Emory Students Receive Truman, Goldwater Scholarships

Three Emory University students have recently received the highly competitive Truman and Goldwater national scholarships.

Emory University junior Stephanie Spangler (see photo), who has been selected as a 2011 Truman Scholar, one of only 60 students in the nation to receive the competitive fellowship meant to foster careers in government and public service. Students are selected on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of “making a difference.”

As a Truman Scholar, Spangler will receive $30,000 for graduate study. She is the 12th Truman Scholar from Emory, and the first since 2006.

An Emory Woodruff Scholar, Spangler was described by her nominator as “one of the most celebrated and outstanding leaders to attend the Emory College of Arts and Sciences in many years.” She maintains a 4.0 GPA in sociology and history, and is an active volunteer with the AmeriCorps program JumpStart, through which she tutors and mentors low-income, pre-kindergarten students. Spangler plans to dedicate her career to advocating for children, especially for high quality early education for all.

In her role as vice president of the Emory College Council, Spangle’s signature effort has been the establishment of a volunteer council to better coordinate volunteer efforts, outreach and cooperation across all of Emory’s schools and units. She was recently selected for Emory’s yearlong Community Building and Social Change Fellowship.

Emory juniors Moiez Ali and Jonathan Lin are recipients of the Goldwater Scholarship, named for the late Sen. Barry Goldwater. The award provides up to $7,500 annually for tuition or other education-related expenses in their remaining years at Emory.

Ali is a biology major and plans to complete dual M.D./Ph.D. degrees in neuroscience and eventually conduct research on neurodegenerative disease.

Lin is a neuroscience and behavioral biology major. He plans to complete dual M.D./Ph.D. degrees in neurology and conduct research in biomedical science, with a particular interest in vision and ocular disease.

Sophomores and juniors in the hard sciences, math and engineering may apply for Goldwater Scholarships and must have an excellent academic record, substantive research experience and plans to pursue advanced degrees after graduation in preparation for a career in research. They were among the 278 recipients chosen from a pool of students across the country.

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