2012 Recipients: Top Scholarships and Fellowships
2012 Goldwater Scholar
Drew Neavin, majoring in biology with minors in math and Spanish, has been active in research at CSU for three years. In 2010 she worked as an intern in Dr. Deborah Garrity's lab. Her work in cardiac morphological research earned her highest honors at CSU's Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase. She was also one of three students chosen to present her research at CSU Day at the Capitol in Denver, as well as at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's research symposium.
She is currently a member of CSU's Flexible and Extendable Scientific Undergraduate Experience (FEScUE) research group. Working under Dr. Michael Antolin, she has contributed to research on both the ecology and genetics of infectious diseases, and on histone-binding of DNA as part of the Eukaryotic nucleosome. She has presented her research for FEScUE at the Undergraduate Research Conference at the Interface of Biology and Mathematics and at the National Science Foundation Math-Bio Undergraduate Principal Investigator Meeting.
Currently studying abroad in Chile, Drew plans to shift her research this summer to human oncology in the laboratory of Dr. Mark Brown where she will focus on therapeutic interventions for colorectal, hepatocellular, and breast carcinomas.
In addition to her research, Drew has dedicated her time to mentoring first year life sciences students at CSU as well as young women in Math and Science at a local middle school. She plans to become a professor, earning her PhD in human genetics and focusing her research on human genetic diseases such as Crohn's disease.
2012 Udall Scholar
Kyle Christianson is a junior Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology major from Fargo, North Dakota. He plans to pursue a PhD in Fisheries Biology and work to address the dire issues facing freshwater ecosystems today.
Kyle has lead community service projects in the Fort Collins area as a student officer in the American Fisheries Society. The projects aimed to get young people outdoors and invested in protecting the environment. He has worked on research for both the US Forest Service in Oregon and the Larval Fish Laboratory at CSU that has helped to inform and improve management of aquatic ecosystems.
Honorable Mention goes to Katie Dykgreve
Katie Dykgreve, a sophomore at CSU, received honorable mention for the 2012 Udall Scholarship. Katie is a Restoration Ecology major from Helena, MT. She plans to work in land rehabilitation as a botanist.