MU Alumna Lindsey Murray Named Gates Cambridge Scholar

Lindsey Murray

Twelve years after spending a semester studying at Lancaster University in England, Mizzou alumna Lindsey Murray will return to school in the UK.

Murray, BS ’03, is one of 39 recipients of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, one of the world’s most celebrated honors for post-baccalaureate study. The highly-competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards given to applicants outside the United Kingdom to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.

“Studying in England was such a rewarding experience,” says Murray, who attended Lancaster in the fall of 2001. “To be able to return and study at Cambridge, a university that is so renowned, is truly an exciting opportunity.”

The Warsaw, Mo., native graduated from MU with a biological sciences degree in 2003 before earning a master’s degree in forensic science from Michigan State. She has spent the last six and a half years working as a DNA analyst, first for a laboratory in Washington, D.C., before joining a lab in Charlottesville, Va. in the spring of 2012.

At Cambridge, Murray will pursue a master’s of philosophy in criminological research and plans to focus on the development of criminal justice systems around the world, particularly in nations where justice is unfair, corrupt or disorganized.

“It is my goal to study the criminal justice system of areas such as Afghanistan to determine an approach that will aid in the movement of modern criminal justice practices without undermining cultural identities,” she says.

Murray has spent the majority of the past two and a half years overseas where she led expeditionary forensics in support of the United States and NATO allies.

“I hope one day to play a role in promoting suitable criminal justice procedures in these areas so that they may develop in a way that is sensitive to their cultural beliefs, but functional in protecting their citizens from crime and terrorism,” Murray says.