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Release: April 17, 2001

UI students win Goldwater Scholarships

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Shoshannah L. Roth of Iowa City, a junior chemistry/psychology major in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, and Karsten L. Temme of Casper, Wyo., a junior biomedical engineering major in the UI College of Engineering, have been named Goldwater Scholars for the 2001-2002 academic year. Administered by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, Springfield, Va., the one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Roth, a UI Presidential Scholar, plans to obtain a doctorate in organic chemistry and pursue a career as an organic chemist. Temme is a UI Presidential Scholar and vice president of the University of Iowa College of Engineering chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society. His plans include continuing work toward a UI College of Engineering Technological Entrepreneurship Certificate, earning a doctorate in biomechanical instrumentation, and pursuing a career in the development of biomedical devices for industry.

The 302 Goldwater Scholars for the 2001-2002 academic year are sophomores and juniors from the 50 states and Puerto Rico who were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,164 mathematics, science, and engineering students. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. All candidates for scholarships were nominated by their college or university.

Established by Congress in 1986, the Goldwater Program is designed to provide opportunities for outstanding U.S. students with excellent academic records and demonstrated interest in, and potential for, careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

The program honors the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years spent representing Arizona in the U.S. Senate.