The prestigious Cambridge International Scholarship is awarded each year to about 80 international students who plan to earn a doctoral degree at Cambridge. Candidates are selected on academic achievement. The Cambridge scholarship is valued at more than $230,000.

McClure earned a bioengineering degree from the J.B. Speed School of Engineering in 2013 and will complete his second degree from the school—a master’s degree in computer science—this summer. He plans to attend Cambridge in the fall to pursue a doctoral degree in cognitive and brain sciences. His research will focus on computational neuroscience.

McClure is the son of retired Lt. Col. Rick McClure and Juliana McClure of Corbin, Ky., and was homeschooled by his parents. When he was a college junior, he won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship worth $7,500 and conducted research in computational sensing and medical robotics at Johns Hopkins University.

Ayman El-Baz, associate professor of bioengineering at the Speed School, described McClure as “exceptionally talented” and “a dedicated and hard-working student.”

“These characteristics are enhanced by the fact that he listens to advice and is extraordinarily patient,” El-Baz said. “He is very deserving of the award. I am glad to have been able to teach and mentor Patrick as a student and a researcher.”

John Karman, III
John Karman joined the Office of Communications and Marketing in 2014 after a 20-plus year career as a Louisville journalist. He has served as director of media relations since 2015. In that role, he answers reporters’ inquiries and is the university’s main spokesperson. John was a reporter for Business First of Louisville from 1999 to 2013. There, he won numerous awards from the Louisville chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and American City Business Journals, parent company to Business First. John can die happy after seeing the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 World Series, although he would also enjoy another title.