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May 24, 2006
CONTACT: Amy Lunday

Four Johns Hopkins Students Named
Goldwater Scholars

Four of the 323 students awarded Goldwater Scholarships for the 2006-2007 academic year are undergraduates at The Johns Hopkins University. 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 four Johns Hopkins Goldwater Scholars are:

Ying-Ying Wang, a junior biomedical engineering major with the career goal to seek a Ph.D. in BME with an emphasis on drug delivery. She has worked in the lab of Justin Hanes, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the Whiting School of Engineering; she won a Provost Undergraduate Research Award for research in his lab in fall 2005. Her activities include coordinating the Hampden Tutorial Project and she has worked as a peer tutor for the Office of Academic Advising and as a teaching assistant for the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Wang and her sister, Jing- Jing, live in Northville, Mich., with their mother, Huimin Liu, and in Greenville, S.C., with their father, Guangxin Wang. She is a graduate of North Allegheny High School in Wexford, Pa.

Katherine Villa, a sophomore molecular and cellular biology major with the career goal to seek a Ph.D. and teach at a university. She has worked in the lab of Victor Corces, a professor in the Biology Department in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, where she investigates proteins involved in DNA transcription. Villa will continue her work with Corces this summer, with funding from a Howard Hughes Fellowship. She is the treasurer for Beta Beta Beta, the biology honors society, and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity. Villa lives in Flemington, N.J., with her parents Craig and Gaye Villa. She graduated valedictorian of Hunterdon Central High School.

Wenqian Wang, a junior molecular and cellular biology major who plans to earn both a medical degree and a Ph.D. and become an ophthalmologist to study eye disease. Her most recent laboratory experience was with Elia Duh at the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has also done lab work on pulmonary hypertension, which led to her co-authorship on two papers. She is involved in a number of activities, including working as a chemistry lab teaching assistant, serving as the publicity chair for Circle K and being a member of Beta Beta Beta, the biology honor society. Wang lives in Ellicott City, Md., with her parents, Haiyang Jiang and Jonathan Wang, her grandmother and younger sister. She is a graduate of Mount Hebron High School.

Kevin Chen is a junior neuroscience and anthropology double major. His career goal involves earning both a medical degree and a Ph.D., exploring the emerging field of neuroimmunology. Currently, he is working in the laboratory of Lee J. Martin at the School of Medicine, where he is studying the molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative disease. He co-authored a 2005 paper published in Journal of Neuroscience, and is a co-author on another paper currently in review. His activities include Nu Rho Psi, the neuroscience honor society, and playing the flute in the JHU Bands, which he serves as business manager. He also volunteers in the Child Life/Therapeutic Recreation Department at the Kennedy-Krieger Institute. Chen lives in Los Alamos, N.M., with his parents Ching-Fong and Ying-Jane Chen and his sister Tiffany. He is a graduate of Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Ariz.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,081 mathematics, science, and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred eighty- two of the scholars are men, 141 are women, and most intend to obtain a Ph.D.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The scholarship 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 4,885 scholarships worth approximately $48 million dollars. Information is available online at www.act.org/goldwater/yyschrel.html.

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