The Honors College at Texas Tech had three students win competitive scholarships.
Three Texas Tech University students have won awards from prestigious international organizations. Rachel Dziuk and Hattie Schunk received Goldwater honorable mentions, and Kate Lewis won a place in the Common European Master's Course in Biomedical Engineering (CEMACUBE) program.
Dziuk and Schunk were two of four Texas Tech students nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship, which is available to U.S. college students who are sophomores or juniors, have a GPA of at least 3.85 and intend to pursue research careers in mathematics, natural sciences or engineering. Although honorable mentions don't receive any funding, the recognition of their work puts them among some of the strongest emerging young scientists, said Lynne Fallwell, national and international scholarships and fellowships director with the Honors College.
The Goldwater is the most prestigious award in the nation for undergraduate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate students.
“I feel very fortunate to receive a Goldwater honorable mention, especially being among a select group of only 46 engineers out of the 269 students to receive the award,” said Schunk, a chemical engineering major. “I had excellent mentors, Dom Casadonte and Lynne Fallwell, and I would not have received this honor without their help and encouragement throughout the process.”
Dziuk, a cell and molecular biology major, echoed her sentiments.
“I am tremendously humbled to have received this award,” she said. “The Goldwater honorable mention exemplifies my desires to pursue a doctorate in molecular biology and eventually teach at the collegiate level.”
The CEMACUBE program, formerly a part of the Erasmus Mundus Master Course Program, grants a two-year master's degree at two of the five top biomedical engineering schools in the European Union. Lewis, a mechanical engineering major, was chosen from a short list of 61 students from throughout the world. She was one of three American students chosen. She will attend the University of Groningen in the Netherlands for her first year and Aachen University in Germany for her second year.
“Working with these young women was a real pleasure,” Fallwell said. “Each of them exhibits a superior level of organization, professionalism and drive. Kate, Rachel and Hattie went above and beyond as they pursued their respective awards. Each is a positive reflection on the high caliber of students we have here at Texas Tech.”