Superb ScientistGambier, Ohio (March 30, 2006) Anna Zimmermann, Class of 2007, has won a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate scholarship program for students planning careers in the sciences, mathematics, or engineering.
A biology major with a concentration in environmental studies and a minor in Chinese, Zimmermann has conducted research on the effects of toxins on individual organisms and complex ecosystems. Last spring, she won the Chinese Prize, awarded by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures on Honors Day, and she spent the fall of that year in a language immersion program in Beijing. Zimmermann hopes to apply both of her interests to the study of pollution in China.
"Anna combines a strong work ethic and broad intellectual interests in a way that predicts great success for her career in environmental science," says Assistant Professor of Biology Wade Powell, with whom Zimmermann has worked closely in her research of toxins. Zimmermann pursued a research project under Powell's guidance last year as a Summer Science Scholar and has been selected for the program this year as well.
A resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Zimmermann takes her place among 323 Goldwater scholars selected this year from a field of 1,081 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 a 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.