Goldwater Scholars

goldwaterZachary Sporn ’16 plans to become a physician and perform research on neurodegenerative disorders. Dana Lapides ’16 plans to be a professor and conduct research on nano-scale mathematical and physical problems.

They are one step closer to their goals after receiving a Goldwater Scholarship, the premier undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, science, and engineering.
A biochemistry major, Sporn is working with Justin Hines, assistant professor of chemistry, on research related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Sporn has co-authored papers and presented research at the American Society for Cell Biology/International Federation for Cell Biology joint meeting. He participates in Alternative School Break.

Dana Lapides ’16 performs during the annual CaPA Cabaret.

Dana Lapides ’16 performs during the annual CaPA Cabaret.

Lapides, a mathematics major, worked with James Ferri, Marcus Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, on research exploring ways to increase the stability of water/toluene emulsions. She won third place in the research paper competition at the 2014 AIChE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

A Creative and Performing Arts Fellow, Lapides plays piano in Contemporary Music Ensemble. She spent a year studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary.

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