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Chris Cooper is a 2016 Marshall Scholarship Finalist

chris_cooper-165Senior Christopher Cooper was selected as a finalist in the 2016 Marshall Scholarship competition. A double major in Chemical Engineering and Economics, Chris is also a Park Scholar, Goldwater Scholar, Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a member of the University Scholars Program. He was elected into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior.

Chris has conducted research at NCSU and at Norfolk State University. The high point of his undergraduate research career has been his multi-year research position in Dr. Michael Dickey’s lab. Chris has presented his research at several conferences and has published two papers, with a third under review.

Outside of his coursework and research, Chris works as the Lead Facilitator for freshmen Park Scholars during their summer retreat, and serves as Vice President of Outreach for his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. He was also Lead Advisor for the nationally-known Krispy Kreme Challenge.

For his Marshall application Chris proposed pursuing an MRes in Nanomaterials at Imperial College London and an MPhil in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge.

According to their web site, “Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Up to forty Scholars are selected each year to study at graduate level at an UK institution in any field of study.

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success…………

Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, and named in honour of US Secretary of State George C Marshall, the Scholarships commemorate the humane ideals of the Marshall Plan and they express the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts.”

Congratulations Chris, for this outstanding honor!