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Two Ohio Northern University students selected as Goldwater scholars

Apr 4, 2011

Two Ohio Northern University students have been selected as Goldwater Scholars by the trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Ohio Northern students have received this honor, the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Nathaniel Mabe, a third-year pharmacy and German major from Ashville, Ohio, was honored for his Goldwater research essay, “Regulator of G-protein Signaling (RGS) Proteins Modulate Protection from Ischemic Injury in the Mouse Heart.” Mabe is conducting his research at ONU under the guidance of Dr. Boyd Rorabaugh, associate professor of pharmacology and cell biology. Mabe will present his research at the Experimental Biology 2011 meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2011.

Mitchell Thayer, a senior chemistry and physics major (with minors in astronomy and applied mathematics) from Painesville, Ohio, was honored for “Synthesis of Benzofluorenone Derivatives and Analysis of Biological Activity.”

Thayer is conducting his research at ONU with Dr. Tevye Celius, associate professor of chemistry. Thayer has conducted additional research through two summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates, one at the College of Wooster and the other at Syracuse University. Last year, Thayer received an honorable mention in the 2010 Goldwater Scholarship competition.

Established in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation fosters and encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed more than 6,600 scholarships worth approximately $50 million.

This year, the Foundation awarded 275 scholarships for the 2011-12 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States. The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

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