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UMBC Students Awarded GoldWater Scholarships

April 27, 1998--Four UMBC juniors are among the 316 students nationwide awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for the 1998-99 academic year. Named for former Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, it is the premier undergraduate award of its type, given to outstanding students in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. UMBC joins Harvard, Duke, Stanford, Brown, Cornell, and the University of Chicago, among other such prestigious schools, to have all four of its nominees selected.

Shahla M. Hosseini, a biochemistry major from Kensington, Maryland, plans to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology. Hosseini has spent the past three summers as a research intern at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Disease of the National Institutes of Health. Her research interests also include the study of type-one Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), a genetic disease that leads to varying degrees of bone fragility in young children.

Charay Jennings, a biological sciences major and a Meyerhoff Scholar from Baltimore, plans to earn an M.D./Ph.D. in pulmonary science. She has conducted research at the Institute of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Lancaster University in England, studying the effect of free radicals on skin cancer, and is interested in researching possible treatments for genetically influenced diseases such as asthma.

Kimball Martin, a mathematics major from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is one of only 19 mathematicians chosen for a Goldwater Scholarship. Martin will write his senior thesis on "the characterization of Hadamard 2-groups," an application of algebra to coding theory, and is applying to Ph.D. programs in pure mathematics. He already has submitted work from his recent research sponsored by the National Science Foundation's Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program to the Journal of Combinatorial Theory.

Ryan Turner, from Tyaskin, Maryland, is a Meyerhoff Scholar majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology who plans to earn an M.D./Ph.D. in structural biochemistry, focusing on research on cancer or HIV. He has worked with Dr. Michael Summers in UMBC's Howard Hughes Medical Institute Laboratory and has been a researcher at the Institute Gustave-Roussy in Paris, Europe's largest cancer center. He is co-author of a paper to be published in Nature: Structural Biology.

"We are extremely proud of these young women and men. Their achievements underscore UMBC's commitment to excellence in undergraduate education in the sciences, and especially the opportunities our students have to engage in significant scientific research."

- President Freeman A. Hrabowski, III


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