Danielle Grey-Stewart named 2021 Rhodes Scholar

Danielle Grey-Stewart ’21 is one of two MIT students who have been selected for the 2021 cohort of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship program. Grey-Stewart will join the 2021 American Rhodes Scholar class.

Hailing from Long Island, New York, Danielle Grey-Stewart is a senior majoring in materials science and engineering. As a Rhodes Scholar, she will pursue an MPhil in nature, society, and environmental governance at Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment. Grey-Stewart wants to become a leader in science policy with the goal of opening new avenues for fellow scientists of color.

Grey-Stewart is conducting research in Professor Julia Ortony's laboratory, focusing on functionalized nanothread synthesis. She has also synthesized photoinitiating nanoparticles in the laboratory of Professor Moungi Bawendi in the Department of Chemistry and worked on biodegradable architectural materials in Professor Neri Oxman’s Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab. Grey-Stewart is the recipient of two National Science Foundation – Research Experience for Undergraduates grants. She was awarded the Horace A. Lubin Award for Outstanding Service to the DMSE Community.

Grey-Stewart chairs the MIT Undergraduate Association Committee on Covid-19. She has written articles on COVID-19’s impact on sustainability for the MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative Rapid Response Group. She is a member of the Student Advisory Group for Engineering, and the MIT School of Engineering’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Grey-Stewart has taught STEM classes to students in France through MIT Global Teaching Labs. She is an outreach assistant with the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center and was selected to travel to Navajo Nation to support lasting connections between MIT and Navajo community partners. ​