Leicester student becomes youngest to graduate from Harvard

Posted by ap507 at Jan 05, 2015 11:05 AM |
University of Leicester PhD student, who began her research at 15, also receives international accolade

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office 5 January 2015

Eugenie de Silva, who started reading for her PhD at Leicester aged 15, has become the youngest person to graduate from Harvard University.

Eugenie, who is now 16, completed her Master’s in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Legal Studies at Harvard University Division of Continuing Education. She also won the Luce Leader Award for 2015 and became the youngest to receive this award.

The Award is presented to young leaders working to better humanity, either in the US or abroad who embody the characteristics of honour, intelligence, benevolence and integrity.

Jim Luce from the Luce Foundation said: “ Through her sincerity, academic achievement, focus on global studies, background in Sri Lanka, the UK and the US, and belief that humanity can improve itself through education, Eugenie Carys de Silva embodies the virtues of young global leadership.”

You can read more from Jim Luce here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-luce/young-global-leader-nabs-harvard-masters-degree-at-16_b_6213564.html

Eugenie’s doctoral studies, by distance learning, are in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Leicester under the supervision of Professor Mark Phythian.  She is focusing on Denial and Deception in World War II.

Describing her experience of studying at Leicester, Eugenie said: “My desire to attend the University of Leicester was fuelled by the fact that Professor Mark Phythian was a research supervisor at the University. During my undergraduate studies and graduate studies, I used Professor Phythian's work in my own reports - hence, I knew attending this University would provide me with a unique opportunity to work under a specialist and expert in my chosen field.

“I would like to say that I am proud to be a student of the University of Leicester.”

Professor Phythian said: “Eugenie’s field of research is an area of ongoing importance, and her research is set to advance knowledge and understanding of it.”

You can read more here: http://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2014-archive-1/june/15-year-old-harvard-student-starts-phd-at-leicester

And here:  http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/eugenie-de-silva-child-prodigy-struggle



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