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Four K-State students nominated for 2008 Goldwater Scholarship

Friday, February 15, 2008

MANHATTAN -- Kansas State University students Michelle Higgins, Manhattan, William Carlson, Overland Park, Samuel Fahrenholtz, Tribune,and Scott McCall, Parker, Colo., are the university's nominees for the 2008 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

The Goldwater scholarship competition is for students who major in science, mathematics or engineering and plan a career in research. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 annually for a student's final one or two years of undergraduate studies. To be eligible, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. They also must complete four mini-essays and write a longer essay about a significant area of research in their field of study.

Higgins is a senior in nutritional sciences and biochemistry. She was a student lab assistant in 2005 for K-State's department of human nutrition, assisting in a study researching the effects of diet and exercise on cancerous tumor development. The following year she worked as a research technician in the K-State Nutrient Metabolism Lab, assisting in a glycemic index study investigating glucose absorption and insulin sensitivity. In 2007, she was a National Exchange Student at Oregon State University, where she gained biochemistry research credit by maintaining prostate cancer cell cultures and learning DNA extraction and Western blotting. She also held a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where she tested pharmacologic interventions for prostate cancer. This academic year she is working in K-State's College of Veterinary Medicine's pharmacology program, looking for proof of concept by performing immunohistochemistry on prostate tumor sections from treated mice. She is an alumnus of Smurthwaite Women's Cooperative Scholarship/Leadership House, where she held several leadership positions. She was team captain for American Cancer Society Relay for Life, 2004-07. She also is a member of K-State Women's Rowing Team, the College of Human Ecology honors program, Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity and Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Other honors include a 2007 Cancer Research Award; Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society's Outstanding Junior Award in 2007; semester academic honors; Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for six semesters, 2004-2007; 2007 Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship; K-State department of biochemistry scholarship, 2006-present; Kansas State University Foundation Scholarship, 2004-2008; and a K-State Women's Rowing Athletic Scholarship, 2004-2008. A 2004 graduate of Manhattan High School, she is the daughter of Mary Higgins, Manhattan, and the late Randy Higgins.

Carlson is a junior in mathematics. He is currently conducting research related to the analysis of particular partial differential equations under the supervision of visiting professor Ivan Blank in mathematics. A research paper he wrote was published in Quantum Information and Computation. Carlson is a member of several honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Mu Epsilon national mathematics society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He was awarded a K-State Presidential Scholarship, a Stromberg scholarship, a Foster scholarship, a Friends of Mathematics scholarship, an IBM Watson Scholarship and an I-Center Undergraduate Research Award. He is co-founder of K-State's Airsoft Club. He also is a radio show host for "Pareidolia Radio," on KSDB 91.9, the student-run radio station at K-State. A 2005 graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School, he is the son of Ron and Diane Carlson, Overland Park.

Fahrenholtz is a junior in physics. He is participating in undergraduate research with K-State physics professor Itzik Ben-Itzhak's research group. They are studying the physics of laser-ion and molecule-ion collisions. He is involved in the imaging of the team's experimental measurements and will be analyzing proton-water collisions this spring. He has received a Kansas State University Foundation Scholarship, a Linschied Scholarship, a Dragsdorf Physics Scholarship, and a College of Arts and Sciences Scholarship. At K-State, he has been active in Concert Band and the Brass Ensemble. He also is a member of FarmHouse fraternity. In his free time, he is training for a triathlon. A 2005 graduate of Goddard High School, he is the son of Dr. Randy and Janice Fahrenholtz, Tribune.

McCall is a sophomore in biochemistry and biology. He has received the K-State Legacy Scholarship and the Gamma Sigma Delta First Year Achievement Award. Since fall 2006 he has worked in the organometallic lab of Stefan Kraft, assistant professor of chemistry. McCall is currently researching the development and synthesis of novel ligands designed to use high oxidation state palladium as a catalyst for carbon-hydrogen bond activation, with the ultimate aim of converting natural gas into combustible ethanol as an alternative fuel source. He is also beginning work on elucidating the mechanisms of corneal cross-linking as part of surgical healing after LASIK surgery. McCall will pursue that topic this summer with a fellowship at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. He is a member of the K-State National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association rodeo team. In addition, he represents K-State as a Colorado Ambassador. He was a National Forensics League Academic All-American in high school, and recently the American Quarter Horse Youth Association Reserve National High Point Calf-Roper, and three-time Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Youth Association Champion Calf-Roper. A 2006 graduate of Cherry Creek High School, Greenwood Village, Colo., he is the son of Dr. Marc and Lori McCall, Parker, Colo.

Source: James Hohenbary, 785-532-6904
News release prepared by: Cheryl May, 785-532-6415, may@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Friday, February 15, 2008, and is filed under Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.