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November 25, 2020 Wednesday 11:53:21 AM IST

Meghan Davis named 2022 Mitchell Scholar

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MIT senior Meghan Davis has been named one of the 12 winners of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship’s Class of 2022. After graduating next spring with dual majors in biological engineering and urban planning, she will pursue a master’s in global health at Trinity College in Dublin. Mitchell Scholars are selected on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and dedication to public service. The scholarship is named in honor of U.S. Senator Mitchell’s contributions to the Northern Ireland peace process. This year, over 450 American students applied for the prestigious fellowship, which is sponsored by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance and funds a year of graduate studies in Ireland.

Davis, who is the third MIT student to receive this award, was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and moved to Prosper, Texas, in high school. Her goal is to become a physician-scientist. Davis is currently the senior director of BoSTEM Scholars Academy, a program that aims to bridge the racial and socioeconomic gap in STEM education through a five-week summer program for underrepresented Boston area high school students. Davis is also an educator and executive board member of PLEASURE: Peers Leading Education About Sexuality and Standing Up for Relationship Empowerment, an organization that acts to prevent gender-based violence on campus. She was honored earlier this year with the MIT Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award for service to the community. She also received MIT's Bridge Builder award for her "strong commitment to and passion for diversity education and cultural celebration."

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