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UNC: Student Daniel Malawsky Selected as Churchill Scholar

UNC-Chapel Hill senior Mr. Daniel Malawsky, who studies biostatistics at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been named a scholarship recipient by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States.

He is one of 15 American scholars selected for this research-focused award, which provides funding for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in England.

Mr. Malawsky, a Morehead-Cain Scholar, also has won a C-START Program grant and an outstanding poster award at the Stanford Research Conference. Additionally, he is a concert-level cellist. He will graduate Phi Beta Kappa in May 2020, majoring in biostatistics and mathematics with a minor in chemistry.

“Daniel is exceptional — not just for his academic excellence, but also for the way he blends his studies with his research and a copious number and depth of other interests,” said Gillings School associate professor Dr. Jane Monaco.

Mr. Malawsky continuously seeks to be involved in projects that synthesize his knowledge of chemistry, biology, statistics and programming. A scientist at heart, he has participated in various projects throughout his college career. His most transformative experience, however, came while volunteering at the Terem refugee clinic in Tel Aviv. During his time with the clinic, Mr. Malawsky grew close with Eritrean community members and learned about the public health and social challenges they face in Israel.

Mr. Malawsky’s experience working with this community, coupled with his interest in bioinformatics and medical ethics, sharpened his research focus to medical population genetics within marginalized groups. At Cambridge, he will study biological science, researching the medical genetics of understudied populations from south Asia.

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