MADISON, NJ - Morristown resident and Drew University student, Uma Katheti is among four students in New Jersey to earn honorable mention from the highly competitive Goldwater scholarship for students in the fields of math, science and engineering.
Kantheti, is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in Pan-African studies and public health. She was nominated for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation by Associate Professor of Biology Stephen Dunaway. Dunaway described her as an outstanding student who conducts independent scientific research as a Baldwin Honors scholar.
Currently, she's analyzing immune response to viral infections in the lab of Assistant Professor of Biology Brianne Barker.
"She came to my laboratory during her first semester at Drew and expressed an interest in cancer biology", said Barker. "We were able to design a very innovative project. Uma's ability to synthesize information, transfer material and ask good questions amazes me every day that we work together."
The Goldwater program awarded 211 scholarships and 281 honorable mentions from among 1,280 nominees for the 2018-19 school year.
"At a bigger school most of these research opportunities are available only for graduate students," said Kantheti, of Morristown, N.J., who's majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. As an undergrad, she has co-authored an article out for review at a scholarly research journal and is working on project that will lead to another peer-reviewed publication.
Kantheti also challenges herself by seeking out courses, grants and presentations at local and national conferences. Long term, she'd like to teach at a medical school and run a lab that specializes in cancer immunology and plans to apply to MD and PhD programs at top universities.
Drew University, located in Madison NJ, has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.
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