Biology Honors Scholar receives national recognition
Kennesaw State University junior Kristen Dunn has been named an “Honorable Mention” in the Barry M…
Georgia (Apr 12, 2012) — Kennesaw State University junior Kristen Dunn has been named an “Honorable Mention” in the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation list of Goldwater Scholars and Honorable Mentions for 2012. Dunn is the first KSU student ever to be recognized by the Goldwater Foundation as a Scholar or Honorable Mention.
An Honors Scholar majoring in biology, Dunn’s recognition was based partly on her involvement in laboratory research, carried out with professor Don McGarey of KSU’s biology and physics department. She is helping to optimize a diagnostic method for detecting Lyme disease in human sera. Dunn has also served as an assistant in the College of Science and Mathematics microbiology lab and as a peer leader for the college’s freshman chemistry program.
The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor Sen. Barry M. Goldwater. The purpose of the foundation is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.