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Columbia Missourian

Kansas City medical student named Rhodes Scholarship finalist

By The Associated Press
November 16, 2010 | 11:23 a.m. CST

KANSAS CITY— A University of Missouri-Kansas City medical student who founded a nonprofit vision clinic has been named a Rhodes Scholarship finalist.

Chanukya Dasari runs the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic, which has helped more than 1,500 people receive service. The work has earned Dasari a Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award.

He has also done research in vision, nanotechnology and nanomedicine and will finish his medical degree in May.

Dasari will interview with a regional Rhodes Scholarship selection committee later this week at Saint Louis University.

The winners will be announced Sunday. They will receive three years of free study at the University of Oxford in England.