Two Trinity Students Earn Goldwater Honorable Mentions

Two Sophomores were Finalists for Highly Prestigious Award
Hartford, Conn., May 14, 2013 – Hyunsu “Philip” Cho ’15, and Erin Barney ’15, were selected as Honorable Mentions for a highly competitive Goldwater Scholarship.  Of the 1,107 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were finalists, 271 students were awarded Goldwater Scholarships and 200 were given Honorable Mentions.   Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 80 Rhodes Scholarships, 118 Marshall Awards, 110 Churchill Scholarships and numerous other distinguished fellowships.
 
Cho is double majoring in computer science and mathematics.  He has been doing research with Peter Yoon, associate professor of computer science, since his first year, and has presented his work at professional conferences.  His goal is to earn a Ph.D. in computer science and conduct research in high-performance computing and teach at the university level. 

"Undergraduate research brought me a totally different perspective on many subject matters,” Cho said. “[The subjects] felt more relevant than ever."
 
Cho was adopted at age 15 by an American Baptist minister and his wife.  He left his home country of South Korea and began his new life in the U.S. His new parents encouraged his school endeavors and that ultimately led him to Trinity College.

Alison Draper, Director, Science Center and Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Science  at Trinity, said that Cho is “intellectually curious and hard-working,” and added that he “raises the level of every class and activity in which he participates.”
 
Barney is a biomedical engineering major at Trinity.  Her goal is to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and conduct research in microfluidics.  Last semester, she was also awarded the Connecticut Space Grant Undergraduate Fellowship for her work in microfluidics.
(Pictured: Cho, left, and Barney, right)
 
“I am incredibly grateful to receive an Honorable Mention for a Goldwater Scholarship,” Barney said.  “I really love my research project and it is nice to know that others recognize all of the hard work that has gone into this project.”
 
Barney has been studying the effect of ultrasound on microfluidic systems since last spring with Emilie Dressaire, assistant professor of engineering, who she presented her research with in San Diego, Calif., in November. 
 
“I am really happy that I have had the chance to work so closely with such dedicated and knowledgeable professors and students at Trinity,” she said. 
 
“Barney is a hard-working, wise and curious young engineer,” Draper said about Barney. “She has demonstrated the stick-to-it attitude that is so essential in a research career; she has taken on difficult challenges in the laboratory of Prof. Dressaire, and one by one, solved each problem to progress in the research.”
 
Barney is also a Presidential Scholar at Trinity, where she’s made a home. 
 
“Both Alison [Draper] and the Interdisciplinary Science Program (ISP) helped me find my place at Trinity and strongly influenced my decision to major in engineering,” Barney added.  
 
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor U.S. Sen Barry M. Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.  The purpose of the Foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.  For more on the Goldwater Scholarship, visit: http://www.act.org/goldwater/hm-2013.html.