Astrophysics major Stanislav “Stan” DeLaurentiis CC’23 is one of 23 Gates Cambridge Scholarship awardees this year. The program funds postgraduate study and research in any subject at the University of Cambridge; recipients are selected for their outstanding academic achievements, leadership potential and commitment to improving the lives of others.
Born and raised in Plainfield, N.J., DeLaurentiis’ first College research experience was as a member of Professor Marcel Agüeros CC’96’s’ research group, “Cool Stars Lab.” Subsequent research included the study of black hole formation with Professor Zoltan Haiman, which allowed DeLaurentiis to combine his love of computing and theoretical astrophysics.
DeLaurentiis has been a member of the Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal’s editorial board and is a current board member of the Columbia University Chinese Students Club, which promotes Chinese culture on campus and brings awareness to Asian-American issues.
As a Gates Cambridge Scholar, DeLaurentiis will earn a Ph.D. in applied mathematics and theoretical physics. “In addition to my academic work, I aim to devote my time to mentorship programs and science communication,” DeLaurentiis says. “It was these forms of outreach that initially inspired me to pursue research, and I hope that I can do the same for the next generation of scientists.”
See Undergraduate Research and Fellowships for more information about the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.