Bauer Wins as More Rhodes Lead to CUNY

The University's newest Rhodes Scholar, David L.V. Bauer, left, celebrates with 2005 winners Eugene Shenderov, center, and Lev Sviridov in Grand Central Station.

David L.V. Bauer, a senior in the University’s Macaulay Honors College at City College, has been named a 2009 Rhodes Scholar, widely considered the world’s most prestigious scholarship.

He is the third CUNY student to win a Rhodes Scholarship in the past four years, joining CCNY’s Lev Sviridov and Brooklyn College’s Eugene Shenderov, who were 2005 Rhodes Scholars.

As a Rhodes Scholar, Bauer plans to conduct research in clinical medicine at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics at the University of Oxford. During his junior year, Bauer spent 11 months at the Centre. There he created a computer program to analyze raw data from a new DNA sequencing approach that is now being used to analyze genetic changes related to cystic fibrosis and other diseases. At CCNY he has conducted organic chemistry research towards the synthesis of aspirin analogues to explore aspirin's anti-cancer properties.

Bauer entered CUNY in 2005 after winning the $100,000 Intel Science Talent Search contest while a student at Hunter College High School. He was called "The smartest kid in America" in a Daily News editorial and could have had his pick of top-ranked schools, and chose Macaulay Honors College at CCNY. He went on to win the 2007 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduates majoring in math, science and engineering, and the 2008 Harry S. Truman Scholarship for students pursuing graduate degrees in public service.

“I am ecstatic about being named a Rhodes Scholar,” said Bauer. "Many people at Hunter College High School, CCNY, the Macaulay Honors College and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics have helped me along the way. I am grateful to all of them, especially my mentor at CCNY, professor Kevin Ryan, and to Dr. Kalim Mir, at Oxford.”