Texas Tech University Honors College Students Score Goldwater Scholarships

DATE: March 22, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – Three Texas Tech University Honors College students have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, nationally competitive awards for students pursuing careers in mathematics, the sciences or engineering.

Hosam Attaya and Bobbak Mansouri of Lubbock and Suzanne McDonald of Allen were among the 323 scholars nationwide who earned the scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year. Nationally, 1,081 university nominees competed for the scholarships on the basis of academic merit.

The Goldwater Scholarship covers the costs of tuition and fees up to $7,500 for as many as two years. Named for the late senator from Arizona, the Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type.

Attaya, a junior cell and molecular biology major, conducts research on the development of cotton fibers. He plans to pursue a doctorate in cell and molecular biology and genetics, possibly in cancer biology and tumor physiology.

Mansouri, a junior cell and molecular biology major, hopes to pursue a doctorate in neurology/neurobiology and is researching the cognitive abilities of the human mind as they pertain to children and the educational process.

McDonald, a sophomore electrical engineering major, plans to pursue a doctorate in applied mathematics and astronautical engineering. She is interested in developing manned and unmanned probes to explore the solar system.


CONTACT: Christina Ashby-Martin, faculty coordinator, National & International Scholarships, (806) 742-0036, ext. 241, or christina.ashby-martin@ttu.edu.