Three Denison Students Win Prestigious Fulbright and Goldwater Scholarships
Posted: April 9, 2004
Three Denison University students have been named as winners of prestigious scholarship awards. Ashley Galant, a rising junior majoring in biochemistry, has been named as a winner of a Goldwater Scholarship for 2004-05 while Anna Beck, a graduating senior chemistry major with a concentration in environmental studies, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Austria for 2004 and William Evans, a graduating senior majoring in German and political science, has been awarded a teaching fellowship in Austria under the Fulbright program.
A 2002 graduate of Beavercreek High School, Galant is the daughter of Patricia and John Galant of Country Side Drive, Lebanon. The Goldwater Scholarships are intended for students considering a career in science or mathematics. Applicants must have a 3.7 or above grade point average and be a sophomore or junior at the time of the application. Galant is one of 310 students from a field of 1,113 nationwide to be selected this year and is Denison's sixth Goldwater recipient in the last six years. She was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholar last year, working with Peter Kuhlman, assistant professor of chemistry at Denison. Her research involved the isolation and purification of chloroplast RNAP from GenusPelargonium.She will continue that research inthis summer as an Anderson Research Assistant, joining more than 100 other Denison students who will remain on campus to pursue one-on-one research with their professors. A consistent dean's list student, Galant also holds a Faculty Scholarship for Achievement.
Beck is a 2000 graduate of Springboro High School and the daughter of RaeLynn and Jim Beck of Springboro Road, Lebanon. She will pursue research at the Chemistry Technical Institute associated with the University of Vienna in Austria. Beck will work with Dr. Hans Puxbaum and study the chemical processing of organic molecules and using analytical techniques to identify the resulting pollutant products.
Beck is currently completing her senior research on the synthesis of peptides with varying amino acid sequences titled, "Synthesis of a Biotinylated Hydroxproline Residue and Â¹H NMR Analysis of its Structural Conformations." This spring she will attend the International Organic Speciation Workshop in Atmospheric Aerosols Research at the desert Research Institute in Las Vegas.
An Honors Program participant, a consistent dean's list student and a fellow in the department of chemistry, Beck has earned the Sanders Award for academic achievement in chemistry. Holder of a Faculty Scholarship for Achievement, she is a member of Sigma Pi Sigma physics honorary and Sigma Xi science honorary. She has been a presenter for the U.S. Department of Energy's Global Change Education Program and a contributor at the 2004 Chicago Joint Conference on the Environment. Along with serving as a teaching assistant in Denison's Energy and the Environment laboratory and the Organic Chemistry laboratory for majors, she found time this semester to take a course in scuba diving and to earn her scuba certification during spring break in Key Largo, Fla. Beck also is a member of the women's rugby club.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Since its inception 255,000 students have participated -- 96,400 from the United States and 158,600 from other countries. The Fulbright program awards approximately 4,500 new grants annually. The program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the United States Congress.
Evans is the son of the Rev. Cheryl Evans and the Rev. Stacy Evans of Johnson Road, The Plains. A 2000 graduate of Big Walnut High School (Sunbury), he is also a consistent dean's list student at Denison and is a member of Delta Phi Alpha, the national German honorary society, and Phi Society, which recognizes academic excellence in the first year. He spent last spring studying at the Institute for the International Education of Students in Freiburg, Germany. He will spend an academic year in Austria teaching English and American culture to Austrian students.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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