Past Scholar Bios

2011/2012 Undergraduate Scholarships and Honorable Mentions:

Sri and Sai Radha, Goldwater Scholars

Sai (left) and Sri Radha

Sai and Sri are twins each majoring in Chemical Engineering.  Sai plans to pursue an MD/PhD in neurology and tissue engineering.  She’s worked in Dr. Stephanie Bryant’s tissue engineering lab on a project that will provide more information about fundamental properties of cartilage cells.  She also works in Dr. Richard Regueiro’s lab on a computational model of the structure of the lens capsule in the eye.

Sri also plans to pursue an MD/PhD in tissue engineering to foster her interest in creating restorative biomaterials that can replenish scarred heart tissue. She has conducted research in Dr. Kristi Anseth’s lab on nanogels. She, too has worked with Dr. Richard Regueiro through the Discover Learning Apprenticeship program to generate a model of the lens structure using scanning microscopy.

The sisters share a love of Carnatic music, traditional South Indian classical singing, which they perform together.  They work on the Colorado Engineers Magazine, and are members of the Presidents Leadership Class.

Ben Hobson and Stephen Kissler, Goldwater Honorable Mentions

Sri Radha, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Scholar

Sri is a multiple award winner this year, earning the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award in the spring of 2012.  Because she was selected as a sophomore, Sri will be eligible to keep this $10,000/year award for two years.

2011/2012 Graduate Scholarships:
Boroka Bo, Soros fellow

Boróka Bó, has been awarded the nationally prestigious, highly selective Soros Fellowship—the first student from CU to be named. She was selected on the basis of her many achievements, her creativity, her intellectual curiosity, and her civic-mindedness. The Soros Fellowship seeks to support “New Americans,” students who themselves are naturalized citizens or whose parents are naturalized citizens.

As a Soros Fellow, Boróka will be eligible for up to $90,000 in funding for up to two years of graduate study.

The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

Boróka plans to pursue an advanced degree in public health at the University of California, San Francisco.  She came to this country from Transylvania as a political refugee when she was 14 years old. She began working to support herself at age 15, and has worked since, putting herself and her younger sister through college.  Boróka is an artist and a poet as well as a researcher.  She has practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  With her sister, she started a non-profit organization, The Transylvania Community Foundation, to “protect human rights against self-invested government and minority rights against majority.” The foundation has a range of initiatives: health, employment, education, cultural identity, intercultural dialogue. She completed an honors thesis based on interviews with Roma (Gypsy) people in different European countries which earned herSumma cum laude. She examines how the Romas’ stigmatized status affects their access to and utilization of health care. As an undergraduate Boróka actively engaged her campus community as well, serving on several committees and boards, among them the CU Health and Wellness Committee; the Chancellors Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, and the Wardenburg Student Governing Board.

2011/2012 finalists:

Stephen Kissler, Truman finalist

Stephen , one of CU’s Boettcher Scholars (Colorado’s most prestigious scholarship), majors in Applied Math.  He’s been working on a math modeling project with Professors James Curry and Anne Dougherty in Applied Math. He hopes to create a sound epidemiological model that can help to predict and prevent disease. He’s an active member of the Engineering Honors Program, where he is lauded for his many contributions to the residential community. He’s also an avid musician.

Elena Pellicer, Rhodes finalist

We’re proud that Elena was selected as a Rhodes finalist, and that she represented CU in a daylong interview process in Colorado Springs.  She plans to pursue an MD so that she can practice socially just medicine both in the U.S. and internationally.  She graduated summa cum laude with degrees in integrative physiology and Spanish.  Her honors thesis, written in Spanish, took up a nutrition-related topic. Elena worked in the lab of Dr. Douglas Seals on cardiovascular aging. Elena worked for most of her undergraduate years in the Women’s Resource Center, where she was a valued team member.  She’s traveled widely with her family and also as a study abroad student. Most recently, after graduation she spent several months in Uganda as a program coordinator for the Initiative to End Childhood Malnutrition at the Nyakibale Hospital.

2010/2011 Undergraduate Scholarships and Honorable Mentions:

Shane Baldauf, Udall Scholar

Shane, a Boettcher Scholar majoring in environment design, decided to devote the time he would have spent working to pay his way through college to volunteering instead.  He chose Habitat for Humanity as his primary site of community service as it is a good fit with his major.  Flatiron Habitat is committed to using sustainable building materials, and this led Shane to think more broadly about sustainable building practices. He is LEED certified  and he works as the junior program director for a program called HabitatPro to offer educational opportunities for green-building professionals on Habitat construction sites. He’s also started a social enterprise with a fellow AmeriCorps member called Bould, LLC.  Through this company, Shane and his partner aspire to encourage other Habitat organizations to use green-building practices.  His work with future Habitat homeowners has also instilled in him a strong commitment to social justice.  He hopes to make sustainable building initiatives available to everyone. For the news story see:

