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University of Iowa News Release

April 3, 2006

Photos: top to bottom, James Ankrum, Adam Heiniger and Craig Kilburg. Click on each photo for high resolution version.

Three UI Students Receive Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Three students in the University of Iowa Honors Program have been awarded 2006 Goldwater Scholarships, which cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for one or two years.

The scholarship was awarded to 323 students nationally this year and is administered by the federally endowed Goldwater Foundation, which was named in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Barry M. Goldwater. The foundation seeks to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering, and the scholarship is considered the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of mathematics, science and engineering students who are nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities. At the UI, the University Honors Program selects four nominees based on the students' academic achievement and participation in research.

Sophomores selected as scholars receive two-year scholarships, while juniors receive one-year scholarships. The three UI students chosen for the scholarship, all of them Iowans, are:

-- James Ankrum, a junior from Eldora, who is majoring in biomedical engineering. He is an undergraduate researcher in the lab of David Wilder, associate professor in the UI College of Engineering's Department of Biomedical Engineering. In the future, Ankrum plans to obtain a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with a specialization in ergonomics, and then to teach and do research at the university level. He also hopes to work in developing parts of the world to improve safety standards for workers.

-- Adam Heiniger, a junior from Oakville, who is majoring in physics and mathematics. He is an undergraduate researcher in the lab of John Prineas, assistant professor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy. In the future, Heiniger plans to obtain a Ph.D. in physics, and then to teach and do research at the university level, where he will study renewable energy.

-- Craig Kilburg, a junior from Dubuque, is majoring in biochemistry, microbiology, and psychology. He is an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Associate Professor Timothy Ryken of the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine's Department of Neurosurgery, where he is studying ways to fight malignant gliomas at the genetic level. Kilburg plans to obtain an M.D. and Ph.D. and become a neurosurgeon at an academic institution as well as engaging in molecular neurosurgery research.

Among this year's Goldwater Scholars nationally, 182 are men, 141 are women, and virtually all of the recipients have indicated that they want to obtain a Ph.D. Two-hundred-thirty-four of the scholars are science majors, 47 are majoring in engineering, 32 are mathematics majors and 10 are in majors related to computer science. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering and computer disciplines.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Program: Sarah Prineas, scholarship coordinator for the University Honors Program, 319-335-1874,