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Oak Brook resident named Rhodes Scholar

Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 2:31 p.m. CDT

OAK BROOK – An Oak Brook resident was recently named one of 32 Rhodes Scholars by the Rhodes Trust.

Vinay Nayak is a senior at Yale University and majors in political science, according to the trust's website.

His academic work has focused on how the Internet can be used to enhance citizen engagement in elections, government and policymaking. He has also applied these interests to political campaigns, including the Obama 2012 re-election campaign where he managed many national digital programs and social media accounts, according to the website.

Nayak also interned for the White House office on digital strategy and managed the social media presence for Sandy Hook Elementary School parents whose children lost their lives.

Nayak plans to do the master of public policy at Oxford, according to the website.

The Rhodes Scholarship provides full financial support for recipients to pursue a degree or degrees at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

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