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April 16, 2007

UI Students Receive Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Three students in the University of Iowa Honors Program have been awarded 2007 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. A fourth UI student was awarded an honorable mention.

The scholarship was awarded to 317 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 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 -- nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities -- are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of mathematics, science and engineering students. At the UI, the University Honors Program staff selects four nominees based on students' academic achievement and participation in research.

The four UI honorees are listed below by hometown:

Boone: Garth Strohbehn, a junior chemistry major, conducts research in the UI Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics in the lab of Dr. Michael Henry, where he studies the mechanisms of prostate cancer metastasis. The department is part of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. In the future, Strohbehn plans to obtain an M.D./Ph.D. and pursue a career doing biomedical research on the mechanisms of cancer progression and the design and delivery of efficacious therapies.

Urbandale: Alexandra Keenan, a sophomore biomedical engineering and international studies major in the UI Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts and Sciences, has done research in the lab of Dr. Kathrin Schrick at the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont, Calif. Keenan used a proteomics approach to address the hypothesis that sterols regulate gene transcription during embroygenesis. Keenan plans to enter an M.D./Ph.D. program to conduct research aimed at alleviating problems in the global health care setting, specifically in women's reproductive health.

Waterloo: Catherine Whiting, a junior astronomy major, is a researcher working with Steve Spangler, a professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy studying coronal Farady rotation, which involves making better measurements of the magnetic field of the sun's corona, the outer layer of the sun's atmosphere. Her research has taken her to work at the National Radio Astronomy Laboratory in Socorro, N.M. Whiting plans to obtain a doctorate in astronomy, to teach and to conduct research at the university level and to inspire public interest in astronomy.

Nepean, Ontario, Canada: Andrej Lenert, a junior UI mechanical engineering student in the UI College of Engineering, was awarded an honorable mention.

Among this year's Goldwater Scholars nationally, 174 are men, 143 are women and virtually all of the recipients have indicated that they want to obtain a doctoral degree. Twenty-eight of the scholars are mathematics majors, 54 are majoring in engineering, 223 are science majors and 12 are in majors related to computer science. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering and computer disciplines.

For more information on the UI Honors Program, visit:

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