Alum awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Alum receives 2013 Gates Cambridge Scholarship

By Joy Crane

Alumna Michelle Quay (A.B. ’11) is one of 39 U.S. scholars to receive the 2013 Gates Cambridge Scholarship, announced on February 12. Quay, who will pursue a Ph.D. in Asian and Middle Eastern studies at Cambridge, is the fifth UChicago student to receive the scholarship within the past five  years.

On receipt of the full-ride scholarship, which enables her to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, Quay will continue her academic career in medieval Persian literature. Quay, who began learning Persian at the age of 15, received her B.A. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations in 2011 and is now a graduate student in Iranian studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

During her time at the University, Quay was an Assistant Resident Head in Burton-Judson Courts.