TU Junior Wins Scholarship for Study in Germany

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Cassie Duncan, a University of Tulsa biochemistry major who has conducted research on nanoparticles that could be used to detect disease in its earliest stages, has been awarded a scholarship to study for the fall semester in Germany.

Duncan, a junior from Oklahoma City who is on TU’s women’s rowing team, is one of 56 winners chosen from 294 applicants from Canada and the United States. She is the only recipient from an Oklahoma university.

Duncan will study at the University of Lueneburg. She will take four classes in German language, composition and conversation, and a course in German modern drama. She has taken two German classes at TU.

Her scholarship is worth about $4,600, including monthly stipends and funds for travel, books and health insurance. The DAAD EDU.de scholarships are awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service, an organization of higher education institutions in Germany known by its acronym, DAAD.

At TU Duncan has conducted research with chemistry professor Ken Roberts on the potential of quantum dots to detect disease by measuring damage to proteins and DNA in living cells. This summer she is working at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation with Gary J. Gorbsky, who studies how defects in the control of cell division promote the development of cancer.

She is a 2002 graduate of Putnam City North High School and the daughter of Bob and Stacy Duncan of Oklahoma City.