LSU Senior Zachary Fitzpatrick Advances in Gates Cambridge Scholarship Competition

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

Liz  Billet 
LSU Honors College

Posted on Tuesday, January 27, 2015