At this year’s CAPS graduation ceremony, Director Allen Carlson awarded the 2017 Sherman Cochran Prize to Matthew McGee 麦子修.
First established in 2010 and awarded in honor of Sherman Cochran, Cornell's Hu Shih Professor Emeritus of Chinese History, the prize is presented each year to the top graduating senior whose outstanding performance in the CAPS major exemplifies Professor Cochran’s dedication to the study of China.
A CAPS and Government double major, Matt interned with the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and with Cadence, a translating startup in Beijing. This past summer he traveled to Cambodia as a research fellow with the Center for Khmer Studies and studied solar power initiatives in rural areas.
This summer Matt will participate in the War Studies Program at the American Enterprise Institute and the Chinese Grand Strategy program at the Hertog Foundation before reporting for active duty in the world’s greatest Air Force at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, TX, in September.
In addition to receiving the Sherman Cochran Prize, Matt was chosen by his graduating class to give the CAPS Commencement student address.