Posted: April 11, 2007
Angela DiCiccio '08 and Kathryn Greenberg '09 were two of the 317 college sophomores and juniors nationwide to receive the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.
DiCiccio, of Leominster, Massachusetts, is majoring in biochemistry. She has been doing research with Wei Chen, associate professor of chemistry, and Geoff Coates, a chemistry professor at Cornell University. During her senior year as a Goldwater Scholar, she plans to integrate her work with biodegradable polymers into her current project dealing with biocompatible compartmentalized reaction hydrogels. A first-generation college student, DiCiccio plans to pursue postgraduate education for an M.D./Ph.D. She hopes to teach and research in the area of biocompatible tissue development.
DiCiccio was "completely thrilled and incredibly honored" to learn she had won the scholarship. "I really do have a passion for my research, and I know it means I'm on the right track." She said the award will give her "the freedom to focus more on school [than on working an extra job], which is what I am here for." She is grateful for the Career Development Center's support throughout the process. "They kept me on task and were a great help with organization and ideas to make the application clearer."
Greenberg is a physics major from Raleigh, North Carolina. She has been working with Janice Hudgings, associate professor of physics. As a Goldwater Scholar, she will study thermal coupling in lasers, which is an essential step in developing systems for parallel data transmission. She is planning to pursue a Ph.D. in physics or applied physics, and hopes to work as an experimental researcher.
"It is a true privilege to be in such a select group of students who share the same types of passions that I do," said Greenberg. "The CDC was an amazing help with the whole application process, especially when it came to writing the essays that the application required. The Mount Holyoke physics faculty were also a tremendous help. I am thankful to be a part of such a truly amazing department."
Congress established the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater. The program's purpose 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.