TU students receive Barry Goldwater Scholarships

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Awards recognize science, math and engineering students

The University of Tulsa is pleased to announce that three undergraduates have been awarded Barry Goldwater Scholarships. The Goldwater scholarship and Excellence in Education Program provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in those fields.

The following students are 2013 Goldwater recipients:

A sophomore majoring in biochemistry and mathematics, Caleb Lareau is interested in researching the human genome to determine the genetic basis of complex diseases. This summer, he plans to travel to Munich, Germany and work at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry to research the genetic basis of brain disorders. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a doctorate in statistical genetics.

Computer science sophomore Conor Fellin is currently conducting research in the area of biometric authentication. He and a team of researchers recently applied for a grant from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency that combines the biometric technique of users performing actions on a touch screen with eye movement to ensure user authenticity.

Weston Kightlinger is a chemical engineering junior. His research involves algae biofuels. Most recently, however, he has studied genetically engineered algae responsible for producing an enzyme to treat Celiac disease. This summer, he will intern in the field of pharmaceutical development at Bristol Myers Squibb. He hopes to pursue a doctorate in bioengineering.

Gail Banzet