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Andrew DeYoung Receives Goldwater Scholarship

photo of Andrew DeYoungAndrew DeYoung, a sophomore chemistry major, was recently awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. DeYoung, who is eligible to receive up to $7,500 through the scholarship, was one of 321 college sophomores and juniors nationwide selected for the honor.

The son of David and Joan DeYoung of Export, Pa., Andrew is interested in theoretical chemistry with plans to pursue an advanced degree and ultimately conduct research on developing new quantum mechanical methods for modeling chemical systems.

In the summer of 2007, he conducted research with Associate Professor David Yaron that involved modeling fluorescent dyes using computers. Specifically, Andrew used software packages —some commercially available and some created in the Yaron group — that perform quantum mechanics calculations to predict which chemical structures will give desirable dye properties. For example, one project is to design a dye that changes color when its target is reached inside the cell. Andrew plans to pursue research in the Yaron group in the summer of 2008.

“Andrew is an exceptionally bright student and fast learner,” said Yaron. “He made really rapid progress on his research project, and I look forward to having him back with us this summer.”
Andrew is a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, and he has received a National Merit Scholarship, an Andrew Carnegie Merit Scholarship, the Warner Prize for Freshman in Chemistry, and the Pittsburgh Foundation’s Paul E. Snyder Scholarship.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering, and to foster excellence in those fields. It was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, and to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics. The scholarships are also a stepping-stone for future support for their research careers, according to the foundation. Past Goldwater Scholars have garnered prestigious post-graduate fellowships, including the Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Award and numerous other distinguished honors.

For more information, visit www.act.org/goldwater/.


April 11, 2007