Published: Feb. 5, 2014

Four MSU students nominated for Goldwater Scholarship

Contact(s): Stephanie Cepak Honors College office: (517) 355-2326, Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore Honors College office: (517) 35-2326

Four Michigan State University students pursuing STEM-related degrees have been nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. All students are members of the Honors College.

Their information can be found below.

Megan Kechner

  • Researching signal changes in the human brain that trigger behavioral disorders
  • Majoring in neuroscience and psychology in Lyman Briggs College and College of Social Science
  • Graduate of Davison High School in Davison, Mich. 

Irene Li

  • Researching the epithelial-metastatic behaviors of liver cancer cells
  • Majoring in genomics and molecular genetics and interdisciplinary studies in health and society in the College of Natural Science and College of Social Science
  • Graduate of Salem High School in Canton, Mich. 

John Suddard-Bangsund

  • Researching new electron donor materials for organic photovoltaics
  • Majoring in materials science and engineering and interdisciplinary humanities in the College of Engineering and College of Arts and Letters 
  • Graduate of Monticello High School in Monticello, Minn.

David Zoltowski 

  • Researching advanced signal processing tools to study the functional brain networks
  • Majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering 
  • Graduate of West Lafayette High School from West Lafayette, Ind.


“All four students have strong backgrounds as undergraduate researchers, which is the cornerstone of the Goldwater Scholarship,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the Honors College. “We are pleased to nominate them and hope they’ll be recognized for their hard work and dedication thus far to their fields of study.”

The Goldwater Foundation seeks scholars committed to a career in science, mathematics or engineering who display intellectual intensity and who have the potential for significant future contribution in their chosen field. The Goldwater Scholarship provides funding for undergraduate tuition and living expenses for students who are planning careers in research.

MSU has produced 34 Goldwater Scholars since the scholarship program was established by Congress in 1986.

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