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Silas Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Congratulations to Molecular Biology major Sukrit Silas for being one of two Princetonians to win a Gates Foundation Cambridge Scholarship. He will study for a master's degree in pathology. After that he will pursue a Ph.D. in immunology at Stanford University through a Stanford Graduate Fellowship and eventually plans to work in academic research or public policy in India. At Princeton, Sukrit has served as a peer academic adviser for incoming freshmen and a peer tutor. He also served as treasurer and alumni relations chair for the International Relations Council, a forum for debating global issues. His research on fruit flies as a model to study the pathogenesis of fungal infections will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Disease Models and Mechanisms.

The scholarship awards were established in 2001 through a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Recipients are selected on the basis of intellectual ability, leadership potential and desire to improve the lives of others.

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