by David Sorensen
Lynn Gambin is Memorials newest Rothermere Fellow. The MA student
in economics will head to England in September for three years after
receiving the prestigious fellowship. The Rothermere is considered
one of the top two awards for students and has an annual value of
£7,000, plus college fees and airfare, for three years.
Ms. Gambin will attend the University of York where she will concentrate
on public policy in the health care field.
A native of Dunville, Placentia Bay, Ms. Gambin graduated in June
2001 with a B.Sc. in economics. As an undergrad, she focused on natural
resources and public sector economics.
Ms. Gambin is no stranger to academic awards. The valedictorian of
her high school, she received a Harris scholarship before entering
Memorial, along with four or five other entrance scholarships,
and received the university medal for economics upon graduation.
And while leaning towards MUN on the advice of family and friends,
she said the scholarships and awards made the decision an easy one.
I applied to other schools for my undergrad, but the financial
offer was the biggest determinant in coming here. No one else offered
me anything like that.
Her route to economics was a little more haphazard. Ms. Gambin was
an undeclared student in her third year and noticed that she hadnt
done any economics courses. She took two that semester and the rest
She latched on to public policy because its something
I can see myself working in a few years from now.
And its interesting from a conversation with people every
day. Its relevant.
For now, Ms. Gambin is finishing her MA and looking forward to travel
and study in the U.K. Shes particularly pleased to be able to
study health in a system that is so much different than Canadas.
The Rothermere fellowships, the gift of the first Chancellor of Memorial,
were established to aid and encourage students who have taken their
first degree at this university, to pursue their studies for the British
higher degree at a university of their choice in the United Kingdom.