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Student Scientists Win Goldwater Scholarships

Apr 07, 2014   |   by Kelly Sundberg Seaman   |   Dartmouth Now

Sarah Hammer ’15, an engineering sciences major from Villanova, Pa., and Hongyu Chen ’15, a computer science major from Riverside, Calif., have been named 2014 Goldwater Scholars.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, established by Congress in 1986, seeks to provide the United States with a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by supporting college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. The scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Hammer and Chen are two of 283 sophomores and juniors selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,166 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of American colleges and universities...

Sarah Hammer
Sarah Hammer ’15

...Calling her first-year experience with Dartmouth’s Women in Science Project (WISP) “integral in strengthening my interest in scientific research,” Hammer says Meredith Kelly, assistant professor of earth sciences, and graduate student Laura Levy “served as excellent role models, were positive and complimentary, and encouraged me to pursue my scientific interests.”

Subsequently, Hammer has researched cellulosic biofuels in the lab of Lee Lynd, the Paul E. and Joan H. Queneau Distinguished Professor in Environmental Engineering Design at Thayer School of Engineering. “The experience has not only been instructive, rewarding, and helped me understand the complexity of the field, but has also confirmed my ambition to study alternative fuels in the future,” says Hammer, who intends to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering.

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