Alumni (Scholar)

Chris Batten

Reginald S. and Julia W. Fleet Foundation Jefferson Scholar
Hampton, Virginia
B.S. University of Virginia (1999)
M.Phil. University of Cambridge (2000)
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts (2010)
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U.Va. Varsity and Novice Men's Crew, coxswain for four years winning various medals at several intercollegiate rowing championships; Washington Literary Society and Debating Union; International Relations Organization; Eta Kappa Nu; Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society; Raven Society; Lawn resident; Winston Churchill Foundation Scholarship; Undergraduate Engineering Research and Design Symposium Award, first place; William L. Everitt Student Award for Excellence; Intermediate Honors; Dean's List; Rodman Scholar; Electrical Engineering with highest distinction

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