Research and Results
Chris Counts, a Biomedical Sciences and Anthropology undergraduate student with his own successful non-profit organization, has been selected as a 2013 recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship -- a fully funded opportunity to pursue an advanced degree in the United Kingdom.
Counts is one of only 34 U.S. students to receive the scholarship this year and the first CSU student to receive the scholarship since 1989. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in Public Health at the University College London next year before pursuing medical school.
The Marshall Scholarship Programme, which is named after Secretary of State George C. Marshall, began in 1953 as a gesture of gratitude to the United States for the assistance provided to the UK under the Marshall Plan. The scholarships provide talented young Americans the chance to study for up to three years at a UK university of their choice.
"Chris has seized every opportunity available to him during his time at Colorado State, making him a well-rounded and highly competitive candidate as he applies to medical school," CSU President Tony Frank wrote in his recommendation letter to the Marshall Scholarship Committee. "Chris has been careful to seek out experiences that will prepare him to handle the more personal side of medicine."
Counts was selected for his academic achievement in maintaining a flawless grade point average in a course load including both undergraduate and graduate courses, as well his extracurricular activities.
"He is a student that every mentor would dream for. He has been working on a project that is pioneering and challenging at the same time," said Chaoping Chen, Counts’ research mentor and associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. "Chris will be the first undergraduate from my lab who publishes an original research paper as the first author, which is well deserved."
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