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Michelle Schaffer ’99 is the second winner of Reed’s Sperling Studentship, which supports a doctoral fellowship at Cambridge University, England. Schaffer, who was a biochemistry and molecular biology major at Reed, has entered the graduate program in clinical biochemistry at the university. She also received an award as an Honorary Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholar, under the patronage of the Prince of Wales.

Schaffer came to Reed from Mankato, Minnesota. Her Reed thesis was The Synthesis of an Amino Derivative on the Local Anesthetic Tetracaine with Preliminary Characterization via Patch-clamp Studies on Cyclic Nucleotide-gate Channels.

In 1999 John Sperling ’48, founder of the University of Phoenix, committed more than $1 million to support Reed graduates in three-year doctoral fellowships at Cambridge. Sperling, whose degree from Reed was in history, earned a master’s degree in political history at the University of California–Berkeley and a Ph.D. in economic history from Cambridge University on a fellowship from the University of California.

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