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Senior nominated for Winston Churchill Scholarship

Monday, December 17, 2018

LAWRENCE — A University of Kansas student has been nominated for the Winston Churchill Scholarship, which provides for one year of study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Conner Falke, a senior from Parsons, is competing for the award. He is majoring in math and economics with a minor in psychology.

KU is the only institution in Kansas on the approved list of colleges and universities in the U.S. that may nominate students for the award.

Finalists will be selected and interviewed in January, and the scholars will be announced shortly thereafter.

At KU, the nomination process is coordinated through the Office of Fellowships. The award gives students the opportunity to pursue study in fields in the sciences, engineering or mathematics. The award will lead to a Master of Philosophy or a Master of Advanced Study.

The program was set up at Churchill’s request in order to fulfill his vision of scientific exchange between the United States and the United Kingdom with the goal of advancing science and technology on both sides of the Atlantic.

Former KU student Larissa Lee won a Churchill Scholarship in 1999.

Falke is the son of Cory and Rebecca Falke, and he attended Parsons High School. He is a member of the University Honors Program and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society as a junior. He spent a semester studying abroad in France at Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris. He has been involved in research projects with David Slusky, assistant professor of economics.