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04-03-2012

Two More Clarkson University Students Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

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Two more Clarkson University honors students have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships.

Two more Clarkson University honors students, Nicholas Restaino (left) and Martin LaFleur, have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships.Junior Martin W. LaFleur, a biomolecular science major from Potsdam, N.Y., and junior Nicholas A. Restaino, a chemical engineering major from Spencerport, N.Y., have been awarded scholarships.

No college or university in New York state has had more Goldwater Scholars in the past three years than Clarkson University. Of more than 4,000 institutions nationwide, Clarkson is in the top one percent for the number of Goldwater Scholars in the past three years.    

Including this year’s scholars, 27 Clarkson University students have received this highly coveted award since the scholarships were first awarded in 1989. This is the 13th consecutive year that Clarkson Honors Program students have received Goldwaters.

The Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious award in the United States given to undergraduates studying the sciences. Only 282 scholarships were awarded for the 2012-2013 academic year.

A graduate of Potsdam High School and the Clarkson School, LaFleur intends to pursue a doctoral degree in cancer biology at the Gerstner Sloan-Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. His focus will be on activating the immune system to detect and destroy cancerous cells within the body. LaFleur aspires to someday run his own lab working on a cure for cancer.

Last summer, LaFleur participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Sloan-Kettering investigating the mechanisms by which the tumor suppressor TRIM3 is regulated, under the direction of Professor Andrew Koff. He performs research throughout the year and is currently working in Clarkson Professor Richard Partch’s lab on the development of a chemotherapeutic-functionalized gold nanoparticle to help avoid the drug resistance that is commonly acquired after treatment with targeted cancer therapies.

LaFleur is a presidential scholar and recently joined the Clarkson Honors Program in order to write a formal thesis on his work with Partch.

A graduate of Spencerport High School, Restaino wishes to obtain a doctoral degree in chemical engineering and conduct research to improve chemical energy storage and conversion methods.

During the summer of 2011, he worked under the guidance of Professor Michael Janik as a member of Penn State’s Chemical Engineering Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. There he modeled the electrocatalytic interface in proton exchange membrane fuel cells. He completed a co-op with GE Energy in Greenville, S.C., in the fall of 2011 and plans to perform more research this summer at North Carolina State University as a member of their Materials Science and Engineering REU. A member of the Clarkson Honors Program and a presidential scholar, Restaino enjoys playing intramural basketball with friends.

Clarkson’s Honors Program is an intensive four-year curriculum for exceptionally talented students. The University admits only 40 new students to the Honors Program each year.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation is a federally endowed agency established 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.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Two more Clarkson University honors students, Nicholas Restaino (left) and Martin LaFleur, have been awarded prestigious Goldwater Scholarships.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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