New Gates scholar Sam Sudar has arrived in Cambridge after a round-the-world trip to 12 different countries.
New Gates scholar Sam Sudar has just arrived at Cambridge, having spent the last eight months on a travel bursary visiting 12 countries.
During his trip he had dinner with Zen Buddhist monks in China and went scuba diving in the Indian Ocean.
His travels were funded by the Bonderman Travel Fellowship, a $20,000 grant from the University of Washington.
Sam, a University of Washington graduate in Neurobiology, Philosophy and English, decided to delay his MPhil in Veterinary Science at Cambridge as he regarded the travel grant as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The travel grant is for students without previous wide travel experience and aims to both encourage students to be more independent and introduce them to new cultures.
Sam, who has never travelled outside the US before, visited Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Brazil, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and China over the eight months.
At Cambridge he will be researching stem cells and working with Dr Robin Franklin on ways to regenerate the spinal cord after injury and disease.
Read Sam Sudar’s blog about his travels at www.wherehewasgoing.blogspot.com