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Ryan Henrici awarded Marshall Scholarship for study in the U.K.

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Henrici awarded prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Ryan Henrici awarded Marshall Scholarship24 November 2014 — Ryan Henrici, a BMB Schreyer Honors senior, has been awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship for graduate studies in the United Kingdom.  Ryan is one of about 35 college students selected from nearly 1,000 applicants from across the U.S..

The Marshall Scholarship was created by an Act of the British Parliament in 1953 to commemorate the ideals of the post-World War II Marshall Plan.  Marshall Scholars perform two to three years of graduate studies in any discipline at the U.K. university of their choosing.  Ryan has elected to study malaria at the renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

As a junior, Ryan won highly competitive national scholarships including the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and the Astronaut Scholarship, both for undergraduates pursuing research in science, mathematics and engineering.  Ryan has performed undergraduate research in the laboratory of Professor Song Tan since his freshman year, and was a co-author of a publication in Nature last month describing the first crystal structure of a chromatin enzyme bound to its nucleosome substrate.  

“Getting involved in the BMB 496 research program was one of the best decisions I have made as an undergraduate. This program augmented my BMB curriculum, allowed me to be creative and honed my critical thinking skills beyond what I learned in the classroom,” Ryan observed.

Prof. Tan, a former Marshall Scholar himself, notes “It has been a real privilege to work with someone as gifted and as hardworking as Ryan.  The Marshall Scholarship will open so many new opportunities for Ryan."

Ryan says, "I am humbled and honored to be able to represent BMB, Penn State and the United States as a Marshall Scholar in the U.K..  I would like to thank the faculty and staff of the BMB department, Dr. Song Tan and the members of the Tan lab, and of course my family. I would not be where I am today without all of their support, guidance, and mentorship.”

Ryan is the son of Michael and Carol Henrici of Wayne, PA.