MSU PLS alumna earns second Gates Cambridge Scholarship

April 25, 2022

Michigan State University alumna earns second Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Jasmine Jordan has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar for the second time. In fall 2022 she will begin a PhD in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. Jordan is one of 79 scholars from 30 countries selected to receive the award. MSU has a total of seven Gates Cambridge Scholars.

Jordan graduated from MSU in 2021, and majored in political science in the College of Social Science. She was a member of the Urban Educator Cohort Program in the College of Education, the Social Science Scholars Program and the Political Science Scholars Program in the College of Social Science, and was an Honors Research Scholar in the Honors College. In 2021, Jordan was selected as one of 24 Gates Cambridge Scholars to pursue an MPhil in Criminological Research. In fall 2022 she will begin a PhD in Criminology at the University of Cambridge funded by the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

Jordan said: “I feel immensely grateful and honored to be selected as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar again. I have had a truly eye-opening experience as an MPhil student with the Gates Scholarship and I am beyond excited to undertake a PhD in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. I would especially like to thank Dr. John Waller for being such an excellent mentor to me since I arrived at MSU and all the staff, faculty, and advisors in the Social Science Scholars program, the College of Social Science, and the Honors College. They have helped me every step of the way with every scholarship, and I cannot thank them enough. I would also like to thank the Gates Foundation, for selecting me for the scholarship and giving me this opportunity.”

“Jasmine Jordan continues to make her alma mater proud. Only a tiny number of students are adjudged to be worthy of a Gates Cambridge; they have to be among the best thinkers, leaders and doers of their generation. Even fewer manage to win a Gates Cambridge scholarship twice. Jasmine will shortly move on from her Masters in Criminology at Cambridge to a doctorate in the same field, taking her another step closer to being a highly effective advocate for the ending of mass incarceration,” said Dr. John Waller.

“Jamine continues to demonstrate the transformative power of an MSU education to change the world for the better,” said Christopher P. Long, Dean of the MSU Honors College and of the College of Arts & Letters. “Throughout her time at MSU and now at the University of Cambridge, she has put her deepest commitments to equity and justice into intentional practice through her scholarship and research. We are thrilled to congratulate her on this, her second, Gates Cambridge Scholarship.”

The National and International Fellowships and Scholarships (NIFS) Office, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship was established in 2000 and provides funding for graduate study at the University of Cambridge in the UK.