Two Students Earn Goldwater Scholarships for their Work in Biology

Reposted from VCU News Center, article by Tom Gresham:

Two [VCU College of Humanities and Sciences] students have been awarded the Goldwater Scholarship, the premier national scholarship for undergraduate math, science and engineering students.

Anjali Hari, a junior, and Grant Day, a sophomore, will receive scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Both are enrolled in the VCU Honors College. Nine VCU students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships over the past five years.

“We are very proud of Anjali and Grant for earning an award as prestigious as the Goldwater Scholarship,” said Michael Rao, Ph.D., president of VCU. “They have excelled academically while pursuing the type of challenging research projects that we encourage our students to tackle. Their achievement is a well-deserved one.”
Hari, who is majoring in biology and Spanish, is from Diamond Bar, Calif., and attended Diamond Bar High School. Since her first year at VCU, Hari has worked in the lab of Babette Fuss, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and neurobiology, helping conduct research on the changes in protein levels involved in myelination that might eventually lead to new treatments for multiple sclerosis. She also founded an organization that collected donations of used medical equipment to equip labs in rural areas in Guatemala. Following graduation, Hari plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in neurobiology and conduct clinical research at an academic medical center.
day-grant-1Day, who is majoring in biology, is from Virginia Beach and attended Ocean Lakes High School. He has conducted research with Ronald Smeltz, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at VCU, examining the proteins and mechanisms involved in the pathophysiology of Chagas disease. Day also has assumed leadership of a summer research program for high school students at VCU. After graduating from VCU, Day plans to pursue a Ph.D. in microbiology or immunology and to conduct research on the pathophysiology and vaccinology of neglected diseases.

The Goldwater Scholarship Program, which honors 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. In this year’s competition, 275 Goldwater Scholars were selected from a field of more than 1,095 applicants who were nominated by their college or university.

Hari and Day applied for the Goldwater Scholarship through the Honors College’s National Scholarship Office, which assists VCU students and alumni who wish to compete for prestigious national and international scholarships.

VCU News Center article link: Two_VCU_Students_Earn_Goldwater_Scholarships

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