The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program has awarded three Penn State students with scholarships for the 2011-2012 academic year. The recipients, Ryan Moraski, Sylvia Ranjeva and Elizabeth Seibel are among 275 scholars, selected from a pool of 1,095 applicants. The Penn State applications are handled through the University Fellowships Office.
The Goldwater Foundation, a federally endowed agency that honors Senator Barry M. Goldwater, was established to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Recipient Sylvia Ranjeva, a junior majoring in Engineering Science and French, explains how this honor will aid her in future career endeavors.
“This award fuels my motivation for collaborative research in medicine and engineering as part of a movement towards global health equity,” Ranjeva said. “I will use this award to fund my living expenses during a six month internship with Institut Pasteur in Paris, where I will work with international post-doctorate students to study the bacterial properties of meningitis.”
Ryan Moraski, a junior majoring in Biology with a Plant Biology option, is one of the other Penn State winners. He plans to attend graduate school and eventually become a professor where he can conduct research and teach, two things that he is passionate about. He acknowledged how the scholarship will help prepare him for a future in science.
“I was really excited to find out that I won the Goldwater because I know of how well recognized the name is in science,” said Moraski. “Between earning the actual award and the experience I had preparing the application and writing about my research, I will be well prepared to apply to graduate schools this fall.”
Goldwater Scholar Elizabeth Seibel, a junior majoring in Chemistry, recognizes the important influence that the Chemistry Department had on her accomplishments.
“I was extremely excited and honored to learn I was selected for this prestigious national award,” said Seibel. “I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the faculty and graduate students in the Chemistry Department who have given me fantastic opportunities to become engaged in learning, research and helping other students. They were also great in supporting and encouraging me to apply for the Goldwater Scholarship. I can’t thank them enough. I hope to someday be a similar positive influence in the lives of students who are interested in exploring the sciences.”
For more information about the Goldwater Scholarship Program, please visit their website.