Club Climbing's Liu Awarded Marshall Scholarship

Liu was the lone Scholar representing Harvard in 2014 (Photo courtesy Athletic Communications.)

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Brandon Liu of the club climbing team represents Harvard University as the lone Crimson student chosen as  a Marshall Scholar as announced by The Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission last week. The 34 students from across the nation will receive all expenses towards two years of study at a university of their choice in the United Kingdom.

The Scholars were selected after a two-stage process beginning with the submission of their application, which then must be endorsed by a college or university. Nearly 1,000 students each year seek their institution’s endorsement; this year’s 34 winners were selected from a 979 pool of endorsed candidates. For a complete list of the 2014 Marshall Scholars, click here.

Liu is a computer science concentrator. During his time at Harvard and his studies in global and public health, Liu’s interests, which began in science and technology, have led him to explore the ways that technology can be used to combat disease in the developing world. Throughout his discoveries he has helped build Remindavax, an electronic medical records system for material health in Karnataka, India. The senior also found Tech in the World, a global health fellowship for computer science students.

With the scholarship, Liu plans to continue his goal of finding new ways to use technology to tackle global health problems. He will spend his first year of study in London where he will work on the development studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. A year later he will travel to Cambridge to study the history and philosophy of science.

Founded by a 1953 Act of Parliament, the scholarship is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and commemorates the human ideals of the Marshall Plan conceived by the General George C. Marshall while expressing the continuing gratitude of the British people to their American counterparts. The first class of Marshall Scholars, made up of 12 individuals, was awarded in 1954.