College Senior Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Tathagat Bhatia

Tathagat Bhatia, C’21, has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge in England.

From Lucknow, India, Bhatia is Penn’s 33rd Gates Scholar since the program’s start in 2001. Bhatia is one of an additional 50 recipients worldwide chosen from 30 countries for a total of 74 Scholars. The scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge for as long as four years as well as additional discretionary funding. Bhatia is majoring in science, technology, and society with a concentration in energy and the environment with a minor in Russian studies.

His research involves environmental history and science and technology studies, with a focus on South Asia. His senior thesis on the role of U.S. development experts in diagnosing food crises in postcolonial India received support from the Center for the Advanced Study of India and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. He recently completed a research project as a Rising Waters Fellow in the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, where he analyzed the disproportionate impact of lead in Philadelphia’s drinking water on communities of color.

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