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For immediate release: April 21, 2003
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Four Princeton students selected as Goldwater Scholars

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Four Princeton students have been named Goldwater Scholars by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

They are: junior Anthony Miller of Hopewell, N.J., who is majoring in physics; junior Ruth Tennen of Collinsville, Conn., who is majoring in molecular biology; junior Michael Tibbetts of Clearwater, Fla., who is majoring in molecular biology; and sophomore Darsh Ranjan of Lexington, Ky., who expects to major in mathematics.

Miller, who is studying at Oxford University this semester, hopes to become a faculty member in physics. At Princeton, he is working with Warren Warren, the Ralph W. '31 Dornte Professor in Chemistry, to develop specialized laser techniques for medical and chemical imaging. He has twice received the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence.

Tennen plans to pursue a Ph.D. and an academic career focusing on genetics and oncology. One of the research highlights she points to so far at Princeton is studying DNA mismatch repair in yeast and its potential implications for human cancer. Tennen has twice received the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence, as well as the Freshman First Honor Prize and the George B. Wood Legacy Sophomore Prize.

Tibbetts expects to earn an M.D. or Ph.D. in molecular immunology. He has worked in an immunology laboratory at the National Institutes of Health during the past two summers, and he spent last fall at Oxford University. He expects to complete his senior thesis working in the structural biology laboratory of Yigong Shi, associate professor of molecular biology. Tibbetts was twice awarded the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence.

Ranjan plans to pursue a career in mathematics or computer science research. Currently working with Sharad Malik, professor of electrical engineering, he is searching for algorithms to solve quantified Boolean formulas. Last year, Ranjan received the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence.

The scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of academic merit from among 1,093 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by faculties of universities across the country. The one- and two-year scholarships provide a maximum of $7,500 annually to cover tuition, fees, books and room and board. A total of 300 scholarships were awarded this year.

The scholarship program, part of the federally endowed Goldwater Foundation, was established in honor of Sen. Barry Goldwater and is designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

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