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Cano Gámez and Fernández de Lara Harada: Cambridge scholarships. Cano Gámez and Fernández de Lara Harada: Cambridge scholarships.

Mexican students win Gates scholarships

The two are off to Cambridge University after they were selected from over 3,000 candidates

Two Mexican scholars are among 55 selected from around the world to receive the University of Cambridge’s top international scholarship.

Eddie Cano Gámez from Mexico City and Jessica Fernández de Lara Harada were chosen as Gates Cambridge Scholars from among 3,730 candidates from 30 countries after interviews last month. They will join 35 scholars from the United States, selected in January, to form the class of 2016 and begin their studies in October.

Established in 2000 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the scholarship program looks for applicants who are academically outstanding and likely to be transformative leaders, according to information provided by the university.

Selection is also based on intellectual ability, commitment to improving the lives of others, leadership potential and academic fit with Cambridge.

Mexico’s Cano Gámez will study for a Master of Philosophy in biological science, through which he hopes to contribute to biotechnology by studying how and why DNA predisposes people to autoimmune diseases.

Said Cano Gámez: “I want to show the Latin American community that science is not only accessible for developed countries, but is suitable for everybody. I want future Latin American scientists to know they are able to succeed, if they are willing to work hard.”

Fernández de Lara Harada will do a PhD in Latin American studies, focusing on the impact of race and racism on social stratification, inequality and nation building in Mexico, Latin America and beyond.

The scholarship includes all tuition costs, a living allowance and return airfare.

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