The Gates Cambridge Trust has announced the first cohort of 2021 Gates Cambridge Scholars.
Twenty-four "academically outstanding and socially committed" Americans were selected to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England, with six studying for a master's degree and eighteen pursuing a doctorate. The scholars-elect, who will take up their awards in October, hail from a wide range of backgrounds and universities across the United States and beyond, including six institutions that are producing their first Gates Cambridge Scholar (Bowdoin College, Bucknell University, Clemson University, Temple University, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and the University of Houston). Fourteen are women, nine are men, and one is non-binary.
This year's cohort includes Myesha Jemison (PhD, education), who will investigate the use of EdTech applications by out-of-school youth in combating educational inequality; Hallie Gaitsch (PhD, clinical neurosciences), who will pursue research focused on using remyelination biology and spatio-temporal modelling of multiple sclerosis lesion development to create a method for effectively assessing myelin protection and regeneration; Elizabeth Wiita (PhD, chemistry), who will explore the transportation of nucleic acids into cellular environments, a process with the potential to impact therapeutics, CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing, and vaccine development; and Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez (MPhil, social anthropology), who will research the relationship between legal systems and immigrant communities in anthropological research.
"The U.S. scholars-elect have been selected to reflect the mission of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's generous and historic gift to the University of Cambridge, the twentieth anniversary of which we are currently celebrating," said Gates Cambridge Trust provost Barry Everitt. "Like their predecessors, this year's cohort are an extraordinarily impressive and diverse group who have already achieved much in terms of their academic studies and leadership abilities and have already shown their commitment to improving the lives of others in multiple ways. We are sure these scholars — and those we announce in early April from other parts of the world — will flourish in the rich, international community at Cambridge and that they will make a significant impact in their fields and to the wider global community. I also take this opportunity to warmly thank those who have given their time and expertise to the selection of these exceptional scholars."
For a complete list of the 2021 U.S. Gates Cambridge Scholars, see the Gates Cambridge Trust website.
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