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Ohio Northern University Student Named Goldwater Scholar

Apr 16, 2008
DunnOhio Northern University junior Nicholas Dunn, a chemistry major from Harrod, Ohio, has been selected as a 2008 Goldwater Scholar by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Excellence in Education Program.

Majoring in chemistry and physics, Dunn's goal is to earn a doctorate in physical chemistry and conduct research determining the properties of materials important to alternative energies, initially working in industry before eventually teaching at the university level.

Dunn, who last summer studied how pH levels affect the reaction of Azo Dyes, spent the previous academic year researching the oxygen permeability of layered polymers under the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Layered Polymeric Systems (CLiPS) Affiliate Program. He has worked with Dr. Jeffrey Gray, professor of chemistry, in both these projects.

In addition, Samuel Manzer, a junior in chemistry from Ada, received an honorable mention in the competitive national scholarship program. His proposed research would look at modifying a polyphenol found in grapes to increase its anti-aging potency. He has conducted this research with Dr. Kimberly Broekemeier, associate professor of biochemistry.

Dunn and Manzer join Ohio Northern graduates Daniel Waddell, a Goldwater Scholar in 2005, Christopher Lemon, a Goldwater Scholar in 2006, and Andrew Homan, an honorable mention recipient in 2007.

For the 2008-2009 academic year, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awarded 321 scholarships to undergraduate sophomores and juniors across the United States. The scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,035 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Established in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, the Goldwater Foundation fosters and encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. In its 22-year history, the foundation has awarded 5,523 scholarships worth approximately $54 million.

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