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Neuroscience Researchers Earn Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Two undergraduates in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas have been recognized with awards from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Neuroscience junior Patrick Nnoromele and neuroscience senior Jennifer Jenks have received the prestigious scholarship. Both are Eugene McDermott Scholars and National Merit Scholars.

They join the ranks of 20 other UT Dallas students who have been recognized by the Goldwater Foundation over the years. Last year’s scholarship recipients were McDermott Scholar and molecular biology major Mark De Los Santos and neuroscience major and Green Fellow Vyom Raval. Both graduated with bachelor’s degrees this spring.

金水奖学金承认的大学二年级学生,谁想要追求自然科学,数学和工程学研究事业晚辈。获奖者最高可获得$ 7,500一年的奖学金。

Some 396 college students from an estimated pool of 1,343 from 461 institutions were awarded scholarships, which honor the late Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater.

Dr. Douglas Dow, associate dean of the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College 政治学临床教授表示,五达拉斯德州提名人今年包括首次转学生。没有在得克萨斯州其他学校有更多的金水收件人。

“我们都非常自豪Jennifer和帕特里克。他们对办好世界的热情是如此鼓舞人心,”陶氏表示。 “这两个学者,以及我们其他被提名的,举例说明了科学和工程如何早期激情可能在UTD转化为高度影响力和成熟的研究经验。”


Patrick Nnoromele 在里士满,肯塔基州的一个小镇长大“每个人都知道每个人。”内战的后果在他的父母都出生在尼日利亚移民到美国在追求机会的。每个又得了博士学位 - 他的父亲在哲学和他在19世纪的英国文学的母亲 - 然后在东肯塔基大学授课超过20年,在那里他们的榜样沿高等教育对子女的价值传递。

Patrick Nnoromele

nnoromele一直以为他想成为一名医生。当他来到达拉斯德州他大一的时候,然而,他了解到的,他在荣誉学院的同行研究的机会,并申请了暑期大学生研究奖学金,通过标准与技术研究所,这是美国的一部分赞助商务部。

“我知道我喜欢学习生物学,并享有探索精神。我了解到,药品既包括我们所知道的实施和我们所做的事情不是探索。我更通过我们不知道身体的东西迷住了,” nnoromele说。

He worked in the Center for Engineering Innovation 与研究科学家博士。埃里克kildebeck bs'05,首届麦克德莫特学者类的2001年的一个成员,开发他的团队的编程问题的新的生物课程和演示创造polycraft世界的复杂,现实环境的能力。

Kildebeck said Nnoromele’s scholarly aptitude, commitment to teamwork and ambition make him deserving of the Goldwater Scholarship.

“帕特里克的激情和能力作为本科生研究员一贯地明显他的高质量的工作,丰富和研究小组内的智能对话,以及他出色的主动带领自己的研究项目的内容。帕特里克带来的学习热情,勤奋的工作态度,性格的一个突出感觉,并在跨学科的生物研究我们的团队有浓厚的兴趣,” kildebeck说。

“我们都非常自豪Jennifer和帕特里克。他们对办好世界的热情真是让人如沐春风。这两个学者,以及我们其他被提名的,举例说明了科学和工程如何早期激情可能在UTD转化为高度影响力和成熟的研究经验“。

Dr. Douglas Dow, associate dean of the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College

在他大二那年,nnoromele在博士的实验室工作。文森特tagliabracci,德州大学西南医学中心,在那里他研究的方法来重新调整在植物病原体靶向癌细胞在人体内发现了一种酶的分子生物学助理教授。

“That was remarkably exciting. The most effective outlet for my curiosity about the world is pursing scientific research on the molecular level,” Nnoromele said.

Nnoromele also serves as an emergency medical technician with the University Emergency Medical Response 球队。他希望最终追求的MD和在神经生物学,以便他能够专注于神经变性疾病如多发性硬化和肌萎缩性侧索硬化的博士学位。

“My father has dementia, and I know what it’s like to watch someone disappear. It’s galvanizing. It’s like a call to action,” Nnoromele said, explaining his focus.


Jennifer Jenks

Jennifer Jenks 奥罗拉长大,爱荷华州,小于200,其中她的父母是玉米和大豆的农民的一个小镇。她认为她的父母对教育的承诺为使她下班一个小时的方式参加马里昂,她能够参加一个短期的生化研究项目,其中一所高中。

“It was the first time I thought of research as a career. I loved the thinking process involved and identifying confounding variables,” Jenks said.

高中解剖课期间,她发现自己感兴趣的神经系统。她在达拉斯德州第一个学期,她拿着一个神经科学类,发现她的完美契合。

“My primary interest is in the molecular and cellular aspects of neurodegenerative diseases, where cells in the nervous system are breaking down,” Jenks said.

目前在墨尔本工作,澳大利亚,她正在研究髓鞘化的发展,这确保了从大脑信号会快速而正确地移动,在小鼠的幼崽,看他们如何健康和患病样品中成长不同。

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Jenks has been working from her apartment on analysis of data but has permission to return to the lab for a few essential experiments.

Goldwater Scholarships

金水基础是一个联邦政府赋予机构。在金水奖学金的超过三十年的历史,数百个收件人都去赢得奖项,包括美国国家科学基金会研究生研究奖学金,罗德奖学金,奖学金丘吉尔,赫兹奖学金和马歇尔奖学金。

At UT Dallas, she also worked on a longitudinal study with Dr. Denise Park, director of research for UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity and Distinguished University Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, investigating the effects of everyday activities on the cognitive function of older adults.

“我很高兴珍妮收到这个著名的奖励。她是最优秀的本科生我曾经有幸导师之一,”帕克说。 “她表现出的发展和认知参与发生了初步接触后10年的长期影响完成一个复杂的研究,看巨大的智慧和领导能力。她的表现更像是一种先进的博士研究生比本科生“。

Jenks, who has been a teaching assistant and a technical writing tutor in the Student Success Center, will be applying to graduate schools in the fall and wants to pursue a PhD in neuroscience. She hopes to enter academia, where she can continue research and also teach.

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