Scholarships awarded to two seniors for study in England

Yale seniors Anin Luo and Benjamin Waldman
Yale seniors Anin Luo and Benjamin Waldman

Yale seniors Anin Luo and Benjamin Waldman will pursue graduate work at the University of Cambridge as recipients of prestigious scholarships.

Luo is one of 28 U.S. citizens to be named Gates Cambridge Scholars. Waldman has been awarded a Keasbey Memorial Foundation Scholarship. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, given to academically outstanding and socially committed U.S. citizens, fully funds postgraduate study and research in any subject at the University of Cambridge. It was established though a $210 million donation to the British university from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 with the goal of creating a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

American students are selected for the Keasbey scholarship from a dozen top-tier universities. Yale can nominate a student every three years. The scholarship fully supports up to two full years of study, including tuition, fees, and living expenses, either to obtain a second undergraduate degree or to attend a graduate program at one of the universities with which the Keasbey Foundation is affiliated in the United Kingdom. Marguerite A. Keasbey established the Keasbey Memorial Foundation to provide scholarships for both British public-school students and for graduating American college students so that they might pursue degrees in Britain and experience the life of the British college system or university.

Luo, who is double majoring in molecular biophysics and biochemistry and history at Yale, will pursue an M.Phil. in history and in philosophy of science and medicine to study the history of science communication. She is especially interested in the visual communication of science and the ways animals are evoked or used in scientific discourse, as well as the way science information is distorted in its communication. “Yale college’s emphasis on a broad liberal arts education has been integral in me being able to find connections between — and combine — my deep interests in both the sciences and the humanities,” Luo said. She has been involved in the Yale International Relations Association and in diversity and inclusivity efforts in undergraduate STEM education at Yale.

Waldman is double majoring in political science and mathematics. His research centers on the construction of the American administrative state during the Reconstruction and the New Deal. His work has been supported by the Dahl Research Scholars Fellowship, the Center for the Study of American Politics, and Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Waldman has helped organize international relations conferences in New Haven, Budapest, and Taipei; served as an editor of the Yale Historical Review; and worked as a tutor and mentor in mathematics. A Beinecke Scholar, he intends to pursue a career in academia, where, he said, he hopes “to shed light on problems of contemporary governance.” At Cambridge, he will study for an M.Phil. in American history.

Students who would like to apply for the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship can work with the Office of Fellowships and Funding. Deadlines are in early October. The Class of 2023 is the next eligible class for the Keasbey Foundation Scholarship competition.

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