Two from Tech Win Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Two Georgia Tech students are the recipients of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Awarded for academic merit, the Goldwater is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering. The winners, Inn Inn Chen and Yixao Zou, are both students in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University (BME).

Chen, a junior from Sterret, Ala., was also named to USA Today's 2007 all-USA College Academic Team earlier this year. At Tech she is working on collaborative projects in regenerative medicine as well as creating novel tissue engineering and stem cell therapies for clinical use. Along with her BME degree, Chen is working toward a certificate in Engineering Entrepreneurship to bring new therapies to the market. She has also volunteered with Engineering World Health as a biomedical engineer in the hospitals of El Salvador. A daughter of first-generation immigrants from Taiwan, Chen came to Georgia Tech as a President's Scholar and has excelled both academically and as a campus leader.

Zou, a sophomore from Lilburn, Ga., said his interest in BME came at a high school Science Olympiad tournament. His long-term goal is to pursue a career in biomedical research and pursue an MD/PhD degree in medical physics with a concentration in neuron imaging. He wants to develop non-invasive imaging technologies to study changes in the brain on the synaptic and cellular levels. He hopes to translate research findings into better medical care for patients with neurological diseases. Zou has tutored elementary school science class students as part of Tech's community outreach program and has spent a summer as an intern at the National Institutes of Health.

"Having these Goldwater recipients from the College of Engineering continues to reflect and enhance Georgia Tech's national reputation for academic excellence and its standing among America's premiere research institutions," said Don Giddens, dean of Georgia Tech's College of Engineering. "They speak directly to the quality of the undergraduate experience at Tech and the high caliber of faculty who help nurture these exceptional students."

Established by Congress in 1986 to foster and encourage excellence in science, engineering and mathematics, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation operates an educational scholarship program designed to provide opportunities for American undergraduate students with excellent academic records and outstanding potential. Goldwater Scholarships support study in the fields of mathematics, engineering and the natural sciences as preparation for careers in these areas.

The Foundation awarded 317 Goldwater Scholarships to students who will be college juniors or seniors during the 2007-2008 academic year. Awards are made on the basis of merit. Each award covers eligible expenses, including tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Goldwater Scholars are eligible for one or two years of support.