2011-2012

BME Student Sarah Mattessich ’12 Named 2011 Goldwater Scholar

The 2011 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

Congratulations to Sarah Phyllis Mattessich ’12, who was named a 2011 Goldwater Scholar March 30 by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The Goldwater Scholarship program fosters and encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering and is the premier undergraduate award of its type. Since 2002, 17 WPI students have been named Scholars or Honorable Mention recipients in the Goldwater Scholarship competition.

Sarah is a junior biomedical engineering major from Woodbridge, Conn., who plans to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, with a focus on tissue engineering. She has had several substantial research experiences at the Yale School of Medicine, the Yale Biomedical Engineering Department, and the WPI Biomedical Engineering Department. Most recently, Sarah worked on efforts to develop bioengineered skin substitutes in Professor George Pins laboratory at WPI and presented this research to professional conferences in Worcester and at Austin, Texas. In fall 2010, Sarah worked with a team of students at the WPI Project Center in Costa Rica to study the feasibility of implementing United Nations protocols for handling technological disasters in the community. She is president of the biomedical engineering honors society at WPI, the external philanthropy chair of her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta; and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Habitat for Humanity, and other organizations on campus. She competes on several Ultimate Frisbee teams, and plays the violin in string ensembles at WPI.

The 2011 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred seventy of the Scholars are men, 105 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Twenty-four scholars are mathematics majors, 194 are science and related majors, 52 are majoring in engineering, and five are computer science majors. Many of the scholars have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science, engineering, and computer disciplines. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Goldwater Scholars have impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 77 Rhodes Scholarships (including four for 2011), 108 Marshall Awards, 98 Churchill Scholarships, and numerous other distinguished fellowships. Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed over 6,600 scholarships worth approximately $50 million. The trustees plan to award approximately 300 scholarships for the 2012–2013 academic year.

Congratulations to Sarah, and thanks to professors George Pins, Marsha Rolle, and Jennifer Rudolph for supporting her application!

WPI Connection, March 31, 2011
BY PROFESSOR PETER H. HANSEN

December 12, 2011

 
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