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Duke Graduates Awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The scholarship covers the full cost of graduate study at Cambridge University.

Two Duke University alumni are among 39 U.S. recipients of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which covers the full cost of graduate study at Cambridge University.

Duke graduates Alessandra Colaianni and Jordan Goldstein will receive the scholarship, established in 2001 with a $210 million donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is awarded on the basis of academic merit, leadership and a commitment to improving the lives of others. 

Alessandra Colaianni graduated magna cum laude from Duke in 2007 with a degree in biology and philosophy, and a minor in chemistry. Both during and after her time at Duke, Colaianni worked at the Center for Genome Ethics, Law, and Policy. She is now enrolled at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, but will take time away to pursue an MPhil in social anthropology at Cambridge to advance her interests in medical ethics.

Jordan (Jordy) Goldstein graduated magna cum laude from Duke in 2010 with a BSE in mechanical engineering. During her time at Duke, Goldstein worked as a Pratt Research Fellow at Duke’s Center for Biologically Inspired Materials. She also served in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.  Following Duke, she served as an electrical and auxiliary naval officer aboard the USS Sterett and has worked as an engineer in the natural gas industry. Goldstein plans to pursue a MPhil in engineering, focusing on energy, while at Cambridge.

To read more about this year's scholars, visit the Gates Cambridge website.