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Three from Stanford win 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Lauren Killingsworth, Monica Kullar and Steve Rathje

Feb 26 2018

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Stanford seniors LAUREN KILLINGSWORTH and STEVE RATHJE and MONICA KULLAR, a clinical neuroscience research coordinator, have won 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarships to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England.

They are among the 35 American students who were recently awarded scholarships by the Gates Cambridge Trust. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation established the Gates Cambridge Scholarships  to enable outstanding graduate students from outside the United Kingdom to pursue full-time graduate studies in any subject at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.


Rathje, 22, of Lake Oswego, Oregon, is majoring in psychology, with honors, and minoring in symbolic systems. For his honors thesis, Rathje is working with ALIA CRUM, assistant professor of psychology, and CAROL DWECK, professor of psychology, to conduct psychological studies examining how metaphorical language influences our mindsets and beliefs. Rathje plans to pursue a doctorate in psychology at the University of Cambridge.

“I am fascinated by the role that metaphors play in our thoughts and by the impact that framing has on our reasoning,” Rathje wrote in his scholarship application.

 After studying at Cambridge, Rathje plans to become a psychology professor and a public communicator of psychology who uses his work in writing and art to make psychology more accessible to the general public.