William Smith biochemistry major awarded prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for science and mathematics
March 31, 2003 GENEVA, N.Y.—Julia A. James, a William Smith junior, has been chosen to be a 2003 Barry M. Goldwater scholar. James is the third student in the past four years from Hobart and William Smith Colleges to be selected for one of the nation’s top undergraduate science scholarships. She is one of 300 undergraduate students nationally to be awarded the academic prize this year.
The award recognizes James’ academic achievements as well as the undergraduate research that she’s performed in the laboratory of Professor Carol Parish. James is conducting research on the molecular modeling of HIV protease inhibitors. The research helps to understand the molecular behavior of drug molecules and will ultimately explain why some drugs are more effective than others in treating HIV and AIDS.
The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
While attending Hobart and William Smith Colleges, James has received numerous awards including the 2003 Merck – United Negro College Fund scholarship. She is an American Chemical Society Scholar, and winner of the annual Albert Holland Prize competition for Physics Oratory and the 2001 Chemical Rubber Company First Year Chemistry Achievement Award. She is a member of the American Chemical Society, and has presented the results of her research at numerous professional meetings.
A graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, James is the president of the William Smith Class of 2004. James has participated in the HWS chapter of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, has volunteered at the Center of Concern in Geneva, and has been a resident advisor and vice president of the chemistry club.
James intends to become a physician, educator, and researcher in the areas of neurological or infectious diseases, ultimately discovering treatments and cures at the molecular level.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.