Clarkson School alumna Morgan McGrath has been named a 2020 Goldwater Scholar.
McGrath, who attended the University’s early-college program in 2018-19, is currently a sophomore at Fordham University. She was one of 396 students nationwide to receive the prestigious award last week.
During her time at Clarkson, McGrath was actively involved in research in Assistant Biology Professor Susan Bailey’s Evolutionary Biology and Bioinformatics lab, while also maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She started in the Bailey lab in summer 2018 as part of the Honors program and continued working there through to her graduation from The Clarkson School in spring 2019.
In collaboration with other student researchers, McGrath conducted experiments quantifying how bacteria adapt to different types of complex lab environments, the results of which are currently in preparation for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
McGrath’s research at Clarkson adds to the general understanding of how evolution works and will ultimately contribute to models aimed at predicting how bacteria and other organisms are likely to evolve in the future.
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.
Students interested in learning more about research and fellowship opportunities can contact Karyn Crispo, Associate Director of Scholarship Preparation. email@example.com, 315-268-6006.