NatSci students nominated for prestigious national scholarship
- Feb 14, 2019
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Three of the four students nominated by Michigan State University this year for the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship hail from the College of Natural Science (NatSci). The honor provides up to two years of undergraduate tuition for outstanding students pursuing research careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.
“The College of Natural Science is very proud to be the home of three Goldwater Scholarship nominees this year, and we congratulate Anna, Mohit and Emily,” said Mark Voit, professor of physics and astronomy and NatSci associate dean for undergraduate studies. “We have many excellent students engaged in doing research. These are three of our very best!”
The 2019 nominees are:
Anna Baghdadi, an Honors College junior majoring in chemistry. Baghdadi is a student researcher in the lab of Anna Moore, assistant dean of the College of Human Medicine, investigating microRNA levels and breast cancer.
“Being nominated by a research powerhouse like MSU definitely makes me feel more motivated to continue asking important scientific questions,” said Baghdadi, who plans to apply to a graduate program in bioengineering. “The research I do in Dr. Moore’s lab helped me realize cancer research is what I want to pursue in the future. She has inspired me to be a great scientist and leader.”
Mohit Bansil, an Honors College junior majoring in advanced mathematics. Mohit is a student researcher for Jun Kitagawa, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics.
“I am greatly honored by the Goldwater nomination,” said Bansil, who conducts research in optimal transport using techniques from measure theory and convex analysis. “I believe that the Goldwater Scholarship would help me pursue my dream to attend graduate school and excel in mathematics.”
Emily Steffke, an Honors College junior double majoring in neuroscience and English. Steffke is a student researcher in the labs of A.J. Robison, assistant professor of physiology, and Michelle Mazei-Robison, assistant professor of neurology, both affiliated with the Neuroscience Program and Department of Physiology.
“It is an honor to have been nominated by MSU for this scholarship,” said Steffke, who plans to pursue a graduate degree in brain cancer immunology. “Winning the Goldwater Scholarship would help open doors to many top graduate programs.
“I am also proud to represent MSU student-athletes and demonstrate that we are capable of excelling in high-level research and academics,” added Steffke, who competes for MSU’s cross country and track and field teams. “There is amazing research happening on this campus, so being recognized for the work I am doing is pretty special.”
MSU has honored 44 Goldwater Scholars since the scholarship program was established by Congress in 1986.
Banner image: Three MSU College of Natural Science students were nominated this year for the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, which provides up to two years of undergraduate tuition for outstanding students pursuing research careers in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.