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Tathagat Bhatia won the Gates Cambridge Scholarship for 2021.  (Photo from Wolf Humanities Center)

Penn senior Tathagat Bhatia has been awarded a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which funds up to four years of study at the University of Cambridge in England. 

Bhatia will pursue a master’s degree in history and philosophy of science at Cambridge, after majoring in science, technology, and society with a concentration in energy and the environment at Penn. He is one of 74 total scholars selected this year, and the second from Penn.  

Bhatia's research focuses on environmental history and science and technology studies in South Asia. His senior thesis centered on the role of the United States development experts in identifying food crises in India, Penn Today reported.

"I am excited to begin my graduate studies at Cambridge in history of science and to be part of a cohort of incredibly talented scholars from around the world who are committed to solving some of today’s most pressing challenges," Bhatia wrote in an email to The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Bhatia is the 33rd scholar from Penn since the first scholarships were awarded in 2001. 2015 College graduate Joyce Kim was also announced as a scholarship recipient in February. 

Bhatia expressed his appreciation for the support he received from members of the Penn community in an emailed statement to the DP.

“I am so grateful to my professors, mentors, and friends at Penn and beyond who have supported me at every step of the way and provided a thriving intellectual community and a sense of camaraderie, especially during the pandemic,” Bhatia wrote.