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More Clarkson University Students Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

Two more Clarkson University honors students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships and two have received an honorable mention.

 Left to right: James Bruska (honorable mention), Sarah Duclos (honorable mention), Timothy Dunn (Goldwater Scholar), and (inset) Louis DeRidder (Goldwater Scholar).Louis DeRidder '19, a chemical engineering major from Gansevoort, N.Y., and Timothy Dunn '19, an electrical engineering and computer science double major from Penfield, N.Y., have both been named Goldwater Scholars.

James Bruska '18, a computer engineering and computer science double major from Syracuse, N.Y. and Sarah Duclos '19, a mechanical engineering major from Clifton Park, N.Y., received honorable mentions.

Including this year’s scholars, 35 Clarkson University students have received this highly coveted award since the scholarships were first awarded in 1989. This is the 18th consecutive year that at least one Clarkson student has received a Goldwater Scholarship.

The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the United States given to undergraduates studying in natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering. It is given to sophomores and juniors who demonstrate outstanding potential. There were only 240 scholarships awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Clarkson is one of only 23 institutions nationwide to win a Goldwater every year since 2005.

Louis DeRidder, a graduate of South Glens Falls High School, is a sophomore Honors Program student at Clarkson University, majoring in chemical and biomolecular engineering, with a minor in biology. He interned at the Trudeau Immunology Research Institute the summer after his freshman year, working on a collaborative project between Trudeau's William Reiley and Clarkson's Professor He Dong. He continued this project during the following semester working with Dong on utilizing peptide nanoparticles for gene and drug delivery during. This past year, he completed two research-based co-ops: one with Johnson & Johnson's R&D and the other with the Center for Nanomedicine at Johns Hopkins' Medical School. He plans to pursue a PhD in biomedical engineering and develop a nanotherapeutic for Alzheimer's disease. Subsequently, he hopes to launch a biotechnology company to further develop this drug through the FDA clinical approval process.

Timothy Dunn, a graduate of Penfield High School, is a sophomore Honors Program student double majoring in electrical engineering and computer science, and minoring in mathematics. He has conducted research at Clarkson since his freshman year under the mentorship of Professors Sean and Natasha Banerjee. Last summer, he conducted research in improving automated software problem report triaging by accelerating report comparisons using a graphics processing unit. This summer, he will be interning at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, hoping to improve existing diffractive X-ray imaging software. He plans to earn a Ph.D. in computer science and conduct research in algorithmic complexity and parallel computing.

James Bruska, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy High School, is a junior Honors Program student double majoring in computer engineering and computer science with a minor in math. Since his freshman year, he has conducted research at Clarkson under Prof. Chen Liu. Last summer, he worked on secure systems at Intelligent Automation Incorporated in Rome, N.Y. This summer, Bruska will do research at Clarkson on the capability of machine learning algorithms, using hardware event information, to detect encryption downgrade attacks. He plans to earn a Ph.D in computer security and conduct applied research in computer security at a university.

Sarah Duclos, a graduate of Shenendehowa High School, is a sophomore Honors Program student majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in biomedical engineering. She has conducted research in Prof. Arthur Michalek's Connective Tissue Lab, since the summer of 2016. Her work during the summer focused on measuring the residual strain in intervertebral discs and is published in the Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials. It was also selected as a finalist in the poster-teaser category at the 2017 Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting. The goal of Duclos' current research is to measure the compressive moduli of intervertebral discs in different states of stress, which builds upon her previous work. She plans to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.

Clarkson’s Honors Program is an intensive four-year curriculum for exceptionally talented students. The University admits only 50 new students to the Honors Program each year.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Two more Clarkson University honors students have been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship and two have received an honorable mention. Left to right: James Bruska (honorable mention), Sarah Duclos (honorable mention), Timothy Dunn (Goldwater Scholar), and (inset) Louis DeRidder (Goldwater Scholar), who is away doing research at Johns Hopkins, this semester.

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