Kimberly Bogardus

Kimberly Bogardus ’14 has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar for the 2013-14 academic year. She is among 271 scholars from across the U.S. to receive the Goldwater, the premier national undergraduate award in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. Robert Hayden ’14 and Christopher Richardson ’14 received honorable mention.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,107 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Virtually all recipients intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. 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.

Bogardus is a biochemistry and molecular biology major and Dean’s List student at Hamilton. During the summer of 2012 she conducted research under the direction of Associate Professor of Chemistry Myriam Cotten. She studied the structure-function relationship of Piscidin, an antimicrobial peptide isolated from the mast cells of hybrid striped sea bass, in various lipid systems.  Bogardus presented her research findings at the Biophysical Society Meeting in Philadelphia in February.   

In 2011 Bogardus received the Phi Beta Kappa Book Prize, awarded to the 10 students with the highest grade point average after their first year at Hamilton; the Charles A. Dana Prize, awarded to 10 students to recognize their academic achievement, leadership and character; and the CRC Press First-Year Prize in Chemistry.

At Hamilton, Bogardus is a chemistry tutor, teaching assistant for general chemistry and a peer advisor at the Career Center.

After graduation she hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry and conduct research in biomedical science, specifically focused on immunology.

She is the daughter of Peter and Maureen Bogardus of Syracuse and a graduate of Westhill High School.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The Scholarship Program honoring Senator 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.

Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has bestowed more than 6,550 scholarships worth approximately $40 million. The Trustees plan to award about 300 scholarships for the 2014–2015 academic year.

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