Keck Awards Scholarships

By Erin Matheson ‘18
Science Columnist

In early April three juniors, two Scripps students and one Pitzer student, from the Keck Science Department were awarded Barry M. Goldwater Foundation Scholarships to help further their research pursuits.  Karen Chan, Lilian Horin, and Rachel Kahn have all earned the scholarship for the 2016-2017 year. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually. The Trustees award up to 260 Goldwater Scholarships across the United States.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.

Rachel Kahn, junior from Scripps College is a Physics major at Keck. Rachel’s career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in a field related to marine science and to conduct research related to marine exploration and conservation.

Karen Chan, Scripps College ‘17, is a Biology and Music (Vocal Performance) double major.  Karen’s career goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in Biology, conduct research on vocal folds, and teach at the university level.

Lillian Horin, Pitzer College ’17, is a Biology major and her career goal is to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and to conduct research to improve diabetes treatments and prevent its macrovascular and microvascular complications.

Marion Preest, professor of biology, serves as the Interim Weinberg Family Dean of the W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges.  He is the Goldwater Faculty Representative for the three colleges and nominates students. The application consists ofa typed essay of future career goals and research interest, current college transcript, and letter of recommendation.  Our fellow Keck students are funded and destined to uncover great findings.