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