Three Carthaginians recognized in National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Competition
Congratulations to Arielle Hay ’17, Ethan Hobbs ’18, and Gunnar Goetz ’20, who have been recognized by the highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship program.
Ms. Hay has been selected as a Fellow, and Mr. Hobbs and Gunnar Goetz as Honorable Mentions. The NSF fellowship supports students pursuing research-based graduate degrees in the sciences, mathematics, and technology fields.
Arielle Hay ’17, who graduated with majors in neuroscience and biology, was selected for a fellowship. Originally from Saint Paul, Minn., she is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at Colorado State University, where she is working toward a therapy using adult stem cells to treat diseases caused by a type of infectious protein called prions. While at Carthage, she conducted research projects with Carthage neuroscience professors Denise Cook-Snyder and Daniel Miller, and was a tutor and laboratory assistant for biology and chemistry classes. She participated in a summer research project studying the Zika virus at the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she was a post-baccalaureate fellow carrying out research on Zika virus proteins at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories of the National Institutes of Health. In being named a Fellow, Ms. Hay will receive a three-year award that includes about $100,000 of stipend support, plus tuition allowance, travel funds, and professional development resources.
Ethan Hobbs ’18, of Metamora, Ill., graduated with majors in physics and mathematics, and currently a Ph.D. student in computer science and part of the Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His graduate research employs computational modeling to address problems in complex biological systems. As an undergraduate, Mr. Hobbs conducted mathematics research under the mentorship of Professor Haley Yaple through Carthage’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program and at Harvard University’s summer research program in computational and applied mathematics. A bassoonist in the Carthage Wind Orchestra and Carthage Philharmonic, Mr. Hobbs was active in the Theatre Department and traveled to Japan on a music-themed J-Term course.
Gunnar Goetz ’20, a chemistry major, developed his interest in scientific research in classes such as the research-immersive Phage Hunters program, as well as in the laboratories of Professors Dan Choffnes and David Brownholland, in the latter gaining experience in organic chemical synthesis and green (environmentally conscious) chemistry. He pursued off-campus research opportunities through a summer program at Brandeis University, where he studied the biochemical activities of a tumor suppressor protein, and most recently, at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich, Germany, where he worked on projects aiming to generate artificial cells. Outside of the classroom and laboratory, the Stoughton, Wis. native has been active in the improvisational comedy troupe Merely Players and a member of the men’s golf team. Gunnar plans to enter graduate school in chemistry in the fall.
Over the years, numerous Carthage students and alumni have been recognized by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, including Michael Maher ’11 (chemistry, University of Texas), Erin Gemperline ’11 (chemistry, University of Wisconsin), and Katie Hurley ’10 (chemistry, University of Minnesota), as Fellows, and Stefanie Huttelmaier ’18, Laura Krings ’17, Sabrina Lato ’17, Kelly Moench ’14, Laura Taylor ’13, David Gemperline ’09, Lauren Bischel ’09, Dana Watt ’10, and Anit Raja Banerjee ’08 as Honorable Mentions.
According to the program’s website, “since 1952, NSF has funded over 50,000 Graduate Research Fellowships out of more than 500,000 applicants. Currently, 42 Fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates, and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences.” This year’s applicants were reviewed by discipline-specific academic panelists convened by the NSF. Only the top tier of candidates, among approximately 13,000 applications submitted, were recommended for recognition as awardees or Honorable Mentions.
Congratulations to our NSF honorees!