Two more Clarkson University honors students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships and one has received an honorable mention.
Kaitlin Dunn '17, a physics and electrical engineering double major from Penfield, N.Y., and Xulan Deng '18, a biomolecular science and chemistry double major from New York City, have both been named Goldwater Scholars.
Louis DeRidder '18, a chemical engineering major from Glens Falls, N.Y., received honorable mention.
Including this year’s scholars, 33 Clarkson University students have received this highly coveted award since the scholarships were first awarded in 1989. This is the 17th consecutive year that at least one Clarkson student has received a Goldwater Scholarship.
The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the United States given to undergraduates studying in mathematics, science and engineering. It is given to sophomores and juniors who demonstrate “outstanding potential." There were only 252 scholarships awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Clarkson is one of the top five colleges and universities for the number of Goldwater Scholars in the past five years in New York state and one of only 26 institutions nationwide to win a Goldwater every year since 2005.
Kaitlin Dunn, a graduate of Penfield High School, is a junior with a double major in electrical engineering and physics and a minor in math. Dunn is a member of the Honors Program and since her freshman year she has conducted research at Clarkson under Coulter School of Engineering Dean William Jemison and Ph.D. candidate Luke Rumbaugh. Her work on using modulated lasers underwater has included advancing the development of an underwater lidar-based imaging system. Last summer, she conducted research in quantum optics at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Erlangen, Germany, through a research internship granted by the DAAD RISE program. This summer, Dunn will research the effects of forward scattering on the frequency response of modulated lasers at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Patuxent River, Md., through the NREIP program. She plans to earn a Ph.D. in optical engineering and conduct research in applied optics at a research university.
Xulan Deng, a graduate of Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School, is a sophomore double majoring in biomolecular science and chemistry and a member of the Honors Program. She has worked in three different labs in the area of chemistry and biology since her freshman year. In the past summer, she interned at the Trudeau Institute, studying the bacterium Yersinia pestis to fight against the plague. She excelled in her internship and won the best oral presentation at the Summer Symposium of Undergraduate Research at Clarkson. She plans to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry and conduct biomedical research at the university level.
Louis DeRidder, a graduate of South Glens Falls High School, is a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering with a minor and concentration in biomedical and biomolecular engineering. He is a member of the Honors Program. He started an interdisciplinary project for his honors thesis with Prof. Richard Partch and Prof. Damien Samways. This project will identify if a novel nanoparticle will be able to selectively deliver a therapeutic to microglia, the innate immune cells of the brain. If successful, this technology may be used in combination with other advances in medicine to deliver a newly developed therapeutic to microglia to treat Alzheimer’s disease and brain cancer. He plans to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering to further develop this potential therapeutic.
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.
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.