Two CUNY Students Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

March 21, 2014 | The University

Two CUNY students have been awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier award for undergraduates majoring in math, science and engineering.

Lauren Blachorsky, a neuroscience major at Macaulay Honors College at Queens College and Nicola Gabriele Kriefall, a neurobiology student specializing in marine wildlife at Hunter College will each receive scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

The federally-funded award was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

Since the Goldwater scholarship began, the City University of New York has produced 29 Goldwater scholars, solidifying its reputation as a world-class institution for scientific study.

Blachorsky is a student in the Queens College Neuroscience Honors Program with a biology concentration and a minor in chemistry. She has worked in the laboratories of Professors Carolyn Pytte and Joshua Brumberg.  Last summer, she participated in the MIT Summer Research Program.

Kriefall’s passion for the ocean has led her to work in two laboratories that utilize aquatic animals. At Hunter College, she studies the behavior and physiology of weakly electric fish with Dr. Chris Braun of the Psychology Department. She plans to pursue a PhD in Marine Biology and conduct conservation research for the benefit of the ocean’s ecosystems.

The Goldwater Foundation awarded 283 scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. Goldwater scholars were selected in a highly competitive process on the basis of academic merit from more than 1,000 mathematics, science, and engineering students that were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
In addition to the two CUNY winners, four CUNY students received Goldwater honorable mentions including: Nicholas Crispi, a mathematics major at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College; Rada-Mayya Kostadinova, a dental surgery student at the Borough of Manhattan Community College; Jennifer Zagelbaum, a molecular biology student at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College; and Lucinda Zawadzki, a biochemistry student at Macaulay Honors College at College of Staten Island.

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