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05-11-2001

Two Clarkson University Underclassmen Named Barry M. Goldwater Scholars

Two Clarkson University students have been named recipients of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2001-2002 academic year. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award for students pursuing careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.

Kirsten E. Griffiths, daughter of James and Patty Griffiths of Londonderry, N.H., and David A. Young, son of David and Stella Young of Rome, N.Y., are among 302 undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the 50 states and Puerto Rico to receive the awards.

Griffiths and Young are among seven Clarkson students in the last 11 years to be selected as Goldwater Scholars. Both will receive scholarships of $7,500 per year.

Kirsten Griffiths, a chemistry and physics major, will be a junior at Clarkson next fall. Her career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry and to work in a research environment either in industry or academia. This semester, the 1999 graduate of Londonderry High School worked as a research assistant to Clarkson Research Assistant Professor Ga-er Yu. She was also a research assistant to Chemistry Professor Richard E. Partch in 1999.

Griffiths, who has a cumulative grade point average of 3.94 out of a possible 4.0, has served as secretary of the Student Senate, as class representative to the University Honors Program Steering Committee and as president of the campus chapter of the American Chemical Society. Her awards and honors include the 2000 Clarkson Leadership Award, a 2nd-place finish at the 2000 Destination Imagination World Finals and designation as a Presidential Scholar over the last four semesters.

David Young’s career goal is to obtain his Ph.D. and use it to have an impact on the next generation of aerospace vehicles. Young, an aeronautical engineering and physics double major who will be a senior in the fall, has a 4.0 G.P.A. and has been a Presidential Scholar for the last six semesters. He has worked as a research assistant at the Air Force Research Lab in Rome for the past three summers. He is also a member of Clarkson’s Mini-Baja squad and has also served as a teaching assistant in Clarkson’s Department of Physics, a physics tutor and a mentor coordinator for the Advanced Physics Laboratory. Young is also a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and the Phi Kappa Phi honors society.

Young graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1998 and attended Mohawk Valley community college during his senior year at RFA. Young has received the Clarkson Merit Scholarship, the Barry S. Fischer Endowed Scholarship, the Rome Laboratory’s Irv Gordy Award and an award for Scientific Notable Achievement from the Air Force Research Laboratory.

The Goldwater Scholarship honors the late Barry M. Goldwater, a five-term U.S. senator from Arizona and the 1964 Republican Presidential nominee. A field of 1,164 mathematics, science and engineering students were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. This year’s 302 winners were selected on the basis of academic merit.

In its 13-year history, the Goldwater Foundation, a federally endowed agency, has awarded 3,323 scholarships worth approximately $33 million.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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