April 10, 2000 Geneva, NY – Rebecca Gooch, a junior at William Smith Colleges, was recently awarded a scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. She was one of only 309 recipients from across the country to receive this very competitive award, the country’s top undergraduate science scholarship. The award recognizes academic achievement and undergraduate research.
Gooch, of Hamburg, N.Y., is a biochemistry major, and the first student nominated by the Colleges for this honor. She was nominated by Carol Parish, assistant professor of chemistry, who has worked with Gooch on research in developing an understanding of pain mechanisms in the human body. Gooch recently presented a paper, “Toward a molecular understanding of the enkephalin-opioid receptor interactions,” at the American Chemical Society’s National Meeting in San Francisco.
Gooch was selected from a field of more than 1,100 nominees in the subject areas of mathematics, science, and engineering. The Foundation has announced that 188 of the Scholars are men, 121 are women, and that virtually all winners intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective.
Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 31 Rhodes Scholarships, 25 Marshall Awards, eight Churchill, nine Fulbright, 27 Hughes, 78 National Science Foundation, and numerous other distinguished fellowships.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986, which was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.
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