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Honors Program nominates two students for Churchill Scholarship

Wed, 11/13/2013

LAWRENCE A committee coordinated by the University of Kansas Honors Program has selected two outstanding senior students to compete for the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, which provides one year of study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

The Winston Churchill Foundation annually awards scholarships in honor of Sir Winston Churchill. At least 14 scholarships will be awarded in this year’s national competition.

KU is the only institution in Kansas on the approved list of colleges and universities in the U.S. that may nominate students for the award. Each participant university may nominate only two seniors for the scholarship. The award gives winners the opportunity to pursue study in fields in the sciences, engineering or mathematics. The award will lead to a Master of Philosophy, a Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics or a Certificate of Post-Graduate Study.

Finalists will be selected and interviewed in January and the scholars announced shortly thereafter.

Former KU student Larissa J. Lee won a Churchill Scholarship in 1999.

Nominee info:

Lianna Dang, Shawnee, Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, daughter of Phu Dang and Christine Lau. Dang is a senior major in chemistry. At Cambridge, Dang would pursue a degree in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise. Her honors include designation as a 2013 Goldwater Scholar, initiation into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and membership in the University Honors Program. She has two publications and has presented her research at professional conferences. She is president of the KU Chem Club and works actively in public outreach for the sciences, particularly with the Girl Scouts. Dang is part of the inaugural team of KU Research Leaders in the Center for Undergraduate Research.

David Jake Meeth, Wichita, The Independent School, son of David and Alison Meeth. Meeth is a senior major in engineering physics. At Cambridge, Meeth would pursue an MPhil in Engineering specializing in electronic devices and materials. His honors include membership in the University Honors Program, a National Science Foundation Renewable Energy Scholarship and inclusion on the School of Engineering’s Dean’s Honors Roll. He has two publications and has presented his research at professional conferences. He has been a leader in the KU Physics and Engineering Student Organization, which has collaborated with Haskell Indian Nations University on a NASA-university student launch initiative.



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