Three of the 317 students awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2007-2008 academic year are undergraduates at Johns Hopkins. The one- and two-year merit-based scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
The Goldwater Foundation, which grants the scholarships, is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The program honoring the late Sen. Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. The foundation has awarded 5,202 scholarships worth approximately $51 million.
The three Johns Hopkins Goldwater Scholars are:
Ishrat Ahmed, a molecular and cellular biology major in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences who anticipates earning her degree in 2009. She aspires to be a physician-scientist studying neurodegenerative disorders. To that end, Ahmed, 19, works in the lab of Ted Dawson, a neurology professor in the School of Medicine and a leader in the field of Parkinson's research, and under the direct mentorship of Joseph Savitt, also a neurologist in the School of Medicine. Ahmed lives in Middleton, Wis., with her parents, Dr. Aziz Ahmed and Shamsun Nahar, and is a 2005 graduate of Middleton High School.
Suraj Kabadi, a biomedical engineering major in the Whiting School of Engineering who anticipates earning his degree in 2008. He would like to have a career as a physician-scientist, using biomedical engineering — especially nanotechnology — to develop medical devices and surgical instruments. Kabadi, 21, lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with his parents, Jay and Jyoti Kabadi, and is a 2004 graduate of Suncoast Community High School.
Chih-Ping Mao, a molecular and cellular biology major in the Krieger School who anticipates earning his degree in 2009. He plans to pursue a career as a medical scientist developing novel immunological and chemical therapies for cancer and investigating the field of molecular pathology. Mao, 20, lives in Austin, Texas, with his parents Chun and Sandy Mao, and is a 2005 graduate of Westwood High School.
The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,110 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred seventy-four of the scholars are men, 143 are women, and most intend to obtain a PhD. Information is available online at http://www.act.org/goldwater/yyschrel.html.
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