Carthage College junior Yana Astter is among 396 undergraduate students from around the country awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
The federally-endowed award was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.
“Being a recipient of this scholarship reveals to me that I am on the right path to developing a career in research, and only encourages me further to pursue translational medicine. I am excited to see the opportunities this award will bring me in my career,” Astter said.
The Goldwater Scholarship is the pre-eminent undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
This year’s Goldwater Scholars were chosen on the basis of academic merit from a pool of 1,343 students nominated by the institutional representatives of 461 colleges and universities nationwide. Virtually all scholars intend to obtain a Ph.D.
Astter, a Johnsburg, Ill., native, plans to pursue an M.D. and Ph.D. in physician-scientist training and ultimately hopes for a research career developing nanotechnologies to diagnose and treat diseases.
While at Carthage, she has worked in the lab of professor John Kirk, joining in on the efforts to synthesize gold and silica nanoparticles for use as a sensor for detecting organic compounds in water.