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Barnard Gets A Gates Scholarship

Soon she will be frolicking among the colleges, thinkin' 'bout black holes, hummin' some tunes

We’d like to extend some big fat congratulations to Erin Kara, BC ’11, who has just won the Gates scholarship.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, offers full rides to non-UK students for graduate work at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship is awarded based on “intellectual ability, leadership capacity and desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society.”

Hailing from Bethlehem (PA!), Erin majors in Physics with a minor in Art History. In her spare time she researches Active Galactic Nuclei, and hopes to continue research in high-energy astrophysics at Cambridge, focusing on the mysterious accretion disks that physicists believe power black holes. Erin will pursue an MPhil in Physics from the Institute of Astronomy there, which she plans on following up with a PhD in physics, with a view to a career in research and teaching.

She may be more familiar to you as the music director of Uptown Vocal, a jazz a cappella group on campus, who perform new arrangements of classic standards. She adds that they have a concert on campus next Wednesday evening with a British all-male group (aww!). We wish her the very best of luck next year!

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  • Erin Kara says:

    @Erin Kara Hey everyone, thanks for all the nice comments (most of them nice, anyway…what’s with all the Barnard bashing?!) I just wanted to make one correction…the bio is a bit out of date. Our current music director for Uptown Vocal is Cecelia Lie (BC’11). She’s been doing a great job, and the whole group is about our upcoming concert on Wednesday with “All the King’s Men” from London. Thanks!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous jess cooney is also a gates scholar, grad from barnard.

    1. Claire says:

      @Claire Apologies! We were misinformed. Still, it’s no less impressive.

  • Old Timer says:

    @Old Timer Actually this headline is not true. Julia Moses, BC ’01, a Cambridge Ph.D. in history, and currently a historian at Oxford, was a Gates Scholar as well, and she may actually have the title of being Barnard’s first (although I’m not sure of this).

    But what does it matter. Hearty congratulations to Barnard’s most recent Scholar.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I LOVE ERINNNNNN

  • ah says:

    @ah yall trolls are fucking jokes always bringing up what school you go to just to indulge in your worthless selves. This girl is clearly smarter and more talented than most of us at columbia, and regardless of where she attends, she is getting shit done! what are you doing?
    congrats to her!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous right on brother

  • Just to make it clear says:

    @Just to make it clear I wrote some of that bashing and it’s totally just for fun. I know that Erin is a fantastic girl and she can surely take a good Barnard joke. :)

    Go Erin!!

  • Umm.... says:

    @Umm.... Can we just say congratulations and not get into politics? Geez.

  • how many monies? says:

    @how many monies? can i have some?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Any Barnard bashing in this case, or any scenario, is unfounded. Even if it is a bit easier to get in, it’s still an incredibly competitive school and has some really amazing women. The Gates Competition is very fierce…Columbia College doesn’t get many winners and it has more than 3x the students that Barnard has for each class. Everyone should be very proud of Erin’s accomplishment.

    I also am a Columbia College alum and I have never met Erin but from her profile, she sounds extremely accomplished and impressive.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Barnard has a Physics Major? I thought they only had dance, english, polisci, and women’s studies?

  • congrats! says:

    @congrats! Erin is amazing, and in every way deserves this! Way to go!

  • CU Student says:

    @CU Student Erin is clearly 100 times smarter, more motivated, and creative than me, a Columbia student. It’s probably not a stretch to say she’s ten times hotter too.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Thanks, Barnard.

  • troll says:

    @troll the gates website lists her school as ‘columbia univ’. discuss

    1. anon says:

      @anon nah, it says in a separate paragraph that “first-time universities include barnard college, etc. etc.”

  • Thats... says:

    @Thats... a long way to go to get a good education. Does she know Columbia’s right across the street?

    1. well says:

      @well she probably wouldn’t have gotten the scholarship if she hadn’t already received a great education for undergrad… you know, at Barnard.

  • Columbia Student says:

    @Columbia Student Can I start saying I go to Barnard now?

  • great job barnard says:

    @great job barnard it only took you 150 years.

    1. i don't think says:

      @i don't think the Gates Cambridge Scholarship funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been around for 150 years.

  • Is it weird says:

    @Is it weird that I find girls who do science universally incredibly sexy?

    Bwog, I have a sickness.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous I wish there were more men out there who agreed with you

  • CC '17 says:

    @CC '17 Fuckin’ Barnard hoes taking scholarships from Columbia kids.

  • consumed by inferiority complex says:

    @consumed by inferiority complex quite proud of her

  • She's also says:

    @She's also stunningly beautiful.

    1. word says:

      @word she’s hot

  • OMG says:

    @OMG She studies astrophysics, art history, and she sings? This girl’s got it all.

    Erin, you resonate my natural frequency. I am now approaching the singularity. Somebody save me.

  • WAY TO GO!!!! says:

    @WAY TO GO!!!! AWESOME!!!

    So proud to be a Barnard woman! Good luck next year!

  • In Before says:

    @In Before Barnard Rant

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