Connecticut College News
Four students honored with national awards04/14/2010
Christopher Krupenye '11 (top, with an orphaned chimpanzee at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in
Cameroon) and Kelsey Taylor '11 (bottom, in the Bioorganic Lab in Hale Laboratory) have been
named 2010 Goldwater Scholars.
Four students this spring have won high-profile awards that bring national attention to the College's science and international programs.
Laura Frawley '10 has been awarded a 2010 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, providing her with a $30,000 research stipend each year for a maximum of three years.
Past recipients of this fellowship include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Google founder Sergey Brin.
"This is a remarkable achievement for Laura that brings national recognition to our biology department and underscores the excellence of science education at the College," President Lee Higdon said in announcing the award to the campus.
In addition, Christopher Krupenye '11 and Kelsey Taylor '11 have won Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, the first time two Connecticut College students have received the honor in the same year.
And Erick Argueta '12 is one of three students nationally to win American Chemical Society International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) awards to the University of Strathclyde, Scotland. A student in the College's Science Leaders Program, Argueta is from Providence, R.I.
Frawley, who won a Goldwater Scholarship last year, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology. She wants to conduct cancer research in an academic setting.
As a biological sciences major at Connecticut College, she has logged more than 500 hours of research with Biology Professor Martha Grossel, who specializes in understanding unchecked cellular division. Next year, Frawley will be working as a lab technician investigating the genetic events that contribute to the development of cancer at The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. She plans to attend graduate school beginning in the fall of 2011.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 in honor of Senator Barry M. Goldwater, encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in science, mathematics or engineering.
Krupenye and Taylor were selected on the basis of academic merit from 1,111 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. As 2010 Goldwater Scholars, Krupenye and Taylor will each receive a one-year scholarship of up to $7,500.
More about Krupenye and Taylor's Goldwater awards.