Hriday Bhambhvani, a double major in mathematics and neuroscience, was named a finalist for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a post-graduate scholarship awarded to undergraduates worldwide and endowed by Bill Gates and his wife Melinda. Typically about 40 winners (of the total 95) come from the United States; winners are able to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, free of charge.
Bhambhvani conducts research in the lab of James Meador-Woodruff, M.D., professor in the School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. The lab’s primary research focuses on understanding how different parts of the brain communicate with other parts via a variety of chemical signals, and how this communication is disrupted in schizophrenia.
He was previously selected for the NIH Summer Internship Program and the Amgen Scholars Program, and was named Honorable Mention for the Goldwater Scholarship. Though he was not selected for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Bhambhvani was accepted to study medicine at both Stanford University and UAB.