Aggie Engineer Mark Deimund ’10 to Interview for Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

Chemical Engineering major Mark Deimund ’10 will travel to Annapolis, Maryland, on February 5 to interview for the prestigious Gates-Cambridge Scholarship.

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship program enables outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge.

Deimund has already been accepted by Cambridge University and Churchill College. If awarded the Gates-Cambridge scholarship, he will study Advanced Chemical Engineering. Deimund is the president of the Texas A&M chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and his past research, under the supervision of Dr. Mark Holtzapple, has made important contributions to the development of feasible alternative fuels derived from biomass. A process that he developed for improving enzyme digestibility is currently under review for a patent. He has also held two summer internships at Celanese Chemicals, working in an R&D laboratory and as a process improvement engineer. He is currently conducting research on liver cells under Dr. Juergen Hahn. Deimund was also nominated by Texas A&M for the Marshall Scholarship and the Churchill Scholarship.

Competition for admission to the University of Cambridge and for Gates Cambridge Scholarships is intense. Typically, the University receives approximately 9,000 graduate applications from non-British applicants. Departments in Cambridge rank the very best students who have applied to them for admission for Gates Cambridge Scholarships.  The Trust then uses these Departmental rank-ordered lists, and takes into account other non-academic criteria such as leadership potential and a commitment to improving the lives of others, to produce a shortlist of candidates to be interviewed.  In total, 250-300 international candidates are interviewed for about 100 scholarships each year. In 2008, 56 of the available 114 Gates-Cambridge Scholarships were awarded to US students.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a person’s intellectual ability, leadership capacity, and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others. The Scholarship covers the full cost of attendance at Cambridge, including travel and a monthly stipend.

The University of Cambridge has been ranked in the top three research universities worldwide for a number of years and has been a center of learning since the early thirteenth-century. Building on a distinguished history of academic achievement over nearly eight hundred years, it is currently engaged in a wide range of teaching and research in most major disciplines. The award of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides excellent opportunities for personal intellectual development, living and working alongside other similarly outstanding students from the UK and from many other countries.

For further information on the Gates-Cambridge Scholarship program and other prestigious scholarships, contact Mr. Kyle Mox, National Scholarships coordinator – or (979) 845-1957.


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