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March 9, 2007

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UI Student William Liechty Wins 2007 Gates Cambridge Scholarship

University of Iowa College of Engineering student William Liechty is one of 48 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. Liechty is one of only 13 winners from public institutions.

Liechty, from Marion, Iowa, will head to Cambridge in October to begin graduate studies in chemical engineering. At the UI, Liechty is a chemical and biochemical engineering major and was a 2005 winner of the Goldwater Scholarship, a national award which recognizes potential for a career in research in math, science and engineering. He did research with Allan Guymon, associate professor, and Mani Subramanian, professor, both in the UI Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.

At Cambridge, he will be involved in research on new technologies in electro-optic polymer composites.

The application process for the Gates Cambridge scholarship was rigorous, and involved applications for the scholarship itself and to Cambridge University, followed by an intensive finalist interview in Annapolis, Md.

The Gates Scholars currently at Cambridge come from 58 countries.

"This high level of global diversity makes the Gates Cambridge Scholar program truly unique among scholarship programs," said Sarah Prineas, UI Honors Program scholarship coordinator, who annually helps hundreds of UI undergraduate students seek scholarships.

For more information about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program, visit The site includes a current yearbook profiling all current Gates Scholars.

For more information on the UI Honors Program, visit:

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,; Program: Sarah Prineas, 319-335-1874,