Biology student wins prestigious scholarship to study in Japan

Craig Higham

Craig Higham

Craig Higham of Boardman, Ohio, a senior at Youngstown State University, has been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study in Japan this Spring semester.

Higham, who is majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, is receiving a scholarship valued at $4,500. He will be studying at Kawansei Gakuin University in Osaka/Kobe starting March 30 through July 30.

He is one of approximately 800 American undergraduate students from 355 colleges and universities across the United States selected to receive the scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Higham has worked in YSU’s Center for Student Progress as a note taker and a peer tutor. He has also done some undergraduate research with Dave Asch, YSU associate professor of Biology. After graduating from YSU, he plans to pursue master’s and doctorate degrees in neuroscience and a career as a university professor, focusing his research on neural uploading, also called whole brain emulation.

The Gilman program is administered by the Institute of International Education. The full list of students who have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships, including students’ home state, university and host country, is available at