University at Buffalo chemical engineering majors Christopher Dundas and Phillip Tucciarone are now a part of the prestigious group of students to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was founded in 1986 with the goal of alleviating the critical shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The foundation was authorized by the U.S. Congress in honor of Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, and is financed by a trust fund that has been established in the U.S. Treasury.
More than 1,000 nominees apply each year in hope of receiving $7,500 toward the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board on the condition they pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.
Dundas, a sophomore, plans to obtain his PhD in biological engineering and research protein engineering at a university. Since his freshman year, he has studied protein engineering in the UB Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering under Sheldon Park, assistant professor of chemical engineering. Dundas handpicked the research program because it combines his interests in biology, physics, mathematics and chemistry.
Tucciarone, a junior and member of the University Honors College, has a number of accolades of his own. His research on silicon-based nanomaterial has been awarded the University Honors College Research and Creative Activity grant, and the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’ Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Award of Distinction. The study will attempt to use nanomaterial to develop non-toxic bio-imaging, which could be used in cancer treatment.