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Ohio Wesleyan Student Named National Goldwater Scholar

April 8, 2009

Meredith S. Palmer
Photo courtesy of the AICUO
DELAWARE, OH – Ohio Wesleyan University student Meredith S. Palmer has been named a 2009-2010 Goldwater Scholar by the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Palmer, a sophomore from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, was one of 278 college students nationwide selected to receive Goldwater scholarships. She was chosen from a field of nearly 1,100 mathematics, science, and engineering students nominated for the honor by their professors. Her two-year scholarship will provide $7,500 per year for college costs.

At Ohio Wesleyan, Palmer is pursuing a major in pre-professional zoology. After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctoral degree and then a career in conservation biology with the goal of conducting research and directing programs for an international environmental organization.

As part of her Ohio Wesleyan experience, Palmer has conducted original research into bird-feather pigments and into hummingbird behavior. She was invited to present her findings in both 2008 and 2009 at the joint scientific meeting of The Wilson Ornithological Society and the Association of Field Ornithologists.

In addition to Palmer’s being named a Goldwater Scholar, a second Ohio Wesleyan student, Patricia J. Troy, earned honorable mention recognition from the Goldwater Foundation. Troy, a senior from Cincinnati, is pursuing a double major in neuroscience and chemistry. After graduation, she intends to pursue her doctoral degree in neuroscience with a career goal of conducting research on neurodegenerative diseases and teaching at the university level.

“This is a tremendous honor for Meredith and Patricia, and for Ohio Wesleyan University,” said Rock Jones, Ph.D., university president. “They should be very proud. Ohio Wesleyan strives to provide students with strong research, mentoring, and honors program opportunities, but it is their drive and initiative that has earned them recognition in one of the nation’s most competitive scholarship programs.”

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater of Arizona, who served in the U.S. Senate for 30 years. The program fosters and encourages excellence in science and mathematics to help alleviate current and future shortages of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.