CHESTERFIELD, Mo. (AP)- A suburban St. Louis woman studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been named one of 32 U.S. Rhodes Scholars.

Anisha Gururaj of Chesterfield will use her scholarship to study biomedical engineering and public policy at Oxford University in England. The MIT senior wants to develop affordable biomedical devices for the U.S. and developing world.

Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential and physical vigor, among other attributes.

Gururaj and three students designed and patented a low-cost blood warmer that could save the lives of soldiers who die on the battlefield from hypothermia. She also wrote about the experience of trauma surgeons after the Boston Marathon bombings.

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