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Robert Lee, ChemE ’17 and Charles Wan, ChemE '17 win Goldwater Scholarships

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

This year Cornell is the only Ivy League institution with all four candidates winning the scholarship.  It is one of five institutions in the country with that record (joined by Stanford, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Maryland-College Park, and the University of North Texas).

About the award
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship is a federal award, based on academic merit and research experience, that supports college sophomores and juniors who intend careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering.  The scholarship provides $7500 toward undergraduate expenses. This year 252 scholars were selected from a field of 1,150 mathematics, science, and engineering students nominated from 415 institutions.  The entire list of scholars may be found at  

Students must be endorsed by their institution to apply for the award.  Cornell's endorsement committee consists of Professor Tom Brenna, Nutritional Sciences;  Professor Tim Healey, Mathematics; Dr. Laurel Southard, Director of Undergraduate Research; Professor Mariana Wolfner, Molecular Biology and Genetics; and Beth Fiori, Fellowships Coordinator.  

About the students
Shivansh Chawla, A&S ’17, majors in Chemistry and Chemical Biology and in Biology.  Since Summer 2015 he has worked in the Aye Lab, conducting an independent project synthesizing a compound to be used in the lab’s in vivo modeling.  He is a TA for organic chemistry, a writer for Synapse, the undergraduate neuroscience journal, the outreach coordinator for the undergraduate chemistry fraternity, and the co-founder and co-president of the Cornell Magic Club.  He plans to earn a Ph.D. in Chemical Biology.

Robert Lee, ChemE ’17, majors in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  A Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar, Robert works in the DeLisa lab on a project to transfer and improve protein glycosylation pathways in E. coli.  Last summer he interned at DuPont Industrial Biosciences and spent the previous two summers at the NASA Ames Research Center in California.  As technical lead for the Cornell Project Team of  Engineering World Health, he designed and built a hand-crank autologous blood storage and transfusion system for surgical use and built a well water cleanliness monitor.  Robert also serves as a facilitator in Cornell’s Engineering Learning Initiatives.  

Charles Wan, ChemE ’17, majors in Chemical Engineering and plans to work on energy storage as part of the development of clean energies.  An Amgen Scholar who conducted research last summer at UC Berkeley, he has worked in the Archer lab since Summer 2014, most recently on  the role of redox mediators in lithium-oxygen batteries.  In high school he spent a summer at the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics.  

Charles is junior captain of Cornell’s ChemE Car Project Team, a member of the Chinese Students Association, and a member of Cornell Tzu Chi, a public service organization.

Zachary Ziegler, ENG ’17, majors in Engineering Physics with a minor in ECE.  He has worked in the Park lab since February 2014, most recently on an independent project testing 2-D material transfer strategies.  Last summer he worked at MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics and as a high school student spent two summers at Boston University in a computational chemistry lab.  Zack plans to earn a doctoral degree in Applied Physics and conduct research in nanotechnology.

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