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March 4th, 2013
After four years of intense undergraduate multi-tasking inside and outside the lab, Rebekah Scheuerle, a University of Texas chemical engineering senior, received a full Gates Foundation scholarship to Cambridge University so that she can continue her research into efficient and affordable drug-delivery methods. Scheuerle is one of only 39 U.S. students to receive the highly competitive scholarship. With its strong emphasis on leadership, requiring "...evidence of leadership expressed in a multitude of ways," the scholarship is a perfect fit for the committed UT grad. While researching ways to deliver disease-fighting proteins to pinpointed sites in the body, and submitting two research papers, Scheuerle mentored fellow engineers, served two terms as president of the student chapter of the AIChE (doubling meeting attendance), helped to interview and evaluate potential new faculty, organized local food pantry drives, and still found spare time to play in the Longhorn Band. Once at Cambridge, friends say that she'll finally be able to settle down, relax and focus on her research.