David Harris, an Auburn University senior in chemical engineering, was awarded a Gates Cambridge scholarship following an interview in New York City last Friday. He plans to pursue a Masters in Advanced Chemical Engineering at Cambridge.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are highly competitive full-cost awards for full-time graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge, and are awarded to students from outside the United Kingdom. The scholarship award is based on intellectual ability, leadership capacity, and a the student's desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
Harris was one of 30 students chosen to be a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Over 800 US applicants applied for 2011, of which 220 were ranked by departments in Cambridge. 90 finalists were invited by the Trust to be interviewed in New York City this February.
David has been conducting research for the past two years under the tutelage of Auburn Chemical Engineering professor Dr. Mark Byrne in the area of polymer engineering and medical devices. He is currently working on the research and development of controlled release stents.
Dr. Byrne said, "I am very happy for David as he joins a select group of individuals who have won this prestigious award. He is an excellent student, researcher, and campus citizen, and he is most deserving of this significant honor."
David's previous awards include the Goldwater Scholarship, the Susan Stacey Entrenkin Yates Award for most outstanding junior at Auburn, and an Auburn University Competitive Undergraduate Research Fellowship. After receiving his MS, he will be attending medical school.
Dr. Christopher Roberts, chair of Auburn Chemical Engineering, said, "David's accomplishment reflects a dedication to scholarship that we should all strive to emulate. I congratulate him on this achievement, and anticipate even greater accomplishments in the future."
David is the second AU student to receive a Gates Cambridge scholarship. Dr. Cynthia Carver-DeKlotz, MD, was awarded the scholarship in 2002.