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K-State Today

April 11, 2018

2016 Gates Cambridge scholar Alex Kong to present Friday

Submitted by Miranda Moore

Alex Kong, 2016 Gates Cambridge Scholar, will discuss his experiences studying at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom at 2:30 p.m. April 13 in Room Room 4001 of the College of Business Building. He also will offer insight into the Gates Cambridge application process and be available for questions. This presentation is targeted at students who are considering applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship in the future.

The scholarship fully funds graduate study at the University of Cambridge and is open to students of all nationalities, outside of the U.K. The selection committee evaluates four key criteria: academic excellence, leadership potential, a commitment to improving the lives of others, and a good academic fit with Cambridge. The scholarship is endowed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Applications are due in October each year.

Kong, currently a pharmacy student in his final year at the University of Kansas, was KU's third Gates Cambridge Scholarship recipient. Last year, he completed his Master of Philosophy in pharmacology at the University of Cambridge where he researched multidrug transporters that confer antibiotic resistance to bacteria.

Vaithish Velazhahan, a 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholar and current K-State senior in microbiology, medical biochemistry and pre-medicine, also will be available to share his experience with the Gates Cambridge application process. He will be pursuing a doctorate degree, studying with the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge this coming fall.

Students unable to attend who are interested in applying are encouraged to contact Jim Hohenbary, director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships. For contact information please visit the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships website.