Currently working as a research assistant at MIT's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, I will begin a PhD in energy and environmental economics at Harvard University in fall 2016. As a Gates Scholar, I completed the M.Phil. in Economic and Social History at Cambridge, after graduating from Yale University last spring with a B.A. in history.
Duke University Medical School Medicine 2022
University of Washington Education 2018
Bates College Biochemistry and Mathematics 2015
I obtained advanced degrees both in law and in philosophy (studying at the University of Geneva and at Harvard Law School). In philosophy, my courses focused on analytic philosophy and philosophy of mind. This is where I first encountered the topic of self-deception which has become the focus of my proposed research. After my studies, I practiced law at a leading law firm in Switzerland where I handled a high-profile case of “conscious negligence”, that diminishes responsibility under Swiss Criminal Law. This experience triggered my interest in the fundamental conditions of moral and legal responsibility as well as the limits of responsibility in law. For my PhD, I intend to address the question of self-deception in morality and law. Minimally, self-deception denotes a phenomenon that occurs when a person acquires and maintains a false belief despite possessing evidence to the contrary. Self-deception may lead to acts or behaviour that result in wrongdoings and harm others and is therefore a critical topic for both morality and the law. Despite this, the significance of self-deception in law remains largely unexplored.
Harvard University Law 2016
University of Geneva Law 2016
University of Geneva Philosophy 2015
Management of technology will have a pivotal impact on human weal in the developing world. Intricate relationships between several factors need to be analyzed to understand to what extent manufacturing should balance skilling/deskilling, job creation/preservation with increasing productivity. I hope to use what I learn at Cambridge, for furthering my understanding of the interdependencies that exist in matters relating to industrial systems, management of technology and socio economic impact.
Hmmm, well I hope I have lots of fun, meet new people and live life to the full!!
After completing my studies in Cambridge (2005), I spent time in Switzerland and London. After working as an oil trader for a major investment bank in London, I returned to North America in 2008. I currently live and work in Houston, TX with my beautiful wife Annie, our 2 young children, Evie and Jonah as well as our dog Malachy.
Having grown up in sunny, dry India I was exposed early on to issues of sustainability due to severe water shortages in my school and the surrounding regions. The capacity of science to systematically develop sustainable and renewable technologies has become apparent to me through my BSc in Physics at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and my MASt in Physics at Cambridge. One of the most exciting areas of development is that of photovoltaics. We have so far been limited in our capacity to harness energy from the sun due to our inability to control sunlight - solar panels require direct sunlight. Harvesting diffuse light - the kind that bounces of buildings and clouds - is in some sense 'forbidden' due to the Second Law of Thermodynamics - diffuse light is 'disordered', and 'ordering' it means we reduce the entropy of the system. I plan to spend my PhD in the optoelectronics group at the Cavendish exploring ways around this limitation - through the use of Luminescent Solar Concentrators and carrier multiplication photophysics. In order to effectively study these systems and tweak their entropy management, I will explore the fundamental processes of thermalisation and localisation. Through my PhD in Physics I will strive to develop an understanding of the fundamental physics of these systems in order to eventually make a pass at efficient harvesting of diffuse light.
University of Cambridge Physics 2019
St. Xavier's College, Mumbai Physics 2018
I am interested in the historical evolution of modern racial categories, and the current socioeconomic repurcussions of early western encounters with the racial "other." At Cambridge I hope to explore differences in the imagery used to describe nonwhite peoples accross class lines in the late 18th century. This topic appeals to me both historically and as a way of approaching the unhealthy contemporary intersection of race and class status.
My PhD research will focus on objective measurement of physical activity in an adult Cameroonian population. This work is within the broad area of understanding the determinants of adult obesity, diabetes and related metabolic disorders. I intend to focus my career on alleviating the burden of diabetes on the population and the healthcare system through epidemiological research on primordial and primary prevention of diabetes.
Since 2007 I have been developing an interest in and passion for public policy and governance. My undergraduate studies in law and economics in Australia, combined with my work at the Australian youth-run aid & development organisation The Oaktree Foundation, gave me many opportunities to develop these interests. After graduating I spent 15 months as a solicitor at Freehills, a leading Australian commercial law firm, before moving to The Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm that has a strong public sector practice. My hope is that studying the Cambridge MPhil International Relations with the help of the Cambridge Gates Scholarship will continue to equip me with the knowledge and capability to have a substantial impact for the public good through public policy & governance.
I am a social psychologist and I study and mobilise around drivers for gender equality and sustainable development. My doctoral research at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health aims to use theoretical perspectives from social psychology to evaluate the impact of an innovative NGO-run community education programme in Mumbai (https://www.muktanganedu.org/) on the empowerment of women.
Through my research, I aim to produce policy relevant insights into women's empowerment and well-being in low-income settings. Prior to my PhD, I completed the MPhil in Social and Development Psychology at Cambridge (2015-16), as part of which I examined perceptions of mental illness among slum-dwelling Indian women and how these relate to their sociocultural context. My findings have been published in Transcultural Psychiatry: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1363461520947836
I am immensely thankful to the Trust for their support, without which I would not have been a part of this rich heritage. I had many mentors on my way to this scholarship and I am passionate about paying it forward. If you're interested in my work you can follow me on Twitter: Saloni_Atal
University of Hong Kong
University of Cambridge
After my PhD, I joined a Nairobi based policy think-tank - African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), - as a Research Knowledge Translation Scientist, leading a Bill & Melinda Gates funded project to map Maternal-Newborn-Child Health, Family Planning, and HIV/AIDS integration framework across four sub-Sahara African countries, to inform the foundation's policy in these areas. I am also helping the Technical University of Kenya develop a number of graduate courses in the areas of global health and international relations.
Moi University BA Hons
University of Cambridge MPhil International Relations
University of Copenhagen MSc International Health
While officially majoring in economics with a minor in applied mathematics, I completed requirements for a BA in philosophy at Princeton. At Cambridge I wrote my Mphil. thesis on the communicative dimension to blame and holding people morally responsible. I was supervised by Simon Blackburn. I am pursuing a JD at Yale Law School. I intend to ultimately pursue a PhD in philosophy to supplement the JD, exploring the role of responsibility and freedom in both criminal law and moral theory
I am excited to be furthering my studies at Cambridge this year with an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development. My research for my honours thesis involved addressing renewable energy options for the State of Victoria. I explored the potential for Victoria to become carbon neutral by harnessing its natural resources, such as wind and solar energy. I presented a paper on my research at the ISPRS/IGU Joint Conference in Hong Kong, 2010. I undertook a student exchange to Lund University, Sweden, where I witnessed a socially and environmentally effective approach to transport and urbanisation. Prior to coming to Cambridge, I was working as an engineer for VicRoads, where I was involved in major infrastructure development including construction of a major bridge, incorporating road, rail and river networks. I seek to help transform trends in urbanisation and transport through sustainable development. I am eager to commence my studies and become involved in life at Cambridge.
I was born and raised in a village among the beautiful Dolomiti Mountains near the city of Trento, but I studied at the University of Padova where I obtained a BA in Psychology and an MA in Clinical Psychology. During my studies, I developed an interest in difficulties experienced during schooling and in the electrophysiology of mathematical cognition. My PhD research at the Centre for Neuroscience in Education will be at the confluence of these two interests. I will study the characteristics of the physiological reactions of students experiencing high anxiety in relation to mathematics. In particular, I will focus on gender differences and I will assess whether biofeedback techniques can be used to overcome such a difficulty. At university I taught Italian to immigrants through charities, motivated by the firm belief that learning how to speak the local language is the first step that helps in the process of integration.