Stanford medical student and alumna named 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholars

They are among 30 U.S. scholars selected for full-time graduate study and research at the University of Cambridge by the Gates Cambridge Trust.

Kevin Nead, a second-year student at the Stanford School of Medicine, and Bianca Carpeneti, '10, were recently chosen as 2011 Gates Cambridge Scholars.

The scholarship program, which was established in 2000, was funded by a $210 million donation by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarships enable exemplary students from outside the United Kingdom who have a strong interest in social leadership and responsibility to pursue graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. Nearly 1,000 Gates Scholars from 90 countries have received scholarships since 2001.

Kevin Nead, 25, currently of Palo Alto, is a second-year medical student at Stanford.

In addition to his medical studies, Nead works in the Cooke Laboratory in the Cardiovascular Research Center at Stanford, where he is researching cardiovascular epidemiology, with a focus on peripheral arterial disease. (Dr. John Cooke, a professor of medicine [cardiovascular medicine], is the associate director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute.)

Nead earned a bachelor's degree in zoology in 2008 from the University of Florida in Gainesville, where he was a member of the varsity swim team.

At Cambridge, Nead plans to pursue a Master of Philosophy degree in epidemiology while conducting thesis research with Professor John Danesh, who leads a research group investigating the genetic, biochemical and lifestyle determinants of cardiovascular disease in large-scale epidemiological studies.

Bianca Carpeneti, 24, of Juneau, Alaska, is currently working as a research assistant in the Classics Department, where she is doing research on the history and culture of the automobile.

Carpeneti earned a bachelor's degree in classics and in archaeology in 2010 at Stanford, where she developed an interest in museum design.

Carpeneti is involved in the archaeological project – a joint undertaking of Stanford and Durham University – in Binchester, England, at the first century Roman fort called Vinovium. In addition to excavating, she also conducted preliminary research for a visitor center at the site.

At Cambridge, she plans to pursue a Master of Philosophy degree in archaeology, focusing on human-centered museum design concepts.