May 4, 2007
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Kipp Weiskopf, a senior biology major at Amherst College, has been awarded a Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship to study the genetics of cancer with Dr. David Glover next year at Churchill College, Cambridge University, England. A graduate of Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School in Sudbury, Mass., Weiskopf is the son of Sande and Robert Weiskopf of Sudbury, Mass.

In his application, Weiskopf compared his undergraduate efforts to help find a cure for cancer to the single starfish that a boy threw back into the sea—one among thousands stranded on a beach. Told that it didn’t matter, the boy replied, “It matters to that one.” “In the future,” Weiskopf wrote, “I hope to make a difference in the lives of large numbers of people. To extend the metaphor, I want to be the one who finds a better way to throw the starfish back into the sea, or a way to prevent the starfish from washing on shore in the first place.”

At Amherst, Weiskopf applied a similar philosophy to his work as a Big Brother. He was also the co-founder and president of the Charles Drew Health Professions Society and a member of the football team for two years. In his summers, he has done independent biological research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Whitehead Institute and Hydra Biosciences.

The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States was established in 1959 as an expression of American admiration for one of the great leaders of the free world. With the enthusiastic endorsement of Sir Winston Churchill, the Foundation undertook to encourage the exchange of knowledge and the sharing of ideas in science and technology between the United States and Great Britain. The Churchill Scholarship Program enables outstanding American students to do graduate work in engineering, mathematics and the physical and natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge University, and the Churchill Fellowship Program enables American professors to spend a period of time in research at Churchill College.