FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Micah Rapp, biology major at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), has been awarded a premier national undergraduate award, The Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the first recipient in university history.
This highly competitive national award is based on documenting excellence in undergraduate research and a proposal for future research. George Mourad, professor of biology, is Rapp's research advisor.
"Micah worked for two years in my lab at IPFW and it was a successful, productive partnership," said Professor Mourad. "Together we submitted the results of this research as a manuscript for publication in an international high impact peer-reviewed journal. Not only has Micah produced high-quality research, he has demonstrated the ability to do research throughout his career."
The Excellence in Education Program, which administers the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.
The purpose of the foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue research careers in these fields.
A national committee makes the Goldwater Scholar selection. Rapp's research and manuscript were part of the documentation submitted to the scholarship selection committee as proof of high-quality research accomplishment. In addition, Micah was also the first place winner in undergraduate research for the Sigma Xi Student Research Competition in 2013.
Rapp will continue to work in Professor Mourad's biology lab for the next 18 months until earning a bachelor's degree in biology, then he will move on to pursue a Ph.D. in biophysics.