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04-06-2006

Three Clarkson University Honors Students Win Goldwater Scholarships

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If you ask David M. Craig, Clarkson University Humanities professor about the Honor's Program he directs, he can point to many different success indicators, but perhaps none is so telling as the number of Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships that Clarkson students have won over the years.regis

When the 2006 - 2007 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships were announced recently, Clarkson once again claimed a disproportionate number of the coveted awards by winning three of only 323 scholarships granted nationally. Each higher education institution is allowed to nominate up to four students to compete for the scholarships.

Sam M. Gorton, a junior chemical engineering major; Niall M. Mangan, a sophomore physics major; and Christy D. Petruczok, a junior majoring in chemical engineering, will each receive up to $7,500 per year to help pay for their tuition, fees, books and room and board.

Gorton's research interests are in the identification and production of useful biomaterials. He is working in Clarkson's Process Intensification and Clean Technologies (PICT) Group under the direction of Roshan Jachuck, research associate professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His research project is titled "Desktop Biodiesel Plant." The objective of Gorton's research is to determine optimal processing conditions for the production and purification of the alternative fuel biodiesel within a narrow-channel microreactor. His research will influence the PICT Group's development of an intensified biodiesel production module, capable of outputs of up to 50-100 gallons per day. When not at Clarkson, Gorton lives and works on his family's dairy farm in Fairfield, Vermont. He maintains a 3.98 grade-point average.

Niall Mangan's Goldwater Scholarship research statement was titled "Modeling Diffusion Random Walks." She wrote about modeling problems which are considered random by describing the overall probability of where a "particle" is located. One problem she described in her essay was the diffusion of particles in nano-sized tubes, for such potential applications in time-controlled drug release and cellular membrane channels. Another completely theoretical problem she described was when a "particle" has a probability of dieing or disappearing each time it moves into unexplored territory. Mangan hopes to use these modeling techniques in her future research on nanotechnology with an eye toward applications in environmental physics. She is from McAllen, Texas, and maintains a 4.0 grade-point average. Daniel ben-Avraham, professor of Physics, is Mangan's academic advisor.

The Honors Program is a rigorous, four-year undergraduate curriculum for exceptionally talented students. Honors students rank in the top 10% of their high school class and achieved at least a 1,350 on the mathematics and verbal portion of their SAT exams. Honors students conduct meaningful research in the areas of their major and academic interests through all four years. Clarkson's Honors Program prepares students to excel in their careers and/or the most challenging graduate programs.

Established by Congress in 1986 to honor U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater's long government service, the scholarship program provides financial support to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and possess the potential to make significant contributions in the chosen fields.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a medium sized, nationally ranked research university bringing team-based learning and real-world industry models together to educate tomorrow's business, engineering, arts and sciences, and health sciences leaders. One Clarkson graduate in 12 is a president, CEO, vice president, or owner of a company. The faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects the University's 3,000 undergraduate, master and Ph.D. students to their leadership potential in the marketplace.

PHOTO CAPTION: Sam M. Gorton, a junior chemical engineering major at Clarkson University, is a winner of the 2006 - 2007 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship pays for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Also in the photo is Gorton�s academic advisor, Roshan Jachuck, research associate professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

PHOTO CAPTION: Christy D. Petruczok, a junior chemical engineering major at Clarkson University, is a winner of the 2006 - 2007 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship pays for tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Also in the photo is Petruczok�s academic advisor, Devon A. Shipp, associate professor of Chemistry.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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