
Karine Dubé is one Rhodes Scholar who almost did not get
off the road in time to win the honor.
Scheduled to fly early Dec. 5 to her native Canada for Rhodes
selection interviews, she awakened to a world covered with ice,
crippled by downed trees and massive power outages.
Somehow, an airport shuttle managed to pick her up in Chapel Hill.
But the trip to Raleigh-Durham International Airport was none
was like an obstacle course," Dubé said late Dec. 7 by
phone from Montreal, where she had just been notified of her selection
as a 2003 Rhodes Scholar to England's Oxford University.
She made it to the airport but had missed her intended flight.
Her immediate concern: a reception that evening in Montreal with
14 other Rhodes finalists in the province of Québec and
members of the selection committee for the province.
a crucial part of the evaluation process," said English Professor
George Lensing, interim director of distinguished scholarships
and coordinator of Carolina's Rhodes nominees.
In a stressful day at RDU, "I rescheduled my itinerary three times,"
Dubé said. At last, she made it onto a flight to Toronto,
with a connecting flight to Montreal. She reached Montreal in
the wee hours of Friday morning, having missed the reception but
still scheduled for her individual interview with the selection
committee at 4:30 p.m. that afternoon.
Possibly, the apparent disadvantage was something of a leg up.
She hadn't been able to meet the other candidates and learn about
the excellent qualifications of her competition. When the time
came for her interview, she said, "I was surprisingly calm. When
you're tired, it's almost better, because you don't realize the
significance of what you're about to do."