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Release: April 12, 2002

Two UI students win Goldwater Scholarships

Adam P. Christensen of Cedar Falls, Iowa, a junior majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, and psychology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Diane T. Tran of Carroll, Iowa, a sophomore biomedical engineering major in the UI College of Engineering, have been named Goldwater Scholars for the 2002-2003 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.

Christensen, who recently won a Jean Dreyfus Boissevain Undergraduate Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry, plans to earn a doctoral degree in the neurosciences prior to pursuing a career as a university researcher and instructor in chemistry or biochemistry. Tran intends to earn a doctor of medicine degree in obstetrics as well as a doctoral degree in genetics. Her goals are to "pursue a medical scientist training program (MSTP), do clinical work as an obstetrician, and conduct research in genetics."

The 309 Goldwater Scholars for the 2002-2003 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 1,155 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.