Harvard scholarship for University of Leicester student

Posted by mjs76 at Feb 20, 2012 11:55 AM |
Geography research student joins the Ivy League with prestigious Visiting Fellowship.

Harvard University is the oldest higher education institution in North America, founded in 1636, a full 140 years before the Declaration of Independence. It counts seven US Presidents among its alumni, from John Quincy Adams to Barack Obama. It’s Ivy League, it’s the big league – and Leicester PhD student Ed Morrison is on his way there later this year.

Ed has been awarded a highly prestigious Frank Knox Fellowship by the Kennedy Memorial Trust, which administers scholarships for British and Commonwealth postgraduate students to attend Harvard and its Cambridge neighbour, MIT. Ed will be a Visiting Fellow at Harvard for the academic year 2012-13 and is the only recipient of this prestigious honour this year.

Jointly supervised by Dr David Harper from our Department of Biology and Dr Caroline Upton from the Department of Geography, Ed’s PhD involves research into the ecosystem services of papyrus wetlands in Kenya. While in Massachusetts, Ed hopes to affiliate himself with Harvard’s Department of Organismic* and Evolutionary Biology.

Frank Knox (1874-1944) was a newspaper publisher and politician who served as Secretary of the Navy for most of World War 2. The Frank Knox Fellowships were established by Mrs Annie Reid Knox in her husband’s memory in 1945.

*It’s a real word – look it up.

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