Three UCSB Students Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

2016 Goldwater Scholarship Winners from UCSB:

Kevin Dervishi is a biochemist who is fascinated by the cellular and molecular consequences of aging, such as cell senescence and neurofibrillary tau tangles in the brain. Kevin currently works under Professor Stuart Feinstein at the Neuroscience Research Institute on an independent project to assess in vivo tau dimerization. Outside the lab and classroom, Kevin enjoys partner dancing such as salsa and blues.

Christina Garcia is a second year physics student in the College of Creative Studies from Folsom, California. She has worked in Professor Ram Seshadri's group in the Materials Research Laboratory at UCSB since February 2015, using density functional theory (DFT) calculations to predict material properties. In her free time, Christina enjoys concert-going and spending time outdoors with her friends.

Qicheng Zhang is a third-year undergraduate studying physics in the College of Creative Studies at UCSB. Since 2014, he has been developing orbital simulations to model asteroid/comet deflection and spacecraft propulsion via high-powered lasers in the UCSB Deepspace group, led by Prof. Philip Lubin. In the future, he intends to pursue research in planetary astrophysics to further our understanding of Earth's planetary neighbors.


Congratulations to all of our recipients! 

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News Date: 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016