Lucas Ferguson named MSU’s first Gates Cambridge Scholar

Posted on 02/09/2017 Archive: general

Congratulations to Lucas Ferguson, a undergradute in our lab, who received the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship. This is MSU's first recipient for this scholarship.

Lucas J. Ferguson of Batesville, a 2016 Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College Outstanding Research Award recipient, is among 36 selected to receive one of the most generous international scholarships awarded by the University of Cambridge. In addition to the full cost of studying at one of the world’s leading universities, the award provides additional discretionary funding.

The scholarship is provided by the Gates Cambridge Trust, which is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council in England via the University of Cambridge. For more information about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, please visit

MSU President Mark E. Keenum called Ferguson’s selection “another resounding endorsement of the fact that Mississippi State empowers our students to compete on an international scale.”

“Lucas Ferguson is the latest MSU student to make his mark by claiming one of the world’s leading higher education opportunities based on his intellect, hard work, and the educational foundation he earned at our university,” said Keenum. “Whether the scholarship is Gates, Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, or a host of other top drawer opportunities, MSU students are competing and winning.”

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