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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."