David L.V. Bauer and Itamar M. Belisha, students at The City College of New York (CCNY), have been selected as 2007 Goldwater Scholars by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The Goldwater Scholarship, which is federally funded, is America’s premiere award for undergraduates majoring in math, science and engineering.
Mr. Bauer, a sophomore majoring in chemistry in the Macaulay Honors College, and Mr. Belisha, a junior majoring in the electrical engineering, were among 317 undergraduates chosen nationwide. They were selected from a field of 1,110 mathematics, science, and engineering students nominated by their schools. Scholars receive stipends of up to $7,500 per year toward tuition, fees, books, and room and board.
“As the home of The City University of New York’s flagship science and engineering programs, everyone at The City College joins me in saluting David and Itamar’s achievements,” said CCNY President Gregory H. Williams. “Their scholarship and research epitomize what our students can achieve.”
Mr. Bauer, who is from the Bronx, has been investigating synthesis and assaying of novel aspirin derivatives for the development of new anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer medications. His mentor is Kevin Ryan, Assistant Professor of Chemistry. “Science has led me to a global consciousness, a realization that my reach could extend beyond my own small existence,” he said. “Keeping the global context of science in mind has been a powerful motivator in my work.”
In 2005, Mr. Bauer finished in first place in the Intel Talent Science Search. A student at Hunter College High School at the time, he did research at CCNY that led to the design of a universal sensor for neurotoxins in that could be used to detect a biological or chemical weapons attack. After graduation, he intends to pursue a Ph.D.
Mr. Belisha, a native of Israel who resides in Brooklyn with his wife, has been investigating the correlation between high potassium and brain seizures during deep brain stimulation. His mentor is Marom Biksom, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He has done research at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute, as well.
“My motivation for combining engineering and medicine is the great potential I find in biomedical engineering to impact the quality of treatment for various neurological disorders by innovative techniques," he said. After graduation, Mr. Belisha plans to pursue a joint M.D./Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with the goal of conducting research on neurological disorders.