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Release date: April 10, 2000
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Local Student Receives Goldwater Scholarship For Study of Science at Emory

Who says women aren't interested in math and science? Marie Kozel, the daughter of Margaret Klein of Kennesaw (30144) and Frank Kozel of Powder Springs (30173), has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for students studying math, science and engineering. Kozel, currently a sophomore, will receive up to $7,500 annually for her remaining two years at Emory. She plans to obtain an M.D./Ph.D. to pursue a career researching neurological disorders. Her specific area of interest is Alzheimer's disease, and she has an internship this summer doing Alzheimer's research at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

The arts are an important part of Kozel's life as well. She is a sophomore biology pre-med major who is minoring in studio arts-with particular interest in painting-and she is a member of the Emory Wind Ensemble. When asked how she manages such a busy schedule between a full course load, ensemble rehearsals, biology tutoring and her painting, she replies, "I don't get much sleep." Kozel manages to have fun while maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average and working part-time in a biochemistry lab.

A HOPE and Georgia Governor's scholar, Kozel wasn't sure which direction she would take when she got to Emory, but her work in the biochemistry lab has inspired her to pursue a research career. "The whole atmosphere of the lab is thrilling, and it is exciting to think of how simple lab techniques yield such intricate results," Kozel says.

The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,176 math, science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. One hundred eighty-eight of the scholars are men, 121 are women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. Twenty-four scholars are math majors, 206 are science majors, 30 are engineering majors, five are computer science-related majors, and 44 have dual majors in a variety of math, science, engineering and computer disciplines.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established by public law in 1986. The scholarship program honoring late U.S. Sen. 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, according to the foundation, which has awarded 3,021 scholarships worth approximately $31 million in its12-year history.

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