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Rothermere Fellowship comes to fruition

By Leslie Vryenhoek | Aug. 9, 2006

It's been years of hard work since Lynn Gambin accepted Memorial's Rothermere Fellowship in 2002 and took up the challenge of going to the United Kingdom to complete her PhD in economics. It all paid off last month, when the newly minted Dr. Gambin received her doctorate from the University of York.

“I want to thank everyone in the department at MUN for encouraging me to take a chance and go as far as I could with my studies,” Dr. Gambin said when she wrote to share her news with the Economics Department. “What a relief it is to have finished my thesis and to get on with my career!”

That thesis examined how various measures of health impacted men's and women's hourly wages differently in Great Britain and a number of European countries. Today, Dr. Gambin works as a research associate in the Economics Department at the University of Sheffield.

The substantial Rothermere Fellowship, established by Memorial's first chancellor, Lord Rothermere, covers the full tuition and fees for graduate study at an institution of the student's choice in the UK. Annual airfare to and from Canada and a yearly stipend are also provided by the award, one of Memorial's most significant. Each year, one fellowship is given to an exceptional scholar who has completed a degree at Memorial.

“Studying for the BSc. and MA in economics at MUN provided me with an excellent foundation. My Memorial background has given me so many opportunities, including the Rothermere Fellowship, which have brought me to where I am today,” Dr. Gambin noted, adding, “Eventually, my husband and I want to come back to Newfoundland.”