The UK-based Gates Cambridge Trust has announced its 2017 class of U.S. Gates Cambridge Scholars.
Hailing from thirty-four colleges and universities across the United States — three of which have never had a Gates Cambridge Scholar — the thirty-six scholars will pursue graduate studies at Cambridge University in England, with twenty-five studying for a one-year master's degree and eleven pursuing their Ph.Ds. Selected from among more than eight hundred applicants, the twenty women and sixteen men will conduct research in topics ranging from collaborative songwriting and spider behavior to cancer therapeutics targeting side effects associated with chemotherapy.
Established in 2001 with a $210 million endowment gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the program selects students based on their academic ability and potential for leadership. An additional fifty-four international scholars will be announced in April.
"We have interviewed nearly a hundred outstanding candidates in the U.S. selection round 2017," said Gates Cambridge Trust provost Barry Everitt. "The thirty-six U.S. Scholars-elect have been selected to reflect the mission of the Gates Foundation’s generous and historic gift to the University of Cambridge. They are an extraordinarily impressive and diverse group who have already achieved much in terms of their academic studies and leadership abilities and have shown their commitment to improving the lives of others in a multitude of ways. We are sure they will flourish in the vibrant, international community at Cambridge as Gates Cambridge Scholars and that they will make a substantial impact in their fields and to the wider global community."
For a complete list of the 2017 class of U.S. Gates Cambridge Scholars, see the Gates Cambridge Trust website.