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UI junior wins Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- David Sosnouski, a University of Iowa junior, has been awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for undergraduates. The scholarship will cover Sosnouski's senior year expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500.

Sosnouski, an Ames native, said winning the Goldwater Scholarship is "undoubtedly my greatest academic achievement."

"I realize how many well-qualified candidates apply for this award and to be chosen as a Goldwater scholar truly fills me with a sense of elation," he said.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Goldwater for his 56 years of service as a soldier and a congressman. Goldwater served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. The Goldwater Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students who intend to pursue careers in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Sosnouski is pursuing a major in biochemistry and plans a career teaching at the university level where he also hopes to be involved in experimental research. He has already participated in academic research through the UI Undergraduate Scholar Assistantship Program. Since his freshman year Sosnouski has worked with Vasu Nair, a UI professor of chemistry, studying HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The project Sosnouski is working on involves researching potential inhibitors of the enzyme reverse transcriptase, which is essential to the replication of HIV.

Sosnouski said the experience he has gained in Nair's laboratory has enhanced his undergraduate experience at the UI. "Every moment I have spent in professor Nair's lab has been a valuable one," Sosnouski said. "He has gone out of his way to realize my potential and without his support I would certainly not be in the position that I am today. I just wish that every student could be as lucky as I have been in finding such a wonderful mentor."