Three From Johns Hopkins Receive Prestigious Goldwater
By Amy Lunday
Johns Hopkins Medicine
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
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 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 is from
Suraj Kabadi, a
biomedical engineering major in the Whiting School 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, is from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
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.
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.
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