The Catholic University of America

April 30, 2007

CUA Biochemistry Major Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Award Marks the Second National Distinction for the Chemistry Department

Alys Cheatle

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University junior and biochemistry major Alys Cheatle of Hickory, N. C., has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, one of 317 undergraduates - and 143 women - to receive the prestigious award nationwide.

Cheatle is the second CUA biochemistry major this year to receive a significant national award. Junior Paul Kelley received a United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Initiative award in March, one of 15 undergraduates nationwide.

The Goldwater scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,110 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities around the country. Goldwater scholars often go on to prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs, including the Rhodes Scholarship and Marshall Award.

The scholarship program honoring the late Sen. 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. Fourteen Catholic University students have been named Goldwater scholars since the university began participating in the contest in 1991.

As a Goldwater Scholar, Cheatle will receive up to $7,500 next year toward the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board.


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· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600,