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Triple Major Guowei Qi awarded Prestigious 2021 Churchill Scholarship

Qi standing in front of "Brain Rock"

"Guowei Qi, a fourth-year student from West Des Moines, Iowa, has been named one of 17 Churchill scholars in the nation.

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Qi will graduate in May with degrees in biochemistry, computer science, and mathematics and is the fifth University of Iowa student to receive the fellowship. The award wouldn’t have been possible, Qi says, without mentors like Michael Schnieders, associate professor of biochemistry and biomedical engineering [...].

Qi will continue his work in the University of Cambridge’s Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry while completing a 12-month research-focused degree.

'My focus is computational biophysics and at Cambridge, I’ll be working with Professor David Wales, one of the world’s leading researchers in the area to explore the functions and malfunctions of proteins using computational analysis,' Qi says."

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University of Iowa Churchill Scholars

  • 2021: Guowei Qi, biochemistry, computer science, and mathematics
  • 2012: Suzanne Carter Squires, mathematics and physics
  • 2012: Colorado Reed, applied physics (CS Minor)
  • 2010: Maria Drout, astronomy and physics
  • 2007: James Ankrum, biomedical engineering

The Churchill Scholarship was established in 1963 by Sir Winston Churchill to help strengthen the scientific and technological partnership between the U.S. and the United Kingdom. The award covers the cost for one year of study at Churchill College in the University of Cambridge, including full tuition, a stipend, travel costs, and the chance to apply for a $2,000 research grant.