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Two Brown Undergraduates Awarded Goldwater Scholarships
Two Brown University juniors, Kartik Pattabiraman and Brenda Rubenstein, have been selected as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars for the 2006-2007 academic year. The scholarship program is designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. —Two Brown University juniors, Kartik Pattabiraman and Brenda Rubenstein, have received the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarships for excellence in science, math and engineering. The students were among 323 sophomores and juniors selected from a field of 1,081 nominees on the basis of academic merit.
Kartik Pattabiraman, left, a junior from Maryland, is concentrating in neuroscience with plans to pursue work in developmental neurobiology. Pattabiraman’s research activities include working with David Berson, professor of medical science at Brown, and working at the National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke. In addition to his study of neuroscience, Pattabiraman teaches culture at Hari Vidya Bhavan in Rhode Island.
Brenda Rubenstein, a junior from New Jersey, is a dual concentrator in chemical physics and applied mathematics. She intends to pursue both of these fields in graduate school and ultimately plans to work in academia or the government. Rubenstein has held research positions in the Richard Stratt group of the chemistry department at Brown and with the Shibo Jiang group in the molecular virology department at the Lindsley Kimball Laboratory. In addition to her scientific pursuits, Rubenstein is an executive board member of the Bruin Club and coordinates Brown’s Talent Quest program.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program
The Scholarship Program honoring Sen. Barry M. Goldwater was established in 1986 to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
All accredited four-year colleges and universities in the country are eligible to nominate four undergraduate sophomores or juniors. Brown University holds an internal competition in the fall to select its nominees. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.
For more information, visit http://www.act.org/goldwater/.