Two CSB SJU Students Receive Goldwater Scholarships

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April 22, 1999

St. Joseph, Minn.- College of Saint Benedict sophomore Kathryn Zurek, Princeton, and Saint John's University junior Dan Ferraro, St. Cloud, received a prestigious Goldwater Science Foundation National Scholarship. The scholarship supports students who plan on doing post-graduate research in the sciences and mathematics.

Zurek is a sophomore mathematics major and Ferraro is a junior chemistry and English major. Both will receive $7500 for each remaining year of study at CSB/SJU.

Zurek plans to continue her education after CSB/SJU by attending graduate school where she will pursue an advanced degree in either physics or mathematics. To help prepare for graduate school, Zurek will take part in a research program for undergraduates at the Laboratory of Nuclear Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., this summer.

After graduation, Ferraro plans to go to graduate school to receive a degree in medicine with a combined doctorate in a research field. His desire to research the field of holistic medicine with a chemical approach will lead him to explore eastern medicine with the hopes of helping derive new drugs from native herbal medicines.

The Goldwater Science Foundation is a federally endowed agency designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Science Scholarship, honoring Sen. Barry M. Goldwater, is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

The 304 National Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,181 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

The College of Saint Benedict for women and Saint John's University for men are partners in liberal arts education, providing students the opportunity to benefit from the distinctions of not one, but two nationally recognized Catholic, Benedictine, residential undergraduate colleges. Together the colleges challenge students to live balanced lives of learning, work, leadership and service in a coeducational environment.