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Mar 29
Four Ohio State Honors Students Recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Four Ohio State honors students have been recognized by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Juniors Daniel Lesman, Emily Osborne, Eitan Rothberg, and Sarthak Shah were all named 2020 Goldwater Scholars, the most prestigious national award for undergraduate researchers in science, math, and engineering.  Goldwater Scholars receive an award to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500.  

Daniel Lesman is a junior honors student majoring in biomedical sciences. He aims to earn an MD/PhD in molecular biology to research and develop therapies for rare neuromuscular disorders. Daniel's research is advised by Dr. Nicolas Wein.

Emily Osborne is a junior honors student majoring in physics with a minor in statistics. She aims to earn a Ph.D. in biophysics to conduct research in active matter systems and teach at the university level. Emily's research is advised by Dr. Ratnasingham Sooryakumar and Dr. Christopher Pierce.

Eitan Rothberg is a junior honors student and Eminence Fellow majoring in computer and information science. He aims to earn a Ph.D. in computer science in order to conduct research on socially responsible artificial intelligence. Eitan's research is advised by Dr. Raghu Machiraju.

Sarthak Shah is a junior honors student and Eminence Fellow majoring in neuroscience with a minor in philosophy. He aims to earn an M.D./Ph.D. degree in neuroscience to formulate translational approaches to treat traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders. Sarthak's research is advised by Dr. Zachary Weil.

396 scholarships were awarded to sophomores and juniors on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,343 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by colleges and universities nationwide. It is estimated that over 5,000 students applied for their university's nomination for the award. However, each institution may only nominate four students (plus one additional transfer student) for this award.  Since the award's inception in 1986, Ohio State has produced 64 Goldwater Scholars; fifty-six of the university's last sixty nominees have been recognized as a scholar or honorable mention. This is the third time in Ohio State history in which all four nominees have received the award; the previous two occurred in 2007 and 2019. This is the first time in institutional history in which all four nominees have been named Goldwater Scholars in consecutive years.

For more information on the Goldwater Scholarship, please visit https://goldwater.scholarsapply.org/. Students interested in applying for the Goldwater Scholarship or other nationally competitive awards should contact fellowships@osu.edu.


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