Levine Receives Goldwater Scholarship

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

An Engineering junior is among three students in The University of Iowa Honors Program who have been awarded 2008 Goldwater Scholarships, which cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year for one or two years.

Rachel Levine, who is majoring in chemical and biochemical engineering and in music, has done research with Susan Stagg-Williams, a University of Kansas professor. She is currently working with Allan Guymon, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, where she is studying photopolymerization. She plans to obtain a doctorate in biochemical engineering and hopes to develop products that improve people's lives.

The scholarship was awarded to 321 students nationally this year and is administered by the federally endowed Goldwater Foundation, which was named in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Barry M. Goldwater. The foundation seeks to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering, and the scholarship is considered the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of mathematics, science and engineering students who are nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities. At the UI, the University Honors Program selects four nominees based on the students' academic achievements and participation in research.