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For immediate release: April 7, 2004
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Four Princeton juniors 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. 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 2004 scholars are: Matthew Satriano of Oceanside, N.Y., who is majoring in mathematics; Van Molino of Gaithersburg, Md., who is majoring in mathematics; Katharine Moore of Philadelphia, who is majoring in chemistry; and Jordan Amadio of Cazenovia, N.Y. and Rome, Italy, who is majoring in physics and biophysics.

Satriano's interest is in number theory. He expects to pursue a Ph.D. in math, specializing in algebraic number theory, and hopes to become a mathematics professor. This summer, he plans to work as a counselor in Ohio State University's Ross Program, a highly selective, intensive course in mathematics for pre-college students. Satriano participated in the program as a high school student.

Molino plans to earn a Ph.D., conduct research and teach at the college level. Last summer, he received a research fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he studied a mathematical approach to analyzing aerosol particles. He plans to work there again this summer.

Moore expects to attend graduate school to study chemistry and become a college professor. She conducts research on ultrafast, precisely controlled laser pulses that act as chemical reagents and drive chemical reactions. She is also conducting theoretical computations that have applications to quantum computing, a field that could lead to faster computers.

Amadio is the founding chair of the Princeton Undergraduate Research Symposium, which encourages interdisciplinary dialogue among Princeton science and engineering students. His interests are in the use of nanoscale technology to understand and treat human disease, particularly diseases associated with the aging process. Amadio's research includes an investigation of a proposed novel molecular mechanism for Alzheimer's disease and a mathematical study of brain tumor growth. Amadio, who has an interest in law and public policy, plans to pursue an M.D. or both a Ph.D. and M.D.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,113 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields. The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. A total of 310 scholarships were awarded this year.


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