LiveBIG Staff, May 23, 2016

[btn-post-package]Students from Big Ten universities accounted for an impressive five out of 15 Churchill Scholars for 2016-2017. These students will travel to the United Kingdom this fall to study their academic disciplines for a year at the University of Cambridge?s Churchill College.

Each academic year, the Churchill Scholars selects a few graduate-level students from throughout the United States who excel in mathematics, engineering or hard-sciences fields. The prestigious academic program was started more than a half-century ago by the legendary British statesman Winston Churchill, who requested the scholarship be set up through the foundation that bore his name.

Here are the five Big Ten students most recently chosen to represent their universities and country as Churchill Scholars:

MultiU_Churchill_OSUAlexis Crockett

University: Ohio State

Academic Focus: Physiology

Extracurricular: Volunteered to help Alzheimer?s sufferers and patients at a mental hospital


MultiU_Churchill_PennStateRamya Gurunathan

University: Penn State

Academic Focus: Scientific Computing

Extracurricular: Founded and led a classical Indian dance team at Penn State


MultiU_Churchill_MinnesotaSammy Shaker

University: Minnesota

Academic Focus: Materials Science

Extracurricular: Started a student group to promote screening for kidney disease


MultiU_Churchill_OSU2Henry Tran

University: Ohio State

Academic Focus: Scientific Computing

Extracurricular: Organized several fundraising and volunteering activities for area hospitals while at OSU



MultiU_Churchill_MichiganKarl Winsor

University: Michigan

Academic Focus: Pure Mathematics

Extracurricular: Serves as president of the Society of Undergraduate Mathematics Students


Congratulations to all of these outstanding students from BTN LiveBIG!