May 03, 2007

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University sophomore Elizabeth Skubak has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for the 2007-08 academic year. Two other Bucknell students – junior Andrew Inglis and sophomore Evan Wessler – were nominated for the prestigious scholarships.

The recipient of one of 317 scholarships awarded to sophomores and juniors from the United States, Skubak is one of only 28 mathematics majors selected on the basis of academic merit from a national pool of 1,110 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

A mathematics major with minors in computer science and classics, Skubak is a Presidential Fellow doing research in the mathematics department. Her research involves Ilieff's or Sendov's Conjecture, an open problem in the pure mathematics field. She also has served as math tutor and participated in a campus history research project, serving as website editor for the project.

A dean's list student and member of Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society, she is the recipient of the William T. Grier Prize for the highest standing in Latin during the first year, and the President's Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement. A member of the Concert Chorale and the intramural Ultimate Frisbee team, she has been active with the Bucknell chapter of Habitat for Humanity and the Giving Tree holiday gift program.

Two Bucknell nominees

Andrew Inglis, a biomedical engineering major, is a dean's list student and member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society. A member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and a teaching assistant, he has participated in two undergraduate research projects, one as lead designer for a graphical user interface (GUI) for a program used in the diagnosis of ALS disease, and one researching the effects of coronary artery disease on the delivery of a nutrient through the body. He has been a member of the intramural soccer team and served as a deejay with the student radio station.

Evan Wessler, a biology major, is a dean's list student, a member of Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, and the recipient of the President's Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement. He served as an intern with the United States Geological Survey and has participated in an undergraduate research project in cell physiology, investigating the intrauterine environment and its effects on the signaling pathway of the hormone leptin in mature male rats. He is a member of the Bucknell Buddies volunteer tutor program and has served as secretary for the biology club.

The scholarship honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater, funded by the Goldwater Foundation, a federally endowed agency, was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The one and two year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. Since the scholarship program was inaugurated in 1986, 12 other Bucknell University students have been named Goldwater Scholars.

Posted May 3, 2007


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