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April 2, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Two Bucknell University students have been honored with scholarships from the Goldwater Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

Robert Rhoades, a junior majoring in mathematics and physics, has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for the 2004-05 academic year. He is the recipient of one of 310 scholarships awarded to sophomores and juniors from the United States.

Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,113 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

The scholarship honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Since the scholarship program was inaugurated in 1986, 11 other Bucknell University students have been named Goldwater Scholars.

Rhoades is a dean's list student and member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He also has received the President's Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement.

Vanessa Hull, a senior majoring in animal behavior with a minor in Chinese, has been selected to receive a graduate fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for graduate study next year.

The fellowship, one of 900 awarded by the NSF from 10,000 applicants nationwide, offers recognition and three years of support for advanced study to outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences.

Hull is a dean's list student and member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Beta Kappa scholastic honor society as well as a recipient of the President's Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement and an active member of the Bucknell Dance Company.

She participated in the undergraduate research projects, "Olfactory Communication and Mating in the Tufted Capuchin" and "The Role of Olfactory Communication in the Social Systems of the Brown Capuchin and Squirrel Monkey," with Bucknell professor Peter Judge. She studied in Kenya during the spring semester of her junior year and in China during the summer.

Following graduation, she will pursue graduate studies on a scholarship at Michigan State University, where she will join Jianguo Liu's research group studying pandas in China.

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