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College of Wooster Lands Two More Goldwater Scholars

Juniors Zach Harvey and Jonathan Reeves join select group of academic standouts

April 15, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — College of Wooster juniors Zach Harvey and Jonathan Reeves have been selected to receive Goldwater Scholarships for distinguished academic achievement. The two scholars join an impressive group of 271 students chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants nationwide in mathematics, science, and engineering. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Harvey, a chemistry major and a resident of Cincinnati, was attracted to the sciences by the opportunity to work with faculty on programs that sought to provide innovative solutions to modern societal problems, specifically those involving environmental contamination by industrial runoff and the introduction of pharmaceuticals into surface water. After graduation, Harvey hopes to pursue a PhD in chemical biology, and intends to work in collaboration with others to formulate new biotechnologies for the administration of medical treatments.

"Zach's Goldwater Scholarship is very well deserved,” said Paul Edmiston, professor of chemistry and Harvey’s adviser. “He is already an independent and competent scientist, supervising his own team of first-year students in my laboratory and conducting cutting-edge work on advanced materials for environmental protection. He also led a student team that submitted an impressive entry to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) RainWorks Challenge, which asked students across the nation to design innovative green infrastructure upgrades to their campus."

Reeves, a neuroscience major and a resident of Cleveland Heights, has been studying Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in an effort to identify better, more efficient ways to assess victims, especially those from different international populations. He has also been involved in a variety of projects with the departments of psychology and biology, as well as the neuroscience program. In addition, he has conducted research at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology and perhaps enter the field of clinical research.

“Jon is passionate about making sure that people with psychological disorders are properly diagnosed so that they can receive the best possible treatment,” said Amy Jo Stavnezer, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, and Reeves’ adviser. “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a form of an anxiety disorder, can be difficult to diagnose, and diagnoses vary across cultures, but it is highly treatable. Jon became interested in an experiment that might help to identify reliable biomarkers (levels of hormones or other chemicals in the blood) that could improve diagnosis for people suffering from PTSD.”

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The scholarship program, which honors the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater, is 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 6,600 scholarships worth approximately $50 million.