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Feb. 19, 2008

UI students win 2008 Gates Cambridge Scholarships

University of Iowa students Emily Alden and Garth Strohbehn are two of 45 U.S. winners of the 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 pursue graduate study at Cambridge University in England.

Alden, from Geneseo, Ill., will head to Cambridge in October 2008 to begin a Master of Philosophy degree in the history, philosophy and sociology of science, technology and medicine. At the UI, Alden is majoring in biochemistry and is pursuing comprehensive cancer studies through the Interdepartmental Studies Program, both in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). At Cambridge, she will be involved in research on the history of cancer treatment.

Strohbehn, from Boone, Iowa, will begin his studies toward a Master of Philosophy degree in clinical biochemistry at Cambridge's Metabolic Research Laboratories in October 2008. At the UI, Strohbehn is majoring in biochemistry and chemistry, both through the CLAS. His research at Cambridge will focus on understanding the molecular and genetic bases of obesity and insulin resistance.

The application process for the Gates Cambridge scholarship was rigorous, Sarah Prineas, scholarship coordinator with the UI Honors Program, said. It involved not only applying for the scholarship itself, but also applying to Cambridge University, followed by an intensive finalist interview in Annapolis, Md.

Alden and Strohbehn worked closely with staff at the UI Honors Program in preparing their applications. 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," Prineas said.

For more information about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program, visit The Web site features a yearbook profiling all current Gates Scholars, including UI's 2007 winner, Bill Liechty.

For more information on the UI Honors Program, visit

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