Biology Major Has Won Prestigious Math/Science Award

Ursinus College rising senior Jennifer C. Schrandt is the winner of a scholarship from the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. A major in Biology, she is among 275 sophomore and junior scholarship winners for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Schrandt is one of 17 Goldwater Scholars listed from the state of Pennsylvania. She is from Newtown and is a graduate from Council Rock High School North, in Bucks County. Her career goal is to earn a Ph.D. in immunology prior to pursuing a career in pharmaceutical research.

Schrandt has been mentored under Rebecca Lyczack, and has co-authored a publication

Jennifer C. Schrandt '12

with Lyczack as well as other students titled, “The PAM-1 aminopeptidase regulates centrosome positioning to ensure anterior-posterior axis specification in one-cell C.

elegans embryos.”

She is currently researching the effects of centrosome positioning on anterior-posterior axis establishment in C. elegans, and how microtubule length impacts this process. Schrandt is also participating in a summer internship at Thomas Jefferson University and studying antigen processing with Dr. Laurence Eisenlohr.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one and two year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. — By Kaitlyn Ott 2013