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March 14, 2005

UI Alumnus Hans Friedrichsen Wins 2005 Gates Cambridge Scholarship

University of Iowa graduate Hans Friedrichsen of Huxley, Iowa is one of 38 U.S. winners of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a highly selective, international award.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and offers students from around the world the opportunity to study at Cambridge University in England. Friedrichsen will head to Cambridge in October to begin graduate studies in biochemistry.

At the UI, Friedrichsen double-majored in exercise science and psychology, and was the 2004 winner of the Johnson Award, awarded to the senior graduating in spring 2004 with the highest GPA from the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Friedrichsen was also recognized by the University Honors Program with a Collegiate Scholar Award, given to outstanding graduating seniors across the undergraduate colleges. At Cambridge, he will be involved in research on neurodegeneration, focusing on the pathways leading to neuron degeneration in ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The application process for the Gates Cambridge scholarship was rigorous and involved not only an application for the scholarship itself, but one to Cambridge University as well, followed by an intensive finalist interview in Annapolis, Md. Friedrichsen worked closely with UI Honors Program staff in preparing his application.

The Gates Scholars currently at Cambridge come from 58 different countries. This high level of global diversity makes the Gates Cambridge Scholar program truly unique among scholarship programs.

For more information about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program, visit Included on the website is the current yearbook profiling all current Gates Scholars.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Sarah Prineas, program assistant and scholarship advisor, University Honors Program, 319-335-1874