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University of Iowa News Release

March 30, 2005

Three UI Students Receive Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Three students in the University of Iowa Honors Program have been awarded 2005 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.

The scholarship was awarded to 320 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 foster and 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 are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of mathematics, science and engineering students who are nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities. At the UI, the University Honors Program selects nominees based on the students' academic achievement and participation in research.

Sophomores selected as scholars receive two-year scholarships, while juniors receive one-year scholarships. The three UI students chosen for the scholarship, all of them Iowans, are:

William Liechty, a junior from Marion, who is majoring in chemical and biochemical engineering. He is an undergraduate researcher in the lab of Professor Allan Guymon. He hopes eventually to earn a Ph.D. and to study innovative ways to increase the use of polymers as biomaterials in drug delivery and artificial membrane applications while teaching at the university level.

Alexandra Olson, a junior from La Porte City, who is majoring in chemical and biochemical engineering. She, too, is an undergraduate researcher in Guymon's lab. In the future, Olson hopes to conduct research and teach at the university level.

Evan Sengbusch, a sophomore from Ames, is majoring in physics and mathematics. His undergraduate research was in theoretical nuclear physics, a project on which he collaborated with Professor Wayne Polyzou. Sengbusch's long-term goal is to pursue a career in a highly mathematically oriented branch of theoretical physics and to teach or conduct pure research.

Among this year's Goldwater Scholars nationally, 165 are men, 155 are women, and virtually all of the recipients have indicated that they want to obtain a Ph.D. Two-hundred-thirty-nine of the scholars are science majors, 45 are majoring in engineering, 27 are mathematics majors and nine are in majors related to computer science. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering and computer disciplines.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu. Program: Sarah Prineas, Ph.D., program assistant and scholarship advisor for the University Honors Program, 319-335-1874, sarah-prineas@uiowa.edu