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Senior Evan Ward selected to receive Reed College's Sperling award


Reed College student Evan Ward has won a scholarship that supports Reed graduates in their pursuit of a three-year doctoral degree at Cambridge University.


PORTLAND, OR (May 9, 2006) – Reed College senior Evan Ward has been selected to receive the Sperling Studentship, a scholarship that supports Reed graduates in their pursuit of a three-year doctoral degree at Cambridge University. Ward, who came to Reed from Clackamas – "about 20 minutes southeast of Reed," he says – will be traveling to England to work on a master's degree in management science and a doctorate in management studies in the Judge Business School.

"My focus will be combinatorial auction design," Ward, a mathematics major, explained, "which is essentially about trying to create an auction that will allow bidders to make a bid for a combination of items and be computationally tractable for the auctioneer." The topic, said Ward, is fascinating. The Sperling was established in 1995 by John Sperling, founder of the University of Phoenix and an alumnus of both Reed College and Cambridge University. The studentship covers three years of tuition, college and university fees, and room and board. Sperling, whose degree from Reed was in history, earned a master's degree in political history at the University of California, Berkeley, and – on a fellowship from the University of California – earned a Ph.D. in economic history from Cambridge University.