Four seniors, one alumnus receive Gates Cambridge Scholarships
Princeton NJ -- Four Princeton seniors and one recent graduate have been awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships to study at the University of Cambridge in England next year.
They are: Nathan Arrington of Westport, Conn.; Louis Ballezzi of Havertown, Pa.; Nicole Basta of New Kensington, Pa.; Ryan Brandau of North Canton, Ohio; and Adam Nebesar of Canaan, N.Y.
Established in 2001, the Gates scholarships are funded through a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They provide up to four years of support for students, who must have a bachelor's degree, to pursue further education at the university. The awards are intended for scholars of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential from countries other than the United Kingdom. From 80 to 110 scholarships are awarded each year.
Arrington plans to use the Gates scholarship to pursue two one-year M.Phil. degrees at Cambridge: one in classical archaeology and one in archaeological science. His first master's thesis will be on glyptology -- engraved gems -- and the ancient economy. Arrington is particularly interested in trade patterns, the use of gems in economic systems and the relationship of gems to coins.
Ballezzi plans to earn a master's degree in the BioScience Enterprise Program at Cambridge. Started in 2002, the program focuses on biology, law and business as related to the field of biotechnology. After Cambridge, Ballezzi intends to go to law school and possibly work in science law, policy or biotechnology.
Basta will graduate with a bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology. She intends to study for an M.Phil. in epidemiology at Cambridge, after which she hopes to continue toward a Ph.D. in pathology or zoology. Ultimately, she plans to pursue a career as a field epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization, traveling to outbreak areas and implementing public health initiatives.
Brandau will graduate with a bachelor's degree in music and with certificates in music performance (conducting) and in gender studies. He intends to pursue an M.Phil. in musicology at Cambridge, focusing on the vocal music of Restoration England in light of the religious, political and social concerns of the period.
Nebesar will use the Gates scholarship to pursue an M.Phil. in economics at Cambridge, possibly staying on for a Ph.D. He will receive a bachelor's degree in economics and certificates in finance and political economy and applied and computational mathematics.
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