Goldwater Program awards two TU students, honors two others

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

University of Tulsa students Caitlin Clancy and Anne Gambrel have been named 2009 Goldwater Scholars, the premier award for recognizing students pursuing careers in science, mathematics and engineering.

Two other TU students received honorable mentions in the Goldwater Scholar competition: Matthew Behlmann, a junior physics and mathematics major from St. Louis; and Erin Stranford, a junior physics and applied mathematics major from Albuquerque.

TU has had 44 students receive Goldwater Scholarships since 1995. The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year, with sophomores receiving two-year scholarships. 

Both Clancy and Gambrel have participated in the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge, where faculty mentors and internal funding fueled their research. A mutual interest in sustainable energy led to their involvement in TU-based SENEA, Sustainable Energy for North Eastern Asia. The group travels to China each summer to help rural communities develop independent, renewable energy.

Caitlin Clancy is successful in many academic and athletic arenas. During her SENEA trip to China in 2008, the junior mechanical engineering major from Tucson redesigned a horizontal axis wind turbine, planned and maintained a biogas digester, conducted rectangular hollow section beam testing and investigated the influence of soil additives. She will present her research this summer at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 3rd International Conference on Energy and Sustainability in San Francisco. Clancy also competes as a pole vaulter for TU’s track and field team, and she holds school records in both the indoor and outdoor events.

Anne Gambrel, a sophomore engineering physics major from Omaha, has research interests that span from the infinitesimal to the infinite. Her work in nanotechnology investigates the properties and reaction of carbon nanotube-copper composites – materials that are smaller than the width of a human hair – while her interest in cosmic phenomena delves into the mysteries of black holes and dark matter in the universe. But she also works on everyday problems, like designing a human electric-powered vehicle for her SENEA trip to China this summer. In addition to her work with SENEA, she is an officer in the TU chapter of Habitat for Humanity, has been a “Big” in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters school-based program and is active in the TU Young Democrats.

David Hamby