April 25, 1996 Vol. 25 No. 31

Students "clean-sweep"
national competition

Penn State students are faring well in national competitions for much-coveted scholarships and awards.

In a clean sweep, all four Penn State nominees who competed nationally for 264 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships have won. Kyle A. Bernheim, Chandreyee Das, Michael J. Goller and Elizabeth A. Shank were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,200 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by their universities nationwide.

"Universities are limited to four nominations for this award, which is the top undergraduate award of its kind in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering," Mary Gage, director of the Undergraduate Fellowships Office, said. "We are thrilled that all four of our candidates won."

As part of the competition, each candidate submitted an essay on their current research.

The scholarship, established in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to $7,000 for one or two years of undergraduate study.

Kyle A. Bernheim of State College is a sophomore majoring in chemistry and biochemistry. Her essay was "Synthetic Materials to Assist Tissue Repair."

Chandreyee Das of King of Prussia is a junior in biochemistry and chemistry and her essay was "Plant Self-Incompatibility and the Appeal of the Exotic."

Michael J. Goller of Mt. Sinai, N.Y. is a junior in molecular and cell biology. His essay was "Understanding the Mechanism of Signal Transduction in Cell Differentiation."

Elizabeth A. Shank of Orefield is a sophomore in molecular and cell biology. Her essay was "Hemoglobin Structure and Function in the Deep Sea Vent Communities."

St. Andrew's Award
Another Penn State student, Kathyrn Pruss of Julian has received a $10,000 scholarship from the St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia to study at the University of Glasgow, Scotland, next year.

St. Andrew's scholarship winners are selected on the basis of academic excellence and their interest in Scottish culture and education. Since 1957, the St. Andrew's Society has sent 106 students to the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, St. Andrews and Glasgow for their junior year. Five students were selected this year.

Ms. Pruss is a University Scholar.

National Science Foundation fellowships
Eight Penn State students have won three-year graduate fellowships from the National Science Foundation.

NSF Fellows are selected in national competition on the basis of academic excellence and the promise of contributing significantly to research, teaching and industrial applications in science, mathematics and engineering. The awards are given for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees. A stipend of $14,400 a year, with an additional cost-of education allowance of $8,600, is given to the schools they attend. Each fellow also receives a one-time international research allowance of $1,000.

Seven of the fellows are University Scholars.

The 1996 NSF Fellows and their majors are:

Michelle Brincat, chemical engineering, will attend the University of Minnesota in chemical engineering;

Jeff Caldwell, architectural engineering, will attend Penn State in engineering;

Brent Cottom, ceramic science and engineering, will attend the University of California in materials engineering;

Manish Desai, astronomy and premedicine, will attend the University of California in ecology;

Stephen Gaddy, meteorology, will attend the University of Oklahoma in meteorology;

Michael Gurven, anthropology and math, will attend the University of Utah in anthropology and biology;

Stacy Seibert, biology, will attend The Ohio State University in genetics; and

The Stephanie TerMaath, civil engineering, will attend Cornell University in civil engineering.

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