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April 14, 2010

Three UI students receive Goldwater Scholarships

Three students in the University of Iowa Honors Program and the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) -- Jeffrey Nirschl, Colorado Reed and Renugan Raidoo -- have been awarded 2010 Goldwater Scholarships, which cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for one or two years.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, which was named in honor of the late U.S. senator, awarded the scholarship to 278 students nationally this year. The foundation seeks to 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. Four-year institutions may nominate up to four students each year and base nominations on the students' academic achievements and participation in research.

nirschlNirschl, of Cedar Rapids, is a junior biology major in CLAS and is conducting research in the Department of Neurology with Dan Tranel, investigating sex differences in brain structure, decision-making and social behavior. He has also studied retroviral gene therapy, collaborating with UI and University of Missouri-Kansas City researchers while earning his Associate of Science degree at Kirkwood Community College. He plans to earn a medical degree and doctorate in neuroscience to teach at a research hospital and explore the molecular and cellular basis of neurological disorders.

reedReed, of Iowa City, is a sophomore physics and computer science major in CLAS and is a researcher working with Jane Nachtman, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, studying particle collision data from the Large Hadron Collider’s CMS detector. He plans to obtain a doctorate in computational physics for a research career in experimental particle physics.

raidooRaidoo, of Sioux Falls, S.D., is a junior chemistry and anthropology major in CLAS and works with Sarah Larsen, a professor in the UI Department of Chemistry on a project developing nanocrystalline zeolites for molecular imaging. He plans to obtain a medical degree and doctorate in physical or materials chemistry to continue to study advanced materials in biomedical applications.

Among this year's Goldwater Scholars nationally, 156 are men, 122 are women and virtually all of the recipients have indicated that they want to obtain doctorates. Nine of the scholars are computer science majors, 53 are engineering majors and 199 are science majors. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering and computer disciplines.

To view a full list of 2010 Goldwater Scholars, visit

For more information on the UI Honors Program, see

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