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Reed sophomore receives prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for chemistry

PORTLAND, OR (April 1, 2004) - Reed College student Conrad Shultz, a sophomore majoring in chemistry, has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for the 2004-05 academic year.

This prestigious and competitive scholarship is awarded to undergraduate sophomores and juniors with outstanding potential who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Shultz, a native of Corvallis, Oregon, is the first sophomore to receive the honor at Reed. Since 1991, seventeen Reed students have been awarded Goldwater Scholarships.

There were 310 scholarships awarded for the 2004-05 academic year to undergraduate students. The students are selected for the scholarship on the basis of academic merit from an applicant pool of 1,113 students, each nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The award, which covers up to $7,500 per year in expenses for tuition, books, room and board, and fees, was created by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, of Springfield, Virginia.

After earning a Ph.D. in chemistry or biochemistry, Shultz plans to conduct research in the fields of bioorganic chemistry, and molecular pharmacology with an emphasis on the development of novel biologically active molecules. He would like to apply his research to teaching at the university level.

Since spring of 2002, Shultz has worked during academic breaks at Gene Tools, LLC, a biochemical/biotech company in Philomath, Oregon. The company manufactures antisense oligonucleotides for researchers studying gene expression. His research has revolved around developing more efficient methods for achieving cell entry for these molecules in vivo as part of a cancer therapeutics program. He enjoys spending his free time "juggling, hiking, and just hanging out with friends."

Goldwater Scholars have very impressive academic qualifications that have garnered the attention of prestigious post-graduate fellowship programs. Recent Goldwater Scholars have been awarded 56 Rhodes Scholarships (6 of the thirty-two awarded in the United States in 2004), 66 Marshall Awards (6 of the 40 awarded in the United States in 2004), and numerous other distinguished fellowships.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who had served his country for 56 years as a soldier and a statesman. The foundation's aim is to provide the nation with a continuing source of highly qualified mathematicians and scientists, as well as to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The foundation is supported by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established by the United States Treasury.

Reed College , in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes Scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915). Visit web.reed.edu for more information.

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