Three Yale Students Win Goldwater Scholarships

Yale Juniors Daniel E. Rosenfeld, Luciano F. Custo Greig and David E. Weinberg have been awarded prestigious Goldwater scholarships in the amount of $7,500 each to pursue their studies in science at Yale.

Rosenfeld, from Beverly Hills, California, intends to seek a Ph.D. in physical chemistry after earning his bachelor’s degree. He currently conducts research  using spectroscopy to understand the dynamics of light and matter. In particular, he is studying the behavior of water molecules in complex environments.

Pursuing his interest in developmental neurobiology, Greig examines how the brain signals the receptors that trigger neurons to travel. Greig, from Key Biscayne, Florida, plans to earn an M.D. and Ph.D. in molecular/cellular/developmental biology after graduating from Yale.

A resident of Palmetto Bay, Florida, Weinberg is studying the protein Ro, with a particular focus on the disease Lupus, which is known to make antibodies against Ro. After Yale, he will pursue a Ph.D. in biochemistry.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awarded 323 scholarships for the 2006–2007 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States. The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,081 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by Public Law in 1986. The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

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