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Two Dartmouth students win Goldwater Scholars awards

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/13/09 • Media Contact: Latarsha Gatlin (603) 646-3661

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Kathryn Holroyd
Kathryn Holroyd '11 (photo by Alex Maceda '11)

Alison Stace-Naughton
Alison Stace-Naughton '11 (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Kathryn Holroyd and Alison Stace-Naughton, both from the Dartmouth Class of 2011, are among the 278 U.S. college students to win one of this year’s Goldwater Scholarships from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program.

Goldwater Scholarships are made each year to students who will be college juniors or seniors in the following academic year, who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and demonstrate outstanding potential to succeed in those fields. The scholarship awards up to $7,500 annually to cover eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition and other related costs. As sophomores, Holroyd and Stace-Naughton will receive funding for both their junior and senior years.

Holroyd, a neuroscience major from Athens, Ohio, said, “I’m extremely excited to be a recipient of the Goldwater award. It is an incredible honor and I’m so thankful for everyone who helped me get to this point. The award will be invaluable in helping me to continue my scientific research and it has encouraged me to pursue my interests in neurobiology in graduate school.”

Holroyd is a Dartmouth Choate Scholar (i.e., students in the top 5 percent of their class), an intern in the Dartmouth Women in Science Program and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow through Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where she is doing research studying schizophrenia and schizotypal personality disorder.

Stace-Naughton, a bioengineering major with an applied mathematics minor, from Madison, Wisconsin, said, “It's a great honor to be recognized by the Goldwater Foundation for my drug delivery research, and it has really confirmed my desire to become a great bioengineer. Being selected for a Goldwater scholarship is certainly an honor.”

Stace-Naughton has also received numerous honors including the Holekamp Engineering Scholarship, the Society for Women Engineers Mid-Hudson Section Scholarship and the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship.

Nominees for the scholarships must include in their online application a statement of interest in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, detailing how their academic program and their overall educational plans will prepare them for their chosen career goal. It is expected that students selected as scholars will pursue advanced degrees.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who served for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.

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