WPI will be supporting five students in application to the Goldwater Scholarship this 2019-20 award cycle. The Goldwater Scholarship is "one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics in the United States," it "seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields."
Our institutional nominees this year are Logan Gaudette '21, Allison Guthrie '21, Katherine Hudek '21, Julia Noel '21, and Patrick O'Mullan '22. Each nominee has a different research interest and is involved in varying areas across campus.
Logan's research interests lie in the field of biomechanics, and more specifically in the field of injury prevention and rehabilitation. He would like to focus on the creation of devices that assist those recovering from major and possibly debilitating injuries.
Allison is currently doing research on endothelial glycocalyx in the villi in human lungs. In the future, she hopes to do research on the development prosthetic organs. Katherine's research interests lie at the intersection of her 2 majors in areas such as Quantum Computing and Photonic Semiconductors.
Julia's research is in the development and total synthesis of complex molecules within the context of drug development for cancer. Adding the real-life connotation of medicinal applications is important to her as a Chemistry and Society, Technology, and Policy double major.
Patrick is interested in research in Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology, and he currently is working in terahertz research.