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Two More Clarkson University Students Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Two more Clarkson University honors students have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships, and one has received an honorable mention.

Yarong Lin (left) and Pinguang Yang, have been awarded prestigious Goldwater ScholarshipsYarong Lin ‘14, a chemical engineering and applied mathematics & statistics double major from Flushing, N.Y., and Pinguang Yang ‘14, a biomolecular science and applied mathematics & statistics double major from Brooklyn, N.Y., have been awarded scholarships.

Kyle Z. Hancock '14, a chemical engineering major from Essex Junction, Vt., has been awarded an honorable mention.

No college or university in New York state has had more Goldwater Scholars in the past three years than Clarkson University. Of more than 4,000 institutions nationwide, Clarkson is in the top one percent for the number of Goldwater Scholars in the past five years.    

Including this year’s scholars, 29 Clarkson University students have received this highly coveted award since the scholarships were first awarded in 1989. This is the 14th consecutive year that Clarkson Honors Program students have received Goldwaters.

The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the United States given to undergraduates studying in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. Only 271 scholarships were awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year.

A graduate of Manhattan Comprehensive Day & Night High School, Lin is a member of the Honors Program and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. She has conducted research at Clarkson with Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Professor Sitaraman Krishnan on the calorimetric determination of degree of hydration of zwitterionic polymers.

She completed a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates on Modulation of Graphene at Columbia University. She has also completed a research & development internship at Procter & Gamble, where she worked on the whitening of the dental products, and an engineering co-op, also at P&G, in dentifrice processing.

“I’m very honored to be part of a very small group like this,” says Lin. “It’s a great honor to join the Goldwater family.”

Lin proposes to do research into electronic properties of large grain size nitrogen doped monolayer graphene under the mentorship of Prof. Abhay Pasupathy at Columbia University. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering and conduct nano-material research in an industrial R&D department. 

Lin said moving to America helped provide her with a purpose and direction in her life that eventually led to Clarkson and the Goldwater.

“In America, I’m self-motivated. You’re always looking for who you want to be,” she says.

Also a graduate of Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, Yang is a member of the Honors Program and a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Before his freshman year he participated in summer research under the mentorship of Chemistry & Biomolecular Science Professor Artem Melman, and has completed a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates in developmental biology at Weill Cornell and an REU in Immunology at Sloan Kettering Institute.

Yang is working with Biology Professor Craig Woodworth and proposes to investigate the susceptibility of cervical transformation zone to HPV-16.

“Most cervical cancer comes from this tiny small region,” says Yang. “We’re really interested in finding out why.”

Yang plans to obtain an M.D. in oncology and a Ph.D. in cancer research, and pursue a career as a medical research scientist.

“To win this prestigious award gave me the confidence I need to apply to medical school,” says Yang. “The Goldwater will definitely will help me to stand apart.”

Lin and Yang grew up in the same region in China and immigrated to New York City several years ago. They met while attending high school in New York and started at Clarkson in 2010.

Hancock, a homeschool graduate, is a member of the Honors Program. After freshman year, he began summer research with Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering Professor Ross Taylor on mathematical modeling of binary chemical mixtures. He also completed a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates in experimental physics at Cornell last summer. His Goldwater application was based on developing new materials for high temperature superconductivity. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in nanotechnology and plans to be a researcher and professor. He is presently studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, and traveling Europe during any free time.

Clarkson’s Honors Program is an intensive four-year curriculum for exceptionally talented students. The University admits only 40 new students to the Honors Program each year.

As one of the eight federally funded TRIO programs of the U.S. Department of Education, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares first generation & low-income and/or underrepresented students for doctoral studies.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Two more Clarkson University honors students, Yarong Lin (left) and Pinguang Yang, have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships.

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