University students awarded Barry Goldwater research scholarship

Catherine Henry, Kathryn Marqueen honored

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Third-year College student Kathryn Marqueen said she appreciated the scholarship after all of the work she has put into her research.

Dan Addison | Cavalier Daily

Two University students were recently awarded the Barry Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. The scholarship was established by Congress in 1986 in honor of Senator Barry Goldwater and was awarded to 260 students across the country this year who intend to pursue careers in the fields of science, math and engineering.

Third-year Engineering student Catherine Henry and third-year College student Kathryn Marqueen were the University’s two 2015 recipients. Henry said she was honored and excited to receive of the scholarship.

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“It’s a great feeling,” Henry said. “It’s an honor to be nationally recognized for my research.”

Marqueen said she appreciated the scholarship after all of the work she has put into her research.

“After spending so much time working on research, this scholarship has been so encouraging,” Marqueen said. “While I’ve known that research would be part of my career, the Goldwater has helped confirm that my interests are leading me down the right path.”

Henry’s research focuses on a specific form of muscular dystrophy.

“I am studying Duchenne muscular dystrophy,” Henry said. “I’m looking at how the aging process affects the structural changes in the diaphragm in the hopes of being able to find information that will allow for the creation of better treatments.”

Marqueen has been researching the effects of inflammation on cardiovascular disease.

“My research deals with cardiovascular disease and understanding how regulating inflammation affects the development of the disease,” Marqueen said. “As the leading cause of death in this country, cardiovascular disease affects so many people, and better understanding of the disease can lead to more effective treatments and preventative measures.”

Henry said she has thoroughly enjoyed their research.

“I love working with the people in my lab,” Henry said. “When conducting experiments, I feel like I am working towards a goal that could make the world a better place.”

Marqueen said her passion for learning and discovery helped lead her to her accomplishments.

“I really enjoy having an application for the material that I learn in some of my science courses,” Marqueen said. “In class, you learn what has been discovered, but when it comes to lab, you're trying to use existing knowledge to figure out some aspect of the unknown.”

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