CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
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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.