Science WinnersGAMBIER, Ohio (April 1, 2005) Three Kenyon students, including two juniors and one sophomore, have won prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, the premier undergraduate scholarship program for students planning careers in the sciences, mathematics, or engineering.
Kelly P. Burke, a junior chemistry major from Woodbury, Minnesota, plans to earn an M.D./Ph.D. degree in biochemistry and pharmacology and to establish her own cancer research laboratory as a faculty member at a medical school. Her goal is to conduct cellular research leading to improved clinical oncology treatment for patients.
Joey M. Neilsen, a junior from St. Louis, Missouri, who majors in physics and mathematics, says his goal is to obtain a doctorate in cosmology and astrophysics in preparation for a career of university teaching and research.
Sophomore David Long of State College, Pennsylvania, is a double major in chemistry and mathematics. His career plans include earning a Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry, discovering pharmaceuticals for the treatment of disease, and teaching.
The three Kenyon winners take their place among 320 scholars selected this year from a field of 1,091 applicants. Established by Congress in 1986 to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation operates an educational scholarship program designed to provide opportunities for American undergraduate students with excellent academic records and outstanding potential. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.