Date: May 25, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, scott.slemmons@ttu.edu

LUBBOCK – Two Texas Tech students, Stephanie Alley and Geneva Peterson, have been awarded the nationally competitive Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

The 320 Scholars for the 2005-2006 academic year were selected on the basis of academic merit from a competitive pool of 1,091 university nominees.

The Goldwater Scholarship covers the costs of tuition and fees up to $7,500 for up to two years for students pursuing careers in mathematics, the sciences or engineering. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a combination of disciplines.

Stephanie Alley, from Crosbyton, Texas, is a junior mathematics/biology major, and a member of the Honors College. She intends to pursue a doctorate in biomathematics and would like to use computer modeling to examine the possibilities of using mathematics as a tool to describe biological systems and processes, particularly those that exhibit nonlinear behavior. For example, diseases such as cancer do not always progress as expected, and computer modeling could help in treatment.

Geneva Peterson, from Waxahachie, Texas, is a sophomore chemistry and German major and also a member of the Honors College. She intends to pursue a doctorate in materials chemistry to take on the next great challenge in the chemical research community – the manipulation of chemical species at the atomic level, whether in enzyme alteration in biochemistry, advancements in medicine, or industrial semiconductors and optics.

Alley and Peterson join 23 previous Texas Tech University Goldwater Scholars in their pursuit of academic and research excellence. Named for the late Arizona senator, the Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type and award winners have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs such as the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.

Previous Texas Tech University Goldwater Scholars have gone on to win such internationally competitive fellowships as the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

SOURCE: Christina Ashby-Martin, faculty coordinator, National and International Scholarships office, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0036, ext. 241, or e-mail christina.ashby-martin@ttu.edu.