01/27/2015 02:57 PM
BATON ROUGE – LSU Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College and College of Science senior Zachary Fitzpatrick has been shortlisted for the 2015 Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
His final interview for this prestigious award will take place in Washington, D.C.,
on Friday, Jan. 30. Fitzpatrick, a native of Holden, La., is one of only 90 undergraduates
nationwide who have been invited to the final round of interviews.
Fitzpatrick is majoring in biochemistry, with minors in political science and chemistry.
He is a LA-STEM Research Scholar and LSU-HHMI Undergraduate Research Fellow. As an
HHMI Fellow, he has conducted research on gene therapy techniques in rare diseases
medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; the Pasteur Institute in Lille,
France; and Harvard Medical School. He is writing his Honors Thesis on the use of
non-pathogenic viruses for therapeutic gene transfer and the ethical implications
of gene therapy implementation, and expects to graduate from LSU with College Honors
in 2015. Fitzpatrick hopes to pursue a Master of Philosophy in clinical science at
Cambridge, with a specialization in Rare Diseases.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was established in 2000 by the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation. The competition annually awards 40 full scholarships to U.S. undergraduates
for the pursuit of post-graduate degrees in any subject offered by the University
of Cambridge in Cambridge, England.
If selected, Fitzpatrick would be the first student in LSU’s history to receive a
Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Fitzpatrick was also a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.
The Louisiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, or LA-STEM, Research
Scholars Program was established by the LSU Office of Strategic Initiatives, or OSI,
in 2003, with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Louisiana Board
of Regents. LA-STEM admits students who show great potential to succeed in STEM areas
at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and who have distinguished themselves
as scholars and leaders. OSI looks for students who are committed to promoting diversity
in the sciences in their undergraduate and graduate careers. Students are required
to maintain the highest of academic standards to remain in the program. They also
exemplify a strong dedication to mentoring, enthusiasm for diverse cultural experiences
and a passion for serving the community. For more information on LA-STEM at LSU, visit
The LSU Honors College Office of Fellowship Advising assists students in applying for prestigious undergraduate and post-graduate fellowships and scholarships. For more information about our fellowship advising resources, or to schedule an appointment, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015