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UofL student from Corbin earns top award to study at Cambridge

by John R. Karman III, communications and marketing last modified Mar 12, 2014 12:30 PM

University of Louisville student Patrick McClure has earned a three-year scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge, England.

UofL student from Corbin earns top award to study at Cambridge

Patrick McClure

The prestigious Cambridge International Scholarship is awarded each year to about 80 international students who plan to earn a doctoral degree at Cambridge. Candidates are selected on academic achievement. The Cambridge scholarship is valued at more than $230,000.

McClure earned a bioengineering degree from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering in 2013 and will complete his second degree from the school—a master’s degree in computer science—this summer. He plans to attend Cambridge in the fall to pursue a doctoral degree in cognitive and brain sciences. His research will focus on computational neuroscience.

McClure is the son of retired Lt. Col. Rick McClure and Juliana McClure of Corbin, Ky., and was homeschooled by his parents. When he was a college junior, he won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship worth $7,500 and conducted research in computational sensing and medical robotics at Johns Hopkins University.

Ayman El-Baz, associate professor of bioengineering at the Speed School, described McClure as “exceptionally talented” and “a dedicated and hard-working student.”

“These characteristics are enhanced by the fact that he listens to advice and is extraordinarily patient,” El-Baz said. “He is very deserving of the award. I am glad to have been able to teach and mentor Patrick as a student and a researcher.”

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