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Drexel's 2018 Gates Cambridge Finalist

January 8, 2018

Congratulations to Nicholas Barber, who has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship!

Nick BarberNicholas (BS Geoscience '18, Honors) is a fifth year Geoscience major, Goldwater and NOAA Hollings Scholar. At Drexel, Nick is involved in the OUR Undergraduate Research Leaders program and served as the first President in 2016-17. He also served as President of the Paleontology and Geology Club of Drexel for 2016-17 and is currently the Vice President. Nick began his undergraduate research experience in the Drexel Paleontology Lab, first as a volunteer and continuing as a 2014 STAR student researcher. Under the guidance of Ken Lacovera, PhD, and PhD candidate Anna Jaworski, Nick studied the relationship between grain size parameters and sediment transfer dynamics along barrier islands in the Delaware Bay. He plans to pursue a PhD in volcanology with hopes to study the origin of magmas and their evolution using nano-scale chemistry, spatial statistics, and computational models. He hopes to study the complex processes that generate volcanism in developing countries, with a focus on fieldwork in Southeast Asia.


The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a highly prestigious scholarship awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The programme aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

To learn more about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and how to apply at Drexel, visit our Gates Cambridge Scholarship page or email fellowships@drexel.edu!