University of Washington senior Victor Tseng, a member of Dr. Gerald Smith's lab in the Basic Sciences Division, recently received a Mary Gates research scholarship.
Tseng, a bioengineering major, studies the mechanisms of genetic recombination and repair. The full-tuition award enables Tseng to continue his work in the lab to complete his thesis research. The 17-year-old student began his undergraduate education at age 14.
Bill and Melinda Gates established the Mary Gates Endowment for Students in 1995 to support excellence in undergraduate education and honor the memory of Bill's mother, Mary Maxwell Gates. Initially created with a $10 million gift and reinvested in 1999 with an additional $10 million, the endowment is the largest of its kind at the UW. Annual proceeds of $1 million are dedicated exclusively to undergraduates.