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Spotlight: Staking Her Claim to Goldwater Scholarship

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Another 49er has achieved a major scholastic recognition. Casey Rimland, a university honors, biology honors, psychology honors, and C.C. Cameron merit scholarship student, was recently awarded the Goldwater Scholarship. This is the first Goldwater Scholarship a UNC Charlotte student has received.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The Goldwater Foundation seeks students displaying intellectual curiosity and intensity, who possess potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field. Competition for the scholarship is exceptionally intense. More than 1,000 students were nominated by their universities nationwide, with 275 ultimately being awarded the scholarship this year. As a result, the Scholarship is considered the most prestigious award in the United States conferred upon undergraduates studying in these fields.

Only four other North Carolinians were chosen as Goldwater scholars – one each from Princeton, Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State.

What makes Casey truly exceptional is that she has conducted publishable scholarly research in three disciplines – biology, chemistry and psychology – as an undergraduate; that is a rare distinction.
Al Maisto
Associate Dean, Honors College

“Casey is an ideal selection for this very prestigious national scholarship,” said Al Maisto, associate dean of the Honors College. “I met Casey as a freshman almost four years ago when she selected UNC Charlotte over Chapel Hill. What makes Casey truly exceptional is that she has conducted publishable scholarly research in three disciplines – biology, chemistry and psychology – as an undergraduate; that is a rare distinction."

Rimland also spends time on humanitarian pursuits. She has worked as a Peer Tutor, Supplemental Instruction Leader, and Peer Mentor through the University Center for Academic Excellence for three years.

She hopes to attend Wake Forest or Yale University to pursue a combined MD/PhD degree, and then to ultimately conduct biomedical research and teach at an academic hospital.