Half of Churchill Scholars 2014-2015 Are from Public Universities

Below is a list of Churchill Scholars for 2014-2015, each the recipient of a one-year grant worth approximately $60,000 to study at the University of Cambridge.  Three of the new scholars have also won Goldwater awards as undergraduates, and at least four are present or former honors program students.

Public university winners are from Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Arizona, UMass Amherst, UNC Chapel Hill, Pitt, and Wisconsin.

Georgia Tech alumna Alisha Kasam is also a Fulbright Scholar.  David Kolchmeyer of Rutgers earned a Goldwater Scholarship as a junior and worked at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.

An honors college senior at the University of Arizona, Daniel Fried was also a 2013 Goldwater Scholar.  He is a triple major in computer science, math, and information science technology.  Morgan Opie, an honors senior in the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass Amherst, will pursue a master’s in math through Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, the oldest and most famous mathematical exam in the world.

Surojit Biswas, a student in the Honors Carolina program at UNC Chapel Hill and a Beckman Scholar, won a Goldwater award in 2012.  A triple major at Pitt and a student in the honors college, David Palm is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering as well as bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and the history and philosophy of science. Joshua Shutter of UW Madison is a physical chemist who spent 10 weeks working at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, CA.

Christopher Finch

Amherst College

Plant Sciences

Alisha Kasam

Georgia Institute of Technology


Levent Alpoge

Harvard University

Pure Mathematics

Malinda McPherson

Johns Hopkins University


Gabriella Heller

Pomona College


Katherine Pogrebniak

Princeton University

Computational Biology

David Kolchmeyer

Rutgers University

Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Daniel Fried

University of Arizona

Computer Laboratory

Morgan Opie

University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Pure Mathematics

Surojit Biswas

University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill

Sainsbury Laboratory

Sarah Foster

University of Pennsylvania

Physiology, Development & Neuroscience

David Palm

University of Pittsburgh


Joshua Shutter

University of Wisconsin/Madison


Jared Hallett

Williams College

Pure Mathematics