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May 5, 2011 Volume 32, No. 30

MU student is Goldwater Scholar

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has named a University of Missouri student as a 2011 Goldwater Scholar. Amanda Prasuhn was nominated by MU faculty members and selected by the foundation based on academic merit.

The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes top undergraduate students who plan to pursue careers in math, science or engineering.

Prasuhn, a junior from Kirkwood, Mo. majoring in biological sciences, has participated in the Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, where she examined the DNA of African elephants.

“It feels great knowing that the Goldwater Scholarship Program recognizes my hard work and finds my research to be important, exciting, and worthwhile,” Prasuhn said. “I feel very fortunate that I was chosen to receive this scholarship and know that being a Goldwater Scholar will lead me to many opportunities in the future.”