University of Pennsylvania Student Wins Churchill Scholarship

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Media Contact:Evan Lerner | | 215-573-6604January 15, 2014

Sarah Foster, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Winston Churchill Scholarship, a merit-based award for American college students who are outstanding in engineering, mathematics and physical and biological sciences. The scholarship will support her studies at the University of Cambridge, where she will live at Churchill College.

Foster, of Ashland, Ohio, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a triple major in physics, biochemistry and biophysics, as well as a master’s degree in chemistry. She is a Vagelos Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2013.

“Sarah Foster exemplifies the multidisciplinary student who will be making key advances in science in coming decades. She is knitting together whole-organism research in biology, the abstract mathematical approaches to nature found in advanced physics classes, and everything in between,” said Philip Nelson, professor of biophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Foster is one of 14 U.S. students awarded Churchill Scholarships this year.

Additional information about the program is available at the Winston Churchill Foundation and at the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.