Ian Buller, Goldwater Scholarship

Ian is majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology.  He plans to specialize in disease ecology to identify unknown diseases in remote areas, study their emergence, and design control programs.  He aspires to discover previously unknown diseases.  Ian has worked in Dr. Pieter Johnson’s lab since the spring of 2009 on the Amphibian Necropsy Task Force, where he is currently team leader.  He has a forthcoming publication as co-author in Ecology.  Ian is also a first year class advisor and and active participant in the President’s Leadership Class, one of CU’s premier leadership development programs. For the news story see:

Natasha Goss, Goldwater Scholarship

Natasha’s major is in chemistry.  Among the remarkable things about Natasha is her age.  She entered CU as a 13 year old, and her Goldwater award comes to her at age 14.  I believe this makes her CU’s youngest Goldwater Scholar, and likely one of the youngest Goldwater Scholars nationally.  Natasha plans to study the impact of climate change on the chemistry of aqueous ecosystems. Natasha is currently an intern at the CU Environmental Center, where she played a key role in CU’s submission to the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Reporting System. This summer she will intern at INSTAAR under the direction of Dr. Diane McNight to conduct research on the effects of changing temperature on phytoplankton.  Natasha is a CU Norlin Scholar, a interdisciplinary scholar community, among other awards. For the news story see:
Minh Than, Goldwater Scholarship and Astronaut Scholarship
Minh is working on a double major in molecular, cellular and developmental biology and biochemistry.  Minh has the added distinction of being CU’s Astronaut Scholar in his junior and senior years.  The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation funds exceptional students in math, science, and engineering.  Minh plans to pursue and MD/PhD to investigate cancer with the hope of detecting and treating early oncogenesis. Minh has worked in Min Han’s lab on increasingly independent projects. A first generation student, Minh is an active member of the Miramontes Arts and Sciences Program at CU. For the news story see:
2009/2010 Graduate scholarships:
    Anna Leib
    Anna Leib, 2010 Churchill Scholar

    Anna Lieb, Winston Churchill scholarship, Cambridge University

    Anna Lieb, a 2010 graduate with a double-major in applied mathematics and engineering physics, will study applied mathematics and theoretical physics as a Churchill Scholar at Cambridge in 2010. Anna had the distinction of being named a Goldwater Scholar in 2009.  She was a CU Norlin Scholar as well.

    Anna’s future plans include working toward a doctorate in applied mathematics with the goal of conducting research in modeling problems in ecology and systems biology. In addition to her academic pursuits, Lieb has a full extracurricular life. She’s an avid outdoorswoman, a marathon runner, and a two time national women’s snowshoeing champion.
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    Mitesh Shridhar, 2010 Marshall Scholar

    Mitesh Shridhar, Marshall Scholarship, Cambridge University

    Mitesh Shridhar, a 2010 graduate at the University of Colorado at Boulder, majored in both biochemistry and molecular, cellular and developmental biology. He will study at Cambridge University in 2010-2011 toward a Master of Philosophy degree in the department of pharmacology as a Marshall scholar.

    Mitesh was been awarded a number of scholarships during his time at CU-Boulder, including the Boettcher Scholarship, the National Merit Scholarship and the Norlin Scholarship. Shridhar received research grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and CU-Boulder’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. He also was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honor society.

    Mitesh has co-authored papers and worked for three years in the CU-Boulder lab of Distinguished Professor Linda Watkins studying mechanisms of pain. He’s also a competitive chess player.
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    Congratulations to the following students who were invited to interview as finalists:

    2009/2010 Undergraduate Scholarships:

    Kevin Fiedler
    Kevin Fiedler, 2010 Goldwater Scholar

    Kevin Fiedler, Goldwater Scholarship

    Kevin Fiedler, a University of Colorado at Boulder engineering physics major, has been named a 2010 Goldwater Scholar.  Kevin has worked in three CU-Boulder labs, most recently under physics Professor Uriel Nauenberg on studies involving the International Linear Collider.

    Kevin also has the distinction of holding a Boettcher Scholarship and the Dean’s Scholarship from CU-Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. He is a member of the Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society.
    Kevin plans to seek a Ph.D. in physics either in the United States or in England. His career goals include continued research in quantum computing and teaching at the university level.

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    Minh Trong Than, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

    Minh Trong Than, a University of Colorado student in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology, has been awarded the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award for his exceptional potential as a science researcher. His future aspirations lie in the intersection of clinical and biomedical research to improve lives.

    CU was honored to host astronaut Richard Truly in the fall semester of 2010 to present the award to Minh. Minh’s other interests include chess, hiking, and tennis, all of which serve to challenge him intellectually and physically.

    Chayla Rowley, Udall Scholarship

    Chayla Rowley, 2010 Udall Scholar

    Chayla Rowley, a civil engineering major at the University of Colorado at Boulder who plans to work with tribal nations to provide healthy water supplies, has been awarded a national Udall Scholarship. She was recognized at an August 2010 ceremony in Tucson, Ariz., attended by policymakers and community leaders.

    Chayla built and operated a small-scale water treatment system through her lab work in the Undergraduate Research Opportunites Program at CU-Boulder. Her fieldwork has included measuring the velocity of rivers, testing for chlorophyll and analyzing macro-invertebrate samples in lakes and documenting both the vegetation that surrounds bodies of water and the impact of humans on the environment. In the future, she plans to work with tribal nations in water resource management.
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