our College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students have received prestigious scholarships for the 2004-2005 academic year. Seth D. Goldstein, who graduated in May, is the recipient of a Gates Cambridge Trust scholarship. Lily Jeng, a rising senior, and Laura Wingler, a rising junior, each received Barry M. Goldwater scholarships. And Brandon C. Whitney, a rising senior, has been named a Morris K. Udall Scholar.
Goldstein, who majored in biomedical engineering, will use the $32,000 annual merit scholarship to attend Cambridge University in England. He will pursue a master’s degree in biomedical engineering, researching the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study the damage done by arthritis to bone and cartilage. After earning his master’s degree, Goldstein plans to attend Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He hopes to become a physician specializing in joint replacement.
“I am excited about going to a university as storied as Cambridge,” Goldstein said. “I’m very proud of N.C. State for preparing me to hold my own with top students from around the world.”
Goldstein is the son of Patricia Chamberlin of Asheboro. Goldstein is one of only 31 Gates Cambridge Trust scholarship recipients this year and one of only two North Carolinians who were honored. (The other was another NCSU graduate, mathematics major David R. Johnson of Greenville, S.C.)
Goldstein had a 4.0 grade point average as an undergraduate. While a student at N.C. State, he worked as a researcher in the Department of Food Science, as a tutor for fellow undergraduates, and as a Spanish translator at the Wake County Health Department and at Urban Ministries’ Open Door Clinic. He also participated in the university jazz band and triathlon club.
Four NCSU students have received Gates Cambridge scholarships to date. Bill and Melinda Gates established the Gates Cambridge Trust in 2000 to create a network of future leaders from around the world who will bring new vision and commitment to effecting change and addressing global problems.
Jeng and Wingler were chosen to receive Goldwater scholarships from among more than 1,100 faculty-nominated mathematics, science and engineering undergraduates at colleges and universities across the country. Three hundred and ten students won the academic merit-based awards, which cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board up to $7,500 a year.
Jeng, the daughter of Jing-shyan and Wayne Jeng of Cary, is majoring in biomedical engineering and chemistry. She is a National Merit Scholar and a Park Scholar and is a member of the University Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Jeng plans to pursue a doctorate in biomedical engineering.
Wingler, whose parents are Rebecca and Brian Wingler of Apex, is a biochemistry major. She also is a member of the University Honors Program. She has received awards from GlaxoSmithKline, Phi Lambda Upsilon and the American Chemical Society’s N.C. chapter. “I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry and do research and development in the pharmaceutical industry,” Wingler said. “I’m really so grateful to all the people here at State who have helped me.” In her spare time she plays the bluegrass fiddle.
Goldwater Scholarship recipients are chosen by the board of trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, a federally endowed agency established in 1986 to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Whitney, the son of Stewart and Hilda Whitney of New Bern, is one of 80 recipients of the 2004 Udall Scholarship, selected from a field of 513 nominees. A junior biological sciences and political science major, he plans to earn a doctorate in sustainable development. Whitney is a Caldwell Alumni Scholar and a member of both the University Honors Program and University Scholars Program. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. A recent winner of the University Honors Program Undergraduate Research Award, he is using the award to spend the summer in the Ecuadorian Amazon and Andes Mountains researching and volunteering to promote sustain-ability development.
Each year, the Udall Foundation awards undergraduate scholarships of up to $5,000 to juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment and to Native American and Alaska natives in fields related to health care or tribal policy. The Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in National Environmental Policy Foundation was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Morris K. Udall and his legacy in public service by increasing awareness of the nation's natural resources.