Two at Wellesley College Are Named 2006-2007 Goldwater Scholars
March 31, 2006
Mass. -- Wellesley College students
Merideth Frey of Monterey, Calif., and Margaret Thompson of
Oriental, N.C., are among the 323 nationwide college sophomores
and juniors to be awarded 2006-2007 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships.
The one- and two-year scholarships will cover the cost of their
tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of
$7,500 per year.
The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic
merit from a field of 1,081 mathematics, science and engineering
students nominated by the faculties of U.S. colleges and universities.
Frey, a junior majoring in physics, plans to earn a Ph.D.
in physics and become a research professor in the
field of quantum
physics. She also is the recipient of the Charles E. Sporck
Scholarship and has received National Science Foundation
funding and a Massachusetts Space Grant. She has
placed first, second
and third in annual state competitions and 19th at the world
competition for Destination Imagination, a creative problem-solving
program. A National Merit Commended Scholar and an Advanced
Placement Scholar with Distinction, she earned a certificate
of distinction for superior performance in the American Mathematics
childhood, I have adored the fantasical elements of reality,” Frey
said. “As a result, I became fascinated by quantum physics.
I enjoy learning about new theories to explain the nearly unexplainable.
My goal is to participate in research that has theoretical
and real-world applications.”
has been involved in research projects including work at
the Physics Laboratory at the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST), building an experimental
observe properties of clustered quantum dots. She has
research at NIST and at Wellesley. She also has worked
on research projects involving asteroid rotation and
and earned first-year distinction at Wellesley.
a sophomore majoring in chemistry, plans to earn a Ph.D.
in organic chemistry. She has earned distinction
in organic chemistry and first year distinction at
Wellesley. A National Merit Scholar and a Siemens Westinghouse
regional finalist, she received the Wake County 4H
would like to become a professor of organic chemistry or
biochemistry at a research university,” she said. “I’d
like to focus my research efforts on improving
and developing therapies for diseases such as diabetes, cancer
has conducted research projects on global warming and its
effect on caterpillars, which was
the Entomological Society of America and published
in Environmental Entomology. She has worked in
a synthetic organic chemistry
group collaborating with a pharmacology group
at Tufts New
England Medical Center on a peptide receptor
important to the production of insulin, research that has
been accepted for
presentation at the 2006 American Chemical Society
Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency. Its Scholarship
Program was designed
to foster and
encourage outstanding students to pursue careers
and engineering. The scholarship is the premier
undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
In its 18-year
history, the foundation has awarded 4,885 scholarships
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing
an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will
make a difference
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For
more information, go to www.wellesley.edu.
College junior Merideth Frey and
sophomore Margaret Thompson.