Carter Yerkes
June 30, 2016
Lesanne Fliehler

Jeffrey Ding and Carter Yerkes received two of the top UI awards this year: a Hancher-Finkbine Student Medallion and the Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award, respectively.

Ding is a triple major in economics, Chinese, and political science and is pursuing a certificate in international business; he will also graduate with honors and Phi Beta Kappa designation. Recently, he was awarded a Rhodes scholarship. He has taken advantage of experiential-learning activities, including an internship at the Hong Kong Legislative Council during the height of the pro-democracy protests and an internship with the U.S. State Department that will take him to Senegal after graduation. He has served as vice president of Pi Alpha Phi fraternity, co-president and founder of the Economics Forum and is UISG’s sustainability liaison, among other activities.

Yerkes is majoring in both finance and economics. Through his leadership on a variety of events, such as a vigil in solidarity with students at Mizzou, IC Red Week and Human Rights Awareness Week, he has worked to foster understanding within the campus community about the differences and issues that lead to discrimination and also to promote human rights around the globe. Yerkes created a support network called the Human Rights Student Collective, which brings together leaders from UI Students for Human Rights, Amnesty International and the University of Iowa United Nations Association and others to achieve a level of impact that the member organizations could not reach individually.