UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State recently announced its four candidates for the 2021 Goldwater Scholarship, a highly competitive national award given to undergraduates in the fields of natural science, engineering and mathematics who are interested in a career in research.
Penn State has had numerous Goldwater Scholars in recent years, and in 2019 all four candidates the University put forth eventually earned the award. Two nominees from Penn State earned the award in 2020.
This year’s nominees — all juniors at Penn State — are:
- Eilene Deng, of State College, Pennsylvania, majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, with a minor in music performance;
- Peter Forstmeier, of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology;
- Bryce Katch, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, double majoring in chemical engineering and biochemistry and molecular biology;
- and Jasmine Arunachalam, of Canton, Michigan, majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology.
Deng said she came to Penn State seeking programs that emphasize undergraduate research, and found that through the Schreyer Honors College and Millennium Scholars Program.
During her first year, Deng had her first research experience with the Gilmour Lab under David Gilmour, professor of molecular and cell biology. Deng’s work has focused on studying a phenomenon called promoter-proximal pausing. After her first year, she conducted research at UTHealth McGovern Medical School and this summer intends to conduct research at Rockefeller University.